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Population Waits With Bated Breath as Coronavirus Continues Its Global March
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Whilst WHO officials are yet to declare the ongoing coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan a global health emergency, China are taking preventative steps in the face of a growing and spreading caseload.

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What are Progenitor Cells? Exploring Neural, Myeloid and Hematopoietic Progenitor Cells
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In this guide, we explore what progenitor cells are, how they differ from stem cells, and their key properties that makes them useful in the body.

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Global Alarm Over Spread of Novel Coronavirus
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Today an emergency committee convened in Geneva to discuss whether or not the current outbreak of a novel coronavirus in China should be declared a “public health emergency of international concern.”

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Incidence vs Prevalence
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In epidemiology, prevalence and incidence are among the most fundamental measures when it comes to monitoring disease. But do you know what they mean or how and why they are important? This article takes a look at disease prevalence and incidence, what this information tells us and how it can be used.

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2DLC in Food Safety and Traceability
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With so many potential routes for food contaminants, both natural and otherwise, having the tools to detect them, determine the source of the problem and prevent them from reaching the consumer is therefore vitally important. In this article, we explore how 2DLC is being implemented to improve food safety and contaminant traceability.

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Should Infectious Diseases Be Made Notifiable? The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
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At first glance this question might seem like a no-brainer. Surely if you make an infectious disease notifiable then you are better able to contain infection and prevent it spreading, right? Unfortunately, whilst the principle seems simple, the reality is far less so. Here we take a look at the different facets and implications of making an infectious disease notifiable.

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Meet "Mr Christmas Tree", the Scientist Who Researches Christmas Trees All Year Round
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Wouldn't it be grand if it could be Christmas every day? Well, for one researcher, it sort of is. Meet Plant Pathologist and Extension Specialist Professor Gary Chastagner, also commonly referred to as "Mr Christmas Tree", a scientist who researches Christmas trees 365 days a year.

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Biosecurity – From the Horse’s Mouth
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"Biosecurity” encompasses a wide range of important topics, from bioterrorism to invasive alien species of both plants and animals. But for the purposes of this article, we are going to focus on the prevention of outbreaks of disease and how to minimize the spread when they do inevitably happen.

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Who Will Win the "Race to the Bottom" in the Infectious Disease Testing Market?
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When it comes to testing for infectious diseases, it seems some companies are engaged in a “race to the bottom” to provide the cheapest test possible. Ever-lower price points might be attractive for cash-strapped governments, NGOs and charities engaged in the ongoing fight against infectious diseases, but are such practices putting us at risk of compromising quality?

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Advances in PCR Diagnostics for Cancer and Medical Mycology
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From detecting cancer to microbial infections, and now even fungal infections, PCR has become the gold standard of analyzing gene expression. In this article, we explore how PCR is used as a novel diagnostic strategy to identify clinically important yeast species, as well as to detect mutations that could guide therapeutic decisions for lung cancer patients.

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