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Top 10 Cell Science News Stories of 2019

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2019 has been an exciting year for cell science. In this list, we look at ten of the most-read news stories published on Technology Networks this year.

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Protocol video: simple and efficient detection of mycoplasma contamination in cell culture

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EZ-PCR Mycoplasma Detection Kit designed for routine screening and detection of over 90 species of mycoplasma through an easy-to-use, yet highly-specific PCR assay with a detection limit of 10 CFU/mL.

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Jumping Genes Threaten Egg Cell Quality

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A woman’s supply of eggs is finite, so it is crucial that the quality of their genetic material is ensured. New work elucidates a mechanism by which, even before birth, the body tries to eliminate egg cells of the poorest quality.

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New Microscopy Technique Shows Cells’ 3D Ultrastructure in New Detail
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A new technique, called cryo-SR/EM, combines images captured from electron microscopes and super-resolution light microscopes, resulting in detailed 3D views of the inside of cells.

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Programmable Nests for Cells
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New programmable materials suited for use as substrates in biomedical applications have now been developed, which can be used to create environments in which human stem cells can settle down and further develop.

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Widely Consumed Oil Is Linked With Genetic Changes in the Brain
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New UC Riverside research shows soybean oil not only leads to obesity and diabetes, but could also affect neurological conditions like autism, Alzheimer's disease, anxiety, and depression.

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Proteomics, "Zombie" Cells and Clinical Biomarkers of Aging
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In a new study scientists have harnessed advances in proteomics to extensively profile the secretions of senescent cells which are implicated in aging. Their analyses are collated in a database that is now available for researchers in the field.

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Missense, Nonsense and Frameshift Mutations: A Genetic Guide
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If you want to build a foundational understanding of genomics in both health and disease, it's important to be able to distinguish between the different type of genetic mutations that can occur. Here, we take a look at some of the mutations that can be encountered and the impact they have on the genome.

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Advances in High-throughput Screening
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Ever since the advent of the multi-well plate, researchers have been pioneering new ways to miniaturize assays for high-throughput screening (HTS). Here, we share two examples that illustrate the power of modern HTS in drug discovery.

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The Pursuit of Spotting and Steering Cell Death
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Here, we examine one common branch of cell death, apoptosis, and explain why studying aberrations in apoptotic signaling is important for understanding and addressing a range of human pathologies. We also highlight techniques that enable studies of apoptosis.

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Cutting Through the Headlines: Are Scientists Really Growing Sentient "Mini-brains"?
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Neuroscience 2019, the world’s biggest conference of brain science, finished just over a month ago. In the wake of some particularly inflammatory headlines, we take a closer look at whether claims that new model systems for studying the brain could produce sentience in a jar have any truth to them.

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Cell Culture Workflows In a Spin? How Next-generation Centrifuges Are Overcoming Common Challenges
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In this article, we discuss the challenges scientists face when employing conventional benchtop centrifuge systems, and explain how the latest technological advances are helping laboratories to overcome them, allowing organizations to improve efficiency and achieve more reliable results.

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