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Sustainable Food Science: Converting Food Waste Into Useful Products
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In the US, an estimated 30–40% of the food supply goes to waste, that's roughly 220 pounds of food waste per person each year. Turning this waste into something useful is therefore a priority and a strong example of sustainability.

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Crawfish: “THE NEXT BIG THING” in the Aquaculture Industry Thanks to Breakthrough Technology
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With growing demand from the food industry, a Singapore-based company is in the process of patenting technology and building a specific pathogen-free hatchery to increase the number of crawfish fry produced and lower their hatching mortality. This technology could change the face of global aquaculture.

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A Leading Voice for T-Cell Expertise During COVID-19 and Beyond
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The unprecedented scale of global scientific collaboration, including the establishment of expert consortia, has played an important part in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. We spoke to Professor Danny Altmann, chair of the Global T cell Expert Consortium (GTEC) about the role that T cells have in viral infections like SARS-CoV-2 and what GTEC is hoping to achieve.

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One Step Closer to CRISPR-Cas9 Cancer Therapies
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Although not fully deterministic for the development of cancer, certain genes – such as the BRCA1 gene, are well known to be implicated and to significantly raise a person’s cancer risk. Why is it then, that we have not heard more about CRISPR-Cas9 being developed for cancer therapies?

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Talking Vitamin D and COVID-19 With Professor Adrian Martineau
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Professor Adrian Martineau at Queen Mary University of London is the lead researcher on the CORONAVIT trial that is exploring the effectiveness of correcting vitamin D deficiency in reducing the risk of developing COVID-19. In this interview, we ask Martineau about the rationale behind this study, what impact the UK COVID-19 vaccine rollout may have on the power of the trial and the potential impact of the results.

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Cell Culture Contamination: Mycoplasma and Problematic Cell Lines Continue To Cause Concern
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Cell culture contamination is a major concern for biological and biomedical research, as well as for biologics therapeutics production. Here, we take a closer look at mycoplasma contamination and problematic cell lines.

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Project Uses Cloud Computing and AI To Address Unsafe Street Drugs
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Scientists have used supercomputers to discover new frontiers in science and to invent new technologies to improve the human condition. Now, researchers are using supercomputing resources to address one of society’s biggest challenges – the risks of an unregulated drug market.

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Observational Study Explores Long-Term Oral Contraceptive Use and Cancer Risk
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Research conducted by Uppsala University researchers demonstrates that the use of oral contraceptives may protect women against ovarian and endometrial cancers. The observational study, published in the journal Cancer Research, included analysis of 256,661 women.

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Healthcare and Biotech Predictions for 2021 and Beyond the Pandemic
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The pandemic has forever changed how every healthcare stakeholder approaches disease and put a global spotlight on the importance of health and wellness. These forces create a perfect storm for making 2021 a critical year for precision health, when we will bring about new strategies to tackle illness through asymptomatic testing and early detection.

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Drug Repurposing: Advantages and Key Approaches
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Drug repurposing (also known as drug repositioning) is a strategy for discovering new uses for approved and investigational drugs that are beyond the scope of the original medical indication. In this article, we highlight some benefits related to the repositioning of drugs and provide some examples of areas exploiting this approach.

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