From genomic revolution to healthcare revolution

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Genomic testing will inevitably become common medical practice says Richard Holland – but in order to give the best care whilst safeguarding personal information   we need to develop the technical and ethical framework for this…and we need to do it now

A head for identification

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There is a need for techniques that can assist crime scene investigators in narrowing down the number of suspects when DNA analysis is not possible or does not provide any match – one team from Canada think that hair analysis can give useful information of gender and ethnicity

The power of partnership takes on HIV

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Having already made notable contributions to our understanding of how HIV works, Professor Andrew Lever talks about how his team’s most recent research is being driven forward through open collaboration with GSK

Getting the measure of success

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European environmental legislation covers a vast array of pollutants – but how robust are the standards they are founded upon? There is a clear challenge to analytical chemists to fully characterise measurement procedures and here, the LGC tell us how metrology is a key component of this challenge

Eating into the skills gap

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The food and drinks industry is facing a looming skills crisis says Bertrand Emond. But there are several ways the next generation of food scientists can be encouraged…

How age affects your mind

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Prevailing theories of ageing suggest that higher cognitive abilities decline as part of a single process, due to changes in the frontal part of the brain. New research, part of the Cambridge Centre for Ageing and Neuroscience, instead shows that age-related changes in these abilities change at…

A light touch to fighting crime


Exploring how the uptake of digital technologies in light microscopy is changing the face of forensics, Markus Fabich discusses the work of researcher Dr Kevin Farrugia and his team at Abertay University

Forensic Science – Whither Quality?


To find the best way forward in the new Forensic Science landscape, we must understand and address the mistakes of the past says Professor Bob Flanagan… 

Going out on a LIM to improve food safety


The stringent standards expected of food production are vital to ensure safety,  but compliance can be difficult. However if food scientists adopt a data driven approach they can transform a burden into an opportunity

Unlocking innovation in austere times


In the current climate of tightening budgets and complex relationships between service providers and police forces – just how can forensic scientists get their innovations to the market place? Here, Dr John W Bond gives us his thoughts…

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