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10 Things We Didn't Know Last Week - 12 October 2018

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A weekly round-up of the latest news stories.

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Microfluidic Diagnostic Tools: Could Doctors Soon Be Obsolete?

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The world of microfluidics has generated a host of intricate tools on a microscale, ranging from cheap paper-based lateral flow tests to organ-on-a-chip models designed to facilitate personalized diagnostic tests.
This article explores the extent to which microfluidic tools are filling a gap in clinical and point-of-care diagnostics, and touches on how microfluidics could improve the drug discovery process.

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10 Things We Didn't Know Last Week, October 5, 2018

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A roundup of the top life science news nuggets from the week, guaranteed to make you sound more interesting

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Saliva-based Biomarkers and Algorithm Could Aid Autism Diagnosis

Saliva-based Biomarkers and Algorithm Could Aid Autism Diagnosis

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A saliva-based biomarker panel and algorithm could help fast-track the identification of children who are suspected of having autism spectrum disorder.

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A Promising Blood Test for Early Detection of Ovarian Cancer
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Detection of this tumor marker may also play a role in a simple liquid biopsy to monitor disease stage and treatment.

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High-Tech Scans Should be Used More in Prostate Cancer
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Modern, sophisticated scans should be used in hospitals to pick out men whose prostate cancers have only spread to a limited number of sites, so they can be offered the chance of cure, a new assessment concludes.

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Membrane Proteins Ejected Directly from Cell Membrane to Mass Spec
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A new approach to analyzing cell membrane proteins in situ could revolutionize the way in which we study diseases, such as cancer, metabolic and heart diseases.

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Care in the Community – How Biofilms Improve Bacterial Survival
Care in the Community – How Biofilms Improve Bacterial Survival
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A single bacterial cell on its own is vulnerable to attack and like many living things they can benefit from safety in numbers. But bacteria take communal living to a whole new level, forming veritable civilizations - the bacterial biofilm.

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High-Throughput LC-MS for Early Drug Screening and Biomarker Detection
High-Throughput LC-MS for Early Drug Screening and Biomarker Detection
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In this article, we explore two novel high-throughput analytical methods based on liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) analysis that can augment early drug screening and biomarker detection in the clinic.

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Medical Devices: How to Master New Clinical Evaluation Report Criteria
Medical Devices: How to Master New Clinical Evaluation Report Criteria
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To achieve regulatory compliance and authorization for sale in Europe, every medical device must be supported by a Clinical Evaluation Report which documents the entire clinical evaluation process. Read on for recommendations on how manufacturers can keep up with the changing regulation landscape.

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Antigenic Drift vs Antigenic Shift
Antigenic Drift vs Antigenic Shift
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As part of the host-pathogen arms race, viruses are continually evolving to evade the host immune response, be it from previous infection or immunity acquired through vaccination. Here we take a look at the processes of antigenic drift and antigenic shift.

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Through the Looking Glass of Single Cell Proteomics
Through the Looking Glass of Single Cell Proteomics
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To pick apart the differences between individual cells in complex multicellular organisms, we need to look at cells one-by-one. This article takes a look at how several scientists in North America are using single cell proteomics (SCP) technologies to discern disease pathogenesis and enhance directed stem-cell differentiation.

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Exploring the Public’s Perception of Food Fraud
Exploring the Public’s Perception of Food Fraud
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When you go to the shops to buy the weekly groceries, it’s quite likely you’ll find yourself thinking about where your food has come from. Is this organic? Is that free-range? You are perhaps less likely to find yourself wondering, “Is this food fake?”

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