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Unease on the High Seas: The Effect of Climate Change on Marine Microbial Ecology

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

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?

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

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

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

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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From the lab to the boardroom: An interview with Darlene Solomon Ph.D.

We spoke to Darlene to learn about her reasons for studying science, how she transitioned away from the lab and some of her proudest achievements at Agilent.
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Bioimaging Using Microscopes: Challenges, Benefits and the Future

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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Uncovering the Role of H. pylori in Stomach Cancer

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

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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