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Knowledge Really Is Power When It Comes to Investigating the Mechanisms of Microbes
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For scientists investigating genomes and molecular mechanisms of microbes, it is vital that they can collate existing knowledge and understanding in the context of their current work to draw conclusions and fill gaps in knowledge. We spoke to Dr Peter Karp, leader of the BioCyc project, a microbial genomes and metabolic pathways web portal, about the evolution of BioCyc and its role in research.

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A New Dawn for Security Vulnerabilities in HPC
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In February 2018, Russian nuclear scientists at the Federal Nuclear Center were arrested for using their supercomputer resources to mine crypto-currency. Previously, HPC security breaches like this tended to be few and far between. However, recent trends are increasing the vulnerabilities and threats faced by HPC systems. In this article, OCF's Mischa van Kesteren takes a look at the new threats facing HPC systems.

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Augmented Intelligence: The 'Other AI' That's Key to Delivering the Lab of the Future
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In this exclusive article, Dr Peter Crane, corporate strategy manager at Synthace, explains why augmented and assistive technologies could enhance the scientist and provide the first step towards a data science-led future for biopharma.

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How Far Can Organs-on-Chips Go On Their Own?
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Great hope has been placed on organ-on-chip models to provide a complex and predictive in vitro models that can recapitulate the human drug response. How far can they go? This article delves into whether organ-on-chips can live up to expectations, and in particular, whether they can do it alone.

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Sculpting Never-ending Art Using Nature’s Natural Tools, Proteins
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Proteins biological building blocks. Fibrous proteins such as keratins, collagens and elastins are built up from their individual components to form structures such as tendons, muscle fibers and bones. This is the natural course of biology – the instructions for assembly are organic. What happens when it is no longer nature guiding the building blocks, but rather, scientists? The borders of science and art become blurred.

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Proteomics Up Close: An Interview With Dr Oliver Rinner
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We recently spoke with Dr Oliver Rinner, CEO at Biognosys, to learn more about the newest developments within the proteomics.

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Aurora Supercomputer to Assist in the Fight Against Cancer
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The complexity of cellular mechanisms in cancer means that a cure remains elusive. A Duke University researcher is preparing to leverage the power of exascale computing to advance cancer research. This article explores how supercomputers could power the field.

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A Cell Atlas of the Mouse Brain: A Step Towards Brain Simulation?
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The Swiss EPFL’s Blue Brain Project is a vast effort with the goal of digitally reconstructing and simulating the mouse brain and ultimately, the human brain. The recent publication of a Cell Atlas of the mouse brain sounds exciting, but what can the Atlas tell us, and can it bring us closer to a simulated brain?

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Inside a “Fake” Conference: A Journey Into Predatory Science
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There is a growing underbelly of conferences that seem like the real thing but have none of the editorial standards expected by academics and have developed a reputation for advertising with fake agendas and high prices. A chance investigation took us inside one of these predatory conferences and has uncovered how predatory science has ensnared scientists at every level.

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Standardizing Robotics and Automation in the Lab
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We often come across terms such as "Lab of the Future" and "Smart Lab" – but what do these actually mean? We recently spoke to Dr Patrick Courtney, member of the Board of Directors of SiLA (Standards in Laboratory Automation) to learn more about the value of implementing laboratory robotics and automation.

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