Human Genetics: A Look In the Mirror

Genome Biology and Evolution's latest virtual issue highlights research on human genetics.

NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES, September 17, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Who are we? Where did we come from? How did we get here? Throughout the ages, humans have sought answers to these questions, pursuing wisdom through religion, philosophy, and eventually science. Evolutionary analyses published by Genome Biology and Evolution (GBE) allow us to peer into the mirror and better understand ourselves as a species, bringing us closer than ever to uncovering the answers to these long-held questions. GBE’s latest virtual issue on human genetics highlights some of the most exciting research published in the last year and a half, demonstrating a variety of approaches to this avenue of research as well as fascinating insights into our own biology.

Taking over a decade to complete, the original Human Genome Project cost nearly $3 billion and involved the effort of hundreds of scientists. Since then, advances in sequencing technology have resulted in an explosion in human genetics and genomics research, with an estimated one million human genomes sequenced to date. While this data has the potential to answer some of our most fundamental questions, unlocking its mysteries has necessitated the invention of new analytic and computational methods and the integration of techniques and ideas from diverse biological sciences, including physiology, anatomy, medicine, population genetics, bioinformatics, and evolutionary biology.

A key area of investigation involves identifying ways in which humans differ from other primates—in other words, what makes us human? Studies suggest that part of the answer may be found in transcriptional regulation and changes in gene expression. Edsall et al. (2019) evaluated differences in chromatin accessibility, which impacts access of the transcriptional machinery to the DNA, across five primates including humans. They found high levels of differentiation across species, as well as classes of sites that differed based on selection, genomic location, and cell type specificity. More specifically, Swain-Lenz et al. (2019) found that differences in chromatin accessibility near genes involved in lipid metabolism may provide a mechanistic explanation for the higher levels of body fat observed in humans compared to other primates. Arakawa et al. (2019) showed that human-specific increases in the transcription of four structural protein genes may give rise to morphological features specific to human skin, including increased thickness and strength compared to the skin of other primates. Finally, a catalog of proteins involved in transcriptional regulation by Perdomo-Sabogal and Nowick (2019) showed that certain types of transcription factors are associated with genes under positive selection, including those associated with schizophrenia, eye development, and fertility in humans.

Another area of interest is the role of mutation in shaping the human genome and our evolutionary history. For example, there has been considerable debate over how much of the human genome is subject to natural selection. It has been argued that this fraction cannot be too large, or else humans would suffer a loss of fitness due to the number of deleterious mutations. However, Galeota-Sprung et al. (2020) countered this argument by showing that the mutational load would be tolerable even if much of the human genome were subject to selection. Additional analyses by Castellano et al. (2020) revealed how the recombination rate, gene density, and mutation rate interact to shape patterns of DNA diversity across humans and other closely related homininae. A study by Prendergast et al. (2019) further uncovered unique biases in mutations that occur at adjacent nucleotide sites in humans, suggesting the existence of distinct evolutionary forces acting on such sites and identifying differences in these forces across human populations.

A particularly fascinating topic in this field is concerned with investigating genetic differences between human populations and their association with the natural history of these groups. For example, Harris et al. (2019) found that the ancestors of Native Americans carried the ancestral, rather than the derived, version of an ancient polymorphism that predates the split with Neanderthals. This polymorphism encompasses the fatty acid desaturase genes, and thus those with Native American ancestry may be at risk for low levels of nutrients derived from dietary omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Jonnalagadda et al. (2019) identified a number of alleles associated with iris color and skin pigmentation in South Asians, while Vicuña et al. (2019) discovered genetic variants that may have helped the Andean Native American ancestors of people living in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile to adapt to high arsenic levels in the water. Analysis of another desert-dwelling population by Eaaswarkhanth et al. (2020) showed evidence for positive selection of a genomic region encompassing the TNKS gene in Kuwaiti individuals. Because this gene influences metabolic traits and hypertension risk, selection for this haplotype may have provided an advantage to Kuwaiti ancestors living in the desert of the Arabian Peninsula but has health implications for their modern day descendants.

Indeed, as revealed by these studies, one of the greatest potential benefits of this line of inquiry is the elucidation of new knowledge that informs our understanding of human health and disease. Reher et al. (2019) found that genes of the major histocompatibility complex, which helps the immune system recognize foreign substances, retain higher levels of diversity than other genes. This was true in both archaic and modern humans, even though archaic humans and Neanderthals had reduced levels of genetic diversity compared to modern humans. Lin and Gokcumen (2019) characterized fine-scale structural variation in the human genome and revealed hotspots that were associated with both adaptive and biomedically relevant variants. For example, they identified hotspots associated with alpha and beta hemoglobin gene clusters as well as idiopathic short stature. Finally, a study by Liu et al. (2019) of samples taken from a single hepatocellular carcinoma tumor showed that the mitochondrial genome was evolving neutrally, providing evidence that refutes the hypothesis that selection acts on mitochondrial DNA to promote tumor development.

