Following its invention 25 years ago, PCR has been adapted for numerous molecular biology applications. Gene expression analysis by reverse-transcription quantitative PCR (RT-qPCR) has been a key enabling technology of the post-genome era (Source: BioTechniques, Vol. 44, nº 5).

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FEBS Network is one year old! If you are yet to join the hundreds of bioscience researchers from across Europe and beyond that have joined the FEBS Network this past year, find out here about registering – and check out some of their favourite content on the site from their first 12 months.

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Cell is pleased to celebrate the 2018 Lasker Awards with articles highlighting the winners’ groundbreaking contributions to science and society. In this year’s collection, which includes opening remarks from Joseph L. Goldstein, Chair of the Albert Lasker Medical Research Awards jury, Cell presents features on the scientific achievements underpinning the awards, and we hear from the winners themselves as they recount their unique paths to scientific and medical progress.

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Precision medicine approaches the treatment of disease via an individual’s genes, environment, and lifestyle. It will allow the accurate prediction of which treatment and prevention strategies for a particular condition will work for whom – either as an individual or a group. It is therefore patient-centred as opposed to the former ‘one size fits all’ approach, and as such it needs a totally new approach, says a White Paper from the BioMed Alliance.

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The web appears as a marvelous instrument to diffuse scientific knowledge, because it is free, interactive, and fast. However, internet is non selective and allows false and misleading information to be published side by side with true information. Ease of access is not favorable to the diffusion of solid scientific information because science relies on peer review, a practice which is absent on the internet. On the web, science risks to be overcome by pseudo-science (Source: FEBS Network Viewpoints).

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The European Commission is currently working on its proposal for Horizon Europe, the framework programme that will succeed Horizon 2020 for the period 2021-2027. Horizon Europe will have a total expected budget of €97.9 billion.

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Please find attached the latest issue of the IUBMB Newsletter. It will also be available via the website (www.iubmb.org) shortly.

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Why and how an agreement for transparency in animal research was launched and successfully implemented in Spain, following a similar initiative previously deployed in the UK (Source: FEBS Network - Viewpoints).

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Doing a PhD is HARD!!! A PhD is physically exhausting, emotionally trialing, forces you to deal with failure on a daily basis as well as to constantly test the limits of your abilities. However, its also a highly rewarding and fulfilling process that makes you grow as a person and as a scientist. Here you will find some thoughts on how to tip the balance to the positive side, survive and thrive during this process (Source: FEBS Network).

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Back in 2012, the article in Nature Expatriate Scientists Get Organized, highlighted a new trend in scientific migration: the emergence of scientific communities bringing together researchers from the same country of origin (Source: FEBS Network).

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Researchers deliver 280,000-signature campaign to parliament protesting decade of drastic cuts — but a budget hike might be in their sights (Source: Nature).

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Because of the celebration of the International Women's Day on March 8, we invite you to take a look at the article "Gender Equality in Academic Science - Why and How?", By FEBS Network.

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