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Accelerating scientific publication in biology


03 Feb 2021

An important analysis of today's publication trends

A detailed observational study of the trends in biological sciences publishing, including analysis of time-to-publication, time-to-graduation, and the increasing minimum publication unit. The paper is interwoven with thoughtful analysis and perspective from...

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17 Mar 2021

Specinomycin restores susceptibly to resistant Mtb strains

Full disclosure – I know two of the authors of this paper professionally, however this has had no effect on my review (either good or bad) this work – but for the sake of transparency I thought I should mention this!

 

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This publication...

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17 Mar 2021

Specinomycin restores susceptibly to resistant Mtb

Full disclosure – I know two of the authors of this paper professionally, however this has had no effect on my review of this work – but for the sake of transparency I thought I should mention this!

First impressions:

This publication has a very compelling...

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Isolation and reactions of .alpha.-lithio N,N-dimethylacetamide


09 Dec 2016

Reproducible Experimental

Summary: The paper discusses the synthesis, reactivity and stability of α-lithio N,N dimethylacetamide.

The paper described carefully the use of various solvents (pentane, THF) and their impact on the formation of the desired product.

It also described...

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A Convenient Synthesis of Novel Bifunctional Prochelators for Coupling to Bioactive Peptides for Radiometal Labelling


09 Dec 2016

Extremely helpful and reliable paper

 

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The article describes the synthesis of cyclen based chelators which can accommodate and stabilize di-and trivalent metal ions for biomedical applications. The chelators were synthesized first by monoalkylating cyclen (1,4,7,10...

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DIPHENALDEHYDE


09 Dec 2016

Reliable Procedure

The procedure described in this paper is very reliable. The ozone should be used in a fully functional fume hood as described.

1. Synthesized 10.1 g of crude diphenaldehyde starting from 10.0 g of phenanthrene.

2. The crude 1H-NMR of product is 80%...

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Rapid determination of trace level copper in tea infusion samples by solid contact ion selective electrode


22 Dec 2016

Should include Mn & Al data for clarity

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A new copper selective solid-state electrode based on o-xylylenebis(N,N-diisobutyldithiocarbamate) ionophore has been described. It has been developed for selectively measuring the copper levels found in the tea infusion samples. Robust, cheap...

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Theoretical study of borazine and substituted borazines using density functional theory method


23 Dec 2016

Good theory. Experimental data can add value.

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This paper describes the theoretical study on borazine and substituted borazines by the means of density functional theory. Amino group was used as the common donor group while four acceptor groups namely –NO2, –C≡N, –COCl and –NMe2 were chosen...

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“On water” organic synthesis: a highly efficient and clean synthesis of 2-aryl/heteroaryl/styryl benzothiazoles and 2-alkyl/aryl alkyl benzothiazolines


01 Jan 2017

Excellent practical method. Highly recommended.

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A convenient, clean and environmentally benign method for ‘‘on water’’ synthesis of benzothiazoles/benzothiazolines has been described. Although previous methods are available in literature for synthesis of such compounds, the ease of operation,...

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A copper(II) complex of benzimidazole-based ligand: synthesis, structure, redox aspects and fluorescence properties


31 Jan 2017

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This is a paper authored by myself. SO, I should not be able to write a review on it. This may lead to fake reviews. Please correct this issue.

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Eco-friendly synthesis of 2-substituted benzothiazoles catalyzed by cetyltrimethyl ammonium bromide (CTAB) in water


18 Feb 2017

Innovative but has errors which affects reproducibility

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This paper reports a CTAB-catalyzed method developed for the synthesis of 2-substituted benzothiazoles by the condensation of 2-aminothiophenol with aldehydes (RCHO: R = Alkyl, Aryl, Heteroaryl, 2-Arylformyl). Use of cetyltrimethyl ammonium...

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09 Nov 2020

2'F modifications in siRNA

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04 Feb 2021

A Useful Survey of Early Career Researchers

Toomey and colleagues report the results of a survey of 14 early career researchers (ECRs) about "open science". On a whole, these ECRs view open science positively, but hold reservations about the impact adopting open science practices might have on their...

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18 Mar 2021

pH Responsive Gold Nanocarriers Target Cancerous Cells

Gold nanocarriers are fused with a ph responsive and a hydrophobic polymers to form a system that will more readily detect as well as release drugs in enviroments that are inhabited by cancerous tumors. In the body, the cancerous tumors thrive in an...

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Feasibility study of using microfluidic platforms for visualizing bubble flows in electrolyzer gas diffusion layers


13 Apr 2022

useful fo rbubble coverage

necessary to see role of GDL on mass transfer limit

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Catalytic Isomerization of Cyanoolefins Involved in the Adiponitrile Process. C−CN Bond Cleavage and Structure of the Nickel π-Allyl Cyanide Complex Ni(η3-1-Me-C3H4)(CN)(dppb)


09 Dec 2016

Helpful experimental; Some discrepancies observed in NMR

The article reports the catalytic isomerization of the branched cyanoolefin 2-methyl-3-butenenitrile (2M3BN) to the linear isomer 3-pentenenitrile (3PN) using nickel-phosphine complexes.

The authors report that the optimal catalytic experiment was carried...

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Enantiomers of 1-ethyl-7-[3-[(ethylamino)methyl]-1-pyrrolidinyl]-6,8-difluoro-1,4-dihydro-4-oxo-3-quinolinecarboxylic acid: preparation and biological activity


09 Dec 2016

Procedure Adapted for Better Synthesis

Wanting to avoid a chromatographic separation of the Me esters as well as the greater expense of dimethyl itaconate, the reaction of alpha methyl benzylamine and itaconic acid was performed in xylene.  The reaction was performed by adding the amine at 110 to...

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Construction of the Bicyclo[3.1.0]hexane Template of a Conformationally Locked Carbocyclic Adenosine via an Olefin Keto-Carbene Cycloaddition


09 Dec 2016

Experimental Yields Lower than Literature

Victor E. Marquez et. al. first introduced the concept of locked conformations, 2'-exo (North) and 3'-exo (South), of ribose ring in nucleosides. In this article the synthetic methodology and successful synthesis of receamic and conformationally locked South...

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