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Next etat: EU researchers disappointed

Friday, 13 January 2017 21:49

Incoming budget head Günther Oettinger says the research programme will receive an extra €200M – and not €400M as proposed. Top universities say this is “peanuts” next to the €2.2B taken from Horizon 2020 to fund the Juncker Plan.

New study on Zika in developing brain cells

Friday, 13 January 2017 19:26

French researchers found evidence that Zika infection of glial cells in the developing brain is mediated by the Gas6-AXL pathway. They also noted that Gas6-AXL plays another role: activating kinase activity, which reduces the immune response and facilitates infection.

The PETA International Science Consortium Ltd. is accepting proposals that will demonstrate application of a VITROCELL® in vitro exposure system to reduce and replace the use of animals in inhalation testing (Deadline 30 March 2017). The award winner, who will be selected based on the proposal’s scientific merit and its potential to replace animal testing, will receive an exposure system from VITROCELL® (valued at up to $100,000).

Researchers from the CeMM Research Center of Molecular Medicine at the Austrian Academy of Sciences have discovered that artemisinins, an approved drug group against malaria, transfer glucagon-producing alpha cells of the pancreas in insulin-producing cells. In patients suffering from type 1 diabetes, these are cells are damaged. For their investigations the researchers used specific alpha cell lines.

New book publication

Friday, 02 December 2016 00:13

Springer's Protocols series will shortly publish the book "Stem Cell-Derived Models in Toxicology.

Researchers from Braunschweig offer a new method for the production of antibody drugs to control diphtheria in the test tube. Unlike previous methods it does not require the use of test animals.

Together with 10 partners from business and industry, the Fraunhofer Institute for Biomedical Engineering (IBMT) St. Ingbert, Germany, investigates the impact of nanoparticles on the human organism. For this, they have developed a microchip-based multiorgan platform.

Scientists led by Prof. Tilman Grune from the German Institute for Nutritional Sciences in Potsdam-Rehbrücke have dealt with processes of cell aging. They investigated occurrence and significance of ferritin H in human connective tissue cells of the skin.

A science consortium under the leadership of the University of Leipzig has analyzed thousands of human tumors and found that different types of cancer have a joint faulty regulation of certain genes. The affected genes are usually associated with the cell ripening.

Scientists from the Biocomplexity Institute at Indiana University in Bloomington have developed a computer simulation model that an simulate absorption and distribution of the drug acetaminophene on the level of a cell, the organ and the whole body.