Is modern life making another global pandemic inevitable?

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Approximately 75% of newly emerging diseases currently affecting the global population are of animal origin. These viruses, like Covid-19, have been transmitted from an animal population to humans. Known as zoonotic diseases, they have been responsible for a number of global pandemics including Avian Influenza and the previous coronavirus outbreaks of MERS and SARS. Tropical … Read more

Antibody Market Report 2018

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At Pivotal Scientific this month, we are busy compiling our sixth annual Antibody Market Report. A yearly review of the international research antibody market, sharing industry knowledge and expertise in areas such as global research trends and online marketing. We are delighted to announce that this year’s report will include analytics data generated by our … Read more

Base editors – a powerful new tool for genetic engineering

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Introduction Gene editing has been featured prominently in the news recently. With studies published in Nature and Science, describing the advancement of sophisticated gene editing tools known as base editors. While the article in Nature details further development on the powerful CRISPR technology for editing DNA, the publication in Science presents a highly promising RNA … Read more

Pivotal Scientific are returning to SfN

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During November, Pivotal Scientific will once again be attending the annual Society for Neuroscience (SfN) meeting, which this year will take place in Washington, DC. This will be the 47th SfN meeting and represents the world’s largest neuroscience conference for scientists and physicians devoted to understanding the brain and nervous system. With over 30,000 registered … Read more

Cambridge researcher receives Nobel Prize for the development of cryo-EM

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The nobel prize in sciences The Nobel Prize is an international award administered by the Nobel Foundation in Stockholm, Sweden. It is bestowed in recognition of academic, cultural or scientific advances. The prizes are categorised into physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature, economic sciences and peace. Each Nobel Prize consist of a medal, a personal … Read more

Pivotal Scientific welcomes proposals to boost the UK’s status as a world leader in life sciences

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Introduction The Government’s industrial strategy green paper was launched in January, with the aim of addressing long-term challenges to the UK economy. It identified the life sciences industry as a dominant economic sector within the UK, generating approximately £64 billion of turnover, employing >200,000 scientists and staff, and providing an exceptional environment for businesses to … Read more

Cytokines

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Introduction Cytokines are a large group of cell signalling proteins. The COPE database currently lists over 45,000 entries for cytokines. Each cytokine and its cellular receptors control varying cellular processes. This all depend on the cytokine, receptor and the specific cell type. In short, they are important to the functioning of the body, and therefore in high … Read more

Flow Cytometry (FC)

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Introduction Flow cytometry (FC) allows researchers and clinicians to independently measure the properties of different types of cells. It also allows them to do quantitative measurements to classify and isolate cell based on these properties. Overall, It’s a hugely powerful technique in biotech and a rapidly growing one. BCC Research, an analyst company, predicts that flow cytometry … Read more