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Previous Coronavirus Pandemics, COVID-19 and Cancer Care
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To keep the scientific community abreast of the continuous stream of new research data related to COVID-19 and cancer, on July 20, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) launched a three-day virtual COVID-19 and cancer meeting. Here, we highlight the main points discussed in the opening sessions.

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Green Spaces Are Vital to Combating Social Isolation and Mental Illness
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Green spaces are a vital benefit to our mental health that can mitigate some of the difficulties of social isolation, reaffirmed research presented last week at FENS Virtual Forum of Neuroscience.

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Simulating the Brain: The Markram Interviews
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The EPFL Blue Brain Project (BBP) is a Swiss National Research Infrastructure project which has spent the last 15 years trying to advance the cause of simulation neuroscience. Through successes and headwinds, the BBP has been led since inception by Professor Henry Markram. Read all three parts of our exclusive interview series with Markram now.

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Sequencing the Human Microbiome: Opening the Black Box
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Researchers are using sequencing technologies to rapidly expand our knowledge of the human microbiome and identify undiscovered bacterial genomes.

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The Markram Interviews Part One: An Introduction to Simulation Neuroscience
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In the first of our exclusive three-part interview series with Blue Brain Project Founder and Director Professor Henry Markram, we discuss the basics of simulation neuroscience. Markram, one of the leading proponents of the field, comments on why the idea of simulating the brain has raised concerns from experimental and theoretical neuroscientists and answers whether in silico techniques could ultimately replace experimental approaches.

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Advances in Phenotypic Screening: A Turning Point for Drug Discovery?
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In this article, we explore recent developments related to cell-based phenotypic screening, discuss the elements of a good phenotypic drug screen, and discover how these approaches are helping to provide a more accurate biological context for drug screening.

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Psychiatric Research Suffering From Legacy of Ignoring Sex Differences, Say Neuroscientists
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Research into developing treatments for psychiatric illness is missing out vital data from female animals, producing drugs that aren’t optimized for women and contributing to the failure of clinical trials, said a panel of neuroscientists today at FENS Virtual Forum of Neuroscience.

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Bristol University Brain Imaging Center Slated To Close, Putting 95% of Projects at Risk
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Bristol University have announced that the Clinical Research and Imaging Center (CRICBristol), a joint venture with University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, will close at the end of December, putting six jobs at risk and throwing dozens of research projects into jeopardy.

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What Can the Naked Mole-rat Teach Us About Cancer?
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Technology Networks recently had the pleasure of speaking with Ewan St. John Smith, from the University of Cambridge, to learn more about the work his laboratory is conducting to determine the mechanisms behind the naked mole-rat’s exceptional resistance to cancer.

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What Are the Psychiatric Side Effects of Coronavirus Infection?
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A review looked at the links between coronaviruses, including SARS, MERS and SARS-CoV-2, and psychiatric side effects. Analyzing 65 published studies and 7 preprints, it’s the first paper of its kind to review this connection. To explore further, Technology Networks spoke to Dr Jonathan Rogers, a psychiatrist, Wellcome trust clinical training fellow at University College London and lead author of the paper.

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