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Analysis Method: Automatic Tracking of Biological Particles in Cell Microscopy Images

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Photo: Tracking result for virus particles [26/03/2014] In order to track the movements of biological particles in a cell, scientists at Heidelberg University and the German Cancer Research Center have developed a powerful analysis method for live cell microscopy images. This so-called probabilistic particle tracking method is automatic, computer-based and can be used for time-resolved two- and three-dimensional microscopy image data. Analysis Method: Automatic Tracking of Biological Particles in Cell Microscopy Images - Read more

New Project: Genetic Modification of Cancer Cells

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Photo: Structure of the Dnmt3a DNA methyl transferase [25/03/2014] Tumour cells shut down certain genes in the course of the progressing degeneration or mutate these, a process that considerably accelerates the growth of the tumour. An important role is played by DNA methyl transferase (Dnmts). A research group at the Chair for Biochemistry at the University of Stuttgart is investigating the influence of mutations in Dnmt3a, that are observed in many leukaemias.New Project: Genetic Modification of Cancer Cells - Read more

Alzheimer’s: How a Small Worm May Help the Fight

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Photo: Blue Roundworm [19/03/2014] Scientists at the Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Biology of Ageing in Cologne have found that a naturally occurring molecule has the ability to enhance defense mechanisms against neurodegenerative diseases. Feeding this particular metabolite to the small roundworm C. elegans helps clear toxic protein aggregates in the body and extends life span. Alzheimer’s: How a Small Worm May Help the Fight - Read more

Device: Image-guided Robot Targets Brain Tumors

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Photo: [04/03/2014] Researchers have developed a prototype for an MR imaging-compatible robot designed to enable neurosurgeons to remove brain tumors.Device: Image-guided Robot Targets Brain Tumors - Read more

Chemical Reactions: The Thousand-droplets Test

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Photo: Droplets [28/02/2014] In the future, an entire chemistry lab could be accommodated in a tiny little droplet. While simple reactions already work in these simplest models of an artificial cell now a group of scientists of the Cluster of Excellence Nanosystems Initiative Munich (NIM) have established and investigated for the first time a complex biochemical system. Chemical Reactions: The Thousand-droplets Test - Read more

Acetic Acid: Vinegar Kills Tuberculosis and Other Mycobacteria

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Photo: Vinegar pouring over a spoon [27/02/2014] The active ingredient in vinegar, acetic acid, can effectively kill mycobacteria, even highly drug-resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis, an international team of researchers from Venezuela, France, and the US.Acetic Acid: Vinegar Kills Tuberculosis and Other Mycobacteria - Read more

Biofilms: Chips that Listen to Bacteria

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Photo: Biofilm [18/02/2014] A new study has demonstrated that integrated circuit technology, the basis of modern computers and communications devices, can be used for a most unusual application - the study of signaling in bacterial colonies.Biofilms: Chips that Listen to Bacteria - Read more

Infrared Microscopy: "We don’t know why certain pharmaceuticals bind especially well while others bind barely at all"

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[10/02/2014] Prof. Joachim Heberle from the Free University of Berlin wants to make the smallest protein structures visible under the microscope. He wants to accomplish this with an infrared microscope, originating in the field of physics. He told MEDICA.de which technology is behind all this and what he also wants to examine with it in the future.Infrared Microscopy: "We don’t know why certain pharmaceuticals bind especially well while others bind barely at all" - Read more

Skin: Sweat Glands Heal Injuries

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Photo: Skin [05/02/2014] Our body’s sweat glands are a source of stem cells particularly suited to healing wounds – stem cells that form new skin cells and manage the healing process. They are not rejected by the body and can be obtained without a hospital stay.Skin: Sweat Glands Heal Injuries - Read more

Skin Cells: Blood and Lymphatic Capillaries Grown for the First Time in the Lab

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Photo: (Graphic) Cross-section through the skin [31/01/2014] Researchers at the University Children’s Hospital Zurich and the University of Zurich have engineered skin cells for the very first time containing blood and lymphatic capillaries. They succeeded in isolating all the necessary types of skin cells from human skin tissue and engineering a skin graft that is similar to full-thickness skin.Skin Cells: Blood and Lymphatic Capillaries Grown for the First Time in the Lab - Read more