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How One Scientist Averted a National Health Crisis

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In 1960, Frances Kelsey was one of the Food and Drug Administration’s newest recruits. Before the year was out, she would begin a fight that would save thousands of lives — though no one knew it at the time.

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Henrietta Lacks: The Mother of Modern Medicine

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A portrait of Henrietta Lacks has recently been unveiled at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, to recognize her life and the vital contributions HeLa cells have made to science.

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Air Quality Monitoring

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The quality of the air we breathe is of concern to many, as are the negative impacts that pollutants can have on health in the short term and the lasting effects. Many of us have the potential to come into contact with air contaminants in our day to day lives, so it is vital that efficient monitoring measures are in place to keep us from harm.

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Working Together Helps Phage Overcome CRISPR

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Surprising results show that phage join forces to overcome bacteria’s CRISPR -based immune defenses. Improved understanding of the interactions between phage and their bacterial hosts could help advance phage-based therapies and stimulate viral research.

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Big Data Study Targets Genomic Dark Matter from Ocean Floor to Gut Flora

Big Data Study Targets Genomic Dark Matter from Ocean Floor to Gut Flora

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An international team led by computational biologist Fran Supek at IRB Barcelona develop a machine learning method to predict unknown gene functions of microbes.The system examines and compares ‘big data’ available on the metagenomes of human and environmental microbiomes.

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Analytical Tool Predicts Disease-Causing Genes
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Predicting genes that can cause disease due to the production of truncated or altered proteins that take on a new or different function, rather than those that lose their function, is now possible thanks to an international team of researchers that has developed a new analytical tool to effectively and efficiently predict such candidate genes.

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Gene Regulator May Contribute to Protein Pileup in Exfoliation Glaucoma
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Researchers are seeking factors that contribute to protein pileup in exfoliation glaucoma

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‘Good Cholesterol’ May Not Always be Good for Postmenopausal Women
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Postmenopausal factors may have an impact on the heart-protective qualities of high-density lipoproteins (HDL) – also known as ‘good cholesterol’ – according to a study led by researchers in the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.

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Memory Pioneer Celebrates Her Centenary

Memory Pioneer Celebrates Her Centenary

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Brenda Milner who pioneered our understanding of multi-system memory celebrated her 100th birthday at the weekend

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3 Recent Developments in Toxicity Testing
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The early toxicity testing market is witnessing a robust growth in recent years. Here we take a look at some of the recent developments that are playing important roles in this process.

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From Metabolite to Biomarker: Mass Spectrometry in Diagnostics
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Professor Alain van Gool, Professor of Personalized Healthcare at Radboud University Medical Center (Radboudumc), in Nijmegen, The Netherlands, helps oversee Radboudumc’s 19 Technology Centers, which span multiple aspects of biomedical science. He also has a rather more specialized position as head of the Translational Metabolic Laboratory (TML).

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UPS Ensures a Stable Outlook for Diamond Light Source
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Diamond Light Source is the UK's national synchrotron facility and is used by over 7,000 researchers from both academia and industry to conduct essential experiments that keep the UK at the forefront of scientific research. Due to the sensitive nature of the equipment, it is therefore imperative that a stable power supply is maintained to the equipment.

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