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Government plan to transform Oxford-Cambridge Arc into UK's fastest growing economic region

Spatial framework plan will help to create thousands of jobs, drive investment, protect and enhance the environment....

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The next 20 years of human genomics must be more equitable and more open

The first drafts of the human genome, published in Nature and Science 20 years ago, flung open the doors for what some predicted would be ‘biology’s century’...

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Covid vaccine: When will you be eligible?

The NHS has begun the biggest mass vaccination campaign in its history, with a jab that protects against Covid-19...

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Computational modelling explains why blues and greens are brightest colours in nature

Researchers have shown why intense, pure red colours in nature are mainly produced by pigments, instead of the structural colour that produces bright blue and green hues...

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Drug discovered by scientists of NMSU and UNM Cancer Center could lead to new treatments

Fifteen years after a chance meeting started their partnership, a compound Jeffrey Arterburn, and Eric Prossnitz discovered may lead to new skin cancer treatments...

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Biochem News letter——A letter to all colleagues and friends

Another week staring at the walls marks another week of successful SARS-CoV-2 containment. More and more time now seems to be spent staring alternately into a webcam or at a tiled tessellation of faces waiting expectantly to hear something while supping a cup of coffee. Welcome to Lockdown week...

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Stop the coronavirus stigma now

When the World Health Organization (WHO) announced in February that the disease caused by the new coronavirus would be called COVID‑19, the name was quickly adopted by organizations involved in communicating public-health information...

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Evolutionary origins of the SARS-CoV-2 sarbecovirus lineage responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic

There are outstanding evolutionary questions on the recent emergence of coronavirus SARS-CoV-2/hCoV-19 in Hubei province that caused the COVID-19 pandemic, including the relationship of the new virus to the SARS-related coronaviruses...

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This Week in Science

The neuroscientific investigation of emotions is hindered by a lack of rapid and precise readouts of emotion states in model organisms. Dolensek et al. identified facial expressions as innate and sensitive reflections of the internal emotion state in mice (see the Perspective by Girard and Bellone)...

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Cambridge to spearhead £20million alliance to map spread of COVID-19 coronavirus

The University of Cambridge is to take a leading role in a major national effort to help understand and control the new coronavirus infection...

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SAIN Information Sheet:China’s Agricultural Products Trade in the First Quarter 2019

According to the latest data from Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, China’s agricultural products import and export in the period of January to march 2019 are as follows...

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Scientists get sly, use deception to fight cancer

Scientists Get Sly, Use Deception to Fight Cancer. Hebrew University Researchers Create Decoys that Block RNA-Binding Proteins from Spreading Cancer...

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Science: Reconstitution and structure of a plant NLR resistosome conferring immunity

Nucleotide-binding (NB), leucine-rich repeat (LRR) receptors (NLRs) mediate plant immunity by directly or indirectly sensing pathogen effector proteins delivered into plant cells...

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Scientists decipher 3D structure of a promising molecular target for cancer treatment

Columbia University scientists, in collaboration with researchers from Nimbus Therapeutics, have demystified a metabolic enzyme that could be the next major molecular target in cancer treatment...

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Drug Rebates May Soon Be a Thing of the Past

UnitedHealthcare (UHC) has announced that beginning January 1, 2020, all discounts it receives from pharmacy benefits managers (PBMs) will be passed to the consumer at the point-of-sale for all fully-insured plans...

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New CRISPR-powered device detects genetic mutations in minutes

Kiana Aran's novel system immobilizes the CRISPR complexes on the surface of graphene-based transistors. These complexes search a genome to find their target sequence and, if the search is successful...

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Researchers from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, BGI Genomics and others report the first high-quality chromosome-scale reference genome for wild soybean

Prof Hon-Ming Lam from The Chinese University of Hong Kong teamed up with BGI Genomics and other experts to complete the first reference-grade wild soybean genome, published in Nature Communications...

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Physicists reverse time using quantum computer

Researchers from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology teamed up with colleagues from the U.S. and Switzerland and returned the state of a quantum computer a fraction of a second into the past...

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First person on Mars likely to be a woman: Nasa

The first person on Mars is 'likely to be a woman', Nasa Administrator Jim Bridenstine has said...

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The U.S. and China are vying for AI dominance. Here’s how we can avoid disaster

The evolution of artificial intelligence, from robust systems capable of completing narrow tasks to general thinking machines, is now underway...

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Fantastic Women Scientists and Where to Find Them

March 8 is International Women’s day. What’s so special about this day? Many may argue that promoting women and encouraging gender equality is an everyday issue, not a once-a-year thing...

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KETBIO - the biotech booster from research to business

KETBIO, an initiative to transfer research results to markets, has gone live with a novel online hub for key enabling biotechnology research...

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Biologicals in Crop Protection: Are They a Better Option Than Chemicals from a Human Health Perspective?

In recent years any discussion of crop protection issues has inevitably led to the question: biologicals — are they a better option than chemicals?The short answer is — yes — by almost every metric, also from a human health perspective...

