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Exploring the Public’s Perception of Food Fraud
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When you go to the shops to buy the weekly groceries, it’s quite likely you’ll find yourself thinking about where your food has come from. Is this organic? Is that free-range? You are perhaps less likely to find yourself wondering, “Is this food fake?”

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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
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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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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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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
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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?
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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
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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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Lytic vs Lysogenic – Understanding Bacteriophage Life Cycles
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Bacteriophage (phage) are obligate intracellular viruses that specifically infect bacteria. Here we take an overview of their structure, life-cycle and the role they have played in advancing science and medicine.

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Microbiome Medicine Takes Center Stage
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Personalized medicine isn’t all about our DNA. Researchers are increasingly looking past the information encoded on our genes to find answers to how individual variation contributes to complex disease. Companies like the Cambridge-based Microbiotica are much more interested in the bacterial cells that live inside us; our microbiome.

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