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Isolating Exosomes for Cancer Diagnostics
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Exosomes offer a promising avenue for the minimally invasive diagnosis and monitoring of a range of cancers. Overcoming the challenges of isolating these small vesicles from biofluids could lead to wider adoption of exosome technologies in the clinic, and eventually translate into earlier detection and improved treatment plans for cancer patients.

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Diagnosing Diabetes: The Value of HbA1c Testing
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We spoke to EKF’s Gavin Jones to learn more about the current methods of diabetes diagnosis and monitoring, the advantages of HbA1C testing, and how testing may change in the future.

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Alcohol is Gateway Drug to Compulsive Cocaine Use
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Study details how prolonged alcohol use in rats leads to compulsive cocaine use.

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SWATH-MS Generates Highly Reproducible Data
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Scientists looked to address the quantitative and qualitative reproducibility of SWATH-mass spectrometry (MS). The study concluded that detection of large numbers of proteins from highly heterogeneous samples is not only feasible but provides reliable and reproducible quantitative results.

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Diamond Light Source in its Anniversary Year
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The UK’s national synchrotron, Diamond Light Source, celebrates its double anniversary this year. 2017 sees them mark 15 years since the company was formed, and on the 19th October, they commemorated 10 years since their official opening by Her Majesty the Queen.

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Microfluidics for Cell Culture and Analysis
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From the initial vision of re-creating entire chemistry laboratories on chips, microfluidics has evolved into niche applications for cell culture and analytical science.

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Pumpkins Hold the Key to Natural Disinfectants
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Specific bacterial communities found on Styrian oilseed pumpkins were found to produce highly effective volatiles that inhibited the growth of both human and plant pathogens. The discovery has been applied to decontamination of hatching eggs which is currently performed using toxic formaldehyde.

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New Crystal Structure of (Ph)PINK1 Aids Understanding of Early Onset Parkinson’s
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Scientists have determined the crystal structure of PhPINK1 bound to it's substrate ubiquitin. Mutations of PINK1 are associated with early onset Parkinson's disease and it is expected that this information will help the design of Parkinson's therapeutics.

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Brain’s Autopilot Mapped
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Study reveals a brain network previously thought to be confined to our inner thought processes, such as when day-dreaming, is crucial for enabling the brain's autopilot system.

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Antigen vs Antibody – What Are the Differences?
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Here we outline the differences between antigens and antibodies, and the roles that the two play in vaccination.

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