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The Neuroscience of Psychedelic Drugs: Octopuses, MDMA and Healing Social Injury
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In our latest interview series, we discuss the potential of psychedelics to revolutionize clinical neuroscience with thought leaders in the field. In this first interview of our series exploring the Neuroscience of Psychedelics, we talk to Johns Hopkins Associate Professor Gul Dölen, who has spent years exploring the effects of MDMA on the mammalian (and more recently, cephalopod) brain.

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Cutting Through the Headlines: Are Scientists Really Growing Sentient "Mini-brains"?
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Neuroscience 2019, the world’s biggest conference of brain science, finished just over a month ago. In the wake of some particularly inflammatory headlines, we take a closer look at whether claims that new model systems for studying the brain could produce sentience in a jar have any truth to them.

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Two-dimensional Liquid Chromatography in Foodomics
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To maximize the value of investigations and the information obtained, it is desirable for analysts in the food industry to be able to characterize as many components and aspects of a food sample as possible in a timely manner. This is where a foodomics approach comes in.

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Future Cancer Immunotherapy Treatments Could Be Administered by a Pill
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Immunotherapies delivered in pill form aren’t yet the default cancer treatment. Techniques like protein painting are bringing that day closer.

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Why We Should Consider Our Food Packaging and Not Just Our Food
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Whilst we can detect some contaminants by their taste or aroma, not all contaminants can be detected by our senses. Mineral oil-based chemicals are one such group and are attracting increasing interest from food analysts as we found out when we spoke to Professor Erich Leitner, a leading expert on food quality at the Graz University of Technology in Austria.

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Advances in PCR Diagnostics for Cancer and Medical Mycology
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From detecting cancer to microbial infections, and now even fungal infections, PCR has become the gold standard of analyzing gene expression. In this article, we explore how PCR is used as a novel diagnostic strategy to identify clinically important yeast species, as well as to detect mutations that could guide therapeutic decisions for lung cancer patients.

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Whiskey, the Target of Fraud
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Due to the value of high-end quality bottles of whiskey, they are often the target of fraud. Analysts therefore need the tools and techniques to be able to determine the authenticity of products and ensure consumer safety.

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Cell Culture Workflows In a Spin? How Next-generation Centrifuges Are Overcoming Common Challenges
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In this article, we discuss the challenges scientists face when employing conventional benchtop centrifuge systems, and explain how the latest technological advances are helping laboratories to overcome them, allowing organizations to improve efficiency and achieve more reliable results.

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Research Finds Environmental and Dietary Toxins Affect Placentas
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A new study suggests that a pregnant person's diet may have even more of an effect than previously thought on the health of a developing fetus. Zearalenone, a food estrogen produced by fungi and found in bread and other grain-based products, has been shown to cross the placental barrier.

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Interview: Can Sensory Stimulation Fight Alzheimer’s Disease?
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At SfN 2019, we interviewed Li-Huei Tsai, director of the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory, to take a deeper look at the field of non-invasive brain stimulation and hear why it has such a substantial therapeutic promise.

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