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The Viral Genome: Moving Beyond Reading Code – Why Not Rewrite It?
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Researchers have discovered how to read, decode, and manipulate previously ‘hidden’ viral code. This could open up new opportunities in drug delivery and gene therapy.

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Liquid Biopsies Coming of Age
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Based on the analysis of cells, genes, and chemical signals in body fluids, liquid biopsies provide timely, actionable information on disease states while eliminating the high cost and risks of tissue biopsies. Gene amplification through polymerase chain reaction and related techniques offer these benefits with the added advantage of amplifying low-abundance species. This article looks at the state of the art in PCR-based liquid biopsies, including a discussion of the technique's limitations.

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The Cancer Moonshot 2020: Then, Now & the Future
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Since the launch of the project, patients, caregivers, doctors, cancer centers, regulators and others have been hard at work to drive cancer research and treatment forward in a race to beat the disease.

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The MAPK Pathway as a Therapeutic Target in Cancer Research
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Following the rapid and striking success of vemurafenib, a MAPK targeting drug used to treat melanoma, interest in this critical cell signalling pathway has exploded.

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Spectroscopic Techniques for Food Analysis to Combat Adulteration and Fraud
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Food fraud takes many forms, including adulteration, package tampering, outright counterfeiting of products or ingredients, mislabeling, intentional use of illegal or substandard ingredients, manufacturing shortcuts to lower production costs, and many others. Thanks to modern technology, detecting food fraud is mostly an analytical chemistry exercise, with choice of methodology depending on the quality attribute the food detective is looking for.

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Microfluidics for Cell Culture and Analysis
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From the initial vision of re-creating entire chemistry laboratories on chips, microfluidics has evolved into niche applications for cell culture and analytical science.

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Researchers Discover a Promising Drug Target for Bowel Cancer
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The identification of this target is particularly exciting as it is unique to tumour cells, meaning that it is less toxic compared to existing therapies.

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Cryopreservation Freezing Methods and Equipment
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This article will describe the workflow, methods and equipment used for freezing, storage and thawing samples.

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CRISPRa: A universal "on switch" to identify functional gene enhancers
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CRISPRa is a widely applicable tool for untying genetic interactions in all kinds of cells and could be used to build functional regulatory maps of the human genome.

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Personalised Medicine: Transforming lives one diagnosis at a time
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No longer confined to research projects and blue sky thinking, personalised medicine is having an impact in the real world, providing smarter diagnosis, guiding treatment decisions and producing better outcomes.

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