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X-ray Crystallography: Exploring the Frontiers of Structural Biology
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For over a century, X-ray crystallography has enabled scientists to elucidate biological structures in exquisite detail. Now, powerful new technologies are bringing unprecedented opportunities to add to the history of breakthroughs in this cutting-edge field.

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How the Internet of Things is Connecting Up Lab Ecosystems
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If the 20th century was about improving technology, the 21st century has focused on improving access to technology. In this article, we look at how the "Internet of Things" (IoT) movement is changing research, and find that IoT in the lab is at an important crossroads

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Multiomics and Metaproteomics: Why More Is Better In Proteomic Data Analysis
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Developments in next-gen multi-omics have made it possible to generate and process massive amounts of data that cover anything from genomic mutations to metabolomic and microbiological processes. However, handling and analyzing all this data continues to present challenges to even the most experienced bioinformatics experts. In this article we explore some of the solutions and advancements in multi-omics and metaproteomics data analysis approaches.

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Faster Progress for Cancer Research Requires FAIRer Access to Health and Research Data
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Advances in research mean researchers have access to more data than ever before, but effectively using and sharing this data has become a major challenge in modern research. In this article, Fiona Nielsen, founder of data platform Repositive, explains how data providers can make access to data easier and more secure.

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The Power of Nanopores for Understanding Proteins -Part 1
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We spoke to Professor Giovanni Maglia, group leader in chemical biology at the University of Groningen, about the progress he and his team have been making in turning nanopore technology to solving protein questions.

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The Future of Nanopore Sequencing in the World of Proteins – Part 2
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Nanopore sequencing is now proving to a be a fruitful field for elucidating proteins as it has previously for DNA sequencing. However, it is yet to reach the point that DNA technologies have and there are still challenges to overcome and mysteries to solve. Here we talk to Professor Giovanni Maglia, group leader in chemical biology at the University of Groningen, about his group’s recent work in the area, the challenges they are working towards and the future of the field.

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VisIt Application Speeds Visualization Workloads and Empowers Global Research
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VisIt, an open source application developed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, helps analzye data and turn it into beautiful visualizations. Here, some of the architects of VisIt explain how it has grown to become a data behemoth which benefits research in fields from astrophysics to climate science.

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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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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
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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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