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Endocrine disruptors impair human sperm function

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Photo: Woman buying bottled water [16/05/2014] Ultraviolet filters, preservatives, and plasticizers may be responsible for fertility problems: A plethora of endocrine-disrupting chemicals interfere with human sperm function in a way that may have a negative impact on fertilization.Endocrine disruptors impair human sperm function - Read more

Behavior: Ants Provide New Insight for Brain Research

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Photo: Ant brain [08/05/2014] How does the absolute or relative size of the brain or of particular brain centers influence behavior? Researchers at the University of Würzburg’s Biocenter studied this question in leaf-cutting ants and obtained surprising results. Behavior: Ants Provide New Insight for Brain Research - Read more

Laboratory: Bone marrow-on-a-chip Unveiled

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Photo: Enigneered bone marrow [08/05/2014] The latest organ-on-a-chip from Harvard's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering reproduces the structure, functions and cellular make-up of bone marrow, a complex tissue that until now could only be studied intact in living animals.Laboratory: Bone marrow-on-a-chip Unveiled - Read more

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

Skin Cancer: Successful Blockade

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Photo: The word [06/05/2014] Using a new active substance, scientists from the University Hospital of Würzburg have managed to stop the growth of skin cancer cells. Further tests are now required to see whether this inhibitor can be used in treatment and whether it also has a growth-inhibiting effect on the tumor cells of other types of cancer. Skin Cancer: Successful Blockade - Read more

Infections: How the Kissing Disease Virus Hijacks Human Cells

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Photo: Lips [17/04/2014] University of Montreal researchers have discovered how a component of the Epstein Barr (EBV) virus takes over our cells gene regulating machinery, allowing the virus to replicate itself.Infections: How the Kissing Disease Virus Hijacks Human Cells - Read more

Tissue Engineering: Scientists Grow Cartilage to Reconstruct Nose

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Foto: Reconstructed cartilage [16/04/2014] Scientists at the University of Basel report first ever successful nose reconstruction surgery using cartilage grown in the laboratory. Cartilage cells were extracted from the patient’s nasal septum, multiplied and expanded onto a collagen membrane. The so-called engineered cartilage was then shaped according to the defect and implanted.Tissue Engineering: Scientists Grow Cartilage to Reconstruct Nose - 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

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

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

 
 

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