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The Neuroscience of Psychedelics: Can LSD Microdosing Make You Happier? With Johannes Ramaekers
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In this interview we speak to Maastricht University's Professor Johannes Ramaekers, who recently collaborated with the UK-based Beckley foundation to examine the effects of microdosing LSD. In this interview, we discuss how LSD affects our mood, how mushrooms could boost creativity and and why a Mexican toad has been an important part of psychedelic research.

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How Elemental Analysis Can Help To Protect Foodstuffs Post-Brexit
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Free trade and international migration have given consumers an increased range of specialist foodstuffs, and expectations of product quality have also risen, making the verification of the origins and composition more important than ever before. But how could Brexit impact food authenticity?

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Complementary Bonds: Strategic Collaboration Between ELRIG and BPS Announced at Pharmacology 2019
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A new collaboration was announced Monday between the British Pharmacological Society (BPS) and scientific not-for-profit The European Laboratory Research & Innovation Group (ELRIG) UK at the annual Pharmacology 2019 meeting in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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The Neuroscience of Psychedelic Drugs: Your Brain on Psilocybin With Frederick Streeter Barrett
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Fred Barrett is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. In this interview, we discuss his work with the active component of magic mushrooms, psilocybin. Fred explains how this compound affects the brain, its potential to combat visceral pain, and its links to so-called mystical experiences.

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2DLC in Food Safety and Traceability
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With so many potential routes for food contaminants, both natural and otherwise, having the tools to detect them, determine the source of the problem and prevent them from reaching the consumer is therefore vitally important. In this article, we explore how 2DLC is being implemented to improve food safety and contaminant traceability.

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Advances in High-throughput Screening
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Ever since the advent of the multi-well plate, researchers have been pioneering new ways to miniaturize assays for high-throughput screening (HTS). Here, we share two examples that illustrate the power of modern HTS in drug discovery.

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The Pursuit of Spotting and Steering Cell Death
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Here, we examine one common branch of cell death, apoptosis, and explain why studying aberrations in apoptotic signaling is important for understanding and addressing a range of human pathologies. We also highlight techniques that enable studies of apoptosis.

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Mind Over Magnet: Cryptochrome Proteins Enable Magnetic Brain Repair
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A new study conducted by researchers at Paris’s Sorbonne University, alongside colleagues from the US and Australia has now suggested that magnetic stimulation may be able to help the brain repair itself. What’s more, the team has gone one step further by identifying a molecule that they suggest may mediate this healing effect.

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Should Infectious Diseases Be Made Notifiable? The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
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At first glance this question might seem like a no-brainer. Surely if you make an infectious disease notifiable then you are better able to contain infection and prevent it spreading, right? Unfortunately, whilst the principle seems simple, the reality is far less so. Here we take a look at the different facets and implications of making an infectious disease notifiable.

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What is Super-Resolution Microscopy? STED, SIM and STORM Explained
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Scientists can now use super-resolution microscopy to directly observe living subcellular structures and activities. In this piece, we explore the basics of three popular super-resolution techniques.

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