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Mind the Gap: Citizen Schools Aims to Expand Educational Opportunities

Through our partnership with Citizen Schools, Thermo Fisher Scientific employees serve as volunteer teachers, bringing their experience and enthusiasm to the classroom.

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Training Program Collaboration to Prevent the Spread of Ebola

In an effort to help prevent the spread of the Ebola virus in West Africa, Thermo Fisher Scientific is collaborating on a program to train scientists from Ivory Coast to screen samples for the virus using our Applied Biosystems™ qPCR instruments.

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Protein Binding Experiments on the International Space Station

Thermo Fisher Scientific products took a ride to the International Space Station as part of an experiment to determine whether protein molecules bind similarly in zero gravity as they do on Earth.

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Mass Insight Education: A Public/Private Partnership for Success

Since 2011, Thermo Fisher Scientific has sponsored Mass Insight Education’s Advanced Placement Summer Institute, a summer professional development program for nearly 400 AP math, science and English teachers in Massachusetts.

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How Science is Helping Find Modern Day Jack the Rippers

In their work to support law enforcement investigations, forensic laboratories in Brazil rely on technology from Thermo Fisher Scientific to collect and process crime scene DNA samples.

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Zero Waste Programs are a Smart Investment in the Future

Thirteen Thermo Fisher Scientific sites have achieved zero waste certification as a result of smarter purchasing, material reuse, recycling/upcycling and employee engagement.

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DNA-Prokids: Fighting Child Trafficking One DNA Test at a Time

Learn how Thermo Fisher's GlobalFiler STR Kits are being used to aid DNA-Prokids, an organization which seeks to prevent and deter the global trafficking of children and reunite them with their families.

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A Homegrown STEM Challenge Goes Statewide in Pennsylvania

The STEM Design Challenge began with a conversation over coffee between a pair of former colleagues, and in less than five years, it turned into a statewide phenomenon.

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Detecting Chemicals in Treated Water: Understanding Nature One Molecule at a Time

A team of researchers at Florida International University is finding ways to identify potentially dangerous, non-regulated chemicals in wastewater in an effort to help maintain a healthy and sustainable ecosystem.

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Bringing Science to the Front Lines to Deter Fraud

Thanks to over-fishing and difficulties with raising juveniles, Japanese eel is now a hard-to-find delicacy, and that has led to shortages, higher prices and, in some cases, fraud.

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Thermo Fisher Scientific Participates in Boston Children’s Hospital’s Food Allergy Awareness Day

To help fill the education gap about how to diagnose and manage food allergies, Thermo Fisher Scientific participated in Boston Children’s Hospital’s Food Allergy Awareness Day, an event specifically designed for families with food allergies.

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Helping Students Explore Science

Middle school students in the Madison Metropolitan School District will engage in a more rigorous science curriculum during the 2014-15 school year, thanks in part to a Thermo Fisher Scientific Inspire Grant to support research projects, equipment costs and site visits.

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Searching for Life Outside Earth

A scientist at the Florida Institute of Technology is sending a sophisticated camera to the International Space Station (ISS) to determine if it could one day be used to take direct images of these potentially life-supporting planets.

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Putting Science to Work to Ensure Public Safety

In the event of a nuclear disaster such as a plant meltdown or “dirty bomb,” thousands of people could potentially be exposed and require immediate treatment. Currently, however, no technology exists to triage a population and determine who has been exposed to relatively minor or critical levels of radiation. A team of scientists at Arizona State University is working to provide a solution to this problem.

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Creating the Spark to Excite Kids about Science

The InnovatioNation Science Education Outreach Program brings science into the classroom through a unique combination of programs for students, teachers and families.

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Fast Answers for Allergy, Even in Rural Areas

Physicians Laboratory Services tests nearly 2,000 samples per month. The ability to handle this volume –rapidly and accurately – enables Physicians Laboratory Services to bring the most advanced diagnostics to even the most rural areas of Nebraska and Iowa.

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Bringing Bacteria out of Hiding: Understanding the Microbiome

Dr. George Watts has taken on the mission of accelerating diagnosis in order to save lives. Through his clinical research, Dr. Watts, the co-director of the Genomics Shared Service at the University of Arizona Cancer Center, focuses on understanding the human microbiome and its role in disease onset and progression.

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Taking Criminals off the Streets with New DNA Testing Kits

The FBI-approved GlobalFiler Kit and GlobalFiler Express Kit interrogate the broadest range of genetic data of any chemistry on the market, resulting in faster and more powerful comparisons of forensic samples to resolve crimes and help reduce the growing sample backlog waiting to be tested.

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Fighting Portability with Portability: Detecting Dirty Bombs at Large Sporting Events

Since its market introduction in 2005, tens of thousands of RadEye PRD units have been deployed worldwide to support the efforts of law enforcement and homeland security forces. The handheld technology is now commonplace at large sporting events internationally.

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Tackling the Issue of Sports Anti-Doping and ADHD Drug Therapies
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How can a treatment for ADHD come under scrutiny as a performance-enhancing drug? The human body converts lisdexamfetamine into the active component dextroamphetamine, which is in the amphetamine class and therefore banned by all established sports.

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Toxic or Non-Toxic? New Discoveries Help Characterize Listeria

Employing 16s RNA gene sequencing, a team of scientists from Cornell University have identified an additional five new species of listeria.

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Safer Streets through Drug Detection

By enabling quick and accurate identification of drugs in the field, Thermo Scientific instruments can help law enforcement make better decisions faster — helping keep drugs, and drug dealers, off the streets.

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Healthier Lives through Allergen Component Testing

Peanut component tests help physicians assess risk levels of peanut allergies.

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