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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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Studying the Genome One Cell at a Time
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In 2013, Nature named single-cell sequencing (SCS) as the ‘Method of the Year’, citing its potential to transform the fields of biology and medicine. Now, the technique is bringing to light how genetic information can change between individual cells and facilitating the study of rare cell types. This article explores how these insights have helped scientists understand how diseases like cancer can evolve and spread in humans.

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The Agricultural Perspective on Water Contamination by Pharmaceuticals
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Despite centuries of research into drug development, investigation into the environmental impact of pharmaceuticals is a much younger field. If not treated effectively, there is the potential for pharmaceuticals in wastewater to affect the agricultural industry through the use of this contaminated water supply.

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Genome Editing and Human Reproduction: Behind the Headlines of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics Report
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Two weeks ago, the Nuffield Council on Bioethics released a seminal report on the social and ethical issues of heritable genome editing. In an article written exclusively for Technology Networks, Hugh Whittall, Director of the Council, looks in-depth at the conclusions and implications of the Council's report.

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GM Crop Ruling Shows Why the EU’s Laws Are Wholly Inadequate
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Ottoline Leyser, Director of the Sainsbury Laboratory, University of Cambridge writes for the Conversation on the flaws behind a new ruling by the European Court of Justice that reclassifies genetic modification as any technique that induces genetic changes “in a way that does not occur naturally”.

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Epigenetics and Drug Discovery
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This article aims to highlight the key types of epigenetic modification, summarize current and emerging drug discovery efforts to target epigenetic dysregulation and will discuss some of the benefits and challenges of epigenetic therapeutics.

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One-Way vs Two-Way ANOVA: Differences, Assumptions and Hypotheses
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A key statistical test in research fields including biology, economics and psychology, Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) is very useful for analyzing datasets. It allows comparisons to be made between three or more groups of data. Here, we summarize the key differences between these two tests, including the assumptions and hypotheses that must be made about each type of test.

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Biosafety and the Agents of Doom
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To combat harmful pathogens it is vitally important that scientists have facilities available that enable them to work on them safely. These facilities should prevent the operator from becoming infected with the agent they are working with and prevent the organism from escaping the laboratory setting and potentially initiating new outbreaks of disease.

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