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How To Identify Predatory Conferences With Susan Veldsman

Predatory conferences mimic legitimate academic events but lack essential academic standards. Susan Veldsman, Director of the Scholarly Publication Unit at ASSAf, scrutinizes these deceptive practices in Technology Networks’ Ask Me Anything session.
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IMiLi Aims To Address Microbial Education for All

Our education system fails to furnish young people who will go on to be decision-makers, at home and in the workplace, with an adequate grasp of microbiology. The International Microbiology Literacy Initiative (IMiLI) is hoping to address this.
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The Need To Scale Single-Cell Functional Studies

Kathrin Herbst reviews the pros and cons of various single-cell technologies and discusses the need to move to functional readouts in the future.
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Why Scientists Should Care About Society Publishing

The publishing landscape for scientists is changing, and there is now a plethora of options available, whether commercial or society-associated, from which to choose. This article explores where society journals sit in our scientific publishing picture and how publishing fits with societies.
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Look Under the Scope – LGBT+ History Month

The theme for LGBT+ History Month this year is Medicine – #UnderTheScope, celebrating the contribution of LGBT+ individuals to medicine and healthcare. Here, we explore key figures often passed over when recounting significant contributions to medicine.
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Mast Cells: Mast Cell Function, Origin and Related Conditions

In this article, we focus on one type of immune cell – the mast cell. We discuss what mast cells are, how they are generated, their function in the body and conditions related to them.
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Genomic Vigilance: The Key To Pandemic-Proofing Our Future

Neil Ward explores how genomic sequencing can help to strengthen global surveillance of AMR, protect existing antimicrobial therapies and safeguard the health of communities worldwide.
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Enhancing T-Cell Therapy: Breakthroughs in Rapid Sterility Testing

A novel technique, combining long-read sequencing and machine learning, enables rapid sterility testing in T-cell cultures. This will help accelerate treatment delivery and improve outcomes for patients undergoing cell therapy for incurable diseases.
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What Role Does Beauty Have in the World of Science?

In this interview, Dr. Brandon Vaidyanathan describes what is meant by “beauty” in science, how it can be studied and the implications of such research.
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Genetic Modification Techniques and Applications

Manipulating genetics has helped mankind in numerous ways. In this article, we consider genetic modification strategies, including genome editing and genetic engineering, the techniques used to achieve them and purposes to which they are applied.
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