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New Ways to ID Disease-resistant Genes Could Protect Our Chocolate Supply

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Chocolate-producing cacao trees that are resistant to a major pathogen were identified by an international team of plant geneticists. The findings point the way for plant breeders to develop trees that are tolerant of the disease.

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Geneticists Identify Hundreds of Small Metabolites That Are Potential Disease Indicators
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New research has identified hundreds of metabolites that could one day help doctors better monitor metabolite variation as an indicator of disease.

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New Markers for Triple Negative Breast Cancer
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Two biomarkers – a 44-gene DNA Damage Response (DDIR) signature and stromal tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (sTILs) – can serve as prognostic markers in people diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer, according to a new study.

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Secrets of Herbal Antidepressant Synthesis Are Uncovered
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A new collaboration by scientists from German and Canadian research institutes has shed light on the genes involved in the biosynthesis of hypericin.

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Scientists Left Perplexed at Latest Alzheimer’s Drug Data
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In this article, we revisit the many twists and turns of the aducanumab clinical trials and explore the scientific community's response to the latest analysis of the data.

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Advances in PCR Diagnostics for Cancer and Medical Mycology
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From detecting cancer to microbial infections, and now even fungal infections, PCR has become the gold standard of analyzing gene expression. In this article, we explore how PCR is used as a novel diagnostic strategy to identify clinically important yeast species, as well as to detect mutations that could guide therapeutic decisions for lung cancer patients.

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Key Themes and Conversations From the First Lab of the Future Congress
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What do we mean by lab of the future? What innovations are required to get there? These are the key themes explored by this year's Lab of the Future Congress, summarized in this article.

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Technology Networks Explores the CRISPR Revolution: An Interview With Professor Glenn Cohen, World-leading Expert on Bioethics
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In this feature of Technology Networks Explores the CRISPR Revolution, we interview Professor Glenn Cohen, director of Harvard Law School's Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology and Bioethics.

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Metabolomics: A “Go-to” Approach in Systems Biology
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The measurement of low-molecular-weight metabolites and their intermediates reflects the dynamic response of the body to physiological, pathophysiological and developmental stimulus (e.g., aging). In this article, we explore how metabolomic profiling is advancing an array of scientific disciplines, including medicine and agriculture.

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Scientists Take Action To Stop Gender Inequality and Sexual Harassment in STEM
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In December 2018, a diverse group of scientific researchers gathered to challenge a key issue in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce: gender bias, and sexual harassment. Now, the conclusions from the meeting have been eloquently described by 23 authors in an article published in the journal Science.

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