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Digital PCR: Possibilities & Opportunities

The Digital PCR track at the 4Bio Summit covered the benefits and future development of dPCR, comparisons between dPCR and qPCR and other technologies such as NGS, strategies to convert to a dPCR platform and applying the technology to precision medicine.

If you weren’t able to attend the 4Bio Summit, enjoy these free slides from Ward De Speigelaere, Anthony Magliocco and Nasrin Sarafan-Vasseur.

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Large-Scale Genetics Research: Q&A with Aris Baras

With genetic data making headlines, Aris Baras reflects on how genetic research can further advancements in medicine and delves into how his team’s work on large-scale approach is paving the way for new discoveries and enhanced patient care.

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What will we do with all this data?

The amount of data we are creating every day has increased exponentially to match the rise in use of smart and connected devices. The internet of things has connected every aspect of our lives to the digital realm: most of these devices operate by tracking your habits, movements, preferences, voice, and more, then logging those habits online. Specifically, the collection of health data has become abundant, because most people now have or wear some sort of device to track daily patterns, steps, cycles, and more. Even our phones often default to track these things for us, whether we choose to enable the function or not.

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Precision Medicine and Companion Diagnostics in Stroke Patients

A stroke is a clinical condition that could benefit greatly from personalized medicine. Strokes remain a leading cause of mortality and morbidity in the United States, affecting over 800,000 adults annually, leaving many with a permanent disability. The current stroke population are approximately 195,000 recurrent strokes, which are often more severe, debilitating, and costly than first-time strokes.

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New Integrated Systems in Microfluidics

The University of Hertfordshire’s Microfluidics & Microengineering Research Group produces microfluidics-enabled systems extending from concept, through design to development realisation and testing. There is a subtle balance of science and engineering involved in the research and the group is structured to enable this balance. We spoke to Loïc Coudron, a research fellow at the University of Hertfordshire,  about his current research in microfluidic equipment.

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Accelerating the Medicinal Chemistry Design Cycle

MedChemNet and Future Medicinal Chemistry editors Jasmine Harris and Ben Walden interviewed Emma Parmee from Merck & Co at the Global Medicinal Chemistry and GPCR Summit.

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Looking beyond the bacterial gut microbiome

Most microbiome research to date has focused on the bacterial gut microbiome, and yet microbiomes are comprised of a wide array of microbes – from viruses and archaea to protozoa and yeasts – and colonize nearly every human body site – from the skin and lungs to the urogenital system and breast milk.

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How Standards & Standardised Infrastructure Fuel Innovation

It might surprise a lot of people to learn that standards can be viewed as a tool to support innovation, to set businesses free and to focus on the core of their product where their expertise lie. When working with the use of electronic communication systems within the entire healthcare sector, the main focal point is often ensuring a good support for collaboration and work processes.

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