These manuscripts highlight some of the latest findings and approaches in the study of human genetics, a field that promises to help define who we are as a species and reveal mysteries of human migration and adaptation that may otherwise have been lost to history.

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CUT SUGAR, ADD FIBER! TWIN PROBLEMS FOR U.S. FOOD/BEV INDUSTRY. BIONEUTRA LAUNCHES A NEW SOLUTION – VITAFIBER® PLUS

VitaFiber® IMO – Sugar Replacement

AMERICA GETS NEW FIBER PRODUCT TO HELP FILL GAP CAUSED BY NEW FDA RULES

BioNeutra Global Corporation (TSX:BGA)

We believe that this is a product that food, beverage, bakers and confectionary manufacturers have been searching for driven by consumer demands for sugar reduction and added fiber.”

— Dr. Vinti Goel, Vice President Regulatory & Scientific Affairs

LOS ANGELAS, CALIFORNIA , USA, September 17, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — CUT SUGAR, ADD FIBER! TWIN PROBLEMS FOR THE U.S. FOOD/BEVERAGE INDUSTRY. TODAY BIONEUTRA LAUNCHED A NEW SOLUTION – VITAFIBER® PLUS

LOS ANGELAS, CA. The American food/beverage industry today got some new help in its ongoing search for ways to cut sugar and add fiber with the introduction of VitaFiber® Plus – the industry’s newest sugar replacement. The product was launched by BioNeutra North America Inc. It’s a healthy low-calorie sweetener, a prebiotic and a soluble dietary fiber all rolled into one. The fiber it contains is one of only 17 select fiber ingredients approved by the FDA under stiff new rules.

Vice President of Regulatory and Scientific Affairs for BioNeutra, Dr. Vinti Goel, says, “Americans consume less than half the daily amount of fiber recommended by health experts. We believe that this is a product that food, beverage, bakers and confectionary manufacturers have been searching for driven by consumer demands for sugar reduction and added fiber.”

“It’s an unique product,” says Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Sheri O’Brien. “The industry will find it a joy to work with. It binds, bulks and browns. It’s mildly sweet and masks high intensity sweeteners and has great mouth feel. It helps keep ice cream smooth and creamy. It’s a humectant that keeps things moist.”

VitaFiber® Plus is targeted at two pressing health issues – the lack of fiber and high sugar in food and beverage products. Lack of fiber causes gut health problems like irregularity and constipation, both of which costs tens of millions of dollars in lost productivity and treatment costs. High sugar intake can cause increased weight gain leading to a wide range of problems.

The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says 70% of Americans are overweight.
The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases says more than 40 million Americans suffer from constipation problems. According to the Consumer HealthCare Association Americans spent $5.5 billion dollars on laxative products alone over the last four years ending in 2019.

Creating VitaFiber® Plus wasn’t easy. Developing the technology to produce the key ingredient – VitaFiber® IMO – took nearly three decades. It’s the result of research conducted at universities in three countries. It’s made through a patented process relying on plant starch drawn from pea or tapioca and was the first IMO in the world to be approved by the world’s top three health regulators – the FDA. Health Canada and the European Food Safety Authority.

The new product is specially developed from VitaFiber® IMO and resistant dextrin. Resistant dextrin is one of the 17 fiber ingredients the FDA has approved after the regulator introduced stringent new fiber rules in 2016. The FDA’s clampdown sharply reduced the number of approved fiber ingredients in America. Resistant dextrin can help with bone health by increasing calcium absorption and can help reverse the shortfall daily intake of fiber.

Today manufacturers are trying to meet consumer demands by adding fiber to various foods and beverages including cereals, protein bars and supplements, “healthier” cookies, diet ice cream and even bottled water. Taste is still king, and manufacturers know it and recognize that sugar alternatives must taste good and produce no after taste. VitaFiber® Plus meets that need. It’s great tasting and has a smooth mouthfeel, but is also used to mask the unfavourable after taste of some high intensity sweeteners which makes it an unique, attractive replacement for sugar.

About BioNeutra
BioNeutra is an award-winning, sector-leading Canadian company in the business of research and development, production and commercialization of ingredients for nutraceutical, functional and mainstream foods and beverages with a focus on its lead product – VitaFiber® IMO. BioNeutra’s goal is to improve consumer nutrition and public health.

VitaFiber® IMO is made using a patented process that naturally and enzymatically converts starch molecules from plant-based starches such as pea or tapioca into healthy functional molecules. The conversion process does not involve any chemical modification making VitaFiber a natural food and beverage ingredient. VitaFiber® IMO has been approved for sale by the world’s top three health regulatory bodies: generally regarded as safe (GRAS) by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration; a novel food ingredient by Health Canada and the European Food Safety Authority. Additionally, Health Canada has approved VitaFiber® IMO as a dietary fiber. VitaFiber® IMO is naturally sweet, lower in calories than sugar and a natural source of prebiotic dietary fiber for human digestive health.

VitaFiber® IMO is also non-GMO, vegan friendly, gluten-free, Kosher and Halal certified and available as certified organic.
The Company’s customers include a mix of small and medium businesses as well as a number of high-profile food and beverage manufacturers on four continents.

