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Safe Guarding Your Food from Harmful Microorganisms and the Impact of Our Changing Climate
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Prevention and detection of harmful microorganisms within the food industry, be it in your own kitchen, during the production chain or right back at the producer is imperative to keeping consumers healthy. Changes occurring in our climate are also causing shifts in the niches inhabited by microbes, and scientists must keep ahead of the game to prevent emerging issues.

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Genetic Analysis Adds Weight to Cannabis Strain Name Concerns
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Inconsistent naming and labeling of cannabis strains continue to pose challenges for consumers and researchers alike.

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The Gene Factory: Can Enzymes Revolutionize Man-Made DNA Synthesis?
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Building artificial DNA sounds like a technology out of science fiction, but has been conducted in labs for nearly 40 years. To make the potential of synthetic DNA a reality, new methods are being developed that aim to make creating DNA as fast as sequencing it.

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We're Not Prepared for the Genetic Revolution That's Coming
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New technologies are making genetic information (and the power to manipulate it) more widely available that ever before. What the public do with that information, and the effects of those actions, could be a defining theme of the 21st century.

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One Year on, Scientists Defend Canada’s Anti-Genetic Discrimination Law
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The Canadian Genetic Non-Discrimination Act (GNA), introduced last May, made it illegal to require individuals to disclose genetic test results or to compel individuals to undergo genetic tests for any agreement or service. However, a subsequent legal challenge has prompted a robust defense of the act from scientists in the May issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ).

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Metagenomics: Exploring Microbiomes at Nature’s New Frontiers
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Advances in sequencing technologies are providing scientists with a powerful way to view microbial communities in unprecedented detail. Metagenomics is a rapidly evolving field that is uncovering a wealth of hidden biodiversity, revolutionizing our understanding of uncharted corners in the living world.

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Tracking the Heritability of Cell Stress
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As part of work recently published in Science Advances, a team of researchers from the Institute of Systems Biology at Yale University has built a microfluidic device to demonstrate that single cells preserve a memory of their mother's dynamic response to glucose limitation stress for multiple generations.

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The 3D Structure of Telomerase: Uncovering Its Role in Human Disease
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Researchers have published the first detailed picture and description of the 3-dimensional molecular structure of telomerase – a discovery that could enable better targeted drug screening and could result in more successful telomerase-related clinical therapeutics.

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Phenotypic versus Target-based Screening for Drug Discovery
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Target-based screening has been the method of choice in drug discovery for the past two decades, but phenotypic screening is having something of a renaissance. We look at the advantages and applications of both.

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Study Shows Night Owls Have a 10% Higher Risk of Early Death
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Scientists study link between chronotype and death, and find night owls are at greater risk of health complications and earlier death.

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