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Welcome to the week!

And happy April! I’ll spare you the April Fools prank today (my feed was inundated with them this morning). Let’s get to the news!

This week:

  • 🔋Battery recycling challenges

  • 🦠Gut bacteria and autoimmune diseases

  • 🥕Medically tailored meals

  •  🤖Empathetic AI

  • And more

Have a great week,

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New Shit Giver Troy wants to “clean up the world’s drinking water.“

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Scientist examines the result of a plaque assay, which is a test that allows scientists to count how many flu virus particles (virions) are in a mixture. To perform the test, scientists must first grow host cells that attach to the bottom of the plate, and then add viruses to each well so that the attached cells may be infected. After staining the uninfected cells purple, the scientist can count the clear spots on the plate, each representing a single virus particle.

What is antimicrobial resistance (AMR)?

AMR (not ASMR, but you can pretend I’m whispering this if that soothes you while you read, because not going to lie, it’s alarming) could become the leading cause of death worldwide by 2050.

So yeah, it’s important that we understand it and how we can prevent it. Read our explainer to get a 101 👇️ 

Early results show a 90% reduction in seizure frequency post-treatment. Read the full story 👇️ 

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