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Finding the OM in GenOMics
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A recent climb in the number of people taking up a regular yoga or meditation practise has seen the terms “downward dog” and “tree pose” enter the everyday vocabulary of many. But what scientific evidence exists that supports the benefits of a regular yoga and meditation practise?

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Recent Advances in Liquid Biopsy for Cancer
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Liquid biopsies for cancer search for evidence of disease biomarkers, the most common of which include circulating tumor cells, cell-free nucleic acids, exosomes, proteins and phosphoproteins. Read on for insights on advances in the field that could revolutionize clinical oncology practice.

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Overcoming Challenges in Biopharma: Transformational Innovation is Key
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Looking at the industry growth and the complexities of biopharma development, it is no wonder that transformational developments are required to better equip laboratories and operations in biopharma.

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Bioengineering and Food Labeling Requirements
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In a move aimed to make the origins of food more transparent for consumers, the USDA have launched new rulings regarding the labeling requirements for bioengineered ingredients – but what does this mean for producers, retailers and consumers?

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Emerging Classes of Next-generation Biotherapeutics
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We are entering uncharted territory in biopharmaceutical development. Emerging new classes of treatments are harnessing the natural power of viruses and cells and engineering them to fight human diseases. As our arsenal of conventional therapies begins to fail, a new army of biotherapeutics is on the horizon. Here, we look at two new classes of treatments leading the charge.

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Care in the Community – How Biofilms Improve Bacterial Survival
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A single bacterial cell on its own is vulnerable to attack and like many living things they can benefit from safety in numbers. But bacteria take communal living to a whole new level, forming veritable civilizations - the bacterial biofilm.

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Antigenic Drift vs Antigenic Shift
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As part of the host-pathogen arms race, viruses are continually evolving to evade the host immune response, be it from previous infection or immunity acquired through vaccination. Here we take a look at the processes of antigenic drift and antigenic shift.

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Through the Looking Glass of Single Cell Proteomics
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To pick apart the differences between individual cells in complex multicellular organisms, we need to look at cells one-by-one. This article takes a look at how several scientists in North America are using single cell proteomics (SCP) technologies to discern disease pathogenesis and enhance directed stem-cell differentiation.

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Understanding the Lytic Cycle – What Are the Steps?
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Bacteriophage (phage) are viruses that specifically infect bacteria. They have a two-phase lifecycle, residing in a dormant state within the host genome (lysogenic cycle) or hijacking the host cellular machinery for their own replication (lytic cycle). Here we will explore the important steps of the lytic cycle.

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Cold Plasma for Seed, Fruit and Vegetable Decontamination and Plant Disease Control
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An effective way to increase crop yield is to minimize losses to pathogenic microorganisms by improving the disease resistance of crop plants. A recently emerging alternative to conventional methods for improving plant disease resistance is cold plasma.

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