GUT MICROBIOTA

The simple word of GUT MICROBIOTA: Fecal Bacteria or Poop Bacteria. There has been a significant increase of publications related to intestinal microbiota in the past years. More grants and research publications have noticed the importance and significance of fecal bacteria. Why? Maybe because of health benefits, treatment options or in understanding the origins of […]

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The Union of Science, Business and Technology and Why it is the Future

Science, business and technology – all are seemingly distinct topics however the future of healthcare depends on the alliance of all three. Here at Hemtecks, I have written about the combination of science and business in the past and how this unlikely union is actual beneficial when it comes to healthcare-centered decisions at the community and […]

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Protista: The puzzle protruding from curious questions

Ask Siri! Ask Cortana! Ask Iris! But what do you really know about Protozoa? A little wiki reveals a lot of protozoa Feature Image: http://www.magicalmaths.org/download-free-question-and-answer-images/ Google: The Broad Spectrum What exactly are protozoa or protozoan? In completing a quick google search asking for the definition, a broad overview or description was produced. “a single-celled microscopic animal […]

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The Seed Vault: Protecting Seeds from the Brink of (Bio)Destruction

Protecting the world’s biodiversity in this manner is precisely the purpose of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault…if something were to happen to one of those collections around the world, they can always come back to the seed vault and retrieve what might have been lost.  –Brian Lainoff, spokesman for Crop Trust More than just a place […]

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Kepler-438b: Have we Found Earth’s Long Lost Twin?

Featured Image Credit: NASA In the field of space, scientists made a key discovery in January of this year. Kepler-438b was found in the distant constellation of Lyra,  an exoplanet that has been determined to be the most Earth-like of all exoplanets discovered so far! The Kepler mission was initiated by NASA to find planets orbiting a […]

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Ten Steps to Score a Successful Interview for Graduate Studies

The process of determining if a graduate studies program is a good fit for you is a hard decision to make especially given the short time frame of a graduate school interview. Even more basic questions are equally challenging – do you like the laboratory environment and the professor who is potentially your future supervisor? […]

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Microbiology Case Study: 76 Year Old Female with Upper Back Pain

Originally posted on A blog for medical laboratory professionals:Case History: A 76 year old female presents with a two year history of worsening upper back pain. Imaging revealed compression fractures of the first three thoracic vertebrae (T1-T3). Fine needle aspiration and a core biopsy of the T3 vertebral body were examined in surgical pathology.…

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