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CYCLE ENERGY INDUSTRIES POSITIONED TO BE A KEY PLAYER IN UPCOMING BLUE HYDROGEN MARKET IN ALBERTA, CANADA

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Cycle Energy Industries Inc. (OTCMKTS:XFLS)

CALGARY, ALBERTA, CANADA, September 17, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Cycle Energy Industries Inc. (OTC: XFLS) announced today it continues to push its technology towards commercialization which includes its Non Thermal Plasmatron, the front-end reformer of the company’s Gas to Liquid system and the upcoming blue hydrogen market being initiated by the Canadian government in Alberta would make Cycle Energy’s Non Thermal Plasmatron an ideal fit according to Michael McLaren, CEO of Cycle Energy Industries Inc.

A recent Reuters article stated Alberta is looking to develop a blue hydrogen strategy to replace Natural gas in the extraction process for steam drive oil sands sites. Blue Hydrogen is hydrogen derived from natural gas where the hydrogen is recovered, and the carbon can be captures and stored. The Article quoted Dale McNally the Honorable minster of Natural Gas for Alberta as saying they will announce a strategy no later than October of this year to develop “Blue Hydrogen” as an alternative to natural gas in this process.

Using blue Hydrogen as a feedstock for steam driven extraction will allow Alberta to produce more oil without exceeding the carbon limits.

“This is exciting news for our NT Plasmatron technology which we believe is the perfect technology to meet the needs of this market.” said McLaren. “Our electrical driven technology is more robust and reliable than traditional steam reforming technologies. It’s also far more cost effective and deployable than the alternative. By using internal production of gas we are able to add value by turning the gas into valuable chemicals and C5+ hydrocarbons at a multiple of 3x-4x which is extraordinary in our industry.”

McLaren also said Cycle Energy technologies has recently competed is proprietary power supply for the NT Plasmatron that will revolutionize reforming technology with intelligent control of the process.

In addition, the aforementioned Reuters article stated “the federal government’s draft plan – three years in the making – says several provinces could produce hydrogen, some using renewable energy, and by 2050 the industry could create 100,000 jobs, generate more than C$5 billion in annual revenue and reduce annual greenhouse gas emissions by 100 megatonnes.”

About Cycle Energy Industries

Cycle Energy Industries a Canadian corporation based in the province of Alberta, is a unique energy provider that operates three vertically integrated business units in the WCSB (Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin). We have created a vertically integrated company where each subsidiary creates value and adds support to the other.

Cycle Oil and Gas focuses on acquiring & optimizing underdeveloped oil & gas assets and to employs in-house developed & licensed technologies to increase production, optimize performance & reduce costs. The company currently produces approximately 100 barrels/day of oil as well as several non-operational properties and GORRS(Gross Overriding Royalties).

Cycle Energy Services supports our Exploration and Production (E&P) team with well services and end of life reclamation which gives the E&P company an unprecedented advantage over its competitors. This business plan excels by providing services that would otherwise be too costly and not financially viable for specific workovers or turn around projects. Cycle Energy Services owns and operates combo wireline-service rigs and Hydrovac Units. The focus of Cycle Energy Services is primarily end of life abandonment and reclamation of non-producing assets. The company excels by supplying fixed cost services via our custom rigs and equipment that results in reduced time onsite, faster rig in and rig out times as well as reduced number of vehicles onsite. Cycle’s efficiencies reduce the amount of fuel burned to complete the abandonment and reduces the carbon footprint to abandon wells.

Cycle Energy Technologies provides both with R&D capabilities as well as previously developed and licensed technologies that aid in increased production, reduced lifting and operation costs as well as gas and oil field intelligence. Cycle Energy Technologies flag ship technology is our mobile GTL (gas to liquid) system we have been developing and is currently implementing a pilot plant. This technology adds value added to the group by using internal production of gas and adding value by turning it into valuable chemicals and C5+ hydrocarbons as a 3-4x multiple which is industry groundbreaking.

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ISOT at AChemS (Association for Chemoreception Sciences): Fostering Research and Understanding of the Chemical Senses

TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA, September 17, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Across 5 days in August (3rd-7th), scientists from around the world gathered virtually to present and discuss new information on the role of the chemical senses in disease, nutrition, and social interactions in humans and animals.

The chemical senses, olfaction (smell), gustation (taste), and chemesthesis (touch, temperature, irritation), play essential roles in our daily lives – they serve as important warning systems, alerting us to the presence of potentially harmful situations or substances, including gas leaks, smoke, and spoiled food. Flavors and fragrances are also important in determining what foods we eat and the commercial products we use. The pleasures derived from eating are mainly based on the chemical senses.

Thousands of Americans experience loss or dysfunction of the chemical senses each year resulting from head trauma, sinus disease, cancer, and neurological disorders, such as stroke, multiple sclerosis, and Alzheimer's disease, among others. Indeed, loss of smell and/or taste is a notable and troubling symptom of the novel severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), which has infected millions globally in just the first half of 2020. By providing a better understanding of the function of chemosensory systems, scientific and biomedical research is leading to improvements in the diagnosis and treatment of many disorders.

