Mycoplasma Contamination: Minimizing Risk To Avoid Cell Culture Complications
Avoiding contamination is a serious and continual challenge across all cell culture processes. This article explores a problematic microbiological contaminant, mycoplasma, and examines the tools available to help prevent its establishment and mitigate its impact.
Why the Meat Paradox Causes Cognitive Dissonance for Millions of People
A recent review paper has revealed the reasons behind a piece of cognitive dissonance that many of us perform daily, called the meat paradox. At the heart of the paradox is this conflict: most of us like animals, but will happily eat animals housed in cruel conditions.
Open Source Seed Initiative – A Welcome Boost to Global Crop Breeding
A team of plant breeders, farmers, non-profit agencies, seed advocates, and policymakers have created the Open Source Seed Initiative.
Liquid Biopsies: Miracle Diagnostic or Next New Fad?
Thanks to the development of highly specific gene-amplification and sequencing technologies liquid biopsies access more biomarkers relevant to more cancers than ever before.
Helsinki Chemicals Forum Examines the Relationship of Chemicals to the Circular Economy
Forum addresses economic development and sustainability with a particular emphasis on the opportunities and challenges the circular economy poses for chemicals regulation.
ASMS 2016: Targeting Mass Spectrometry Tools for the Masses
The expanding application range of MS in life sciences, food, energy, and health sciences research was highlighted at this year's ASMS meeting in San Antonio, Texas.
What Makes a Good Scientist?
It’s the journey, not just the destination that counts as a scientist when conducting research.
The Rise of 3D Cell Culture and in vitro Model Systems for Drug Discovery and Toxicology
An overview of the current technology and the challenges and benefits over 2D cell culture models plus some of the latest advances relating to human health research.
AACR 2016: Cancer Immunotherapy and Beyond
At this year's meeting there was a palpable buzz around subjects ranging from microbiomics to the tumor microenvironment and cancer vaccines, big data to in vitro and in vivo modeling and drug delivery (to name just a few).
The immune system, microglia, and the brain
The immune system is, in a word, a wonderful thing. When activated, the innate immune system produces all sort of molecules that can engulf pathogens (macrophages), tag infectious molecules for destruction (antibodies), and signal cells to become responsive (cytokines).
Using Biomarkers to Identify Inflammation in Prostate Cancer Patients
Discovery of new biomarkers for chronic inflammation could allow the development of new, more accurate prostate cancer diagnostics.
Pittcon 2016: Accelerating Innovation And Enhancing Productivity With Technology
Collaboration and externalization of data highlight evolving lab operations.