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Sculpting Never-ending Art Using Nature’s Natural Tools, Proteins
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Proteins biological building blocks. Fibrous proteins such as keratins, collagens and elastins are built up from their individual components to form structures such as tendons, muscle fibers and bones. This is the natural course of biology – the instructions for assembly are organic. What happens when it is no longer nature guiding the building blocks, but rather, scientists? The borders of science and art become blurred.

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Natural Rubber Biosecurity and Biodiversification
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Natural rubber is an extremely important, agricultural resource vital to all modern economies and in increasing demand. But unlike other agricultural products, natural rubber has no backup. Learn how the industry is turning to biodiversification to address the problem.

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BNA Interview Series: Hunger Games With Lora Heisler
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At the British Neuroscience Association (BNA)’s Festival of Neuroscience, we were lucky enough to sit down with some influential neuroscientists to discuss their work. We’ve assembled these transcripts into our BNA Interview Series. Here, we interview the University of Aberdeen's Lora Heisler on the topic of brain control of hunger.

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Why Does the Molecular Weight of My Protein Differ From the Theoretically Expected Weight?
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The predicted protein molecular weight (MW) is the sum of all protein amino acid MWs. The calculated MW may be different from that observed on the Western blot. In this article, we summarize common reasons as to why this may occur.

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Drug Delivery
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By finding the best-suited delivery mechanism for a specific drug molecule it is possible to “optimize” the performance of that drug inside the body. Here we take a look at the different administration methods, discover what is meant by a "drug delivery system", and highlight key drug delivery “vehicles”.

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Avoiding a Series of Unfortunate Events: Robust Detection of Food Contaminants in Routine Laboratory Environments
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Routine food testing workflows, including GC-MS/MS systems, are at the front line of food safety, ensuring the products we purchase are free from pesticide residues and other potentially harmful contaminants. Ensuring instruments are sufficiently rugged and robust to minimize downtime is therefore imperative.

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Rising to the Challenge of Protecting Our Water Resources
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In the western world, when we turn on your tap, we take it for granted that the drinking water that comes out is safe. But a lot of work goes on behind the scenes to ensure this is the case. We spoke to Fiona Regan, Professor of Chemistry at Dublin City University and Director of the DCU Water Institute, about the challenges facing our water resources.

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Proteomics Up Close: An Interview With Dr Oliver Rinner
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We recently spoke with Dr Oliver Rinner, CEO at Biognosys, to learn more about the newest developments within the proteomics.

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Proteomics Is Ready for Primetime
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The field of proteomics has advanced considerably over the past decade. Advances in technology such as mass spectrometry have allowed the field to overcome many analytical challenges, making it a promising approach for clinical applications.

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Aurora Supercomputer to Assist in the Fight Against Cancer
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The complexity of cellular mechanisms in cancer means that a cure remains elusive. A Duke University researcher is preparing to leverage the power of exascale computing to advance cancer research. This article explores how supercomputers could power the field.

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