Among those presenting their research advancements were members of the Association for Chemoreception Sciences (AChemS; http//www.achems.org), which held its 41st annual meeting in conjunction with the 2020 International Symposium on Olfaction and Taste (ISOT; https://achems.org/ISOT/). During AChemS/ISOT, scientists from around the world presented their latest research findings on myriad topics around chemosensation, ranging from molecular mechanisms through cognitive processes and associated behaviors.

Selected new discoveries presented at the meeting include:

• Understanding the sense of smell via synthetic odors
https://achems.org/virtual/?page=presentation&session_id=95&presentation_id=294
Contact: Edmund Chong, +1 ‪(857) 574-0609, Edmund.Chong@nyulangone.org‬‬‬

• Odors change when we know their names
https://achems.org/virtual/?page=presentation&session_id=95&presentation_id=296
Contact: Sarah Cormiea, +1 (617) 302 0009, sarah.cormiea@gmail.com

• The enhanced evolutionary mechanism of olfaction
https://achems.org/virtual/?page=presentation&session_id=95&presentation_id=247
Contact: Claire de March, +1 (919) 949 8574, claire.de.march@duke.edu

• Decreased sense of smell leads to future depression in older US adults
https://achems.org/virtual/?page=presentation&session_id=94&presentation_id=418
Contact: Jayant M. Pinto, +1 (773) 702-6727, jpinto@surgery.bsd.uchicago.edu

• Smelling with single cells: testing the sensitivity limits of olfaction
https://achems.org/virtual/?page=presentation&session_id=95&presentation_id=289
Contact: Jonathan Gill, +1 (973) 727-5032, jvg219@nyu.edu

• Factors Impacting Refreshment
https://achems.org/virtual/?page=presentation&session_id=94&presentation_id=439
Contact: Amy Hampton, +1 (214) 663- 4016, ahampton4@twu.edu

• No differences for liking or taste sensitivity after ultraprocessed and non-processed foods
https://achems.org/virtual/?page=presentation&session_id=94&presentation_id=429
Contact: Paule V. Joseph, +1 (301) 339-4869, Paule.Joseph@nih.gov

• Beta-caryophyllene (BCP) improves wound healing in mice
https://achems.org/virtual/?page=presentation&session_id=94&presentation_id=309
Contact: Sachiko Koyama, +1 (812) 345-6155, sakoyama@indiana.edu

• A psychological stressor conveyed by appetite-linked neurons
https://achems.org/virtual/?page=presentation&session_id=95&presentation_id=244
Contact: Eun Jeong Lee, 1-425-324-5894. elee2@fredhutch.org

• Filiform papillae are “in the thick” of viscosity
https://achems.org/virtual/?page=presentation&session_id=95&presentation_id=214
Contact: Brittany Miles, +1 (919) 656 7090, miles.243@osu.edu

• Autism gene affects processing of unfamiliar odors
https://achems.org/virtual/?page=presentation&session_id=95&presentation_id=304
Contact: Gonzalo Otazu, +1 (631) 327-5980, gotazual@nyit.edu

• Reliable readout of mixture components from small populations of anterior piriform cortical neurons
https://achems.org/virtual/?page=presentation&session_id=95&presentation_id=265
Contact: Dan Rokni, +972-2-6757496, dan.ronki@mail.huji.ac.il

• Bitter taste receptors (TAS2Rs) mediate food allergy (FA)
https://achems.org/virtual/?page=presentation&session_id=95&presentation_id=260
Contact: Zeping Shao, +61 412 307 229, z.shao@uq.edu.au

• Ethanol perception varies with thermal taste status
https://achems.org/virtual/?page=presentation&session_id=95&presentation_id=222
Contact: Margaret Thibodeau, +1 (905) 688 5550 x4719, mt10xw@brocku.ca

• The Life and Death of a Taste Cell
https://achems.org/virtual/?page=presentation&session_id=94&presentation_id=530
Contact: Courtney Wilson, +1 (720) 326-4861, courtney.wilson@cuanschutz.edu

• Cranberry polyphenols and individual differences in salivary proteins
https://achems.org/virtual/?page=presentation&session_id=95&presentation_id=245
Contact: Neeta Yousaf, +1 (914) 309-6161, neeta.yousaf@rutgers.edu

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Aseptic Packaging Market has been estimated to attain a valuation of US$ 80.49 billion by 2024

Aseptic Packaging Market

Aseptic Packaging Market

The interest in the worldwide aseptic packaging market will proliferate at a great CAGR of 10.0% during the estimate time of 2017 to 2024

ALBANY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, September 17, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — As indicated by an examination report by Transparency Market Research (TMR), a main market insight firm, the worldwide aseptic packaging market is foreseen to observe a high development rate in the coming years. The market shows a profoundly aggressive business scene. The main players in the aseptic packaging disinfection showcase have been depending on acquainting inventive items with stay pertinent in the challenge. Over the coming years, they are probably going to move their concentration towards innovative headways of their accessible items. They are likewise expected to expand their interests in this market in an offer to catch more offers, expresses the examination report for aseptic packaging market from 2017 to 2024.

