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Building Blocks for a Greener Future

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At a time when plastic use is coming under great scrutiny, what are LEGO, whose foundations are built on plastic products, doing to alleviate the problem? We spoke to Tim Brooks, VP Environmental Responsibility for LEGO Group about their commitment to use sustainable materials in core products and packaging by 2030.

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Big Data Analysis Approaches for Drug Discovery

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Big data has long been a buzzword in drug discovery, but as analysis methods become more sophisticated, its potential is beginning to be realized. We look at some of the latest advances in big data analysis for drug discovery.

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Pandemics Throughout Human History

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In one form or another, disease has plagued man throughout history. When an epidemic spreads to become a global problem, then you have a pandemic on your hands. In this list we discuss some of the most notable pandemics in history and reveal some startling statistics.

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Embryonic Chick Study Reveals How Cells are Recruited to Form Hindgut

Embryonic Chick Study Reveals How Cells are Recruited to Form Hindgut

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New study uses live imaging to understand a critical step in early embryonic development—how genes and molecules control forces to orchestrate the emergence of form in the developing embryo.

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Interference with Estrogen Signaling Sends Bone Formation into Overdrive
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Deleting a certain type of estrogen receptor in an area of the hypothalamus dramatically increased bone density and strength in female mice, opening up many therapeutic possibilities for improving women's health.

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Now Anyone Can Tour the Fly Brain
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A new fly-through of the fly brain allows anyone to whizz past neurons and visit any of the 40 million synapses where neurons touch neuron. It’s a super-resolution view of the complex network connections in the insect’s brain that underlie behaviors ranging from feeding to mating.

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58 Year Old Mutation Mystery May Be 'Corn'erstone of Plant Biology
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In discovering a mutant gene that "turns on" another gene responsible for the red pigments sometimes seen in corn, researchers solved an almost six-decades-old mystery with a finding that may have implications for plant breeding in the future.

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ELN, LIMS, CDS, LES: What’s the Difference?

ELN, LIMS, CDS, LES: What’s the Difference?

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In this article, we look at the key differences between four common types of informatics systems. CSols Inc. is an independent informatics consultancy, and their Delivery Manager, Geoff Turnbull, will help us answer some important questions on the role these systems play, where they overlap with each other, and why we don’t just have one overarching system to rule them all.

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Synthetic Biology Rewrites the Rules of the Genome
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Synthetic biology (SB) is an umbrella term that covers a wide range of scientific applications. In this article we'll explore work aiming to synthesize genes faster than ever before, expand the genetic alphabet and turn DNA into a storage medium. To this end, we interviewed two leading figures in the field, Emily Leproust PhD, CEO of Twist Bioscience and Floyd Romesberg PhD, a Professor of Chemistry at the Scripps Institute.

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Case Study: Dr. Kaelberer Validates a Neuroepithelial Circuit using Milo
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How does the gut talk to the brain? In this new case study from ProteinSimple, we find out how Melanie Maya Kaelberer, a Postdoctoral Associate at Duke University, is using Single-Cell Western platform Milo to answer the question of how the gut can rapidly communicate with cranial nerves.

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Microglia Transmit Pain to the Brain During Stress
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Chronic pain is a multifaceted disorder that causes profound disability worldwide. It has long been known that psychological stress contributes to adverse chronic pain outcomes in patients, but it is unclear how this is initiated or amplified by stress. Now, researchers have published results showing that activation of microglia in the mouse spinal cord is responsible for increased pain sensitivity in response to stress.

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