10 Things We Didn't Know Last Week - June 22, 2018

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A roundup of the weeks biggest stories in science

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Answer the challenges of CDS Data integrity - Sterling Pharma Solutions Ltd

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Data integrity continues to be a hot topic for the regulatory agencies in the pharmaceutical industry.

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Case Study: Improve your lab’s efficiency and data compliance with a chromatography data system

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In this Case Study, Peter Zipfell of Thermo Fisher Scientific explains how Broughton Laboratories, an analytical laboratory that supports method development and validation projects across pharma, implemented and upgraded a chromatography data system (CDS), increasing lab efficiency and improving data verification processes for overall time savings.

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Cloud Robotics Advances Data in Biological Research

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The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) Synergistic Discovery and Design Program (SD2) hopes to update protocols with enhanced automation and machine learning strategies. As part of SD2, Ginkgo Bioworks, and Transcriptic have been offered a dual contract to help advance biological experimentation and iterative testing for synthetic biology. In this blog, we discuss the goals of SD2 and the impact of automation on research with Ben Miles, PhD, Head of Product at Transcriptic.

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Antarctic Worm and Machine Learning Help Identify Cerebral Palsy Earlier

Antarctic Worm and Machine Learning Help Identify Cerebral Palsy Earlier

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A research team has released a study in the peer-reviewed journal BMC Bioinformatics showing that DNA methylation patterns in circulating blood cells can be used to help identify spastic cerebral palsy (CP) patients. The technique which makes use of machine learning, data science and even analysis of Antarctic worms, raises hopes for earlier targeted CP therapies.

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Algorithm Speeds Up Medical Image Analysis 1000 Times
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Medical image registration is a common technique that involves overlaying two images, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans, to compare and analyze anatomical differences in great detail. Researchers have described a machine-learning algorithm that can register brain scans and other 3-D images more than 1,000 times more quickly using novel learning techniques.

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Towards Personalized Medicine: One Type of Data is Not Enough
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To understand the biology of diseased organs researchers use different types of molecular data. One of the biggest computational challenges at the moment is integrating these multiple data types. A new computational method jointly analyses different types of molecular data and disentangles the sources of disease variability to guide personalized treatment.

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Algorithm Enables Real-time Brain Scan Registering
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Machine-learning algorithm that can register brain scans and other 3-D images more than 1,000 times more quickly using novel learning techniques.

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The Quest for Exascale: Have the Goal Posts Changed in HPC?
The Quest for Exascale: Have the Goal Posts Changed in HPC?
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The High-Performance Computing community has in recent years been dominated by the quest for Exascale systems, capable of a billion billion calculations per second. However, the interest in artificial intelligence and machine learning capabilities has pushed exascale off the front of stage. In this article, David Yip, HPC and Storage Business Development Manager at OCF, asks whether the quest for exascale is truly over.

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One Year on, Scientists Defend Canada’s Anti-Genetic Discrimination Law
One Year on, Scientists Defend Canada’s Anti-Genetic Discrimination Law
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The Canadian Genetic Non-Discrimination Act (GNA), introduced last May, made it illegal to require individuals to disclose genetic test results or to compel individuals to undergo genetic tests for any agreement or service. However, a subsequent legal challenge has prompted a robust defense of the act from scientists in the May issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ).

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 "Uber for Academics" Announces a Blockchain Token for Science
"Uber for Academics" Announces a Blockchain Token for Science
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Blockchain payment systems are in vogue right now, finding applications in everything from stock market transactions to air fares. Peerwith, an online peer-to-peer marketplace has announced a new blockchain currency with a grand aim: to solve the problem of payment transfers in academia.

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The 3D Structure of Telomerase: Uncovering Its Role in Human Disease
The 3D Structure of Telomerase: Uncovering Its Role in Human Disease
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Researchers have published the first detailed picture and description of the 3-dimensional molecular structure of telomerase – a discovery that could enable better targeted drug screening and could result in more successful telomerase-related clinical therapeutics.

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Durham University Seeks to Unlock Mysteries of the Cosmos
Durham University Seeks to Unlock Mysteries of the Cosmos
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To unravel the mysteries of the cosmos, a team at Durham University is using an ambitious open-source project, dubbed EAGLE-XL, that aims to simulate our entire universe in a level of detail never attempted before.

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Tech Solutions for Drinking Water Analysis
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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