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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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Processing Challenging NGS samples using automated liquid handler

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This webinar provides insights into important factors that affect NGS library quality when using challenging samples such as cell-free Nucleic Acids (cfDNA and cfRNA). It also outlines strategies to overcome these negative effects and highlights automated liquid handling as an option to reduce human errors and increase productivity.

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10 Things We Didn't Know Last Week, October 5, 2018

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A roundup of the top life science news nuggets from the week, guaranteed to make you sound more interesting

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The Genetics of Coffee Consumption

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Marilyn Cornelis, of the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University, has spent years researching how coffee affects our body. In this interview, she explains how coffee affects our brain, interacts with cannabis, and why listening to your body might be the best way to decide how much coffee to drink.

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The Making of Soldier Ants

The Making of Soldier Ants

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Scientists at McGill have found the answer to a question that perplexed Charles Darwin; if natural selection works at the level of the individual, fighting for survival and reproduction, how can a single colony produce worker ants that are so dramatically different in size – from “minor” workers to large-headed soldiers with huge mandibles – especially if they are sterile?

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Don't Pick Your Nose!
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Pneumonia-causing bacteria can be spread through picking and rubbing the nose.

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Winner found in Shrimp Talent Quest
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Shrimp help keep fish clean – and scientists have identified the ‘cleaner shrimp’ with the most talent for reducing parasites and chemical use in farmed fish.

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Yeast have Surprising Way of Clearing Infection
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Researchers studying yeast cells have discovered a surprisingly located new mechanism for detecting foreign genetic material – whether from pathogens or environmental contamination – and rendering it harmless.

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Understanding the Lytic Cycle – What Are the Steps?
Understanding the Lytic Cycle – What Are the Steps?
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Bacteriophage (phage) are viruses that specifically infect bacteria. They have a two-phase lifecycle, residing in a dormant state within the host genome (lysogenic cycle) or hijacking the host cellular machinery for their own replication (lytic cycle). Here we will explore the important steps of the lytic cycle.

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Cold Plasma for Seed, Fruit and Vegetable Decontamination and Plant Disease Control
Cold Plasma for Seed, Fruit and Vegetable Decontamination and Plant Disease Control
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An effective way to increase crop yield is to minimize losses to pathogenic microorganisms by improving the disease resistance of crop plants. A recently emerging alternative to conventional methods for improving plant disease resistance is cold plasma.

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MALDI Imaging Mass Spectrometry (MALDI IMS): A Marriage of Mass Spectrometry and Morphological Spatial Resolution
MALDI Imaging Mass Spectrometry (MALDI IMS): A Marriage of Mass Spectrometry and Morphological Spatial Resolution
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Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization imaging mass spectrometry (MALDI IMS) is a powerful analytical technique that enjoys the sensitivity of mass spectrometry coupled with spatial distribution information.

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Above the Genome: How Epigenetics Influences Cancer and Obesity
Above the Genome: How Epigenetics Influences Cancer and Obesity
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Truly understanding how our DNA influences our lives and health sometimes means moving past the DNA sequence. Epigenetics encompasses a group of heritable modifications without changes to the DNA sequence itself. Our epigenetics affects our susceptibility to a staggering number of diseases, including both cancer and obesity.

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A SMRTer Way to Sequence DNA?
A SMRTer Way to Sequence DNA?
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Single Molecule Real Time (SMRT) DNA sequencing is pretty darn popular: it featured in over 1400 publications in 2017 alone. The research to create SMRT began 20 years ago, and in this article one of the technique's creators, Jonas Korlach, explains how SMRT developed from concept to technology.

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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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