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The Hunt for Therapeutic Antibodies

Given the clinical success that antibodies (formerly known as “magic bullets”) have facilitated, the drug discovery field continues to search for new therapeutic candidates. This article highlights several techniques used in the process, and touches on current trends driving the field.
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Emerging Technologies in Combating Foodborne Illness

Rapid and accurate detection of foodborne pathogens is essential to prevent foodborne illnesses and to mitigate the associated economic losses. We take a look at some of the technological advances that are helping to make this happen.
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Finding the OM in GenOMics

A recent climb in the number of people taking up a regular yoga or meditation practise has seen the terms “downward dog” and “tree pose” enter the everyday vocabulary of many. But what scientific evidence exists that supports the benefits of a regular yoga and meditation practise?
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Recent Advances in Liquid Biopsy for Cancer

Liquid biopsies for cancer search for evidence of disease biomarkers, the most common of which include circulating tumor cells, cell-free nucleic acids, exosomes, proteins and phosphoproteins. Read on for insights on advances in the field that could revolutionize clinical oncology practice.
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Addressing Real-world Challenges With Technology: An Interview With Christie Hunter Ph.D.

Christie Hunter is the Director of Applications at SCIEX where her and her team are tasked with developing new applications for SCIEX products, from screening for pesticides in our food supply through to molding the way cancer biomarkers are found. We spoke to Christie about her career, achievements and challenges for the future.
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Overcoming Challenges in Biopharma: Transformational Innovation is Key

Looking at the industry growth and the complexities of biopharma development, it is no wonder that transformational developments are required to better equip laboratories and operations in biopharma.
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Bioengineering and Food Labeling Requirements

In a move aimed to make the origins of food more transparent for consumers, the USDA have launched new rulings regarding the labeling requirements for bioengineered ingredients – but what does this mean for producers, retailers and consumers?
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Emerging Classes of Next-generation Biotherapeutics

We are entering uncharted territory in biopharmaceutical development. Emerging new classes of treatments are harnessing the natural power of viruses and cells and engineering them to fight human diseases. As our arsenal of conventional therapies begins to fail, a new army of biotherapeutics is on the horizon. Here, we look at two new classes of treatments leading the charge.
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Care in the Community – How Biofilms Improve Bacterial Survival

A single bacterial cell on its own is vulnerable to attack and like many living things they can benefit from safety in numbers. But bacteria take communal living to a whole new level, forming veritable civilizations - the bacterial biofilm.
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Antigenic Drift vs Antigenic Shift

As part of the host-pathogen arms race, viruses are continually evolving to evade the host immune response, be it from previous infection or immunity acquired through vaccination. Here we take a look at the processes of antigenic drift and antigenic shift.
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