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10 Things We Didn't Know Last Week, September 21, 2018

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10 news stories from across the world of science guaranteed to make you sound more interesting

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Designing Proteins Bit by Bit

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Cell-Free Technology is taking a unique approach to protein technology with their BioBits initiative, which they say combines the ease of use of a digital design tool with the detailed scientific validation provided by a CRO. We catch up with Cell-Free CEO Tom Meany to discuss the new technology.

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A Dynamic Protein Atlas of Human Cell Division

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A new 4D computational model which integrates CRISPR, confocal microscopy, and machine learning allows researchers to study the dynamics of specific proteins which drive mitosis. The model is a framework which can be adapted to study other cellular functions.

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Gene Screen Predicts Bone Fracture Risk

Gene Screen Predicts Bone Fracture Risk

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A new genetic screen may be able to predict low bone-mineral density, osteoporosis and fracture risk prior to clinical symptoms, according to a retrospective study of nearly 400,000 people by a Stanford researcher.

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Gut Protein Could Prevent Deadly Complication of Bone Marrow Transplant
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Researchers have discovered that an antimicrobial protein found in the gut can stave off a common and highly lethal side effect of bone marrow transplants.

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Rare and Undiagnosed Conditions Get Massive Research Funding Boost
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Five new clinical sites, a new metabolomics core, and increased model organism capabilities among additions.

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Protein “Trafficker” Implicated in Autism and Other Brain Disorders
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Findings suggest that protein ASTN2 is a key regulator of dynamic trafficking of synaptic proteins and lend support to the idea that aberrant regulation of protein homeostasis in neurons is a contributing cause of complex neurodevelopmental disorders.

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Three Ways to Turn Life Science Suppliers into Partners
Three Ways to Turn Life Science Suppliers into Partners
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A growing number of life science businesses are turning to greater supply chain collaboration for benefits like accelerated time to market, improved quality, reduced risk and more rapid and widespread innovation. But while 68% of executives in this industry say active and meaningful engagement with suppliers is essential to success, far too many, over a third, struggle to implement it.

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Deciphering the Cancer Proteome
Deciphering the Cancer Proteome
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This article explores the current state of play within the area of cancer proteomics, highlights some of the techniques used to investigate the proteome, and looks at the impact of combining proteomics with other ‘omics’ in relation to cancer research.

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Procalcitonin Measurement for Effective Antibiotic Stewardship
Procalcitonin Measurement for Effective Antibiotic Stewardship
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The accurate identification of bacterial infections is necessary for the fight against antibiotic resistance. This procalcitonin assay is set to aid antibiotic stewardship and improve healthcare outcomes for sepsis patients.

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Antimicrobial Resistance – the Rise of Global Superbugs
Antimicrobial Resistance – the Rise of Global Superbugs
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Antimicrobials have revolutionized medicine by enabling treatments for diseases that would once have proven fatal, however,they have since proven to be a double-edged sword.

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Scientist Explains How They Un-picked Pick’s Disease
Scientist Explains How They Un-picked Pick’s Disease
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Scientists use Cryo-EM to solve the structure of the frontotemporal dementia-causing tau protein tangles.

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Cancer Biomarkers: the Liquid Biopsy Revolution
Cancer Biomarkers: the Liquid Biopsy Revolution
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Non-invasive liquid biopsies are set to change the landscape of how cancers are diagnosed and treated in the future. We explore how mass spectrometry is helping researchers discover protein biomarkers in blood and urine, highlight challenges around their validation – and find out how close they are to reaching the clinic.

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