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The European Commission pursues open science and why it’s important
July 16, 2019 -- Scientists believe that there is a reproducibility crisis in the scientific community where many scientists fail to reproduce experiments, according to a new report by Science | Business in July 2019. Open science is a high priority for the European Commission, with around 70% of all data generated by EU-funded programs being accessible to the public.  Discuss
Microbiome-directed therapeutic foods tackle childhood malnutrition
July 14, 2019 -- The results of two new reports, linking the growth of infants and children to healthy development of gut microbiomes, were published in Science on July 12th. Researchers utilized microbiome-directed complementary foods in an approach that focuses on selectively boosting key growth-promoting gut microbes using ingredients present in affordable, culturally acceptable foods.  Discuss
CAR-T cell therapy research shows encouraging signs for mesothelioma patients
July 10, 2019 -- Every year, nearly 3,000 new cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed in the United States. While this is just a small percentage of overall cancer diagnoses, this rare cancer is one that has proven to be extremely difficult to treat. Fortunately, even with this cancer affecting a disproportionate number of patients, researchers are continuing to study mesothelioma in hopes of improving the disease’s prognosis.  Discuss
New clinical trial testing effectiveness of anti-obesity drug in conjunction with genetic screening
July 9, 2019 -- A new phase 3 clinical trial expected to begin in late July 2019, will test an anti-obesity drug targeting people with rare genetic conditions, and will be tied to a genetic study attempting to create a more comprehensive understanding of the genes associated with obesity.  Discuss
Landmark study explores public understanding of science and trust in scientific and medical professionals
July 8, 2019 -- Understanding global perceptions and knowledge of science is of growing interest to the scientific community. Organizations such as 3M, with their State of Science Index Survey and the Wellcome Global Monitor (WGM), from the Wellcome Foundation and Gallup World Poll, explore attitudes towards science and medicine, and also confidence in scientists themselves.  Discuss
Leaders in science and engineering publications over the last decade: China and the US
July 1, 2019 -- Capturing the attention of policy makers and companies serving the academic research market the countries with the largest number of science and engineering (S&E) articles has significantly evolved between 2007 and 2017. China leads the list in 2017 followed by the US, a reverse from 2007, according to a May report from the NSF’s National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics.  Discuss
The National Institutes of Health launches the Symptom Science Center
June 27, 2019 -- The National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Nursing Research (NIH NINR) launched the Symptom Science Center on June 27th, 2019 at the NIH Campus in Bethesda, MD. This event, attended by over 500 individuals, marks a momentous occasion for both clinical and translational multidisciplinary research.  Discuss
Tech Overview: Portable & In Field MS
June 27, 2019 -- Our next post in the Mass Spectrometry series will cover portable and in-field mass spectrometry. This includes all configurations of mass spectrometers that are person-portable, mobile, or are designed to be stationed in the field.  Discuss
A convergence of technologies, revolutionizing next-generation sequencing
June 26, 2019 -- A new, powerful combination of biochips and next-generation sequencing (NGS) is capable of solving unique and important biological problems, such as single-cell, rare-cell or rare-molecule analysis, which NGS can't do on its own.  Discuss
Purchasing products: Experiences with scientists and suppliers
June 25, 2019 -- Recently, we asked over 900 members of the SAB to tell us more about how they purchase products through life science suppliers, and the factors that influence their selection of supplier.  Discuss
Understanding the role of active microbes in soil may now be possible due to new technology
June 24, 2019 -- Researchers use bioorthogonal non-canonical amino-acid tagging (BONCAT) to successfully isolate active microbes present in soil samples.  Discuss
Customer service and technical support: From your perspective
June 20, 2019 -- Over 700 members of the SAB recently took part in a survey regarding their experiences with customer service and technical support through life science suppliers. We thought you’d like to know a little more about some of the results from this project, to understand how some of the research we conduct with your help ends up!  Discuss
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