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Researchers Identify a New Biomarker for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Researchers have found a new way to detect an important type of molecule in your body’s cells.  This discovery may lead to new biomarkers for rheumatoid arthritis and other diseases. Note: Today’s post gets into the more technical side of biology.  I’ll try to navigate the terms as we go. An N-glycan is a type…
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How Do You Study an Active Volcano? Very Carefully…

Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano has been in the news, with several new lava vents recently bursting open.  This brings up a question: How do you study an active volcano? Researchers using Agilent equipment have developed a new field test for analyzing the gas emissions of erupting volcanoes. As you can imagine, trying to use scientific equipment…
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A Dilemma of Drinkable Water

Cape Town, South Africa, is one of Africa’s most affluent cities.  Due to population growth, drought and climate change, it may also become the first major city in the world to literally run out of drinking water. Six months ago, residents were urged to begin conserving water.  Over that time, consumption actually increased. As a…
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A Treatment for Opioids is Declared to Be an Opioid

I have blogged about the opioid epidemic.  Opioid pain relievers, which bind to receptors in the brain, have caused widespread addiction and deaths.  Now, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has declared that a popular herbal supplement – touted as an aid for opioid withdrawal – is itself an opioid. Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa) is an…
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