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UK Lung Cancer Diagnostic Services: Time to Step Up
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The UK’s national health system needs to take a hard look at their priorities and procedures to ensure that rapid advances in molecular diagnostics in lung cancer are translated into a practical service for all patients, according to a report launched at the British Thoracic Oncology Group Annual Conference.

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A Renaissance for Microflow Liquid Chromatography Mass Spectrometry?
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First developed in the 1970s, recent developments are making microflow liquid chromatography techniques more robust – enticing researchers to revisit the opportunities it offers for more sensitive, high-throughput analyses requiring smaller sample volumes than standard flow techniques.

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Big Data Analysis Approaches for Drug Discovery
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Big data has long been a buzzword in drug discovery, but as analysis methods become more sophisticated, its potential is beginning to be realized. We look at some of the latest advances in big data analysis for drug discovery.

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Data Integrity: What Are Some of the Key Issues?
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Data integrity is a major concern in the regulated pharmaceutical industry due to discovery of either poor record management practices or falsification of data. In this article, data integrity consultant Bob McDowall asks three fellow experts what their three top data integrity issues are. By examining their responses, Bob highlights challenges that every company should consider.

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ELN, LIMS, CDS, LES: What’s the Difference?
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In this article, we look at the key differences between four common types of informatics systems. CSols Inc. is an independent informatics consultancy, and their Delivery Manager, Geoff Turnbull, will help us answer some important questions on the role these systems play, where they overlap with each other, and why we don’t just have one overarching system to rule them all.

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A Global HPC-Powered Hub for Natural Hazard Research
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DesignSafe is a data platform with a truly global goal: to predict and mitigate the impact of natural disasters. Here we find out how researchers in the field have been using DesignSafe to make their vital work faster, more efficient and more beneficial.

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Artificial Intelligence in Medical Imaging
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Artificial intelligence (AI) is developing rapidly and becoming integrated into our daily lives. How is AI advancing medical imaging in the diagnostics world?

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Shedding Light on Wine Fraud With NMR Fingerprinting
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Wine forgery, including adulteration, counterfeiting (e.g. mislabeling/misrepresentation) and intellectual property infringement, takes place on a global scale, but is on the rise in central Europe. To help in the fight against fraud, the industry are turning to NMR fingerprinting to stamp out the problem.

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A (Lab)Step Towards Reproducible Science
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The reproducibility crisis is holding back science. London-based Labstep, a start-up out of Oxford University, think that their tool can help make science more open and reproducible. That claim has now been given some concrete evidence with the announcement that the research contingent of the MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM will be trialling Labstep across their Banjul-based facility.

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Data Integrity – Miscommunication Will Kill Your Data
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Sharing data is often a bit like passing round a message in miscommunication - small change and errors can ultimately ruin the data and render it unfit for purpose. Here, we look at data integrity in the context of shared data and introduce some procedures that will mitigate against miscommunication.

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