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Microplastic Detection

This article highlights the adverse impact of microplastics (MPs) on our environment, detection methods for MPs and the challenges in the detection of MPs.
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Food Authenticity: Testing To Keep One Step Ahead

Scan the menu in a top-class restaurant and you may encounter premium ingredients that promise an exceptional dining experience. But things aren't always as they appear. What do we really know about such products, other than what the labels would have us believe? Sometimes, surprisingly little.
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The Coronavirus Pandemic

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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Speaking Algae: Tapping the Ancient Power of Microalgae Using Synthetic Biology

How do humans tap into microalgae’s “life experience” to acquire valuable knowledge? To do so, we must learn to speak their “language” and translate that information into useful applications for society and its industries. Amazingly, recent strides in microalgae biotechnology, synthetic biology, and biomanufacturing are making that possible.
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Combating Infection With Smart Bandages

A team led by assistant professor Daniel Roxbury from the University of Rhode Island has developed a “smart bandage” – by combining bandage fibers with nanosensors – designed to detect wound infection by measuring levels of hydrogen peroxide.
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Understanding Microfluidics – The Key to Rapid COVID-19 Testing

Hard-working researchers have made impressive and life-saving advances regarding the treatment and diagnosis of COVID-19. This overview highlights why microfluidics have proved instrumental in meeting many of those milestones.
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Mass Spectrometry Brings Resolving Power to Biopharma

In the early 20th century, mass spectrometry (MS) was used to measure the mass of atoms and demonstrate the existence of isotopes. Now, MS is used to study a broad range of molecules including small hydrocarbons, proteins, peptides, carbohydrates and DNA.
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Developing Food Testing Techniques To Combat Emerging Contaminants

Food contamination is not a new issue; this is why food producers take care to perform risk assessments and to keep their operations as hygienic as possible. But in recent years, the rise of a new class of contaminants has become a major concern to the industry.
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Nitrosamine Impurities – Understanding Risks, Overcoming Challenges

This article covers the basics of nitrosamines, their related health concerns and key steps taken by health authorities to prevent such product recalls in the future.
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UV-Vis Spectroscopy: Principle, Strengths and Limitations and Applications

Ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis) spectroscopy is a widely used technique in many areas of science ranging from bacterial culturing, drug identification and nucleic acid purity checks and quantitation, to quality control in the beverage industry and chemical research. This article will describe how UV-Vis spectroscopy works, how to analyze the output data, the technique's strengths and limitations and some of its applications.
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