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MIPT researchers grow cardiac tissue on 'spider silk' substrate

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Photo: green fluorescent heart tissue cells [13/04/2015] Genetically engineered fibers of the protein spidroin, which is the construction material for spider webs, has proven to be a perfect substrate for cultivating heart tissue cells, MIPT researchers found. They discuss their findings in an article that has recently come out in the journal PLOS ONE. MIPT researchers grow cardiac tissue on 'spider silk' substrate - Read more

Novel tissue substitute made of high-tech fibers

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Photo: High-tech fibrous material [08/04/2015] Regenerative medicine uses cells harvested from the patient’s own body to heal damaged tissue. Fraunhofer researchers have developed a cell-free substrate containing proteins to which autologous cells bind and grow only after implantation.Novel tissue substitute made of high-tech fibers - Read more

Synchronization of the womb's clock with mother's body clock

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Photo: Pregnant woman on a sofa [08/04/2015] If you are trying to have a baby, a good night's sleep is more important than ever. A new research report appearing in The FASEB Journal shows that the womb has its own "body clock" that needs to synchronize with the mother's body clock to ensure optimal conditions for fetal growth and development. Synchronization of the womb's clock with mother's body clock - Read more

Vaccine activates the immune system response against Ebola

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Photo: Ebola [07/04/2015] The initial results of a clinical Phase I trial of a potential vaccine against the dreaded Ebola virus are now available at the Hamburg-Eppendorf University Medical Center (UKE). As this trial was being conducted, scientists in Geneva (Switzerland), Lambaréne (Gabon), and Kilifi (Kenya) were also testing the “rVSV-ZEBOV” vaccine on a total of 158 healthy adult volunteers.Vaccine activates the immune system response against Ebola - Read more

Combining magnetism and light to fight cancer

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Photo: Two tumor samples in comparison [02/04/2015] By combining magnetic nanoparticles and photosensitizers that are simultaneously and remotely activated by external physical stimuli (a magnetic field and light), scientists at the Laboratoire Matière et Systèmes Complexes (CNRS/Université Paris Diderot) and the Laboratoire Physicochimie des Electrolytes et Nanosystèmes Interfaciaux (CNRS/UPMC), obtained total tumor regression in mice.Combining magnetism and light to fight cancer - Read more

Nanofiber scaffolds and hydrogels guide 3-D neural structure

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Graphic: Blue nerve cells with red nuclei [02/04/2015] Damage to neural tissue is typically permanent and causes lasting disability in patients, but a new approach has recently been discovered that holds incredible potential to reconstruct neural tissue at high resolution in three dimensions.Nanofiber scaffolds and hydrogels guide 3-D neural structure - Read more

Why drug for type II diabetes makes people fat

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Photo: Measuring tape and pills [30/03/2015] Medication used to treat patients with type II diabetes activates sensors on brain cells that increase hunger, causing people taking this drug to gain more body fat, according to researchers at Georgia State University, Oregon Health and Science University, Georgia Regents University and Charlie Norwood Veterans Administration Medical Center.Why drug for type II diabetes makes people fat - Read more

'Missing culprit' in heart failure identified

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Photo: Presure compared [23/03/2015] Working with lab animals and human heart cells, scientists from Johns Hopkins and other institutions have identified what they describe as "the long-sought culprit" in the mystery behind a cell-signaling breakdown that triggers heart failure.'Missing culprit' in heart failure identified - Read more

Strengthening the immune system’s fight against brain cancer

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Photo: Model of cancer cell [23/03/2015] When cancer strikes, it may be possible for patients to fight back with their own defenses, using a strategy known as immunotherapy. According to a new study published in Nature, researchers have found a way to enhance the effects of this therapeutic approach in glioblastoma, a deadly type of brain cancer, and possibly improve patient outcomes.Strengthening the immune system’s fight against brain cancer - Read more

Is Alzheimer's an autoimmune disease?

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Photo: Two male scientists working in a lab [12/03/2015] Brain levels of the lipid ceramide are high in Alzheimer's disease, and now scientists have found increased levels of an antibody to the lipid in their disease model.Is Alzheimer's an autoimmune disease? - Read more

 
 

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