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Exploring the Human Chronobiome and Precision Medicine Approaches
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We recently spoke with Carsten Skarke, MD, the McNeil Fellow in Translational Medicine and Therapeutics at the University of Pennsylvania to learn more about his work on the human chronobiome, its relevance in terms of timing the delivery of therapeutics and developing precision medicines.

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Why the COVID-19 Vaccine Doesn’t Remove the Need for Mass Rapid Testing
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Vaccination is the weapon that will ultimately defeat this pandemic, but getting there will take much time and effort. Until then there will still be a need for other measures to control the virus, including rapid diagnostic testing and screening.

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Recent Workshop Emphasizes Why the Cannabis Industry Needs To Get Better at Measuring Heavy Metals
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There is no question that the lack of federal oversight with regard to heavy metals in medicinal cannabis products in the US has meant that it has been left to the individual states to regulate its use. However, the cannabis plant is known to be a hyper-accumulator of heavy metals in the soil and growing medium, so it’s critical to monitor levels to ensure cannabis products are safe to use.

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How To Ensure a Contaminant-Free Cannabis Product
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To overcome the unique challenges associated with analyzing cannabis and hemp products, and to meet regulations, it's crucial for labs to focus on four key testing areas: the contaminants of residual pesticides and mycotoxins, heavy metals, and solvents, as well as quantifying THC/CBD potency.

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Elevating Reproducibility and Recovery in Solid-Phase Extraction
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Solid-phase extraction (SPE) is commonly used to purify and concentrate complex samples prior to analysis, but consistency issues, poor recovery and insufficiently clean sample extracts are a problem. Recent innovations, however, are supporting the development of robust, efficient and easy-to-use SPE methods that enhance sensitivity, reproducibility and precision in bioanalysis.

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From Laborious to Rapid: How Paper Spray Ionization Is Accelerating Forensic Toxicology and Clinical Research Testing
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Laboratories involved in drug analysis, such as clinical research and forensic toxicology, face the daunting challenge of reliably identifying and quantifying drugs and delivering accurate and timely results. In this article, we explore the implementation of paper spray technology for developing a streamlined, reliable method for analysis of drugs of abuse across a range of biological matrices.

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Better, Faster, Stronger: 5 Trends Impacting Biopharmaceutical Science
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While 2020 has been an incredibly trying year, it has also resulted in notable achievements. These milestones, from vaccine development to new modalities, have transformed the biopharmaceutical industry.

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How COVID-19 Is Transforming Today's Labs
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Few diagnostics labs were prepared for the challenges the SARS-CoV-2 virus would present, fortunately though, these unprecedented circumstances have brought about lasting positive differences.

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The Digital Revolution: A Look Towards Biopharma 4.0
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It’s no secret: the biopharma industry is changing, and some say it’s about time. Biopharma 4.0 aims to bring interconnected instruments, automation, greater transparency and decentralized decision-making to the field. How exactly will these technologies and approaches benefit biopharmaceutical development and biomanufacturing?

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SARS-CoV-2 Drug Discovery: Targeting Viral Ion Channels
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Numerous academic groups have begun to target COVID-19 viral ion channels (viroporins) during the course of the pandemic to understand their structure–function and utility as anti-viral drug substrates.

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