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Spectroscopic Techniques for Food Analysis to Combat Adulteration and Fraud
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Food fraud takes many forms, including adulteration, package tampering, outright counterfeiting of products or ingredients, mislabeling, intentional use of illegal or substandard ingredients, manufacturing shortcuts to lower production costs, and many others. Thanks to modern technology, detecting food fraud is mostly an analytical chemistry exercise, with choice of methodology depending on the quality attribute the food detective is looking for.

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The Lab of the Future: Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Microfluidics
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Today’s laboratories look very different to ten years ago, but what about ten years from now? When it comes to laboratory evolution, great strides have been made over the past decade, and further technological advancements are sure to bring us even closer to a fully automated ‘intelligent lab of the future’.

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The Importance of Aflatoxin Discrimination in Food Testing
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Aflatoxins have been an issue in food and feed since the 1970’s, but the first global effort to regulate them took place in 2003. Aflatoxin B1 is by far the most prevalent and potent sub-type. Accordingly, maximum levels for B1 are set lower than total aflatoxin levels which highlights the need to test these two measures independently.

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Protein Purification: Enhancing Downstream Processing in Biopharma
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Dr Carsten Voss, Application Specialist, Process Chromatography at Bio-Rad Laboratories took the time to speak with us about the recovery and purification of biomolecules. In this interview he discusses the importance of advancing chromatographic techniques for the progression of biopharmaceutical manufacturing.

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Protein Purification: Chromatography and Scalability in Biopharma
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Prof. Giorgio Carta provides us with extraordinary insight into the current state of play, factors to consider when 'scaling up’ separation processes, and general challenges and developments when applying chromatographic techniques to bioprocesses.

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New Test Speeds Up Heart Attack Care
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An innovative, low-cost diagnostic test that identifies patients at risk of myocardial infarction (MI) could enhance the treatment of patients at emergency departments worldwide.

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Quantitative Proteomics in Precision Medicine
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Medicine has been moving away from a "one-size-fits-all" approach towards predictive, preventive and treatment strategies tailored to the individual - precision medicine. Quantitative proteomics is playing an important part in this process but there are still some areas in which improvements must be seen before assays are likely to be routinely available to clinicians and patients.

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Rapid Test Identifies Wildfire Taint in Wine Grapes
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Scientists have devised a new rapid and accurate test to enable wine producers to evaluate the effects of wildfire smoke damage on their crops prior to wine production. We spoke to Dr Wesley Zandberg about the new approach and how science is working with the wine industry.

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Shining a Light on Drug Development: Revolutionizing Radiolabeling
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Researchers have developed a revolutionary method for making radioactive molecules. This new technique means that new medicines may reach patients much faster than ever before.

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Neuropixels: Hi-Def Brain Probes
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A new type of electrode for recording brain cell activity is set to revolutionize our understanding of decision making in the brain.

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