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The Coronavirus Outbreak

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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 the outbreak.

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Organoids: Exploring Liver Cancer Initiation and the Possibilities of Personalized Glioblastoma Treatment

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In this article, we explore the various types of organoids under development and shine a spotlight on some of the different approaches to organoids in cancer research.

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Experts Urge Caution in Interpreting COVID-19 Antibody Tests

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Blood tests for antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 are becoming more readily available, but no test is perfectly reliable so results must be carefully interpreted, experts say.

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Mass Spectrometrists Around the World Pull Together To Share COVID-19 Data
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A new coalition of more than 500 scientists from around the world has been created to share data on COVID-19 gleaned from the use of mass spectrometry techniques which examine people’s blood and other biomarkers.

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Diagnostic Blood Test Could Help the Fight To Eliminate Malaria
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An international collaborative team has developed a new diagnostic blood test which detects recent exposure to vivax malaria. The new test can also identify people who may harbor dormant liver-stage malaria parasites which can cause illness.

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Analyzing Blood Metabolites in ALS Could Reveal or Rule Out Biomarkers for Disease
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High-throughput analysis of blood plasma could aid in the identification of diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers for ALS, according to a new study.

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Eco-nutrition Label for Labware Could Make Science a Greener Place To Be
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In science, being green can be challenging but one not-for-profit organization are trying to do something to fix that. Hear about the ACT label initiative, an eco-labeling system like food nutritional label,for laboratory products enabling scientists to understand the environmental impact of a product and its packaging and make informed choices.

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Talking Viral Mutations, Genome Sequencing and Antigenic Drift With Dr Timothy Triche
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Technology Networks interviewed Dr Timothy Triche to gain his perspectives on how analysis of unique strains can help to define the scope and severity of COVID-19, why this is a complex process and the possible negative implications of antigenic drift.

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Antimicrobial Resistance
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Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is the ability of microorganisms to resist the killing capacity of antimicrobial drugs, a worryingly increasing problem. This article explores the science behind AMR, factors promoting it's spread and techniques to detect it. Looking to the future, ways to combat AMR and alternatives to antimicrobials are discussed.

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Why Are COVID-19 Scientists So Interested in What We Flush Away? Could Wastewater Predict a Second Wave of SARS-CoV-2 Infections?
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As some of the stricter COVID-19 lockdown restrictions are being eased, some have already experienced a second wave of cases. But might there be a way to predict new epicenters of infection and nip them in the bud before they are able to establish themselves and spread further? Some scientists think so, and the answer lies beneath our feet – wastewater.

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Exploring the Ethics of Genetic Testing: Where Does Duty Begin and End?
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What are the legal, professional and ethical, duties of researchers and clinicians in handling genetic testing and the knowledge that might be gained from it?

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Exploring the Ethics of Genetic Testing: What Does Consent Mean?
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We explore the intricacies of informed consent in genetic testing, including the role of secondary findings and genetic counseling.

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