Anna MacDonald

Science Writer

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Cell Science Diagnostics Microfluidics

Latest Content From Anna MacDonald

5 Ways Science Can Mend a Broken Heart
List

Here we take a look at 5 novel approaches to repair diseased and damaged hearts.

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The Changing Role of Pathologists in the Age of Precision Medicine
Article

We spoke to Dr Philippe Taniere, Consultant Histopathologist/Molecular Pathology, and Dr Matthew Evans, Specialist Registrar at University Hospitals Birmingham, to learn how the role of pathologists is changing, what this means for oncologists and cancer patients, and some of the challenges these changes may present.

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Regenerating the Thymus
News

A new paper has demonstrated that endothelial cells in the thymus are responsible for organising the regeneration process. In response to damage, the ECs produce growth factor proteins called BMP4, which stimulate epithelial cells to regrow.

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7 Microfluidic Highlights of 2017
List

In this list, we take a look at 7 promising microfluidic developments from the past year.

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How Software Based Technologies Help Developing Precise and Effective in vitro Diagnostics
Blog

We spoke to Dr Philipp Pagel, CMO at numares AG, to learn about some of the limitations of current in vitro diagnostics, and how software based technologies can help overcome some of these.

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7 Stunning Cell Images from 2017
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Advances in imaging techniques now enable us to see cells in exquisite detail. This has not only increased what researchers can learn about cells’ development and behaviour, but has also resulted in the production of some images beautiful in their own right.

Here we take a look at a few of our favourite cell images from the past year.

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Uncovering the Dark Matter of Microbiota
Blog

We spoke to Dirk Löffert, Ph.D., CEO of Biomillenia, to learn about some of the challenges of isolating live bacterial species, and how microbiome-on-a-chip technology can help overcome some of these.

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Bioimaging Using Microscopes: Challenges, Benefits and the Future
Article

The imaging of biological samples, or bioimaging, plays a key role in current life science research, enabling scientists to analyze molecules, cells and tissues from a range of living systems.

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Unlocking The Full Potential of Organoids
Blog

To learn about the importance of the extracellular matrix and some of the limitations of current organoid culture systems, we spoke to Colin Sanctuary, CEO and founder of QGel, a spin-out from EPFL.

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Uncovering the Role of H. pylori in Stomach Cancer
Article

An interdisciplinary team of researchers recently demonstrated the role that H. pylori plays in gastric stem cell renewal. We spoke to lead author, Professor Thomas Meyer from the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology, to learn more about the study and its wider implications for the future diagnosis and treatment of stomach cancer.

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