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AI And Data Visualization: How AI Helps Companies See Through The Fog Of Data

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Data Visualization can seem like an unlikely marriage. AI techniques often work as a black box: we cannot know how the AI has reached its conclusion. This can raise uncomfortable questions...

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4 Ways Too Much Caffeine Keeps You From Realizing Your Potential

Today's tip for improving your performance is one of the most simple and straightforward methods I’ve provided thus far. For many people, this tip has the potential to have a bigger impact than any other single action...

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For Confidence in CRISPR Outcomes, Results Must Be Fully Validated

CRISPR technology has arguably transformed the molecular biology field more rapidly and thoroughly than any other recent advance. Using this novel gene editing technology, scientists can create new knockout animal models...

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AI Will Add $15 Trillion to the World Economy by 2030

A couple of weeks ago, I introduced you to an exciting new company called GoldSpot Discoveries,conceived and headed by mining visionary Denis Laviolette...

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Biotech Stock Roundup: ONCE, CMTA Soar on Merger News, Other Pipeline Updates

Over the past week, mergers and acquisitions have grabbed headlines in the biotech sector. Shares of Spark Therapeutics and Clementia soared on buyout offers from Roche and Ipsen. Meanwhile, as the earnings cycle draws to an end, regular pipeline updates and data read outs are also in the news...

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First CRISPR therapy administered in landmark human trial

The first confirmed CRISPR gene editing clinical trial to take place outside of China is officially underway, with pharmaceutical companies CRISPR Therapeutics and Vertex revealing a human patient has been administered the experimental treatment targeting a rare blood disease...

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Vertex, CRISPR Therapeutics infuse first patient in CRISPR/Cas9-based gene therapy study

The Phase I/II trial is in beta-thalassemia, a rare blood disorder. Another Phase I/II study of the same drug, in sickle cell disease, is expected to infuse its first patient in mid-2019...

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Transforming the Giants of Life Sciences

Artificial Intelligence optimized drug development, quantitative imaging-driven analytics of treatment responses and radiographic patient phenotyping will be some of the game changers for pharmaceutical R&D in 2019 and beyond...

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We’re not “women in science” – we’re scientists

Last December, Donna Strickland became the first woman to win the Nobel Prize for Physics in 55 years. Today, on International Day of Women and Girls in Science, it’s more important than ever to celebrate Donna’s achievement...

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Is this the final hurdle for immunotherapy?

5 questions with: Jeff Balser, MD, PhD, President and Chief Executive Officer, Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Dean of the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine...

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Scientists find new and smaller CRISPR gene editor: CasX

A new gene-editing protein, CasX, may give CRISPR-Cas9 a run for its money. UC Berkeley scientists have determined the unique structure of CasX (grey), revealing that this pint-sized Cas enzyme is dominated by RNA (red) that directs it to specific sequences of DNA (blue), where it binds and cuts the DNA. Credit: University of California...

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An Antimalarial Drug Strikes Gold

With the help of gold, scientists have developed an antimalarial drug that is effective against resistant parasites...

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The history of plant and microbial science at the John Innes Centre

The John Innes Horticultural Institution was founded in 1910 at Merton in South London under the directorship of William Bateson. We moved to Norwich in 1967, becoming the John Innes Centre in 1994. This is our history...

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Scientists identify how plants sense temperature

When it gets hot outside, humans and animals have the luxury of seeking shelter in the shade or cool, air-conditioned buildings. But plants are stuck...

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QuantuMDx & St George’s begin field study: cervical cancer screening test

To coincide with Cervical Cancer Prevention Week, QuantuMDx Group has announced the start of a field study with St George’s, University of London, to evaluate its human papilloma virus (HPV) assay which will provide a solution for cervical cancer screening in both high and low resource settings...

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Look for Big Changes to Pharmacy Cost in 2019

The Wall Street Journal reported that this week, more than three dozen drug companies have raised prices on generic and brand name drugs an average 6.3% – significantly higher than overall inflation...

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Stranger Than Science Fiction: Technologies that Started Off as Sci-Fi

More so than any other literary or film genre, science fiction has the power to transform reality. In fact, it’s done so many times already...

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Artificial Intelligence in Drug Discovery: 2018 Year in Review

The idea of using artificial intelligence (AI) to accelerate drug discovery process and boost a success rate of pharmaceutical research programs has inspired a surge of activity in this area over the last several years...

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What can we expect in China in 2019?

The next stages of China’s transition away from economic equilibrium with the United States will likely create volatility in market growth and require conservatism in some areas and bold moves in others...

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Computer hardware originally designed for 3-D games could hold the key to replicating the human brain

Researchers at the University of Sussex have created the fastest and most energy efficient simulation of part of a rat brain using off-the-shelf computer hardware...

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Sound waves levitate multiple objects – future technology for contactless medical procedures

In the perhaps not so distant future, surgeons could perform a range of medical procedures all without touching the patient...

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Good diabetes management: The how and why of monitoring

Monitoring your blood glucose levels is an important part of the day to day management of diabetes. This is particularly so if you have type 1 diabetes or use insulin or sulphonylureas (one type of diabetes medication) to manage type 2 diabetes...

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