Massive Initial Investments to Hinder the Growth

The world has witnessed extreme urbanization in the developing economies of China and India in the previous decade has been a help for the nourishment, refreshment, and dairy ventures. These two nations house more than 33% of the total populace and a noteworthy piece of them are presently requesting packaging in food products, that too aseptically – guaranteeing conservation from natural defilement while being without additive. As indicated by the discoveries of this business knowledge study, the interest in the worldwide aseptic packaging market will proliferate at a great CAGR of 10.0% during the estimate time of 2017 to 2024. As far as income, the worldwide aseptic bundling market has been assessed to accomplish a valuation of 80.49 billion by 2024, mounting from the market's assessed worth of US$41.31 billion starting at 2017.

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Tough Competition to Boost the Growth of Market

The huge extension in the nourishment and refreshments bundling industry is driving the worldwide aseptic bundling market colossally," says a TMR experts. These days, shoppers are by and large more cleanliness cognizant and know about the advantages of safe bundling. This is additionally thought about the interest for aseptic bundling over the world. Aside from nourishment and refreshment bundling, the expanding utilization of aseptic bundling for the bundling of pharmaceutical and individual consideration items is additionally supporting the development of this market generously. Over the coming years, this market is probably going to pick up from the serious challenge among players. The main organizations in this market are putting intensely in R&D in an offer to present new item before their rivals to increase an edge over them, reports the examination study.

Asia Pacific Draws New Businesses

Asia Pacific has surfaced as the key territorial markets for aseptic Packaging among others. The appeal for aseptic packaging in countries like India, Indonesia, and Thailand is making Asia Pacific the most encouraging market for aseptic packaging. Specialists foresee a proceeded with high development pace of the Asia Pacific aseptic packaging market throughout the following hardly any years, keeping up its administration. These benefits are anticipated to boost the growth of global aseptic packaging market from 2017 to 2024.

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The report also contains a featured section on the competitive landscape of the global aseptic packaging market, which has been detected as a fairly consolidated one. Tetra Pak, SIG Combibloc, Elopak, Greatview Aseptic Packaging Company, and Schott AG have been identified as a few prominent players of this market.

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Asean Flexible Packaging Market will grab the value of US$6.71 bn by 2024-end

Asean Flexible Packaging Market

Asean Flexible Packaging Market

The ASEAN flexible packaging market is likely to show an optimistic CAGR of 5.7% within a forecast period from 2016 to 2024

ALBANY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, September 17, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — TMR anticipates that the ASEAN flexible packaging market is expected to witness growth with a CAGR of 5.7% during the forecast period between 2016 and 2024. This growth is primarily attributable to the high adoption of the advanced technologies coupled with robust investment in innovation and product improvement, which benefits market growth. Additionally, a robust increase in population coupled with rising their disposable income, which leads to increase the affordability of the advanced packaging materials. This factor is expected to propel market growth in the coming years and help it grab the value of US$6.71 bn by 2024-end. The market stood at a valuation of US$4.32 bn in 2015.

The flexible packaging market features consolidated vendor landscape owing to the presence of a limited number of international players in the market. The key players in the flexible packaging market include Amcor Limited, Sonoco Products Company, Constantia Flexibles GmbH, Mondi Group, Berry Plastics Group, Inc., and Bemis Company, Inc. Additionally, the new companies are entering in the flexible packaging market, which are continuously investing to explore the market potential. Further, these companies are looking to strengthen their position on the ASEAN flexible packaging market by adopting strategies including capacity expansion, mergers and acquisitions, and introduction of new products.

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Booming Packaged and Processed Food & Beverages Industry Benefits Market’s Growth

The flexible packaging market is largely gaining traction on the back of robust development of the food and beverages industry in the region. Robust development of the products and flourishing modern retail industry in the ASEAN region are benefiting the flexible packaging market and is likely to be a key factor to drive market growth in the coming years. Packaged and processed food industry in the ASEAN region is booming; thus, the key players in the flexible packaging market are targeting in the industry to boost their sales.

From the regional forefront, the flexible packaging market in Indonesia witnessed high demand than other countries in the region. This is likely due to the high adoption of flexible packaging such as bags, pouches, and films in the region for spill-proof packaging of food and beverages. Additionally, the market in Thailand is standing in the second position. However, the market in Vietnam, Myanmar, and the Philippines are expected to show the most lucrative growths.

Continuous Upgrade of Products May Offer Growth Opportunities in Coming Years

Rising knowledge of benefit and effectiveness of packaging of the snacks and beverages with flexible packaging is boosting demand for bags, rollstocks, pouches, and films. Moreover, the market in the ASEAN region is a benefit due to the rising implication of the several regulations for the safe packaging of food and beverages.

