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Shedding Light on Wine Fraud With NMR Fingerprinting
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Wine forgery, including adulteration, counterfeiting (e.g. mislabeling/misrepresentation) and intellectual property infringement, takes place on a global scale, but is on the rise in central Europe. To help in the fight against fraud, the industry are turning to NMR fingerprinting to stamp out the problem.

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A (Lab)Step Towards Reproducible Science
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The reproducibility crisis is holding back science. London-based Labstep, a start-up out of Oxford University, think that their tool can help make science more open and reproducible. That claim has now been given some concrete evidence with the announcement that the research contingent of the MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM will be trialling Labstep across their Banjul-based facility.

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Data Integrity – Miscommunication Will Kill Your Data
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Sharing data is often a bit like passing round a message in miscommunication - small change and errors can ultimately ruin the data and render it unfit for purpose. Here, we look at data integrity in the context of shared data and introduce some procedures that will mitigate against miscommunication.

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Insects – THE New Animal Feed in the EU
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The world population increases and so does the need for food. In order to breed more livestock, naturally, more animal feed is necessary but production of protein rich feed, such as soy and fishmeal are damaging the environment. Several alternatives have been proposed but one in particular seems very promising: insects!

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Understanding the Role of BDNF on GABAergic neurotransmission
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Researchers have identified a mechanism by which brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) can suppress GABAergic transmission in hippocampus. In this article, Dr. Rajamani Selvam explains how he and his team achieved these results, and their potential impact on the treatment of neurological disease.

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Discovering Druggable Targets
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We recently spoke to Dr Kilian V. M. Huber from the Structural Genomics Consortium & Target Discovery Institute, University of Oxford to find out – ‘What makes a good target?’.

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Single-Cell DNA Sequencing Weaves a Way Towards Personalized Cancer Treatment
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High-throughput single-cell analysis has been regularly acclaimed as a transformative technology for sequencing and a huge step towards the goal of personalized medicine. Will Tapestri, a sequencing platform developed by Mission Bio, be the game-changer in DNA analysis we have been waiting for?

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Target Identification & Validation in Drug Discovery
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This article highlights the properties of an attractive drug target, outlines the approaches used to identify targets, and discusses the key steps involved in target validation and the benefits and challenges of using siRNA to validate targets.

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Light Sheet Imaging Helps Capture Zebrafish Neural Development
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A video showing the birth of an incredible network of neurons in the nervous system of a Zebrafish has won first prize at the Nikon Small World in Motion Awards, which highlight the best in photography and video captured through the microscope lens. We caught up with researchers behind the video to find out more.

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