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Rosalind Franklin Award Recognizes Young Women at the Forefront of Genetics Research

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The Rosalind Franklin Young Investigator Award honors the phenomenal contributions of Dr. Rosalind Franklin to the field of genetics by providing two young, female geneticists a cash prize of $75,000 to fund their research.

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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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qPCR Template Qualification

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qPCR Template Qualification using the Thermo Scientific NanoDrop One UV-Vis Spectrophotometer and the Invitrogen Qubit 4 Fluorometer

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New Genetic Engineering Tool Opens Floodgates of Microbial Metabolite Applications
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A team of microbiologists and genomicists led by the Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute (JGI) has invented a genetic engineering tool, called CRAGE, that could not only make studying microbes much easier, but also fill significant gaps in our understanding of how microbes interact with their surroundings and evolve.

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Giving the Immune System a Helping Hand To Find Hidden Cancer Cells
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Researchers have developed a new system that helps the immune system spot and eliminate cancer cells.

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It's Time to Keep Check on the Microbiome
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Scientists have developed a novel technique based on an oscillating gene circuit that they hope will help to shed light on the human microbiome.

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Powerful Technique Tracks Down Genetic Disease
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A team led by a scientist at Scripps Research has invented a new genomics technique for tracking down the causes of rare genetic diseases. The new method compares activity levels of maternal and paternal alleles across the genome and detects when the activity of an allele lies far enough outside the normal range to be a plausible cause of disease.

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Ethics of Ancient DNA
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In recent years, the study of ancient DNA, also known as aDNA, has rapidly advanced, providing important insights into a range of biological, historical, and social questions. The National Science Foundation has awarded a $350,882 collaborative grant to an array of institutions to analyze the current ethical landscape of ancient DNA research.

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Further Calls for Diversity in Genomics Research
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Broadening diversity among participants in human genomics research will maximize the potential of the field, say members of an international genomics consortium.

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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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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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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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