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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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Bioethics Council Rules Heritable Genome Editing "Ethically Acceptable" In Certain Circumstances
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Bioethics Council Rules Heritable Genome Editing "Ethically Acceptable" In Certain Circumstances

A leading UK bioethics advisory body has weighed in on the debate around human genetic modification, concluding that heritable genome editing – modifying the DNA of an egg, sperm or embryo with changes that will be passed on to future generations – could be ‘morally permissible’ in humans, provided key ethical tests are met.

From Metabolite to Biomarker: Mass Spectrometry in Diagnostics
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From Metabolite to Biomarker: Mass Spectrometry in Diagnostics

Professor Alain van Gool, Professor of Personalized Healthcare at Radboud University Medical Center (Radboudumc), in Nijmegen, The Netherlands, helps oversee Radboudumc’s 19 Technology Centers, which span multiple aspects of biomedical science. He also has a rather more specialized position as head of the Translational Metabolic Laboratory (TML).
The Sequencing Technology Behind The World's Fastest Genetic Diagnosis
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The Sequencing Technology Behind The World's Fastest Genetic Diagnosis

In February 2018, a team at Rady Children's Institute for Genomic Medicine broke the world record for the fastest genetic diagnosis when they delivered a rare disease diagnosis in just 19 hours 30 minutes. We caught up with John Reynders, CEO of Alexion, to discuss how the record was broken, and why diagnosing rare diseases is important in modern medicine.
CRISPR Helps Fight Cancer... With Cancer
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CRISPR Helps Fight Cancer... With Cancer

A study in mice has exploited the power and potential of the CRISPR gene editing technique to engineer cancer cells that hunt down and attack their tumor of origin. The research could lead to promising therapies for different types of cancer.
Why are the Life Sciences Lagging in AI Development?
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Why are the Life Sciences Lagging in AI Development?

A recent survey conducted by not-for-profit group The Pistoia Alliance highlighted that nearly three-quarters of life science professionals interviewed think that their sector is lagging behind other industries in the development of AI. We discuss the survey results, what they mean for the life sciences field, and how the field can speed up AI development with Dr Nick Lynch, a consultant at the Pistoia Alliance.
More Tools and More Time: An Easier Future for Bioinformaticians?
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More Tools and More Time: An Easier Future for Bioinformaticians?

In the second of a two-part blog series, we talk with Genestack CEO Misha Kapushesky on the developments in Bioinformatics that he’s most excited about, and the latest modular additions to Genestack's bioinformatics platform.
A Pregnant Woman’s Diet May Influence Her Baby’s Gut Bacteria
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A Pregnant Woman’s Diet May Influence Her Baby’s Gut Bacteria

A mother’s diet during pregnancy may alter the microbiome of her baby’s gut, suggests a new observational study which noted that this effect also seems to vary depending on whether the baby was delivered vaginally or via caesarean section.
Are Modular Approaches The Way Forward for Bioinformatics?
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Are Modular Approaches The Way Forward for Bioinformatics?

In the first of a two-part blog series, we discuss the advantages of a modular approach to bioinformatics with Dr. Misha Kapushesky, CEO and Founder of Genestack. Perviously a Team Leader at the European Bioinformatics Institute, we also learn about Misha's move from Institute to industry.
How the Internet of Things is Connecting Up Lab Ecosystems
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How the Internet of Things is Connecting Up Lab Ecosystems

If the 20th century was about improving technology, the 21st century has focused on improving access to technology. In this article, we look at how the "Internet of Things" (IoT) movement is changing research, and find that IoT in the lab is at an important crossroads
LIMS Industry Roundup 28/06/18
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LIMS Industry Roundup 28/06/18

The latest LIMS Roundup from Technology Network brings you the biggest stories and announcements in LIMS.
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