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How to Test for Heavy Metals in Cannabis
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Although cannabis for human consumption or smoking should be as free from heavy metal contamination as possible, that’s not always the case.

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Imaging Nerve Cell Function: All-Optical Neurophysiology
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Using light instead of electrodes is non-invasive, high-throughput and represents the successor to traditional electrophysiology.

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Neuroinformatics and The Blue Brain Project
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The Blue Brain Project is an attempt to reverse engineer the rodent brain (and ultimately, the human brain) and recreate it at the cellular level inside a computer simulation.

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Building the Blue Brain Nexus
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The Blue Brain Nexus is designed to facilitate the recording, curating, storing, describing and tracking of experimental and computational neuroscience data in a format that may enable researchers to build a truly comprehensive picture of the brain.

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The War on Plastics: Is It Too Little Too Late?
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With UK Prime Minister Theresa May announcing today that UK supermarkets must have a plastic free aisle as part of her government’s 25-year environmental improvement plan, it is the latest in a line of reforms seeking to reduce the harmful plastic contamination that has become a worldwide scourge.

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The 2017 BNA Christmas Symposium on Brain Technologies
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This year’s BNA Christmas symposium focus was on neurotechnologies and their place in society.

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The Viral Genome: Moving Beyond Reading Code – Why Not Rewrite It?
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Researchers have discovered how to read, decode, and manipulate previously ‘hidden’ viral code. This could open up new opportunities in drug delivery and gene therapy.

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Liquid Biopsies Coming of Age
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Based on the analysis of cells, genes, and chemical signals in body fluids, liquid biopsies provide timely, actionable information on disease states while eliminating the high cost and risks of tissue biopsies. Gene amplification through polymerase chain reaction and related techniques offer these benefits with the added advantage of amplifying low-abundance species. This article looks at the state of the art in PCR-based liquid biopsies, including a discussion of the technique's limitations.

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The Cancer Moonshot 2020: Then, Now & the Future
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Since the launch of the project, patients, caregivers, doctors, cancer centers, regulators and others have been hard at work to drive cancer research and treatment forward in a race to beat the disease.

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How We Tackle Antibiotic Resistance Now
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The fight against antibiotic resistance is real and is something we all have a responsibility in tackling. In fact, antibiotic resistance kills an estimated 700,000 people each year and has fuelled the re-emergence of illnesses that had become a rarity in many parts of the world.

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