A study detailing the processes that control mole size may help scientists find new ways to prevent skin cancer from growing — ScienceDaily

Moles stop growing when they reach a certain size due to normal interactions between cells, despite having cancer-associated gene mutations, says a new study published today in eLife.

The findings in mice could help scientists develop new ways to prevent skin cancer growth that take advantage of the normal mechanisms that control cell growth in the body.

Mutations that activate the protein made by the BRAF gene are believed to contribute to the development of skin cancer. However, recent studies have shown that these mutations do not often cause skin cancer, but instead result in the formation of completely harmless pigmented moles on the skin. In fact, 90% of moles have these cancer-linked mutations but never go on to form tumours. “Exploring why moles stop growing might lead us to a better understanding of what goes wrong in skin cancer,” says lead author Roland Ruiz-Vega, a postdoctoral researcher at

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Microsoft releases Digital Defense Report detailing increasingly advanced cyberattacks

There’s been a surge in cybersecurity activity as companies continue to operate remotely and cybercriminals look to exploit the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

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To mitigate the spread of COVID-19, organizations around the globe have also adopted remote work policies, leaving companies vulnerable to threats via remote networks, pandemic-related malware, and more. In recent months, there’s been a spike in cybersecurity attacks during the pandemic. In April, the FBI reported cybercriminal activity had increased fourfold. At the time, the agency’s Internet Crime Complaint Center was receiving up to 4,000 complaints per day. On Tuesday, Microsoft released its annual Digital Defense Report providing a glimpse of the trends shaping the cybersecurity landscape during the last year.

“This report makes it clear that threat actors have rapidly increased in sophistication over the past year, using techniques that make them harder to spot and that threaten even the savviest targets,” said Tom Burt,

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Akerna Publishes eBook Detailing the Complex Needs of Technology in Cannabis

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The ability of technology in allowing the flow of data through the full cannabis supply chain becomes of paramount importance in facilitating regulatory compliance in the industry.

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The ability of technology in allowing the flow of data through the full cannabis supply chain becomes of paramount importance in facilitating regulatory compliance in the industry.

DENVER, Sept. 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Akerna (Nasdaq: KERN), a leading compliance technology provider and developer of the cannabis industry’s first seed-to-sale enterprise resource planning (ERP) software technology (MJ Platform®), is releasing a new eBook titled: Technology in the Cannabis Industry.

Experience the interactive Multichannel News Release here: https://www.multivu.com/players/English/8728752-akerna-mj-freeway-platform-ebook/

The eBook details the growing need for operators to adopt sophisticated software technologies, like Akerna’s enterprise software MJ Platform, in order keep up with the increasingly complex and rapidly consolidating cannabis industry.

Read the eBook: https://info.mjfreeway.com/hubfs/E-Books/MJF_Technology_ebook.pdf

The unique and complex nature

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