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Drop-seq Applied Successfully in Plant Cells for the First Time
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An open-source RNA analysis platform, Drop-seq, has recently been applied successfully in plant cells for the first time. We spoke with Christine Shulse, PhD, from the DOE Joint Genome Institute to learn more about this innovative breakthrough and its potential applications.

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Leading Minds Reflect On How the World Feels About Science and Health
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Gauging global attitudes to science and health is no easy task, but it was the goal of The Wellcome Global Monitor – a survey of over 140,000 people aged 15 and older, from more than 140 countries. The findings present an unprecedented view of the relationship between science and society worldwide, which were discussed by leaders at the launch event in Washington D.C.

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A Novel Application for Atom Probe Tomography: Deciphering Protein Structure
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Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have, for the first time, utilized Atom Probe Tomography to study protein structure. Here, we speak with Martin Anderrson to learn more about this method and how it may impact the future of proteomics and drug discovery.

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Automating Research to Improve Reproducibility and Throughput
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For several decades mankind has looked to automate tedious and error-prone manual steps carried out in the laboratory, with a goal to improve scientific reproducibility and throughput. We recently spoke to Charles Fracchia, CEO and Co-Founder of BioBright, to learn how automation can be adopted to help researchers analyze their data.

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Multi-Modal PET Imaging Provides Novel Insights in Preclinical Oncology
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The broad range of tumor types and their varying reactions to treatment make the search for new effective cancer therapies incredibly challenging. Non-invasive in vivo imaging technologies such as PET enable researchers to better understand the course of tumor progression, by visualizing cancer-related processes in real-time.

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Authors' Perspectives: Cell Size Sparks Embryonic Genome Awakening
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At some point in the early life of an embryo, zygotic nuclei "wake up" and take control of subsequent embryo development. As featured on the cover of Developmental Cell, a new study provides evidence supporting the hypothesis that cell size is the principal determinant of this transition from maternal to embryonic control. We spoke to a few of the co-authors to learn more about this important finding.

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Meet Josiah Zayner, the Biohacker Next Door
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Josiah Zayner, PhD, is considered by many as fairly "unconventional" in his scientific practice as a biohacker. In this interview, we discuss the aims of a biohacker and some of his previous experiments, including injecting himself with CRISPR gene-editing technology in front of a live audience.

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Optimizing Kinetics in Drug Discovery
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As biology presents ever-more challenging targets, the chemistry world is pushing ahead with new tools to design or discover drugs that have optimal kinetics. We look at two different approaches being used to explore and optimize the kinetics of tomorrow’s medicines.

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The EPIC-XS Consortium Kicks Off
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The European Proteomics Infrastructure Consortium providing access (EPIC-XS), funded as part of the Horizon 2020 Work programme, held its kick-off meeting in Amsterdam on April 25-26 2019. In this article, we discuss the objectives and highlights of the meeting.

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Addressing Gender Bias – “It Is Time to End the Tradition in Science of All-Male Speaking Panels”
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Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D. Director of the National Institutes of Health, has recently directly addressed the issue of underrepresented groups in science: "Too often, women and members of other groups underrepresented in science are conspicuously missing in the marquee speaking slots at scientific meetings and other high-level conferences.”

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