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10 Things We Didn't Know Last Week - 12 October 2018

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A weekly round-up of the latest news stories.

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Chemical Snapshots and Molecular Maps with Mass Spec Imaging

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Mass spectrometry imaging (MSI) is a powerful tool increasingly being used in many fields including cancer research, biomarker discovery and drug development. This article explains why MSI is the technique of choice in many labs, discusses its use in research, and covers how some inherent challenges are being addressed.

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First Fully Digital Pathology Lab in UK Improves Cancer Diagnosis

First Fully Digital Pathology Lab in UK Improves Cancer Diagnosis

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A move to digitally scan 100% of slides by Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust Pathology Lab has been hailed as a crucial step to faster and better diagnosis of cancer.

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Urine Point-of-care Test Detects Antibiotic-resistant 'Superbugs'
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A simple and inexpensive new test can diagnose patients with antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria in a matter of minutes.

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Obesity Linked to Increased Risk of Early-Onset Colorectal Cancer
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Women who are overweight or obese have up to twice the risk of developing colorectal cancer before age 50 as women who have what is considered a normal body mass index (BMI), according to new research led by Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

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What Pneumococcus Says to Make You Sick
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This study of "bacterial linguistics," attempts to identify the "words" that bacteria use to communicate.

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Exploring the Public’s Perception of Food Fraud
Exploring the Public’s Perception of Food Fraud
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When you go to the shops to buy the weekly groceries, it’s quite likely you’ll find yourself thinking about where your food has come from. Is this organic? Is that free-range? You are perhaps less likely to find yourself wondering, “Is this food fake?”

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Microfluidic Diagnostic Tools: Could Doctors Soon Be Obsolete?
Microfluidic Diagnostic Tools: Could Doctors Soon Be Obsolete?
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The world of microfluidics has generated a host of intricate tools on a microscale, ranging from cheap paper-based lateral flow tests to organ-on-a-chip models designed to facilitate personalized diagnostic tests.
This article explores the extent to which microfluidic tools are filling a gap in clinical and point-of-care diagnostics, and touches on how microfluidics could improve the drug discovery process.

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How Transitioning to Automation in the Lab Improves Patient Outcomes
How Transitioning to Automation in the Lab Improves Patient Outcomes
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Integrating new technologies into laboratory workflows can be a complex transition. This article outlines why, when it comes to diagnosing infections, it's an investment worth making.

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Cancers of the Lung and the Rise of Artificial Intelligence
Cancers of the Lung and the Rise of Artificial Intelligence
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Artificial intelligence (AI) has begun to transform the world of healthcare and researchers across the globe are now dedicated to discovering its potential. This technology has particularly struck a chord with cancer research surrounding early detection, a long-standing concern for the cancer community.

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Three Ways to Turn Life Science Suppliers into Partners
Three Ways to Turn Life Science Suppliers into Partners
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A growing number of life science businesses are turning to greater supply chain collaboration for benefits like accelerated time to market, improved quality, reduced risk and more rapid and widespread innovation. But while 68% of executives in this industry say active and meaningful engagement with suppliers is essential to success, far too many, over a third, struggle to implement it.

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Deciphering the Cancer Proteome
Deciphering the Cancer Proteome
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This article explores the current state of play within the area of cancer proteomics, highlights some of the techniques used to investigate the proteome, and looks at the impact of combining proteomics with other ‘omics’ in relation to cancer research.

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