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Research Finds Environmental and Dietary Toxins Affect Placentas
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A new study suggests that a pregnant person's diet may have even more of an effect than previously thought on the health of a developing fetus. Zearalenone, a food estrogen produced by fungi and found in bread and other grain-based products, has been shown to cross the placental barrier.

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Interview: A Deeper Cut Into Behavior With Mackenzie Mathis
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In this interview, conducted at the Neuroscience 2019 conference, we talk with DeepLabCut’s co-creator, Dr Mackenzie Mathis, a principal investigator at Harvard’s Rowland Institute, about open science, DeepLabCut’s potential for prosthetics, and how to safeguard against automated software being used for the wrong reasons.

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Key Themes and Conversations From the First Lab of the Future Congress
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What do we mean by lab of the future? What innovations are required to get there? These are the key themes explored by this year's Lab of the Future Congress, summarized in this article.

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Maintaining Data Integrity in the Lab With ELNs
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The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidance on data integrity has challenged firms to "implement meaningful and effective strategies to manage their data integrity risks" to maintain integrity. In this article, BioData's Steve Yemm explains how Electronic Lab Notebooks (ELNs) help to meet these standards.

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Keeping Up With the Fentanyls
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If the rapid migration of deadly fentanyls wasn’t difficult to keep up with already, they are also evading analysts through their chemistry. Due to an inexpensive and flexible production process, unique versions of the synthetic opioids are regularly cooked up by illicit chemists, creating new dangers for consumers and new headaches for toxicologists.

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How Machine Learning and AI Can Help in the Fight Against Climate Change
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Climate change has emerged as the biggest threat to humanity. How can technologies like AI and machine learning lend a hand? Let’s examine the three main benefits that ML and its derivatives can offer to the organizations fighting for the future of our planet.

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Scientists Take Action To Stop Gender Inequality and Sexual Harassment in STEM
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In December 2018, a diverse group of scientific researchers gathered to challenge a key issue in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce: gender bias, and sexual harassment. Now, the conclusions from the meeting have been eloquently described by 23 authors in an article published in the journal Science.

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The Cloud With a Shiny Lining: The Advanced Data Visualization Tools Uncovering Hidden Biopharma Insight
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The biopharmaceutical industry has access to more information than ever before. This data must be stored, managed and ultimately analyzed efficiently to advance the development of safe and efficacious treatments. In this article, Thermo Fisher Scientific’s Cheryl Moody Bartel explores how new tools are meeting this challenge.

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Are Automation and AI the Future of Brain Scan Analysis?
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The difficult part of looking inside the brain only starts after you leave the scanner. The error rate for image analysis remains alarmingly high, and radiologists are being asked to handle larger numbers of scans. Can automation lend a hand? We talked to Dr. Chris Airriess, CEO at CorTechs Labs Inc., which has developed a software designed to streamline the analysis pipeline.

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How the Latest Data Management Solutions Offer Fertile Ground for Soil Analysis
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More efficient data management is the top priority for numerous soil analysis facilities and many of them look to laboratory information management systems (LIMS) to achieve this. In this article, we describe how Agrosavia improved the efficiency and capacity of their soil analysis workflow by implementing a LIMS with a centralized results portal and integrated business tools.

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