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A Faster Way to Quantitatively Profile the Lipidome
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The lipidome refers to the totality of lipids in cells. In this article, PREMIER Biosoft's Sanjib Meitei explains how his team developed a new technique that can quantitate and separate lipidome sammples in just 15 minutes.

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Understanding the Lytic Cycle – What Are the Steps?
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Bacteriophage (phage) are viruses that specifically infect bacteria. They have a two-phase lifecycle, residing in a dormant state within the host genome (lysogenic cycle) or hijacking the host cellular machinery for their own replication (lytic cycle). Here we will explore the important steps of the lytic cycle.

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Healthcare Interoperability Woes: Three Solutions that Create Optimism
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Healthcare interoperability remains an intractable problem; both healthcare providers and patients feel unease about limited access to medical data, which results in lower care quality and poor patient engagement. Although daunting, these challenges aren’t insurmountable. In this feature, we’ll explore what has been and what could be done to foster the creation of an interoperable infrastructure.

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Cold Plasma for Seed, Fruit and Vegetable Decontamination and Plant Disease Control
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An effective way to increase crop yield is to minimize losses to pathogenic microorganisms by improving the disease resistance of crop plants. A recently emerging alternative to conventional methods for improving plant disease resistance is cold plasma.

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Unlocking the Secrets of Brain Organization -in the Fruit Fly
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As many people spent the summer trying to keep the flies away from their fruit-bowls, an international group of scientists published one of the biggest and most important datasets in the field of connectomics to date, the complete 3D electron micrograph volume of the fruit-fly (Drosophila melanogaster) brain.

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Microfluidic Diagnostic Tools: Could Doctors Soon Be Obsolete?
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The world of microfluidics has generated a host of intricate tools on a microscale, ranging from cheap paper-based lateral flow tests to organ-on-a-chip models designed to facilitate personalized diagnostic tests.
This article explores the extent to which microfluidic tools are filling a gap in clinical and point-of-care diagnostics, and touches on how microfluidics could improve the drug discovery process.

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The Future is Bright for Single-Cell Proteomics: A Report from HUPO 2018
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In recent years the genomes, transcriptomes, and epigenomes of multicellular organisms have been captured in a number of high profile organism-wide atlases. Can proteomics measure up to next-generation sequencing (NGS) technologies when it comes to single cell analysis? Here are the highlights from the Human Proteome Organization (HUPO) World Congress summarizing the latest developments in the field of single cell biology.

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Exploring Consciousness with Psychedelics
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Chris Timmermann, from The Psychedelic Research group at Imperial College London studies the action of psychedelics on the brain and their potential as therapeutics. This article reviews their research and their implications.

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Calculating a Least Squares Regression Line: Equation, Example, Explanation
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Being able to make conclusions about data trends is one of the most important steps in both business and science. Through the magic of least sums regression, and with a few simple equations, we can calculate a predictive model that can let us estimate our data and give us much more power over it. If you want a simple explanation of how to calculate and draw a line of best fit through your data, read on!

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Untargeted Profiling of Metabolites: In Search of Cancer Biomarkers and Antibiotics
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When you are examining a predetermined set of metabolites (in other words, when you know what you are looking for), targeted approaches can be adopted. But when a comprehensive profile of all the metabolites in a sample, known and unknown, is required, untargeted technologies are the way to go. Here, we look at how how untargeted metabolomics is helping science discover new biomarkers for cancer and natural antibiotic sources.

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