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Blood clots in 3D

Dear Sir or Madam,

In the event of an acute stroke, immediate action is required. Finding and removing the cause of the vascular blockage is not always easy in the short time available. In collaboration with two hospitals, Empa researchers have now succeeded in accurately screening blood clots that have already been removed to the micrometer. In our interview, you can find out how this will also help in diagnostics in the future.

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Anne Hofmann
Editorial team

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Topic of the Month: "ikarus" provides new insights
Interview: Diagnostics with 3D virtual histology
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First completely robot-supported microsurgical operations on humans

Imaging and diagnostics / medical equipment and devices

A team led by Dr. Maximilian Kückelhaus and Prof. Tobias Hirsch from the Centre for Musculoskeletal Medicine at the University of Münster has carried out the first completely robot-supported microsurgical operations on humans.
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MRI: Potential of nigrosome imaging for Parkinson's diagnosis

Imaging and diagnostics / medical equipment and devices

A team of neurophysicists, led by Malte Brammerloh of MPI CBS, found evidence that the identification of a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) sign for Parkinson's diagnosis, as a specific anatomical region in the brain, is widespread but not at all correct.
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Personalized treatment of acute stroke: diagnostics with 3D virtual histology


Image: Scanning electron microscope image of red blood cells in the blood clot; Copyright: Empa
Every minute counts when someone is having an acute stroke. If the cause is a vascular blockage caused by a blood clot (thrombus) in the brain, detailed insights into the thrombus composition is critical to remove or dissolve it successfully and help restore blood flow. But that’s often easier said than done when "time is brain".
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Diagnostics with 3D virtual histology
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Cell mapping close to the bone

Laboratory equipment and diagnostic tests

Deep molecular analysis of the bone marrow microenvironment reveals that the cells regulating blood stem cell maintenance are more diverse than expected and have features likely to be conserved between species.
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New target structure against Corona

Research & Technology, Laboratory equipment and diagnostic tests

Fluoxetine, a common antidepressant, inhibits the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus in cell cultures and in preparations from human lung tissue. This was demonstrated by researchers at Julius-Maximilians-Universität (JMU) Würzburg in the summer of 2020. However, the mechanism of this inhibition was utterly unclear, so the teams continued their research.
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Scientists develop gel made from spider silk proteins for biomedical applications

Laboratory equipment and diagnostic tests, Research & Technology

Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences have discovered that spider silk proteins can be fused to biologically active proteins and be converted into a gel at body temperature.
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Advanced genetic screening reveals cancer coding in healthy tissue

Laboratory equipment and diagnostic tests

A new study offers the possibility of unmasking genetic mutations in an organ well before commonly-used screening techniques detect signs of cancer.
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Project "ikarus" provides new insights for cancer research

Topic of the Month

Image: Two male researcher are analyzing data sets on a computer screen; Copyright: Felix Petermann
Artificial intelligence (AI) is about to become a game changer, especially in diagnostics. However, there are still limits to the use of AI. Dr. Altuna Akalin had to recognize this as well. The head of the Max Delbrück Center's (MDC) technology platform for "Bioinformatics and Omics Data Science" developed "ikarus" with his team.
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Project "ikarus" provides new insides for cancer research
Big Data in genetics: reaching diagnosis through heaps of data
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Using sound and bubbles to make bandages stickier and longer lasting

Disposables and consumables

The stickiness of medical adhesives can be controlled by ultrasound, researchers find
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ASAcampus on the International Space Station


ASAcampus involved once again in an experiment that will take place on the International Space Station. After having participated in the CORM experiment (2017) and in the XENOGRISS experiment (2019),...
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