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Care in the Community – How Biofilms Improve Bacterial Survival

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A single bacterial cell on its own is vulnerable to attack and like many living things they can benefit from safety in numbers. But bacteria take communal living to a whole new level, forming veritable civilizations - the bacterial biofilm.

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Action Needed to Reduce Pharmaceuticals in the Environment

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The European Commission needs to take action to reduce pharmaceuticals in the environment and prevent an AMR apocalypse.

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Antigenic Drift vs Antigenic Shift

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As part of the host-pathogen arms race, viruses are continually evolving to evade the host immune response, be it from previous infection or immunity acquired through vaccination. Here we take a look at the processes of antigenic drift and antigenic shift.

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Researchers love this microplate spectrophotometer - Thermo Scientific Multiskan Sky

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Plate reader with ready-made protocols, cloud connected, touch screen, no learning curve. Researchers from the University of Helsinki Pharmacy dept. review the Thermo Scientific Multiskan Sky Microplate Spectrophotometer as efficient and easy-to-use.

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Fighting the Good Fight

Fighting the Good Fight

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Blocking an important enzyme in staphylococcal metabolism in a targeted manner would allow the pathogens to be starved.

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Making AI Less Biased
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With machine learning systems now being used to determine everything from stock prices to medical diagnoses, it's never been more important to look at how they arrive at decisions. A new approach out of MIT demonstrates that the main culprit is not just the algorithms themselves, but how the data itself is collected.

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Inflammation-blocking Inhibitor Could Treat Sepsis Too
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A new inhibitor which decreases lung inflammation could hold the key to treating Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome and sepsis.

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Oncolytic Adenovirus Modified to Actively Kill 2 Cancerous Cell Types
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An engineered oncolytic adenovirus that encodes a bispecific antibody harnesses a dual-action approach to attack stromal fibroblasts.

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Through the Looking Glass of Single Cell Proteomics
Through the Looking Glass of Single Cell Proteomics
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To pick apart the differences between individual cells in complex multicellular organisms, we need to look at cells one-by-one. This article takes a look at how several scientists in North America are using single cell proteomics (SCP) technologies to discern disease pathogenesis and enhance directed stem-cell differentiation.

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Understanding the Lytic Cycle – What Are the Steps?
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
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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Chemical Snapshots and Molecular Maps with Mass Spec Imaging
Chemical Snapshots and Molecular Maps with Mass Spec Imaging
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Mass spectrometry imaging (MSI) is a powerful tool increasingly being used in many fields including cancer research, biomarker discovery and drug development. This article explains why MSI is the technique of choice in many labs, discusses its use in research, and covers how some inherent challenges are being addressed.

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MALDI Imaging Mass Spectrometry (MALDI IMS): A Marriage of Mass Spectrometry and Morphological Spatial Resolution
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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Three Ways to Turn Life Science Suppliers into Partners
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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