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Ancient Lake Deposit Helps in the Search for Extrasolar Life

Canada: Exobiology

Ancient Lake Deposit Helps in the Search for Extrasolar Life

A sample of ancient oxygen, teased out of a 1.4 billion-year-old evaporative lake deposit in Ontario, provides fresh evidence of what the Earth’s atmosphere and biosphere were like during the interval leading up to the emergence of animal life. read...

UK Border Force to Use Agilent Systems for Detection of Hazards

UK: Border Control

UK Border Force to Use Agilent Systems for Detection of Hazards

Agilent announced that UK Border Force is now using the company’s handheld Raman system, to detect bulk chemicals through opaque packages and containers. This system detects benign, hazardous, or illegal shipments. read...

SQN Clinical Introduces Real-Time Analytics Tool

USA: Clinical Data Collection

SQN Clinical Introduces Real-Time Analytics Tool

The cloud-based suite SQN Health Analytics is the latest addition to SQN Health, the electronic data capture (EDC) system that incorporates the recently launched, patient-centric,electronic patient reported outcomes (e-Pro) app. With high-level summary information, advanced filtering options and the ability to drill down to individual patient records, the system is intended to replace manual, complex and time-consuming data exploration. read...

Bioaccumulation of Metals in Aquatic Invertebrates

Spain: Environmental Quality Standards

Bioaccumulation of Metals in Aquatic Invertebrates

A Spanish study proposes maximum bioaccumulation levels of metals that pose no ecological risk. This is the first step towards incorporating quality criteria into river management plans relating to the bioaccumulation of hazardous substances, as required by the EU. read...

Labfolder and NEC Introduce New Data Storage Solution for Research Organizations

Germany: Data Management

Labfolder and NEC Introduce New Data Storage Solution for Research Organizations

Labfolder and NEC developed an electronic lab notebook and software solution that make it easier for scientists to record their findings and make new discoveries. read...

Treatment of Tumours Associated with Chronic Inflammation

Spain: Cancer Therapy

Treatment of Tumours Associated with Chronic Inflammation

A new study conducted by researchers at IRB Barcelona demonstrates that myeloid cells, which belong to the leucocyte family and form part of the innate immune system, use p38 protein signalling to support inflammation-associated colon cancer. The study suggests that inhibition of the p38 pathway in myeloid cells may be a useful therapeutic approach, especially in tumours associated with chronic inflammation. read...

Publicly Available Data Helped Identify New Cancer Genes

Spain: Cancer Risk Analysis

Publicly Available Data Helped Identify New Cancer Genes

Three researchers at the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) in Barcelona, led by the Icrea Research Professor Ben Lehner, have developed a new statistical method to identify cancer predisposition genes from tumour sequencing data. Their computational method uses an old idea that cancer genes often require ‘two hits’ before they cause cancer. read...

Waters UPLC System to Enable Checking of Herbal Claims

UK: Supplement Analysis

Waters UPLC System to Enable Checking of Herbal Claims

The pharmaceutical company Quay Pharma is using a Waters UPLC system to provide vital analysis for herbal supplements. As a result of the success of its first project, the company has invested in a further two systems. read...

Lanxess to Open AD & TS Laboratory for Polyurethane Dispersions

Italy: Aqueous Polyurethane Dispersions

Lanxess to Open AD & TS Laboratory for Polyurethane Dispersions

Specialty chemicals company Lanxess announced plans to open a new applications development and technical services (AD & TS) laboratory for polyurethane dispersions (PUDs) in Latina, Italy. read...

Smartlab Goes Into Third Round in 2019

Germany: Intelligent Laboratories

Smartlab Goes Into Third Round in 2019

The Labvolution Smartlab showcase will again provide answers to how intelligent laboratories might look like in the future. The showcase has become a mainstay of Labvolution, Europe’s fair for innovative lab equipment and laboratory workflow optimization. read...