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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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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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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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Food and Drink Industry: Does Your Project Qualify for Financial Support?
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There is unrelenting pressure on producers from consumers, regulators and competitors to offer food and drink which is cheaper, healthier, longer lasting and more ethically produced. These influences showcase the need for plenty of research and development (R&D) and fortunately, there is also a substantial budget available, but could your project be missing out?

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Who Is Responsible for Reproducible Science?
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Reproducibility is now recognized as a core feature of good scientific practice but too many papers fail to meet the grade. We talked to Leslie D McIntosh, CEO of Ripeta, on the topic of reproducibility. In this interview, we ask Leslie about the concepts within Ripeta’s recent report on the state of reproducible science in 2019.

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Just a Gut Feeling: IBS, SIBO and the Gut-Brain Connection
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People often talk about their “gut instincts” or how they just “felt it in my guts”. Are these just figures of speech? It turns out that the gut – the digestive system – has its own nervous system that is often referred to as our “second brain”. This article investigates how our "two brains" communicate, and how breakdowns in that communication can lead to diseases like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

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Not So Basic: How Advances in pH Monitoring Technology Are Enhancing Quality in Food and Beverage Manufacturing
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Monitoring the pH of food and beverages is vital for manufacturers, protecting consumer safety in line with regulatory requirements, as well as ensuring products have the desired quality characteristics that customers enjoy and expect.

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BNA Interview Series: Brain Repair and Regeneration With Professor Anders Björklund
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At the British Neuroscience Association (BNA)’s Festival of Neuroscience, we were lucky enough to sit down with some influential neuroscientists to discuss their work. Here, we interview Lund University’s Professor Anders Björklund on his foundational research into the use of stem cell transplantation therapy for Parkinson’s disease.

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Exploring the Latest in CRISPR and Stem Cell Research
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Thus far, the feasibility to edit stem cells using CRISPR technology has been demonstrated in two key areas: modeling and investigating human cell states and human diseases, and regenerative medicine. In this article, we explore some of the latest research in these spaces and the approaches that scientists are adopting to overcome challenges in the field.

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Better Together: Difficulty Integrating the Senses in Anxiety Disorders
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Our reality is constructed through a combination of our sensory data. This process is called multisensory integration. In this article, neuroscientist Naomi Heffer outlines how exploring this process might help us understand how anxiety disorders affect our brain.

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