Stem cell research and pay-to-participate trials webinar announced

In response to the growing concerns of clinical trial research and financial conflicts of interest, STEM CELLS Translational Medicine is announcing a special webinar, Stem Cell Research and Pay-to-Participate Trials, to help build a consensus statement and establish balance between clinical research and ethical issues. This webinar will be held virtually on September 22, 2021.…

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Business shutdowns reduce COVID-19 deaths

Business shutdowns reduce COVID-19 deaths, though with rapidly diminishing returns, with study of Italian lockdowns estimating they saved over 9,400 lives in under a month. ### Article Title: Closed for business: The mortality impact of business closures during the Covid-19 pandemic Funding: The author(s) received no specific funding for this work. Competing Interests: The authors…

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New COVID-19 rapid test kit receives scientific seal of approval

Simon Fraser University researchers have validated a faster, cheaper COVID-19 test that could kickstart the expansion of more widespread rapid testing. Study results have been published in The Journal of Molecular Diagnostics. “This research offers a cheaper, faster alternative to the most reliable and sensitive test currently used worldwide, without sacrificing sensitivity and reproducibility,” says…

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Terrariums Are One Thing You Can Control

Dan Jones is creating a rainforest in his apartment in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England. Though there are more than a dozen plants of varying texture, scale, appearance and color, the rainforest is neatly nested within a 15-liter glass jar. Since September 2019, Mr. Jones, a digital public relations professional, has constructed terrariums and chronicled them on his…

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When a Summer Day Calls for a Beer

As with pilsner, craft brewers take liberties with the style. I’ve seen raspberry Kölsch, honey Kölsch, kiwi Kölsch, but though I know many American brewers make true Kölsch-style beers, I don’t often see them. It may be that some American brewers refrain from using the name Kölsch, respecting it as a geographical appellation, which makes…

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