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How Does Cold Plasma Enhance Seed Germination and Plant Growth?

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To respond to the growing need for food worldwide, farmers will need new technologies to produce more food from less land. One method recently tested by researchers for its potential to improve germination is cold plasma technology.

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What Is Science Telling Us About Soil Testing and Treatment?

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Just as soil testing is important to the farmer, working to improve upon current soil testing methods is important to the agricultural scientist. By ensuring that farmers and agricultural workers have access to the best possible soil testing tools, they will then be more able to protect and improve the health of their land as needed.

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Bacterial Culture

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There are lots of reasons to culture bacteria, many sources from which to culture them and diverse species with equally diverse growth requirements – some pickier than others. To give yourself a fighting chance at successful bacterial culture it is therefore vital to pick the correct culture conditions for your purpose and avoid contamination by using good aseptic technique.

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The Immune System and Cancer

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There has been an acceleration in our understanding of how cancer evades the immune system, and an explosion in new therapeutics that re-configure the immune system to mount a powerful anticancer response. Download this list to learn more.

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How Does DEET Keep Mosquitoes at Bay?

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Since its invention during WWII, researchers have been trying to pinpoint precisely how DEET actually affects mosquitos. New research suggests DEET may chemically “cloak” humans from malaria-carrying mosquitos, rather than repel them.

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Better Together - Quest Towards Open Access Publication
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Not-for-profit Jisc and the Microbiology Society announce a pilot transitional open access agreement. The "Publish and Read" deal will allow researchers at participating institutions to publish an unlimited number of open-access articles, as well as access to the society’s full portfolio in return for a cost neutral fixed fee.

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Combatting Superbugs With Nanocapsules
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Scientists have discovered an antibiotic-free approach that could help prevent and treat one of the most widespread bacterial pathogens, using nanocapsules.

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Bioactive Agents Improve Synthetic Bone Substitutes
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Synthetic bone substitutes are promising materials for bone defect repair, but their efficacy can be substantially improved by bioactive agents such as growth factors. In a new study, researchers have modified beta-tricalcium phosphate (β-TCP) with increasing quantities of bone morphogenetic protein 2 (BMP-2) derived from E. coli and shown improved bone healing.

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Francis Mojica: The Modest Microbiologist Who Discovered and Named CRISPR
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Kicking off Technology Networks Explores the CRISPR Revolution, Professor Mojica, or "Francis", takes us on a journey back to the original research that, despite being deemed "crazy" by members of the scientific community at the time, led to the CRISPR revolution that is anticipated to edit evolution forever.

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Who Is Responsible for Reproducible Science?
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Reproducibility is now recognized as a core feature of good scientific practice but too many papers fail to meet the grade. We talked to Leslie D McIntosh, CEO of Ripeta, on the topic of reproducibility. In this interview, we ask Leslie about the concepts within Ripeta’s recent report on the state of reproducible science in 2019.

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Feeling Like a Fraud: Impostor Syndrome in STEM
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Impostor syndrome is experienced by millions of people around the world cross culturally, and describes difficulty internalizing one's accomplishments or abilities, and instead attributing their success to other factors. In this article, we explore the prevalence of impostor syndrome in STEM and the impact it has on the scientific community.

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Exploring the Latest in CRISPR and Stem Cell Research
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Thus far, the feasibility to edit stem cells using CRISPR technology has been demonstrated in two key areas: modeling and investigating human cell states and human diseases, and regenerative medicine. In this article, we explore some of the latest research in these spaces and the approaches that scientists are adopting to overcome challenges in the field.

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Essential Amino Acids: Chart, Abbreviations and Structure
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Amino acids are the building blocks that form polypeptides and ultimately proteins. Consequently, they are fundamental components of our bodies and vital for physiological functions such as protein synthesis, tissue repair and nutrient absorption. Here we take a closer look at amino acid properties, how they are used in the body and where they come from.

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Living in the (Bio)material World: A Night at Biodesign Here Now
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We report the opening night of Biodesign Here Now, an event featuring architects, artists, textile designers, and many more creatives who have found ways to bring together biology and design in their work, showing a way forward for collaboration between the two fields.

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