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Exploring Sleep and Genetics on World Sleep Day 2019
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March 15, 2019 marks World Sleep Day, an annual event organized by the World Sleep Society to celebrate sleep. Today, we explore the scientific research that looks at the links between our genes, why we sleep, and the negative impact a lack of sleep may have.

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Addressing the Underrepresentation of Women in Science
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We recently spoke with Jessica Wade, PhD, a physicist at Imperial College London to learn more about her extraordinary efforts to raise the profile of female scientists and other underrepresented groups in science.

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Like Genes, Our Microbes Pass from Parent to Child
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Our bodies are ecosystems by themselves - home to thousands of tiny microorganisms, known as microbes. Some are harmful while others are important to health. But did you know that microbes, like genes, are transmitted from mother to child even before birth?

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Incentivizing Drug Development for Rare Diseases
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On Rare Disease Day 2019, we discuss how regulatory incentives are necessary for encouraging rare disease drug development, and share the testimonial videos from this year's international campaign.

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World Yoga Day: Finding the OM in GenOMics
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A recent climb in the number of people taking up a regular yoga or meditation practise has seen the terms “downward dog” and “tree pose” enter the everyday vocabulary of many. Today, on World Yoga Day, people come together across the world to celebrate the unity that yoga brings. However, from a scientific perspective, what evidence exists that supports the benefits of a regular yoga and meditation practise?

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Emerging Technologies in Combating Foodborne Illness
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Rapid and accurate detection of foodborne pathogens is essential to prevent foodborne illnesses and to mitigate the associated economic losses. We take a look at some of the technological advances that are helping to make this happen.

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Pluripotent Stem Cells in Drug Discovery: Can We Stem the Tide of Unsuccessful Drugs?
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Stem cells were first discovered in human cord blood in 1978. Why would we think they can be of more help now? This article delves into reasons behind the sudden interest in stem cells, and highlights how they can be used to advance drug discovery.

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Addressing Controversy in ADHD: An Interview with Russell A. Barkley, PhD
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We interviewed Russell A. Barkley, PhD, an internationally recognized expert on attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), to gain an insight into the disorder, its portrayal in the media and the future of ADHD research.

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How Genomics is Shaping Advanced Therapeutics
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Genomics technologies are guiding the development of advanced therapy medicinal products, i.e. gene-based, cell-based, and tissue-engineered approaches. This article highlights the progress, challenges and impact of this interdisciplinary branch of medicine.

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UK Lung Cancer Diagnostic Services: Time to Step Up
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The UK’s national health system needs to take a hard look at their priorities and procedures to ensure that rapid advances in molecular diagnostics in lung cancer are translated into a practical service for all patients, according to a report launched at the British Thoracic Oncology Group Annual Conference.

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