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Advances in PCR Diagnostics for Cancer and Medical Mycology

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From detecting cancer to microbial infections, and now even fungal infections, PCR has become the gold standard of analyzing gene expression. In this article, we explore how PCR is used as a novel diagnostic strategy to identify clinically important yeast species, as well as to detect mutations that could guide therapeutic decisions for lung cancer patients.

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The Longitude Challenge - Developing a Diagnostic Test To Fight Antimicrobial Resistance

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We recently spoke with Daniel Berman, Global Health Lead at Nesta Challenges, to learn about the Longitude Prize, a £10 million prize fund with an £8 million pay-out, which will be awarded to a team that invents an affordable, accurate, fast and easy-to-use test for bacterial infections.

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How We're Using Dogs To Sniff Out Malaria

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What if we could diagnose some of the world's deadliest diseases by the smells our bodies give off? In a fascinating talk and live demo, biologist James Logan introduces Freya, a malaria-sniffing dog, to show how we can harness the awesome powers of animal scent to detect chemical signatures associated with infection – and change the way we diagnose disease.

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The Value and Versatility of Clinical Flow Cytometry

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Flow cytometry has inarguable potential as a clinical tool for disease diagnosis, prognosis, and therapeutic monitoring. However, some challenges remain in translating the full promise of FCM into clinical practice. Here, some of the current clinical applications of FCM will be discussed, as well as some of the compelling new applications being researched.

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Food Authenticity and Spectroscopy

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You may have certainly enjoyed an authentic honey, wine, or olive oil. Yet, each of these foods are at risk for fraud. To mitigate and investigate food fraud, researchers use analytical methods, such as spectroscopy, to analyze the constituents of food.

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A Way To "Fingerprint" Human Cells
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Researchers have developed a new method to analyse data from individual human cells, which they say could be a step-change for diagnosing some of the most devastating diseases, including cancer and autoimmune disease.

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Increasing Food Intake by Swapping Mitochondrial Genomes
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To uncover the relationship between variation in genes and phenotypic diversity, geneticists use a set of fully sequenced fruit-fly genomes. But little is known about the variation in the mitochondrial genome, for which mutations are linked to an array of diseases. Now, EPFL scientists have created a high-resolution map of mitochondrial DNA variants in the fruit fly, connecting mitochondrial genes to metabolic traits and diseases.

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Lighting Up Cardiovascular Problems Using Nanoparticles
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New nanotechnology could allow doctors to more effectively detect blockages that can trigger heart attacks and strokes.

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A Prescription of Short-term Exercise Could Help Reduce the Side-effects of Prostate Hormone Therapy
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A prescription of short-term exercise for patients with advanced prostate cancer could help to reduce the side-effects of hormone therapy, according to new research from the University of East Anglia.

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Software Tool Uses AI To Identify Cancer Cells
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UT Southwestern researchers have developed a software tool that uses artificial intelligence to recognize cancer cells from digital pathology images – giving clinicians a powerful way of predicting patient outcomes.

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New Markers for Triple Negative Breast Cancer
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Two biomarkers – a 44-gene DNA Damage Response (DDIR) signature and stromal tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (sTILs) – can serve as prognostic markers in people diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer, according to a new study.

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Key Themes and Conversations From the First Lab of the Future Congress
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What do we mean by lab of the future? What innovations are required to get there? These are the key themes explored by this year's Lab of the Future Congress, summarized in this article.

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Technology Networks Explores the CRISPR Revolution: An Interview With Professor Glenn Cohen, World-leading Expert on Bioethics
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In this feature of Technology Networks Explores the CRISPR Revolution, we interview Professor Glenn Cohen, director of Harvard Law School's Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology and Bioethics.

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Scientists Take Action To Stop Gender Inequality and Sexual Harassment in STEM
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In December 2018, a diverse group of scientific researchers gathered to challenge a key issue in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce: gender bias, and sexual harassment. Now, the conclusions from the meeting have been eloquently described by 23 authors in an article published in the journal Science.

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Chronologically, I'm 23, But Biologically – I'm 26
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In this article, science writer Molly Campbell explores the growing trend of "epigenetic wellness", and puts her own DNA to the test, courtesy of Chronomics.

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Technology Networks Explores the CRISPR Revolution: An Interview With Professor George Church
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In this feature of "Technology Networks Explores the CRISPR Revolution", Professor George Church lends his views on some of the milestones achieved in genomics research to date, elaborates on "that wooly mammoth study" and emphasizes his desire to make genomic technologies more widely available.

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Technology Networks Explores the CRISPR Revolution: An Interview With Professor Jennifer Doudna, Co-developer of CRISPR Genome Editing Technology
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In the second feature of "Technology Networks Explores the CRISPR Revolution", we speak with the world-renowned scientist, Professor Jennifer Doudna, the co-developer of CRISPR genome editing technology.

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