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Inside a “Fake” Conference: A Journey Into Predatory Science
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There is a growing underbelly of conferences that seem like the real thing but have none of the editorial standards expected by academics and have developed a reputation for advertising with fake agendas and high prices. A chance investigation took us inside one of these predatory conferences and has uncovered how predatory science has ensnared scientists at every level.

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Leading Minds Reflect On How the World Feels About Science and Health
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Gauging global attitudes to science and health is no easy task, but it was the goal of The Wellcome Global Monitor – a survey of over 140,000 people aged 15 and older, from more than 140 countries. The findings present an unprecedented view of the relationship between science and society worldwide, which were discussed by leaders at the launch event in Washington D.C.

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Addressing Gender Bias – “It Is Time to End the Tradition in Science of All-Male Speaking Panels”
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Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D. Director of the National Institutes of Health, has recently directly addressed the issue of underrepresented groups in science: "Too often, women and members of other groups underrepresented in science are conspicuously missing in the marquee speaking slots at scientific meetings and other high-level conferences.”

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What Do We Need? Good Vaccine Design! When Do We Need It? Now!
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The infectious agents that continually assault our bodies are many and diverse. Even just a few decades ago, diseases such as smallpox and typhoid were killing millions every year and some still are. Thankfully for us, at least for some diseases, this picture has changed, and the development of vaccines has played a not insignificant role in this achievement.

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MeTooSTEM: A Mission to End Sexual Harassment in STEM
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In the wake of the "Me Too" (or #MeToo) movement, a spotlight has been cast on an additional obstacle that deters many individuals, particularly women, from working in STEM – the astonishingly high incidence of sexual harassment. In this article, we look at the extent of the issue and speak with some of the women that are working tirelessly to combat sexual harassment in STEM through a variety of organizations.

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Cell Migration: Clinical Relevance, Unique Movement Patterns and Driving Technologies
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Cells like to move it, move it! Understanding the mechanisms behind cell migration represents an important piece to the puzzle of many fundamental biological processes and pathologies. This article delves into textbook models of cell migration, recent insights on movement patterns, and highlights the technology driving cell migration research forward.

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Antibodies in Research: The Good, the Bad, and the Validation Epidemic
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The specificity of antibody binding is incredibly important for many research disciplines, yet sourcing the best antibody for your research can be a challenge. This is partly because not all suppliers validate their antibodies sufficiently. How much of a problem is this?

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Sensitivity vs Specificity
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When developing diagnostic tests or evaluating results, it is important to understand how reliable those tests and therefore the results you are obtaining are. By using samples of known disease status, values such as sensitivity and specificity can be calculated that allow you to evaluate just that.

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Taking a Closer Look at Microbial-Environmental Interactions With Cryo-EM
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No microbe is an island. Understanding how they interact with each other and their surrounding environment is important to harness their beneficial properties and combat harmful behavior. We spoke to Professor Ariane Briegel about the important role of cryo-EM in these studies.

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Post-translational Modifications in Biopharmaceuticals
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This article provides insights on the impact of post-translational modifications of biopharmaceutical products on drug development and biotherapeutic formulation.

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