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New Method: Analyse How Cancer Cells Die

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Photo: A pencil eraser killing a red cell [07/05/2014] A team from The University of Manchester – part of the Manchester Cancer Research Centre - have found a new method to more efficiently manufacture a chemical used to monitor cancer cells. New Method: Analyse How Cancer Cells Die - Read more

Immune Cells: Low Cholesterol Slows HIV Progression

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Photo: Aids Sign [05/05/2014] Scientists at the University of Pittsburgh have identified why some HIV-infected people experience much slower disease progression, even without medication, and it has to do with cholesterol levels in specific immune cells.Immune Cells: Low Cholesterol Slows HIV Progression - Read more

Biotechnology: “Studies involving microgravity suggest stem cells will grow faster in space”

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[22/04/2014] The International Space Station ISS is not only the largest artificial object in space. It is also a laboratory for physicists, chemists, biologists and physicians and orbits earth at 28.000 kilometers per hour at an altitude of 400 kilometers. Thanks to this location, the ISS could one day make an important contribution to regenerative medicine.Biotechnology: “Studies involving microgravity suggest stem cells will grow faster in space” - Read more

Biotechnology: Sustainable Production of Compounds from Plants

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Photo: Madagascar periwinkle [14/04/2014] European scientists have made ground-breaking discoveries for improving the efficiency of the production of pharmaceuticals through plant biotechnology. Biotechnological production offers a cost-effective and environmentally friendly alternative to the chemical synthesis of rare and complex pharmaceutical compounds currently isolated from plants.Biotechnology: Sustainable Production of Compounds from Plants - Read more

Plasmonics: A Modern Twist on Young’s Slits

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Photo: Energy flow gold nanoparticles [11/04/2014] In the eighteenth century, scientists faced a conundrum: is light a wave or a particle? One of strongest pieces of evidence to support the ‘wave view’ — the landmark double-slit experiment — was reported in 1804 by the scientist Thomas Young. Plasmonics: A Modern Twist on Young’s Slits - Read more

Tumor DNA: Blood Test Could Detect Solid Cancers

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Photo: Blood [07/04/2014] A blood sample could one day be enough to diagnose many types of solid cancers, or to monitor the amount of cancer in a patient's body and responses to treatment. Previous versions of the approach, which relies on monitoring levels of tumor DNA circulating in the blood, have required cumbersome and time-consuming steps to customize it to each patient or have not been sufficiently sensitive.Tumor DNA: Blood Test Could Detect Solid Cancers - Read more

Cells: A Step Forward in Adult Vertebrate Tissue Regeneration

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Photo: Zebrafish fin [01/04/2014] The reason why some animals can regenerate tissues after severe organ loss or amputation while others, such as humans, cannot renew some structures has always intrigued scientists. A research group from Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência (IGC, Portugal) led by Joaquín Rodríguez León provided new clues to solve this central question.Cells: A Step Forward in Adult Vertebrate Tissue Regeneration - Read more

Photoswitch: Switching an Antibiotic On and Off With Light

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Photo: Mona Lisa mask for antibiotic test [28/03/2014] Scientists of the KIT and the University of Kiev have produced an antibiotic, whose biological activity can be controlled with light. Photoswitch: Switching an Antibiotic On and Off With Light - Read more

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

 
 

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