However, the restrictions on most of the materials used for manufacturing flexible packaging due to its non-recyclability, and the lengthy storage capacities of flexible packaging are hampering the growth of the global flexible packaging market. Furthermore, the material used for manufacturing some of the thin films comes under restrictions, which is negatively impacting on its sales and market growth too. Nonetheless, growing adoption of other materials for manufacturing these packaging and continuous upgrade of the products are likely to drive market growth in the coming years by offering robust growth opportunities.

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This information is encompassed in the report by TMR, titled, “Flexible Packaging Market (Product Type – Pouches (Stand-up Pouches, Vacuum Pouches, and Retort Pouches), Bags (Gusseted Bags and Wicketed Bags), and Films & Rollstocks; Layer Type – Mono Layer and Multi-layer (Two Layers, Three Layers, Five Layers, and Seven Layers); Material Type – Polyethylene (PE), Polypropylene (PP) (Bi-axially Oriented Polypropylene (BOPP), Copolymer Polypropylene (COPP), and Oriented Polypropylene (OPP)), Nylon, and Polystyrene; End Use – Food and Beverages, Pharmaceuticals, Cosmetics and Personal Care, Homecare and Toiletries, and Sports Goods) – ASEAN Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast 2016 – 2024.”

Pouches to Maintain Dominant Share, Multi-layered Packaging Gains Traction

Over the coming years, the ASEAN flexible packaging market is forecast to swing from single layer packaging to multilayer variants. The latter segment can be divided further into two layers, three layers, five layers and seven layers. Five-layered flexible packaging and seven-layered flexible packaging are expected to take up the greater shares in the overall market for the given forecast period, with the market segment on the basis of layer types. However, the multi-layered packaging segment currently shows greater barriers to growth, such as high costs of manufacturing and overall reluctance of consumers to purchase the items with costlier packaging. The promotion of this segment as a highly hygienic and safe option for packaging of food products is likely to boost its demand over the coming years.

Based on products, the ASEAN flexible packaging market can be divided into pouches, bags, films and rollstocks, and other flexible packaging products. Pouches took up the leading share in the market in 2015, in terms of demand volume and growth rate. This segment is additionally expected to remain a highly attractive over the forecast period. The pouches segment is further divided into standup pouches, retort pouches, and vacuum pouches, among which standup and retort pouches are forecast to show a profitable future. The segment of bags is divided into wicketed bags and gusseted bags.

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The leading players in the ASEAN flexible packaging market so far, have included Sonoco Products Company, Bemis Company, Inc., Amcor Limited, Constantia Flexibles GmbH, Mondi Group, Berry Plastics Group, Inc., and AR Packaging Group.

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Announcing SciFest All Access – The Ultimate Virtual STEM Resource for Global Youth

SciFest All Access – A Global STEM Inspiration Celebration. Credit: USA Science & Engineering Festival

The Largest Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Event and Job Fair Premieres on September 26

During these trying times, the need for inspiring educational content is more important now than ever before.”

— Marc Schulman, Executive Director of Science Spark

SAN DIEGO, CA, USA, September 17, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — The USA Science & Engineering Festival, a program of the non-profit organization Science Spark, is proud to announce SciFest All Access, the premiere virtual STEM education and workforce development event for engaging youth from around the globe. SciFest will run online from September 26th through October 3rd and will include 100+ engaging booth activities, multiple exhibit areas, science demonstrations, musical performances, a retail STEM Store, and an interactive scavenger hunt. A College Career Center will be available for college students and graduates interesting in exploring job opportunities in science and engineering.

SciFest will be available to K- 12 students, college students, parents, and educators from around the world at no cost. Participating industry partners include AstraZeneca, The U.S. Department of Defense, Thermo Fisher, NASA, the National Institutes of Health, Amazon, and many others.

Some of the world-class STEM professionals featured on the virtual stage include:
• Dr. Michael Barratt, NASA astronaut,
• Danni Washington, marine biologist and television host,
• Jason Latimer, world champion magician,
• Dr. Tracy Fanara, Environmental Engineer and NOAA Scientist,
• Grand Hank, hip-hop artist and STEM advocate,
• Amelia Draper, NBC4 meteorologist,
• Nate Ball, mechanical engineer and television host, and many more!

"During these trying times the need for inspiring educational content is more important now than ever before," said Marc Schulman, Executive Director of the USA Science & Engineering Festival. “The USA Science & Engineering Festival is uniquely qualified to offer its brand of immersive content virtually. While we are hopeful for the day when we can once again offer 'hands-on' exhibits to our students, we are proud to host a quality alternative with this virtual field trip.”

USA Science & Engineering Festival events have attracted over 1.5 million attendees over the last decade. Traditionally, the Festival’s in-person Expo—which has been postponed due to COVID-19—draws several hundred thousand people biennially to Washington, D.C. The SciFest All Access virtual expo is expected to expand this audience globally.

The USA Science & Engineering Festival was founded a decade ago by serial entrepreneur and nanotech innovator Larry Bock, who said, “The USA Science and Engineering Festival focuses on meeting a critical need in America: motivating and invigorating the next generation of young innovators about science and engineering and, at the same time, expanding the public’s appreciation and understanding of science and technology.” SciFest All Access continues this mission of inspiring our nation’s youth, and beyond, by inspiring them to pursue careers in the STEM fields.

