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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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Essential Amino Acids: Chart, Abbreviations and Structure
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Amino acids are the building blocks that form polypeptides and ultimately proteins. Consequently, they are fundamental components of our bodies and vital for physiological functions such as protein synthesis, tissue repair and nutrient absorption. Here we take a closer look at amino acid properties, how they are used in the body and where they come from.

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Living in the (Bio)material World: A Night at Biodesign Here Now
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We report the opening night of Biodesign Here Now, an event featuring architects, artists, textile designers, and many more creatives who have found ways to bring together biology and design in their work, showing a way forward for collaboration between the two fields.

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New Platform to Analyse exRNA for Cancer Diagnostics
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Professor Hsueh-Chia Chang tells us about the proposed diagnostic platform and some of the advantages it could offer over current methods of analysing exRNA.

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UK BioBank Project Is Taken to the Next Level by Sequencing 500,000 Genomes
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In a bid to push personalized medicine forward, an ambitious ground-breaking £200 million project will see the 500,000 BioBank participants' whole genomes sequenced.

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