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Masha Savelieff is a professional freelance scientific writer. She began her science career in chemistry at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon, where she earned her BSc and MSc degrees. She then went on to receive her PhD, also in chemistry, from the University of Illinois in 2008. Masha then branched out into biology and biomedical research by completing her postdoctoral training in Alzheimer’s disease at the University of Michigan. Finally, she widened her biology experience in cancer research and metabolic disease, also at U-M. Masha now writes full-time on a breadth of scientific topics.

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Gene Therapy: A New Frontier in Disease-Modifying Therapies

The gene therapy landscape is dynamic and constantly shifting. In this article, we will review major advances in disease modification for illnesses that presently still lack effective treatments, as well as some challenges and approaches to overcome them.
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Biomarker Bonanza: Computational Methods and Metabolomics Advances

Biomarkers can potentially aid patient management across the stages of their disease course. This article will review advances in computationally-driven biomarker discovery, including from metabolomics datasets, for complex, multifactorial diseases.
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Synthetic Biology: Engineering Meets Biology

Featuring expert academic insights, this article will outline recent research advancements in synthetic biology, including novel methods and applications.
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Multiomics Advances: Patient Stratification for Treatment and Response

This article will present two multiomics vignettes. One involves the search for a deeper understanding of food allergies and a potential path forward for treatment. Another will describe the response to bariatric surgery, a growing need as obesity trends upward in many parts of the world.
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Cutting With CRISPR: Assessing Safety as Technology Moves Into the Clinic

The Nobel Prize winning CRISPR-Cas genome editing technology is being adopted for a wide variety of research applications. In this article, we will explore what these applications are and outline the progress of CRISPR methodologies in recent years, in addition to current bottlenecks in CRISPR research and how we can look to address them.
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Spatial Biology: Location, Location, Location!

This article will review advances in multimodal imaging mass spectrometry applications and a computational method to achieve higher resolution from spatial transcriptomics datasets.
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Viral Evolution: Changing Priorities Under Environmental Cues

This article will highlight some of the selective pressures that can shape viral evolution, focusing on human parainfluenza virus (HPIV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
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Cell Culture – Good Practice and Advanced Methods

This article will explore the importance of cell culture quality control and highlight recent developments in this area.
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Biosample Management and Data Tracking: Setting Your LIMS Workflow Right

Download this guide to explore important aspects of the LIMS workflow, biosample management and data management.
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Multiomics – A Multi-Layered Answer to Multi-Layered Questions

Featuring expert insights, this article will reflect on recent progress in the multiomics research space, exploring workflow developments, technologies and applications.