The USA Science & Engineering Festival is the nation’s largest celebration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Based in Washington, DC, the Festival Expo is a biennial K-12 event that welcomes over 350,000 attendees. Leading up to the Expo Finale, the USASEF team hosts annual events like the X-STEM Symposium, an event featuring interactive presentations and workshops from an exclusive group of visionaries, and the educational program, Nifty Fifty, which sends over 200 noted scientists and engineers to schools across the Mid-Atlantic and California. The mission of the USA Science & Engineering Festival is to invigorate the interest of STEM in our nation’s youth and showcase the vast career possibilities in the STEM fields. With hundreds of partners including corporations, government agencies, colleges, and non-profit agencies, their efforts have reached hundreds of thousands of students, teachers, parents, and STEM enthusiasts.

To learn more, visit the Festival website at www.USAScienceFestival.org.

Bob Perrine
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Princess Dental Staffing Announces Fall 2020 Dental Scholarship Winner

dental scholarship winner Phillip Luschin

Phillip Luschin is Princess Dental Staffing’s Fall 2020 Dental Scholarship Winner.

This scholarship program helps students passionate about a career in a dental field, including dentistry, dental hygiene, and dental assisting.

Assisting our future dental providers with their education strengthens the industry and improves the level of care they can provide.”

— Chris Lewandowski, DDS

UNITED STATES, September 17, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Phoenix, Arizona September 17, 2020 — Princess Dental Staffing announces the winner of its dental scholarship for the Fall 2020 semester. The scholarship program is for students passionate about a career in a dental field, including dentistry, dental hygiene, and dental assisting.

Philipp Luschin is this year's award recipient.

Luschin is attending the University of Utah and plans to major in dentistry. Luschin shared, “Dentistry has allowed me to include this passion of mine to give people something beautiful that can build their confidence.”

Luschin is a 4th-year dental student at the University of Utah. During school, he has excelled in his clinical experience, as he seeks to continuously increase his skills. He is interested in learning more complex procedures and will complete a general practice residency after dental school.

Luschin will receive a $500 scholarship to assist with the cost of books, tuition, or other education-related expenses.

The Princess Dental Staffing Dental Scholarship is currently open to undergraduates and high school seniors for the Spring semester 2021. A $500 scholarship will be awarded.

“Princess Dental Staffing is committed to investing in the future of dentistry. We believe that assisting our future dental providers with their education strengthens the industry and improves the level of care they can provide,” said founder Chris Lewandowski, DDS. “We hope this scholarship encourages students in continuing their education and inspires them to keep working toward a career in the dental field.”

The Princess Dental Staffing Professional Scholarship is for students pursuing careers in dentistry including dentists, dental assistants, dental hygienists. These scholarships support dental students who demonstrate a firm commitment to becoming dental educators in their community.

To apply, students must complete the online application found on the Princess Dental Staffing website:
https://www.princessdentalstaffing.com/dental-scholarship

About Princess Dental Staffing

Princess Dental Staffing provides an online platform for dentists and dental professionals to create, discover, and fulfill dental jobs. Job seekers may search for dental hygienist jobs, dental assistant jobs, and dental receptionist jobs. Dental offices may post both permanent and temporary job openings for dentists, hygienists, assistants, and front office staff. The online platform matches job seekers to the openings for which they qualify and makes hiring for your dental office easy.

Chris Lewandowski
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The Anders Gustaf Ekeberg Tantalum Prize 2020 has been won by a team from Edinburgh University, UK

The winning team (left to right): Prof. Bryne Ngwenya, Luke Kinsman, Prof. Jason Love and Prof. Carole Morrison in a chemistry laboratory at Edinburgh University. Rosa Crevecoeur and Amrita Singh-Morgan unfortunately could not attend.

The winning team (left to right): Prof. Bryne Ngwenya, Luke Kinsman, Prof. Jason Love and Prof. Carole Morrison in a chemistry laboratory at Edinburgh University. Rosa Crevecoeur and Amrita Singh-Morgan unfortunately could not attend.

Recognising excellence in tantalum research and innovation

WEEE from phones and other sources is a highly concentrated resource of 30 or so metals, making it richer than many ores”

— Prof. Jason Love

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM, September 17, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — A team from Edinburgh University, UK, led by Prof. Jason Love, has won the 2020 Anders Gustaf Ekeberg Tantalum Prize (‘Ekeberg Prize’) for its paper “Tantalum recycling by solvent extraction: chloride is better than fluoride” published in Metals.

The Ekeberg Prize is awarded annually for excellence in research and innovation of the element tantalum (Ta) and is sponsored by the Tantalum-Niobium International Study Center (T.I.C.), the global trade body representing the tantalum and niobium industry.

Announcing the winner, the independent judging panel led by Richard Burt stated that tantalum recycling will continue to increase in importance, both due to dwindling reserves, and also because recycling is of great societal interest, adding that this work is an important step toward significant improvement in the chemistry of recycling, which deserves more attention.

