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Cancer Biomarkers: the Liquid Biopsy Revolution
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Non-invasive liquid biopsies are set to change the landscape of how cancers are diagnosed and treated in the future. We explore how mass spectrometry is helping researchers discover protein biomarkers in blood and urine, highlight challenges around their validation – and find out how close they are to reaching the clinic.

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Microbiome Medicine Takes Center Stage
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Personalized medicine isn’t all about our DNA. Researchers are increasingly looking past the information encoded on our genes to find answers to how individual variation contributes to complex disease. Companies like the Cambridge-based Microbiotica are much more interested in the bacterial cells that live inside us; our microbiome.

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How Can We Make Behavioral Science More Reproducible?
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A scientist explains how, by making 'stock' behavioral tasks more accurate, we can improve reproducibility.

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Imaging in Biology: How Many Words are Cell Images Worth?
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They say 'a picture is worth a thousand words.' Is this true for cell images?

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The Essential Upgrade for Modern Pharmaceutical NMR: A Case Study
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Against a background where analysts in the pharmaceutical industry are increasingly looking for accurate, easy-to-use and scalable methods, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy has become established as a leading technique.

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Studying the Genome One Cell at a Time
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In 2013, Nature named single-cell sequencing (SCS) as the ‘Method of the Year’, citing its potential to transform the fields of biology and medicine. Now, the technique is bringing to light how genetic information can change between individual cells and facilitating the study of rare cell types. This article explores how these insights have helped scientists understand how diseases like cancer can evolve and spread in humans.

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The Agricultural Perspective on Water Contamination by Pharmaceuticals
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Despite centuries of research into drug development, investigation into the environmental impact of pharmaceuticals is a much younger field. If not treated effectively, there is the potential for pharmaceuticals in wastewater to affect the agricultural industry through the use of this contaminated water supply.

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Why Pharma Is Rethinking Its Data Integration Strategy – the Criticality of Data Integration
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The pharma industry is being disrupted in multiple ways. Data has never been more accessible and the speed at which it is flowing has left the industry reeling. Fundamental to the success of these advances is the need to integrate data from diverse sources and leverage predictive analytics to drive informed, real-time decisions. This article explores how pharma can maximize the value of different data types to advance research.

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Is It Possible to Have a Google for EHR?
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Scanning through medical records at the speed of light is currently just a dream. In the future we can hope for a Google-like tool for EHR.

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Ageing in Human Cells Successfully Reversed in the Lab
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"In our latest experiment, we have reversed the ageing of human cells, which could provide the basis for future anti-degeneration drugs."

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