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Bacterial Culture

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There are lots of reasons to culture bacteria, many sources from which to culture them and diverse species with equally diverse growth requirements – some pickier than others. To give yourself a fighting chance at successful bacterial culture it is therefore vital to pick the correct culture conditions for your purpose and avoid contamination by using good aseptic technique.

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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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Nobel Prizes in Cell Biology Over the Years

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Several achievements in cell biology have been recognized by the Nobel Prize over the years, ranging from ion channels, to immunology, to cell death, highlighting the importance of the field to science.

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British Columbia’s HPV Vaccination Program Reduces Cervical Pre-cancer Rates by > 50%
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British Columbia’s school-based human papillomavirus (HPV) immunization program is reducing rates of cervical pre-cancer in B.C. women, according to a new study.

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Better Together - Quest Towards Open Access Publication
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Not-for-profit Jisc and the Microbiology Society announce a pilot transitional open access agreement. The "Publish and Read" deal will allow researchers at participating institutions to publish an unlimited number of open-access articles, as well as access to the society’s full portfolio in return for a cost neutral fixed fee.

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Bioactive Agents Improve Synthetic Bone Substitutes
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Synthetic bone substitutes are promising materials for bone defect repair, but their efficacy can be substantially improved by bioactive agents such as growth factors. In a new study, researchers have modified beta-tricalcium phosphate (β-TCP) with increasing quantities of bone morphogenetic protein 2 (BMP-2) derived from E. coli and shown improved bone healing.

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How Does DEET Keep Mosquitoes at Bay?
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Since its invention during WWII, researchers have been trying to pinpoint precisely how DEET actually affects mosquitos. New research suggests DEET may chemically “cloak” humans from malaria-carrying mosquitos, rather than repel them.

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Plant-based Compound Helps Overcome Gene Therapy Challenges
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Researchers believe they have found a way to sidestep some of the current difficulties associated with gene therapy, resulting in a better method that would save money and improve treatment outcomes.

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Hormone Therapy Battles Cognitive Decline
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A new study has identified benefits of extended estrogen exposure and longer-term hormone therapy in combating cognitive decline

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Testing Medicines After Brexit: Upholding High QC Standards for Pharmaceuticals
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Maintaining robust quality control standards is a key priority for any commercial industry – but for pharmaceutical manufacturers, it can literally be a matter of life and death. The looming Brexit deadline is likely to be seen as a pivotal moment by those operating in the sector. The prospect of the UK leaving the European Union, and the jurisdiction of the EU’s unified single market for medicine regulation, is creating considerable uncertainty for drugmakers.

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Helping the Pharmaceutical Industry Tackle the Evolving Challenge of Water Quality
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Water plays a vital role in a broad range of processes within the pharmaceutical industry, from its use as a reagent and solvent in drug synthesis, to its utilization in formulation development and analytical testing, all the way through to product packaging and labeling. As a result, pharmaceutical companies must employ a range of treatment and monitoring processes to ensure the impurities present in water do not interfere with its intended use.

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Standardization Challenges in Pharmaceutical Product Labeling
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Product labels can be viewed as a “clinical instruction manual”, providing a concise description of the benefits and risks for a consumer and relevant information to dispensers, patients, and their caregivers. Here we take a look at labeling compliance, the importance of keeping information up-to-date, and risks associated with noncompliance.

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Francis Mojica: The Modest Microbiologist Who Discovered and Named CRISPR
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Kicking off Technology Networks Explores the CRISPR Revolution, Professor Mojica, or "Francis", takes us on a journey back to the original research that, despite being deemed "crazy" by members of the scientific community at the time, led to the CRISPR revolution that is anticipated to edit evolution forever.

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Who Is Responsible for Reproducible Science?
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Reproducibility is now recognized as a core feature of good scientific practice but too many papers fail to meet the grade. We talked to Leslie D McIntosh, CEO of Ripeta, on the topic of reproducibility. In this interview, we ask Leslie about the concepts within Ripeta’s recent report on the state of reproducible science in 2019.

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Feeling Like a Fraud: Impostor Syndrome in STEM
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Impostor syndrome is experienced by millions of people around the world cross culturally, and describes difficulty internalizing one's accomplishments or abilities, and instead attributing their success to other factors. In this article, we explore the prevalence of impostor syndrome in STEM and the impact it has on the scientific community.

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