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Fighting Neurodegeneration by Understanding Inflammation
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Neurodegenerative diseases are one of the most pressing challenges of our time and teasing out the cellular mechanisms underpinning these diseases is a key goal for researchers in the field. We talked to Stéphane Martinez of CISBIO to discuss how researchers can access information on neurodegenerative mechanisms and how we are beginning to recognize the contribution of the immune system to neurodegeneration.

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A Conversation on the "Latest and Greatest" in Metabolomics
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Aided by advances in high-throughput technologies, the metabolomics research field has gained significant traction in recent years. We recently spoke with Baljit Ubhi, Ph.D., Global Business Lead, Metabolomics and Lipidomics Markets at SCIEX. In this interview, Ubhi provides her insight on the recent developments in metabolomics, addressing the increasing focus on the microbiome and how it impacts metabolic disease, and explores the future directions of research, such as "precision nutrition".

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Food Poisoning Bacteria’s Sugar Coating Could Be Its Undoing
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To learn how Campylobacter hides from the body’s immune system, why some people are more susceptible than others, and the potential role that carbohydrate-based diagnostics could play in the fight against the bacterium, we spoke to Professor Rob Field, Co-founder of Iceni Diagnostics.

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Harnessing the Power of Proteins To Unlock Cell and Gene Therapies
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We recently spoke with Paul Wotton, Ph.D., CEO at Obsidian Therapeutics, to gain his insights on the genetically engineered cell-therapy research area, and to learn how Obsidian Therapeutics' cytoDRiVE platform can increases the specificity and safety of such therapies.

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Using Artificial Intelligence to Identify Bloodborne Bacteria
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Fluid Imaging Technologies and the University of Colorado Boulder have recently entered an exclusive research agreement to determine whether the University’s artificial intelligence software can identify bloodborne bacteria. We spoke with Kent Peterson, CEO, Fluid Imaging Technologies, to learn more about the collaboration, the technologies involved, and how they could impact patients.

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When Science Leaves the Lab, Microscopy Goes Portable
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Microscopy is a key tool in many areas of research, but what happens when what you want to study is in a remote location, doesn’t transport well or you need instant answers? Well, then the analysis has to go to the sample. We spoke to Andrew Monk, cofounder of ioLight, about ioLight’s conception and what makes it so special.

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Screening Living Cells at High Speed
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We recently spoke with Eric Hobbs, CEO at Berkeley Lights to learn more about "digital cell biology". Eric also describes how optofluidics can be used to gain fast, comprehensive measurements and insights across thousands of cells in parallel.

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Zika vs Dengue: Minimizing Cross-reactivity in Immunoassay Development
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The Zika virus poses a significant global risk, and there is currently no vaccine or specific treatment available for those infected. Having access to sensitive and specific diagnostic assays is essential to disease management, and in enabling effective research and the development of therapeutics. We spoke to Nick Roesen, Founder and COO of The Native Antigen Company, to learn about the Zika virus immunoassays that have been developed to overcome cross-reactivity with Dengue.

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Anti-influenza Agents Inspired by Immunotherapy
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Given the urgent need for compounds that can effectively prevent and treat influenza, San Diego-based Cidara Therapeutics are working to develop antiviral conjugates. We spoke to Les Tari, Senior VP of Research, to find out about their unique approach and lead candidate.

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Seeing Is Believing – How Benchtop SEMs Are Changing the Imaging Landscape
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Imaging techniques, such as scanning electron microscopy (SEM), have been instrumental in giving insights into the world beyond the naked eye. Traditional SEM instruments have provided us with unprecedented details, but can be complex to use, and require a large dedicated space. The dawn and advancement of compact and user-friendly benchtop SEMs are changing this picture. We spoke to Donna Guarrera, Assistant Division Director for SM at Jeol, about the Neoscope benchtop SEM.

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