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Using Digital PCR to improve our water

A career in water quality can be incredibly varied and diverse, spanning from work with drinking water, to oceans, rivers, estuaries, or even storm water and wastewater. Due to the incredibly varied and unpredictable nature of water, it can be a very difficult substance to work with.

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Understanding DNA Motif Distribution: A Learning-by-Building Approach

Torsten Waldminghaus spoke to us about his thoughts on the work of the Craig Venter Group and Jeff Boeke, the stigma attached to synthetic biology and his own work building synthetic secondary chromosomes.

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Advances in Agricultural Biologicals

The most exciting advances in agricultural biologicals research relate to the use of “systems biology” (or “omics”) approaches to discovery and development of new active ingredients for crop biostimulants. It is a new wave of very deep research that parallels natural products discovery programs for new drugs or lifestyle products that is happening in the Pharmaceutical industry.

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Where our food really comes from

The question of where our food comes from is a refrain heard frequently these days. It is a very good one to ask, but it goes far beyond knowing where the nearest farm-to-table restaurant or CSA pick-up location is. To truly know where one’s food comes from, one needs to have an appreciation of the origin of agriculture. The plants growing in our fields today did not spring fully formed from some primordial ooze but are rather the result of natural and human forces over the course of millennia.

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The Transformation of Wheat Research

Wheat is the staple food for more than 30% of the world population and provides more than 20% of all of the calories consumed around the world, offering high protein and fibre content. In addition to carbohydrates in the form of starch, wheat contains more minerals and trace elements that are vital for a healthy diet than any other staple food, including phosphorus, selenium, magnesium, zinc and manganese.

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Speaker profile: Jennie Lill

As a child, science, especially biomedical sciences, fascinated me. After watching Jurassic Park I decided that a career in Molecular Biology was the way to go and so I pursued a degree at Warwick University in the UK. After my degree (having not yet cloned a dinosaur but certainly learned a lot about cellular and molecular biology…) I pursued a Masters in Biotechnology at Nottingham Trent University where I discovered two of my continued scientific passions; mass spectrometry and tumour immunology.

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5 things to consider before you buy expensive “probiotic” yoghurt

Although yoghurt by itself is a nutritious food which contains calcium for bone health, many yoghurts on the market advertise themselves as “probiotic” yoghurts, and are sometimes up to 3-4 times as expensive as non-probiotic yoghurts. Is it really worth the extra expense and how do you choose which one to buy?

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