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An Introduction to PCR

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Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) is a technique that has revolutionized the world of molecular biology and beyond. In this article, we will discuss a brief history of PCR and its principles, highlighting the different types of PCR and the specific purposes to which they are being applied.

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Fossilized Glider Takes the Origin of Mammals Back to the Triassic

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A new fossil specimen of Vilevolodon diplomylos, an ancient herbivore similar to a flying squirrel, may push the origin of mammals back millions of years earlier than previously thought.

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Why Don’t We Have Baby Formula That’s As Good As Breast Milk?

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Why don’t we have baby formula that’s just as good as breast milk? Sam at ACS Reactions chats with chemist Dr Steven Townsend, who’s trying to figure out which sugar molecules in breast milk make it so unique and difficult to recreate in the lab.

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Overcoming Challenges in PFAS Detection

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Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) became popular due to their many beneficial properties. Unfortunately, these substances were subsequently found to have downsides too. In this article, we hear about the hazards posed by PFAS and the detection challenges faced by analysts.

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The Beginnings of Forensic Science With Mike Neville

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Former New Scotland Yard Detective Chief Inspector, Mike Neville, a professional member of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences and specialist in catching criminals with images, takes us through the history of detecting crime and evolution of forensic science.

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Even "Environmentally Friendly" Fireworks Significantly Reduce Air Quality

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Fireworks are used in celebrations around the world, however, they emit large amounts of pollutants into the atmosphere. Now, researchers have estimated that, although so-called environmentally friendly fireworks emit 15–65% less particulate matter than traditional fireworks, they still significantly deteriorate air quality.

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Ancient DNA Provides Insights on How Tuberculosis Shaped the Human Immune System
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COVID-19 is only the latest infectious disease to have had an outsized impact on human life. A new study employing ancient human DNA reveals how tuberculosis has affected European populations over the past 2,000 years, specifically the impact that disease has had on the human genome.

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Step Closer to Eco-Friendly Fungicides Thanks to Protein Discovery
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New research reveals an essential step in scientists' quest to create targeted, more eco-friendly fungicides that protect food crops. Scientists found that plants use extracellular vesicles to launch RNA molecules at fungal invaders, suppressing the genes that make the fungi dangerous.

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Does a Vegan Diet Negatively Impact Bone Health?
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The vegan diet is on trend, but how does it impact health? A recent study determined the bone health of vegans and non-vegans using an ultrasound measurement of the heel bone. On average, people following a vegan diet had lower ultrasound values compared to the other group, indicating poorer bone health.

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Teach Me in 10
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At Technology Networks we understand the importance of time. That's why we've launched Teach Me in 10 a video series that challenges scientists to present and summarize their research area, a scientific concept, or technology in ten minutes or less.

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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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Gas Chromatography
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In this article, we bring together resources from the across the site on gas chromatography, how it works, its pairing with downstream techniques and what its applications are.

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Developing an mRNA Vaccine for Cancer Immunotherapy
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Scientists have developed a hydrogel that releases mRNA nanoparticles slowly when injected under the skin, with the aim of developing an mRNA-based vaccine for cancer immunotherapy. Technology Networks interviewed the researchers to find out more.

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Sustainable Food Science: Converting Food Waste Into Useful Products
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In the US, an estimated 30-40% of the food supply goes to waste, that's roughly 220 pounds of food waste per person each year. Turning this waste into something useful is therefore a priority and a strong example of sustainability.

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Crawfish: “THE NEXT BIG THING” in the Aquaculture Industry Thanks to Breakthrough Technology
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With growing demand from the food industry, a Singapore-based company is in the process of patenting technology and building a specific pathogen free hatchery to increase the number of crawfish fry produced and lower their hatching mortality. This technology could change the face of global aquaculture.

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