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Novel UPLC - MS/MS Method Detects Mycotoxin, Ochratoxin A, in Food Products
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A team of scientists have designed a simplified, sensitive test that can identify the mycotoxin ochratoxin A in food products, which can cause serious harm if ingested.

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Types of Pollution: Have You Considered Pharmaceutical Waste?
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Despite regulation and legislation regarding the methods by which pharmaceutical companies must treat waste water, reports indicate that manufacturers are continuing to discharge untreated or inappropriately treated waste into the environment. The problem is having devastating impacts on human health, the environment and antimicrobial resistance is soaring.

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The Germ and the Gene: Gut Bacteria Research Takes a Step Forward
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This article reviews some new developments in our knowledge of how our gut microbiota interacts with our genome.

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Microfluidic Method Identifies Rare Antibodies with Therapeutic Potential
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A novel microfluidic platform, able to rapidly isolate and identify rare antibodies from a vast repertoire of human B cells, has been developed by scientists. This technology could possess the ability to support and enhance the development of novel vaccines and biopharmaceuticals in the future.

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How We Tackle Antibiotic Resistance Now
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The fight against antibiotic resistance is real and is something we all have a responsibility in tackling. In fact, antibiotic resistance kills an estimated 700,000 people each year and has fuelled the re-emergence of illnesses that had become a rarity in many parts of the world.

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Bioimaging Using Microscopes: Challenges, Benefits and the Future
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The imaging of biological samples, or bioimaging, plays a key role in current life science research, enabling scientists to analyze molecules, cells and tissues from a range of living systems.

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Targeted Drug Delivery Via Nanoparticles Could Help Repair Transplant Organs
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Scientists have designed targeted nanoparticles to aid the therapeutic delivery of drugs directly to organs. This new technique could increase the number of viable organs available for transplantation.

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Uncovering the Role of H. pylori in Stomach Cancer
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An interdisciplinary team of researchers recently demonstrated the role that H. pylori plays in gastric stem cell renewal. We spoke to lead author, Professor Thomas Meyer from the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology, to learn more about the study and its wider implications for the future diagnosis and treatment of stomach cancer.

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Pumpkins Hold the Key to Natural Disinfectants
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Specific bacterial communities found on Styrian oilseed pumpkins were found to produce highly effective volatiles that inhibited the growth of both human and plant pathogens. The discovery has been applied to decontamination of hatching eggs which is currently performed using toxic formaldehyde.

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Antigen vs Antibody – What Are the Differences?
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Here we outline the differences between antigens and antibodies, and the roles that the two play in vaccination.

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