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How Is Climate Change Affecting Banana Production?

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Climate change could negatively impact banana cultivation in some of the world’s most important producing and exporting countries, a study has revealed.

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The Harmful Effects of Poor Air Quality

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Long-term exposure to even slightly elevated levels of air pollution can be linked to accelerated development of lung damage. Therefore effective air quality monitoring is important to minimize risks to health.

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Francis Mojica: The Modest Microbiologist Who Discovered and Named CRISPR

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Kicking off Technology Networks Explores the CRISPR Revolution, Professor Mojica, or "Francis", takes us on a journey back to the original research that, despite being deemed "crazy" by members of the scientific community at the time, led to the CRISPR revolution that is anticipated to edit evolution forever.

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New Class of Painkiller Found in the Mud

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A decade-old mud sample has revealed a potential new class of painkillers that are as potent as opioids.

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Cells’ Mitochondria Work Much Like Tesla Battery Packs

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UCLA researchers have shown that mitochondria are made up of many individual bioelectric units that generate energy in an array, similar to a Tesla electric car battery that packs thousands of battery cells to manage energy safely and provide fast access to very high current.

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Limitations of Health Reports From Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Tests Are Identified
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According to study findings presented at the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) 2019 Annual Meeting, health reports from direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic tests that adopt a limited variant screening approach are producing clinically false-negative results.

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Time To Say Goodbye… to the “Household Measure” BMI?
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A new study published in PLOS Biology sees an international collaboration of academia and industry experts introduce a novel "revolutionary" approach towards personalized and precision biomedicine, moving away from the "classic" morphometric BMI.

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A Third "Short Sleep" Gene Has Been Discovered – And It Prevents Memory Deficits
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In a new study, scientists have discovered a third "short sleep" gene. It is the first gene to be identified that prevents the memory deficits typically associated with sleep deprivation.

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Feeling Like a Fraud: Impostor Syndrome in STEM

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Impostor syndrome is experienced by millions of people around the world cross culturally, and describes difficulty internalizing one's accomplishments or abilities, and instead attributing their success to other factors. In this article, we explore the prevalence of impostor syndrome in STEM and the impact it has on the scientific community.

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Standardization Challenges in Pharmaceutical Product Labeling
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Product labels can be viewed as a “clinical instruction manual”, providing a concise description of the benefits and risks for a consumer and relevant information to dispensers, patients, and their caregivers. Here we take a look at labeling compliance, the importance of keeping information up-to-date, and risks associated with noncompliance.

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How Does Cold Plasma Enhance Seed Germination and Plant Growth?
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To respond to the growing need for food worldwide, farmers will need new technologies to produce more food from less land. One method recently tested by researchers for its potential to improve germination is cold plasma technology.

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BNA Interview Series: Exploring the Inflamed Mind With Professor Ed Bullmore
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At the British Neuroscience Association's Festival of Neuroscience, we were lucky enough to sit down with some influential neuroscientists to discuss their work. In our last interview of the series, we talk to Professor Ed Bullmore on the evidence that connects inflammation and depression, and the possibility that the immune system could be targeted as part of future antidepressant treatments.

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