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Eco-nutrition Label for Labware Could Make Science a Greener Place To Be
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In science, being green can be challenging but one not-for-profit organization are trying to do something to fix that. Hear about the ACT label initiative, an eco-labeling system similar to food nutritional labeling, for laboratory products enabling scientists to understand the environmental impact of a product and its packaging and make informed choices.

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Talking Viral Mutations, Genome Sequencing and Antigenic Drift With Dr Timothy Triche
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Technology Networks interviewed Dr Timothy Triche to gain his perspectives on how analysis of unique strains can help to define the scope and severity of COVID-19, why this is a complex process and the possible negative implications of antigenic drift.

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Antimicrobial Resistance
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Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is the ability of microorganisms to resist the killing capacity of antimicrobial drugs, a worryingly increasing problem. This article explores the science behind AMR, factors promoting it's spread and techniques to detect it. Looking to the future, ways to combat AMR and alternatives to antimicrobials are discussed.

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Identifying and Optimizing a Promising Drug
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In a recent interview with Technology Networks, Prof. Paul Brennan from the University of Oxford explains that proteins “make up approximately 60% of what is in a cell.” So, it is no surprise that almost all approved drugs act by targeting these complex macromolecules.

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Accelerating Drug Discovery Through Synthetic Biology
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In the drug discovery pipeline, there are several areas where the speed and accuracy of new synthetic biology tools are making a measurable difference in the ability to accelerate drug development while concurrently reducing expenses. In this article, we take a closer look at how synthetic biology can be harnessed to aid the discovery and development of drugs.

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Inner Speech, Internal Monologues and “Hearing Voices”: Exploring the Conversations Between Our Ears
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We don’t often outwardly discuss the conversation inside our heads. New research has aimed to better define what our "inner speech" is and what areas of the brain are responsible for it.

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Why Are COVID-19 Scientists So Interested in What We Flush Away? Could Wastewater Predict a Second Wave of SARS-CoV-2 Infections?
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As some of the stricter COVID-19 lockdown restrictions are being eased, some have already experienced a second wave of cases. But might there be a way to predict new epicenters of infection and nip them in the bud before they are able to establish themselves and spread further? Some scientists think so, and the answer lies beneath our feet – wastewater.

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Troubleshooting the Development of New Gene Therapies
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As a cutting-edge biopharmaceutical technology, there are multiple gene therapies now FDA approved; with hundreds more in clinical trials, we’re likely to see many more of these therapies on the market soon. However, to keep up with the rapid pace of clinical research, developers are working to streamline the manufacturing and quality control process to improve quality and lower the cost of bringing these important drugs to market.

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How Are Drugs Developed?
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You are unwell, you see a doctor, and in some instances the doctor writes a prescription for a drug that is designed to help with your condition. But how exactly is that drug developed and how long did it take for the “final product”, that now sits neatly on the pharmacy shelf, to become available to patients?

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Gas Chromatography – How a Gas Chromatography Machine Works, How To Read a Chromatograph and GCxGC
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In this article, we take a look at what gas chromatography is, how it works and how to interpret output data. Its combination with mass spectrometry and the use of multiple dimensions are considered, and strengths, limitations and common problems are discussed.

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