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Masha Savelieff is a professional freelance scientific writer. She began her science career in chemistry at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon, where she earned her BSc and MSc degrees. She then went on to receive her PhD, also in chemistry, from the University of Illinois in 2008. Masha then branched out into biology and biomedical research by completing her postdoctoral training in Alzheimer’s disease at the University of Michigan. Finally, she widened her biology experience in cancer research and metabolic disease, also at U-M. Masha now writes full-time on a breadth of scientific topics.


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Developing Nanobodies and Antibodies Against SARS-CoV-2
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Developing Nanobodies and Antibodies Against SARS-CoV-2

Although the COVID-19 pandemic is unprecedented in scope, researchers have met this challenge by developing a suite of preventive and therapeutic strategies to combat the virus. This article explores the development of nanobody- and antibody-based therapeutics against SARS-CoV-2.
Immune Response in COVID-19: Pathophysiology Mechanisms to Therapeutics
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Immune Response in COVID-19: Pathophysiology Mechanisms to Therapeutics

This article will review the intersection between the COVID-19-induced cytokine storm with dysfunctional immune function in older age as well as leveraging the immune system for drug development.
Cancer Drug Discovery: A Molecular Journey to Targeted Treatment
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Cancer Drug Discovery: A Molecular Journey to Targeted Treatment

Cancer drug discovery has made great advances since its earliest steps. Cytotoxic drugs affect healthy cells, as well as the tumor, and thus give rise to a multitude of side effects. To counter this, the focus has shifted to targeted approaches that exploit molecular characteristics that are unique to the tumor.
The Tumor Microenvironment: Local Effects With Widespread Consequences
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The Tumor Microenvironment: Local Effects With Widespread Consequences

In this article, we explore the tumor microenvironment (TME), immune infiltration, particularly macrophages, as well as epigenetically-regulated metabolic rewiring.
Pressing the Pause Button: How To Cryopreserve Cells Successfully
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Pressing the Pause Button: How To Cryopreserve Cells Successfully

Download this guide for tips and tricks to successfully cryopreserve precious samples and maximize viability upon sample reanimation.
Cell Culture Contamination: Mycoplasma and Problematic Cell Lines Continue To Cause Concern
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Cell Culture Contamination: Mycoplasma and Problematic Cell Lines Continue To Cause Concern

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.
3D Cell Culture: Miniature Dimensions Drive Massive Advances
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3D Cell Culture: Miniature Dimensions Drive Massive Advances

Cell culture has been advancing biological and biomedical research since the first cell line was established in the late 1940s. In this listicle, explore various 3D cell culture formats and key research areas that have harnessed 3D cultures.
The Culture of Cell Culturing: Be Careful Not To Contaminate!
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The Culture of Cell Culturing: Be Careful Not To Contaminate!

Researchers must consider a number of factors for in vitro experiments. Selecting the most appropriate cell line or primary culture for the project at hand is only the first step. Researchers must then be vigilant to prevent contaminating the culture, from the initial moments it is plated and all throughout consecutive passages.
Pushing the Envelope: Subcellular and High-Throughput Cell Imaging
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Pushing the Envelope: Subcellular and High-Throughput Cell Imaging

As microscopes have improved, so too has their resolution and their ability to image cellular substructure, even down to the single-molecule level. Researchers can now investigate the carefully orchestrated trafficking and interaction of organelles, cargo, and biomolecules that sustain cellular life.
Advances in Cell Line Development for Neurodegenerative Diseases
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Advances in Cell Line Development for Neurodegenerative Diseases

Progression in cell line development has served as the foundation for countless discoveries and advancements in biology and biomedicine – in this article, discover how such developments are being applied in neurodegenerative disease research.
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