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Ruairi J Mackenzie

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Ruairi started with Technology Networks in January 2018 after completing an undergraduate degree in neuroscience at the University of Edinburgh and a master’s degree in clinical neuroscience from the University of Cambridge. As senior science writer, Ruairi covers a range of scientific news and articles, with a focus on the complexities and curiosities of the brain. Ruairi also looks after search engine optimization (SEO) efforts on Technology Networks and created the site’s podcast, Opinionated Science, in 2020.


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In Vitro Integrity: Maximizing the Value of Plate-Based Assay Data
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In Vitro Integrity: Maximizing the Value of Plate-Based Assay Data

Genedata’s Screener software aims to streamline data workflows and make analysis easier. We caught up with Dr. Oliver Leven, Head of Genedata Screener Business Europe, to discuss how we researchers can make data more standardized, accessible and shareable whilst not compromising on security and integrity.
Microbiome Medicine Takes Center Stage
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Microbiome Medicine Takes Center Stage

Personalized medicine isn’t all about our DNA. Researchers are increasingly looking past the information encoded on our genes to find answers to how individual variation contributes to complex disease. Companies like the Cambridge-based Microbiotica are much more interested in the bacterial cells that live inside us; our microbiome.
The “Neandersovan”: Ancient Neanderthal-Denisovan Offspring Reveals Genomic Secrets
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The “Neandersovan”: Ancient Neanderthal-Denisovan Offspring Reveals Genomic Secrets

A research group has announced that DNA sequenced from an ancient bone fragment found in a cave in Russia suggests it came from a hybrid of two now-extinct groups of archaic humans, Neanderthals and Denisovans. The findings shed light on how these two species interacted and implies that Denisovan/Neanderthal mating was far more common than first thought.

Plasmid Platform Promises a Unique Data Sharing Solution
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Plasmid Platform Promises a Unique Data Sharing Solution

No scientist is an island, and to maximize the power of data, researchers have to share their results with the wider community. Now, GenScript's launch of its MolecularCloud platform suggests sharing plasmid data may become easier than ever before.
Moving Past Paper: Realizing the Potential of ELNs
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Moving Past Paper: Realizing the Potential of ELNs

Electronic Laboratory Notebooks are becoming more popular as labs embrace digitization. ELN provider Biodata’s flagship offering, Labguru, has over 30,000 users worldwide. We caught up with Steve Yemm, recently appointed CEO of BioData, to ask him about the advantages of ELNs and the challenges they face in a digital market.

Helping Rare Disease Reseach BeHEARD
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Helping Rare Disease Reseach BeHEARD

Earlier this summer, the Rare Genomics Institute announced the winners of the 2018 BeHEARD (Help Empower & Accelerate Research Discoveries) Challenge. The Challenge tasks researchers or foundations working in fields of rare disease research to apply for grants, either financial or technological, to assist their research. We caught up with the Institute’s Arvin M. Gouw to discuss the awards and the battle against rare disease.
Antimicrobial Resistance: A Microscopic Battle Goes Global
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Antimicrobial Resistance: A Microscopic Battle Goes Global

Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) has long been a concern for microbiologists. The appearance of antibiotic-proof bacteria and powerful viral strains has dragged AMR into the public’s eye, alongside alarming predictions of its potential impact across all of mankind.
Lipidomics in Biotech and Pharma: Farther than Fat
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Lipidomics in Biotech and Pharma: Farther than Fat

Once shunted to the side by investment in other omics, lipidomics has seen increasing interest from biotech and pharma companies in recent years. Here, we explore the technology and ingenuity powering this lipid revolution.
Blood Sugar Spikes Hit Diabetic Highs Even in Healthy People
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Blood Sugar Spikes Hit Diabetic Highs Even in Healthy People

A new study into the development of diabetes suggests that individuals – even those who consider themselves healthy – might need to pay more attention to their blood sugar.
One-Way vs Two-Way ANOVA: Differences, Assumptions and Hypotheses
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One-Way vs Two-Way ANOVA: Differences, Assumptions and Hypotheses

A key statistical test in research fields including biology, economics and psychology, Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) is very useful for analyzing datasets. It allows comparisons to be made between three or more groups of data. Here, we summarize the key differences between these two tests, including the assumptions and hypotheses that must be made about each type of test.
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