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Tech Solutions for Drinking Water Analysis
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Improved access to clean and safe drinking water is key for health and survival and has been classified as a human right. Here, we take a look at some of the novel solutions, both hi-tech and low-tech, that scientists are designing to help monitor drinking water source safety.

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New Tools for Combating Antibiotic Resistance
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Antibiotic resistance is a serious health problem, causing illnesses that were once easily treatable with antibiotics to morph into dangerous infections, leading to serious disability or even death. To help fight this growing threat, diagnostics companies are developing new tools and techniques that are playing a crucial role in quickly identifying infectious organisms and preventing the inappropriate use of antibiotics.

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The Future for PCR Diagnostics
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The Nobel Prize winning polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technique revolutionized molecular biology on its invention in 1986 and it has done the same for medical diagnostics over the last 15 years. Being able to copy and multiply specific target DNA molecules has opened the door to diagnosing diseases across multiple areas quickly, accurately, and as time progresses at lower cost.

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Unease on the High Seas: The Effect of Climate Change on Marine Microbial Ecology
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Microbes play an important role in the marine ecosystem, however, the effects of climate change have the potential to upset this fine balance, leading to increasing issues with cyanobacterial blooms. Exciting work seeks to look at the knock on effects on the marine food web and ways to combat these toxic blooms.

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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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