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Should Infectious Diseases Be Made Notifiable? The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
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At first glance this question might seem like a no-brainer. Surely if you make an infectious disease notifiable then you are better able to contain infection and prevent it spreading, right? Unfortunately, whilst the principle seems simple, the reality is far less so. Here we take a look at the different facets and implications of making an infectious disease notifiable.

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Scream If You Wanna Go FASTA: Breaking the Bottleneck in Genomic Data Analysis
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In the post-genomic era, the direct cost associated with performing sequencing reactions has diminished, whereas the data processing, storage, management, and interpretation costs have increased exponentially. In this article, we explore how new tools are simplifying the process of genomic data analysis.

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Data Integrity Non-Compliances With Chromatography Data Systems and How To Avoid Them
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Over the past 10-15 years, chromatography data systems (CDS) have been at the center of data integrity issues involving data falsification, resulting in numerous FDA warning letters. In this article, we investigate the main violations cited in FDA warning letters and discuss how to avoid them.

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Whiskey, the Target of Fraud
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Due to the value of high-end quality bottles of whiskey, they are often the target of fraud. Analysts therefore need the tools and techniques to be able to determine the authenticity of products and ensure consumer safety.

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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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