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8 Characters You’ll Find in Every Lab

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In this poster we highlight eight characters you will find in every lab. Which character are you most like?

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SNP Genotyping on qPCR Platforms: Troubleshooting for Amplification and Cluster Separation

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Daniel Tsang provides an overview of genotyping using real-time PCR (qPCR) technology, including challenges and ways to overcome these challenges.

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PromethION in action, in labs around the world

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The PromethION is Oxford Nanopore Technologies' largest sequencing device, capable of delivering many terabases of data, in real time, from a single run. Hear how teams across a broad range of applications, based in labs all over the world — US (UCSF, UCD, JCVI and UCSC), China (GrandOmics and Biomarker) and Europe (KeyGene, Genescope and UMC Utrecht) — are using PromethION in their work.

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Universal Cancer Test: One Test to Diagnose Them All?

Universal Cancer Test: One Test to Diagnose Them All?

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A diagnostic test is in the works to identify patterns of methyl groups, which are altered dramatically by cancer. The test uses gold nanoparticles that instantly change color and indicate if the nanostructures of cancer DNA are present.

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A Killer on Your Skin
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Staphylococcus epidermidis is an ubiquitous colonizer of healthy human skin, but it is also a notorious source of serious nosocomial infections . Now, a new machine learning technique will help predict the risk of developing a serious, and possibly life-threatening S. epidermidis infection.

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Roots of Neuropsychiatric Risk in the Developing Brain
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The most comprehensive genomic analysis of the human brain ever undertaken has revealed new insights into the changes it undergoes through development, how it varies among individuals, and the roots of neuropsychiatric illnesses such as autism spectrum disorders and schizophrenia.

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3D Tracking How a Virus Moves Through a Mosquito
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Researchers hope to one day inhibit the genes involved with the release of the virus from within the mosquito’s stomach to prevent future transmission of mosquito-borne diseases.

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A Controversial World-first: Gene-Edited Human Babies

A Controversial World-first: Gene-Edited Human Babies

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A Chinese scientist, He Jiankui, has claimed that he helped make the world-first gene-edited babies: two twin baby girls. Reportedly, he used CRISPR-Cas9 to edit embryos for seven couples during IVF fertility treatment, and engineered the embryos to possess resistance to HIV infection. He Jiankui, from the Southern University of Science and Technology, is now facing investigation over whether the experiment was illegal.

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A (Lab)Step Towards Reproducible Science
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The reproducibility crisis is holding back science. London-based Labstep, a start-up out of Oxford University, think that their tool can help make science more open and reproducible. That claim has now been given some concrete evidence with the announcement that the research contingent of the MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM will be trialling Labstep across their Banjul-based facility.

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Understanding the Role of BDNF on GABAergic neurotransmission
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Researchers have identified a mechanism by which brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) can suppress GABAergic transmission in hippocampus. In this article, Dr. Rajamani Selvam explains how he and his team achieved these results, and their potential impact on the treatment of neurological disease.

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Single-Cell DNA Sequencing Weaves a Way Towards Personalized Cancer Treatment
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High-throughput single-cell analysis has been regularly acclaimed as a transformative technology for sequencing and a huge step towards the goal of personalized medicine. Will Tapestri, a sequencing platform developed by Mission Bio, be the game-changer in DNA analysis we have been waiting for?

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