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Relaxing the Tension Between Publishing and Patenting: Practical Hints and Tips
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In Part 1 we outlined some patent-related ramifications of publishing your research and development prior to filing a patent application. This second part provides you with some practical hints and tips for drafting your paper, helping you to avoid potential issues that can arise.

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New Tools for Combating Antibiotic Resistance
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Antibiotic resistance is a serious health problem, causing illnesses that were once easily treatable with antibiotics to morph into dangerous infections, leading to serious disability or even death. To help fight this growing threat, diagnostics companies are developing new tools and techniques that are playing a crucial role in quickly identifying infectious organisms and preventing the inappropriate use of antibiotics.

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Relaxing the Tension Between Publishing and Patenting: The Legal Basis for Tension
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Tension can be felt between the desire to publish and the need to patent, especially in commercially savvy environments such as medical technology and pharmaceuticals. This article discusses the legal rationale behind why publishing early can hinder future patenting opportunities and provides practical tips for avoiding this situation.

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RNA-seq: Basics, Applications and Protocol
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RNA-seq (RNA-sequencing) is a technique that can examine the quantity and sequences of RNA in a sample using next generation sequencing (NGS). Here, we look at why RNA-seq is useful, how the technique works, and a basic protocol which is commonly used today.

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Proteomics and Cancer: a Powerful New Revolution
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In the post-genomics era, we look at the powerful new revolution in proteomics. We find out how advances are deepening our understanding of cancer biology and resistance processes, which will lead to new clinical applications such as non-invasive biomarkers and drug development.

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The Future for PCR Diagnostics
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The Nobel Prize winning polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technique revolutionized molecular biology on its invention in 1986 and it has done the same for medical diagnostics over the last 15 years. Being able to copy and multiply specific target DNA molecules has opened the door to diagnosing diseases across multiple areas quickly, accurately, and as time progresses at lower cost.

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User-friendly, Simple GC's Make Waves in the Cannabis Industry
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We catch up with Andrew James from Ellutia to discuss how and why their 200 Series GC is proving popular for testing potency, flavour profiling, and residual solvents.

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Unease on the High Seas: The Effect of Climate Change on Marine Microbial Ecology
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Microbes play an important role in the marine ecosystem, however, the effects of climate change have the potential to upset this fine balance, leading to increasing issues with cyanobacterial blooms. Exciting work seeks to look at the knock on effects on the marine food web and ways to combat these toxic blooms.

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Is DNA the Future of Digital Data Storage?
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At the intersection of electronics and biology, the field of DNA data storage aims to develop tools that might enable us to store vast amounts of data in an incredibly safe way: on genetic code. We discussed the field with Twist Bioscience's CEO and co-founder, Emily Leproust.

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Blood Tests for Brain Diseases
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Definitive diagnosis for many neurodegenerative diseases – such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, or Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) – frequently comes far too late. The “true gold standard” for diagnosis of both Alzheimer’s and CTE is through direct postmortem examination of brain tissue. Now, both researchers and athletes are working to change that.

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