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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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Discovery vs Targeted Proteomics
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Discovery vs Targeted Proteomics

Currently, modern proteomics research using Mass Spectrometry (MS) is split between discovery and targeted assays. This infographic includes workflows for the two techniques and will examine the advantages and disadvantages of each method. Finally, common applications of each technology will be explored, and we will look to a future where the division between targeted and discovery methods might not even be required.

The Gene Factory: Can Enzymes Revolutionize Man-Made DNA Synthesis?
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The Gene Factory: Can Enzymes Revolutionize Man-Made DNA Synthesis?

Building artificial DNA sounds like a technology out of science fiction, but has been conducted in labs for nearly 40 years. To make the potential of synthetic DNA a reality, new methods are being developed that aim to make creating DNA as fast as sequencing it.
Cryo-EM and CX-MS: The Power Couple of Proteomics
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Cryo-EM and CX-MS: The Power Couple of Proteomics

An ambitious new workflow has married two cutting-edge proteomic analysis techniques to improve imaging of large protein assemblies. The combination of electron cryo-microscopy (cryo-EM) and cross-linking coupled mass spectrometry (CX-MS) allows deeper interrogation of protein structures to a level of detail that the techniques are incapable of obtaining on their own.
Raising the Standards of Data Integrity in Modern Research
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Raising the Standards of Data Integrity in Modern Research

As the research landscape changes, the standards of data integrity that guide research must also change. New data tools, systems and formats provide pitfalls and opportunities for advancing the cause of data integrity. In this blog, we discuss integrity in modern research with John Sadler, Vice President and General Manager of Agilent’s Software & Informatics Division.
Genomic Profiling in Cancer: Matching Patients to Precision Trials, Guiding Patients to the Right Treatment
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Genomic Profiling in Cancer: Matching Patients to Precision Trials, Guiding Patients to the Right Treatment

We recently spoke to Gaurav Singal, Vice President of Data Strategy and Product Development at Foundation Medicine, to learn more about how their SmartTrialsTM technology platform has enabled patients to be rapidly matched to precision trials, based on their unique tumor biomarkers.
LIMS Industry Roundup 24/05/18
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LIMS Industry Roundup 24/05/18

In LIMS Roundup, we summarize the biggest LIMS industry stories, bringing them together in one place on Technology Networks. This time, we cover award winners from the Bio-IT World 2018, GDPR, and Agilent's foray into lab informatics.
One Year on, Scientists Defend Canada’s Anti-Genetic Discrimination Law
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One Year on, Scientists Defend Canada’s Anti-Genetic Discrimination Law

The Canadian Genetic Non-Discrimination Act (GNA), introduced last May, made it illegal to require individuals to disclose genetic test results or to compel individuals to undergo genetic tests for any agreement or service. However, a subsequent legal challenge has prompted a robust defense of the act from scientists in the May issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ).
How Native MS and Charge Algorithms Can Improve Protein Analysis
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How Native MS and Charge Algorithms Can Improve Protein Analysis

Native Mass Spectrometry (MS) can be used to examine proteins in their natural, folded forms. In this blog, Marshall Bern, Ph.D., the Vice President of Research and Co-Founder of Protein Metrics, discusses how advances in this technique are being paired with cutting-edge charge deconvolution algorithms to improve analysis of antibodies and plasma glycoproteins.
A New Generation of Flow Cytometers Advances Multiomics
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A New Generation of Flow Cytometers Advances Multiomics

Flow cytometry allows the analysis of physical and biochemical features of cells. Advances in machine that can characterize and sort cells will allow researchers to look deeper than ever before into the proteome and transcriptome. We talk with Bob Balderas, VP Market Development at BD on how the cutting-edge machines like the FACSymphony S6 cell sorter incorporate new technology and advance multiomics research.
Deploying Cloud Technologies to Fight Pediatric Cancer
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Deploying Cloud Technologies to Fight Pediatric Cancer

The St. Jude Cloud is a recently-launched online data-sharing and collaboration platform that provides access to the largest public repository of pediatric cancer genomics data. We caught up with Jinghui Zhang, PhD, from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to discuss the cloud and its impact on pediatric research.
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