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Antigens for Influenza Vaccine Strains Available

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Seasonal flu (influenza) is a common infectious disease of the respiratory tract causing mild to severe illness. Vaccination is the most effective way to prevent seasonal flu. Each year, 3-4 different flu strains will be selected as vaccine strains based on surveillance data of the recent isolates, and the performance of the vaccines from the previous season.

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The Coronavirus Pandemic

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On December 31, 2019, the first cases of a novel coronavirus were identified in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. Here, we curate a collection of news and content related to what has become the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Microphysiological Systems

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Microphysiological systems (MPS) are two- or three-dimensional cellular platforms that are designed to recapitulate the physiology and function of the human body in vitro.

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An Overview of Next-Generation Sequencing

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Over the last 56 years, researchers have been developing methods and technologies to assist in the determination of nucleic acid sequences in biological samples. Our ability to sequence DNA and RNA accurately has had a great impact in numerous research fields. This article discusses what next-generation sequencing (NGS) is, advances in the technology and its applications.

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Theory Suggests Endometriosis Symptoms Are Downstream Effect of Testosterone
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A new theory developed by researchers at Simon Fraser University suggests a previously overlooked hormone — testosterone — has a critical role in the development of endometriosis. The research could have direct impacts on diagnosis and treatment of the disease, signaling hope for women with endometriosis worldwide.

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New Mapping Technique Reveals Epigenetic Drivers of Cancers
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Scientists have made major advances in understanding and developing treatments for many cancers by identifying genetic mutations that drive the disease. Now researchers have developed a machine learning technique for detecting other modifications to DNA that have a similar effect.

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3D Printing Lays the Foundation for a New Range of Diagnostic Tests
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Researchers at KU Leuven have developed a 3D printing technique that extends the possibilities of lateral flow testing. With the new printing technique, advanced diagnostic tests can be produced that are quick, cheap, and easy to use.

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Damage to White Matter Linked to Worse Post-Brain Injury Outcomes
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A new study challenges the idea that gray matter is more important than white matter when it comes to cognitive health and function. The findings may help neurologists better predict the long-term effects of strokes and other forms of traumatic brain injury.

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AI System May Improve Diagnosis of Complicated Metastatic Cancers
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To improve diagnosis for patients with complex metastatic cancers, especially those in low-resource settings, researchers at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital developed an artificial intelligence system that uses routinely acquired histology slides to accurately find the origins of metastatic tumors while generating a differential diagnosis.

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What Makes Some Brain Cells Resilient Against Alzheimer's?
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Researchers have discovered that neurons with high levels of the protein apolipoprotein E are more sensitive to degeneration, and therefore Alzheimer's disease.

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Exploring Mental Health in Academia
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In this article, we explore why academia and research can be hard on an individual's mental health, speaking directly with the individuals and organizations that are championing mental health discussions in this space, and highlight areas where we're perhaps falling short and could improve.

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Cell Culture Basics: Equipment, Fundamentals and Protocols
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New to cell culture? Then look no further. Here you will find a basic overview of all things cell culture, from setting up a cell culture lab to understanding basic principles and fundamental techniques. A great starting point to springboard into the world of cellular biology.

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What the COVID-19 Pandemic Taught Us About Flexibility in Vaccine Manufacturing
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In this article, we will explore the manufacturing strategies and tools that the biopharmaceutical industry adopted to make such efficient COVID-19 vaccine production possible.

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Mass Spectrometry Ionization
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Mass spectrometry (MS) plays a vital role in many aspects of our lives, from diagnosing illness and detecting food contaminants to fighting fraud. In order for a sample to be analyzed by MS, it must however, first be ionized. There are a number of ways of achieving sample ionization depending on the sample type, target analyte and desired workflow. In this article, we consider some common ionization techniques and sample types for which they are best suited.

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Types of Ion Detector for Mass Spectrometry
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A key element to all mass spectrometry (MS) systems is the type of detector used to convert a current of mass separated ions into measurable signal. Different types of detectors are used depending upon factors including dynamic range, spatial information retention, noise and suitability to the mass analyzer. In this article, we consider some of the commonly used detectors.

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How a Mass Spectrometer Works, Types of Instrumentation and Interpreting Mass Spectral Data
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Mass spectrometry (MS) is a key techniques in analytical chemistry and plays a role in many varied aspects of day-to-day life. In this article, we take a look at the fundamentals of MS, how it works, variations that can be used at each stage of the process and how they can be combined to suit different sample types or analytical questions.

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