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Microbiome linked to depression in a groundbreaking Benelux study

This article is republished with kind permission from Biovox. The original article can be found here.

The microbiome had been at the forefront of a lot of research and news in the past few years. Now, a new study published in Nature Microbiology has linked specific microbiome changes with depression and quality of life. The largest of its kind to-date, the research was made possible by over 2000 participants from the Flemish Gut Flora Project and the Dutch LifeLines DEEP project. The results may lead to novel therapies for people suffering from this debilitating mental illness.

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How CRISPR/Cas9 can help unravel Salt Stress Responses in Rice

Soil salinity affects a large amount of arable land and is one of the major causes of crop yield reduction worldwide. Rice, a major food crop feeding more than half of the world, is highly susceptible to salinity stress. Developing salt-stress tolerant rice cultivars is essential to sustain world rice production. The major focus of my research at the Maathuis Lab in the Biology Department of the University of York is looking for key players in the complex molecular networks responsible for rice salt-tolerance, and understanding their mode(s) of action.

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Integrating breeding technologies to supercharge future crops

The inspiration for the development of ‘Speed Breeding’ came from the first food product designed and purposefully bred for growing in space, a variety of wheat called USU-Apogee. Because there is not much space inside the spacecraft, they needed to maximise the number of wheat plants and grow them very quickly.

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Harnessing the power of RNA for a healthy gut microbiome

I was a scientist at Los Alamos National Lab in the US when I identified a science-based personalized diet that completely cured my early onset arthritis. I realized that the gut microbiome would play a central role in personalized nutrition and redirected all my science projects towards it. We desperately needed better technology for analysing the gut microbiome and metatranscriptomics offers the best value. It is better than 16S or metagenomic sequencing in two important aspects:

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AI in digital pathology; increasing workflow efficiency and patient safety

In the fifth of this six-part series, the experts considered the potential cross-border solutions and challenges for Digital Pathology, as well as the evidence for improved efficiency. In this final installment, they discuss the impact of AI on industry and medical practice.

If you weren’t able to make the panel discussion, you can watch the recording here.

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Diversity and Inclusion in a scientific context

You have probably already heard of diversity and inclusion, but isn’t this just another management term? No, not this time! I hope I can convince you that there is real magic in inclusion and embracing diversity. I will introduce you to the world of diversity and inclusion, what it looks like in your daily work routine, and how it can help you and your team. I will also provide you with a few tools and ideas on how to improve inclusion within your team.

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Major resistance genes in cereals

Cereal crops, such as wheat, maize, rice, barley, sorghum and millets, account for more than half of the global harvest and provide staple foods around the world.

However, viruses, bacteria, water moulds and fungi can limit access to nutrients, reduce yields and can even cause entire crops to fail. Some diseases can also produce toxins that are harmful to humans and animals. To protect food security, identifying disease resistant genes is crucial.

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The benefits and challenges of offsite working in Digital Pathology

In the fourth of this six-part series, the experts discussed the biggest drivers in the transition to going 100% digital. Here, the panel contemplated the potential cross-border solutions and challenges to the field, as well as the evidence for improved efficiency in digital pathology.

If you weren’t able to make the panel discussion, you can watch the recording here.

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