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Antimicrobial Resistance
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Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is the ability of microorganisms to resist the killing capacity of antimicrobial drugs, a worryingly increasing problem. This article explores the science behind AMR, factors promoting its spread and techniques to detect it. Looking to the future, ways to combat AMR and alternatives to antimicrobials are discussed.

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RT-qPCR—Facts and Fallacies: An Interview With Professor Stephen Bustin
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A group of PCR experts recently published a commentary in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences, addressing misconceptions about RT-qPCR testing. In this interview, Professor Stephen Bustin tells us more about some of the facts and fallacies highlighted.

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Plastic Devices With Low Extractables: Minimizing the Cell Culture Contamination Potential
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In this article, we take a look at some of the sources of extractables and the possible impacts that they can have on cell cultures.

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Stimulation Sensation: The Non-Invasive Technologies Shaking Up Neuroscience
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The growing field of non-invasive brain stimulation (NIBS) is a new frontier of neuroscience. NIBS could provide therapies for psychiatric conditions without drugs or invasive surgery. In this article, we explore how brain stimulation devices are being developed everywhere from academic labs to internet message boards.

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A Novel, Colloidal Form of Activated Carbon Demonstrates Effective, In-Place Removal of PFAS From Groundwater
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Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are estimated to contaminate more than 200 million Americans' drinking water and have been associated with adverse health effects. Scientists, however, have devised a solution that can remove PFAS before it even leaves the ground.

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The COVID-19 Whack-a-Mole
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As the pandemic enters its second year, the case for optimism has grown shakier. SARS-CoV-2 has been mutating. New variants have arisen in the United Kingdom, Brazil and South Africa, and seem intent on evading our remarkable new vaccines before we’ve even fully rolled them out.

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The Promise of Natural Killer Cells
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In this article, we discuss the potential benefits of natural killer (NK) cell therapies.

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Targeting the Dopamine Receptor Pathway To Treat AML
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Technology Networks recently interviewed Prof. Mick Bhatia, from McMaster University, to learn more about his research focused on the role of abnormal dopamine receptor pathway activation in adult patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML).

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Emerging Technologies Required for Pharma 4.0
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In this article, we discuss the evolution from today’s pharmaceutical manufacturing to the future methods of Pharma 4.0. In particular, we explore some of the technologies and techniques that can smooth that transition and briefly review several ongoing examples of industrial innovation.

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Talking COVID-19 and Genetic Variants With Dr Jeffrey Barrett
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The Wellcome Sanger Institute is sequencing the genomes of tens of thousands of COVID-19 samples. In this interview, we're joined by Dr Jeffrey Barrett, director and lead COVID-19 statistical geneticist of the COVID-19 Genomics Initiative at the institute. He explains the importance of applying genomics tools to study pathogens, discusses the initiative's role in exploring variants of concern and outlines how the generated data is being applied to inform public health decisions.

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