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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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5 Drivers of Companion Diagnostics Research

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Companion diagnostic (CDx) tests are co-developed with their “companion” therapy and aim to aid medical decision-making by revealing which patients are (and are not) likely to respond well to a particular treatment. In this list, we discuss the main drivers of growth in CDx research.

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What Is Science Telling Us About Soil Testing and Treatment?

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Just as soil testing is important to the farmer, working to improve upon current soil testing methods is important to the agricultural scientist. By ensuring that farmers and agricultural workers have access to the best possible soil testing tools, they will then be more able to protect and improve the health of their land as needed.

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New Diagnostic Method Finds Aggressive Tumours

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Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have developed a new cheap method that can identify highly heterogeneous tumours that tend to be very aggressive, and therefore need to be treated more aggressively.

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"Missing" Virus Detected in Children With Polio-like Paralysis
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Study is first to find clear signs of enterovirus in the nervous system of AFM patients, providing the strongest evidence to date that the disease is viral.

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Triple-negative Breast Cancer Influenced by Dual Action of Genes and RNA
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Women with triple-negative breast cancer could be differentiated from a more common form of the disease by a panel of 17 small RNA molecules.

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Genes Linked to Sex Ratio Associated With Infertility
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"Is it a boy or girl?". It's presumed that there's a 50-50 chance you'd have one or the other. However, a new study of the sex chromosomes suggest they genes which, at least in mice, skew that assumed ratio to favor one sex, could have major implications for male infertility.

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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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Evaluating Detection Methods for Persistent Infection
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A pair of recent studies looked at the reliability of clinical observations and bacterial culture versus quantitative PCR (qPCR) in detecting clinically healthy carriers of the bacterium that causes strangles, who pose an infection risk to naïve individuals.

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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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Exploring the Latest in CRISPR and Stem Cell Research
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Thus far, the feasibility to edit stem cells using CRISPR technology has been demonstrated in two key areas: modeling and investigating human cell states and human diseases, and regenerative medicine. In this article, we explore some of the latest research in these spaces and the approaches that scientists are adopting to overcome challenges in the field.

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