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The Microbiome and Cancer

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The microbiome is receiving increasing interest given its association with a host of human diseases – including cancer. But what exactly is a “microbiome” and what do we currently know about this rapidly developing field?

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You Can't Smell Metal

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Metal has no odor and you can't smell it. But what are we smelling then? It turns out that it's mostly a chemical called 1-octen-3-one, which is generated when your skin oils react with metal that you've touched.

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Working to Keep Drinking Water Safe

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Official limits are in place regarding the levels of a multitude of substances that are deemed to be safe and acceptable in drinking water, but to fulfill these requirements analysts need the tools to enable them to do this. We spoke to Yan Liu, and Katariina Majamaa from Thermo Fisher Scientific about their new columns designed to enable rapid separations of contaminants prior to analysis using ion chromatography-mass spectrometry (IC-MS).

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Identifying the Unknown in Drinking Water

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When we drink a glass of water, we ingest an unknown amount of by-products that are formed in the treatment process, many unidentified... until now.

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Neurogenesis Persists in Aged Adults and Alzheimer’s Disease Patients
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In a new study from the University of Illinois at Chicago, researchers examining post-mortem brain tissue from people ages 79 to 99 found that new neurons continue to form well into old age.

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Proof It’s Possible to Enhance or Suppress Memories: Mice Study
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BU neuroscientist shows that stimulating different parts of the brain can dial up or down a specific memory’s emotional oomph.

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Review: Did Leonardo da Vinci Have ADHD?
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Professor Marco Catani suggests the best explanation for Leonardo da Vinci's inability to finish his works is that the great artist may have had Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder.

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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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The Evolution of Proteomics - Dr Richard Scheltema
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Richard Scheltema is an assistant professor at Utrecht University where he heads up the Scheltema laboratory within the wider context of the group of Albert Heck. The research group focuses on mass spectrometry (MS) based structural proteomics, for which they develop advanced liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) platforms and analysis software.

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Native Mass Spectrometry: A Glimpse Into the Machinations of Biology
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The question perhaps is not when native mass spectrometry can be used; but rather, when can’t it be used? Today, the applications are broad-reaching and diverse. This article shares insights from innovators in the field who have helped establish this incredibly useful analytical technique.

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Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS): Stimulating the Next Generation of Cancer Diagnostics and Treatment
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The "molecular age" of cancer research is here, thanks to advances in next generation sequencing (NGS) which have catalyzed progress in countless areas of cancer research. Find out about the latest studies where NGS is improving our ability to detect cancer, match the best drugs to patients, and monitor treatment success.

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