The Role of the Microbiome in Diagnostics

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We spoke to Dr. Stephen Minger to learn about the role that the microbiome can play in diagnostics.

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Behind the Science, S2-Ep1: Classic rock & HPLC with Pat McDonald

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Every good rock band starts in the basement. So that's where we're heading ... to the basement of Waters to see the first chromatography systems! Pat McDonald, corporate fellow emeritus at Waters, tells us about Jim Waters and Waters Associates' inventions.

The first commercial "high pressure" chromatography system for polymer chemists, the GPC-100, from 1963. The ALC-100, developed in late 1970 for separating isomers in the synthesis of B12. The M6000 pump that came in 1972, followed by the U6K injector, the first commercial "small" particle columns (10 µm!). Bringing those pieces into an assembly led to the first modern "high performance" liquid chromatography instrument, now known as HPLC.

Read up on the history of Jim Waters and his chromatography people: http://bit.ly/2mwT2BI

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EVATAR - A Female Reproductive Tract on a Chip

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We spoke to Dr. J. Julie Kim, Northwestern University, to learn more about the EVATAR project and how it could help the future of drug discovery and personalized medicine.

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Representation of Multiple Body Parts in the Missing-Hand Brain Area Smashes Dogma

Representation of Multiple Body Parts in the Missing-Hand Brain Area Smashes Dogma

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UCL neuroscientists scan brains of congenital one-handers and discover sensorimotor reorganization of the missing-hand territory, suggesting our current teaching on hard-wired brain organization may be wrong.

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Crucial ‘Traffic Regulator’ Discovered in Neurons
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MAP2 has been shown to regulate the transport of vital molecules along axons, a finding which could help to better understand neurodegenerative diseases.

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How Cancer Evades the Immune System
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A team of scientists from Singapore has discovered new ways in which cancers can escape the body’s immune system.

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Macrophages Help Maintain A Healthy Heart Rhythm
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In addition to their roles in the immune system of removing pathogens and cellular debris, macrophages have been shown to help maintain cardiac conduction.

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