The authors of the winning paper are Prof. Jason Love, Prof. Carole Morrison, Luke Kinsman, Rosa Crevecoeur and Amrita Singh-Morgan of the EaStCHEM School of Chemistry, University of Edinburgh, and Prof. Bryne Ngwenya of the School of Geosciences at the University of Edinburgh. The full paper will be reprinted in the October journal of the Tantalum-Niobium International Study Center (T.I.C.) and can also be downloaded at https://www.mdpi.com/2075-4701/10/3/346.

The prize and award ceremony:

Usually the Ekeberg Prize is awarded at the T.I.C.’s in-person General Assembly, where the winner is the guest of honour, but this year Covid-19 has caused the physical meeting to be replaced by a virtual conference (details here), which threatened to make the award ceremony somewhat two dimensional. However, not to be outdone, on September 11th Roland Chavasse, T.I.C. Director, visited Edinburgh University to award the prize in a suitably socially distanced ceremony.

“In a year when Covid-19 is causing so much disruption and forcing many of us to reconsider what is important in our lives, high on the list of priorities after family and friends must surely be meaningful work, and what could exemplify this goal better than helping society use a critical raw material more efficiently?” Chavasse asked.

There can be no doubt Anders Ekeberg himself would have found this year’s winning paper particularly interesting, since it was the difficulties Ekeberg had with tantalum extraction which caused him to name it ‘tantalum’ in the first place (after the Greek demi-god cursed to endure eternal thirst and hunger).
On receiving the Ekeberg Prize, Professor Love explained that the winning paper was part of a wider field of research which aims to develop a zero-waste solution to the question posed by waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE).

“WEEE from phones and other sources is a highly concentrated resource of 30 or so metals, making it richer than many ores”, Prof. Love described, adding that his goal was to develop recycling methods which allow society to avoid simply dumping hard-won materials back into the ground after briefly using them.

The T.I.C. wishes to congratulate all entrants whose papers are challenging the boundaries of current knowledge of tantalum, and which may well lead to significant breakthroughs into exciting new applications of the element.

The medal for the Ekeberg Prize has been manufactured from pure tantalum metal by the Kazakhstan Mint and the winners will be acknowledged at the T.I.C.’s annual conference, the 61st (virtual) General Assembly, to held on October 12th 2020 from 11:00 CEST. Full details are available at https://www.tanb.org/event-view/61st-virtual-general-assembly.

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The Rising Prevalence Of Dental Malocclusion Is Driving The Clear Aligners Market Size

Clear Aligners Market Global Report 2020-30: Covid-19 Growth And Change

Clear Aligners Market Global Report 2020-30: Covid 19 Growth And Change

The Business Research Company’s Global Clear Aligners Market Report 2020-30: Covid 19 Growth And Change

LONDON, GREATER LONDON, UK, September 17, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — The rising prevalence of dental malocclusion across the world is the major factor responsible for the growth of the clear aligners market. Malocclusion is a medical disorder where the teeth are misaligned and/or incorrect relation between the teeth of the upper and lower dental arches. The incidence of malocclusion is high with variations between various geographic regions and age groups. It is one of the most common dental problems along with dental caries, gingival disease, and dental fluorosis.

As of January 2020, the Invisalign® system of Align Technology, a leading player in the clear aligners market, treated 2 million patients who started treatment using the Invisalign® system. Invisalign® system is used for straightening and aligning of teeth. This shows that the increase in the adoption rate of clear aligners for straightening and alignment of misaligned teeth contributed to the growth of the clear aligners market.

The global clear aligners market size is expected to decline from $2.08 billion in 2019 to $2 billion in 2020 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of -3.81%. The decline is mainly due to the COVID-19 outbreak that has led to restrictive containment measures involving social distancing, remote working, and the closure of industries and other commercial activities. Patients have postponed non-emergency procedures which is impacting the demand for clear aligners. The global clear aligners market size is then expected to recover and reach $3.14 billion in 2023 at a CAGR of 16.26%.

The clear aligners market share consists of revenue generated from the sales of clear aligners, by the companies that manufacture them. Clear aligners are orthodontic devices that are used to align and straighten the teeth by using force to regulate their movement.

Dental 3D printing is an emerging technology in the clear aligners market share. 3D printing has many applications in the dental industry which include bridge models, surgical guides, clear aligners and dentures. However, clear aligner manufacturing is the most common use of dental 3D printing, as it helps in designing clear aligners cost-effectively. The majority of clear aligners manufactures are currently using 3D-printed moulds for manufacturing clear aligners. For instance, in 2019, the Smile Direct Club collaborated with HP to produce 20 million 3D printed clear aligner dental moulds in a year, which is around 50,000 aligners in a day.

The clear aligners market share is segmented by product into ceramic braces, clear aligners, and lingual braces. By material type, the market is segmented into polyurethane plastic, Polyethylene Terephthalate Glycol (PETG), Poly-vinyl Chloride (PVC), and others. By end-user, it is segmented into hospitals, dental and orthodontic clinics.

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