ECEAE given stakeholder status at Caracal

Monday, 19 November 2012 20:50

The European Commission has granted stakeholder status to the European Coalition to End Animal Experiments (ECEAE) for the meetings of the Competent Authorities for REACH and CLP (Caracal). The seat will be shared with a second European animal welfare organisation, Eurogroup for Animals.

Knowledge database of drug bioavailability

Sunday, 18 November 2012 20:48

The biotech company PharmaInformatic has developed an extensive knowledge database on oral bioavailability of drugs that allows the targeted development of new drugs on the computer.

The winners of the first LUSH prize for replacement of animal use originated by the cosmetic manufacturer LUSH in cooperation with the British organization Ethical Consumers are determined. This year there are 13 prize winners in five distinct categories.

The European Coalition to End Animal Experiments (ECEAE) has welcomed the position of Mr Tonio Borg, Commissioner Designate for the Health and Consumer Affairs portfolio, on the need for the Cosmetics Directive marketing ban to come into force in March 2013.

Lung-on-a-Chip simulates human lung disease

Monday, 12 November 2012 20:56

American and Korean scientists have created a human disease model-on-a-chip that mimics pulmonary edema using a biomimetic microdevice that reconstitutes organ-level lung functions.

Scientists from the Department of Pharmacy at the Saarland University and the Helmholtz-Institute for Pharmaceutical Research Saarland (HIPS) have developed a drug-delivery system that looks like a corn cob.

A team of scientists have been successfully in cultivating stem cells from human heart muscle tissue that can contract just as strong as natural tissue.

Prof. Hans Schöler´s team from the Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Molecular Biomedicine in Münster have developed a stem cell-based technique for the neurodegenerative disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

New Biomarkers for Prediction of Diabetes

Wednesday, 31 October 2012 21:30

A German research team has analyzed 4,000 blood samples, which derived from different research projects. In so-called metabolome analysis they identified 14 novel biomarkers for type 2 diabetes.

Glial cells transformed into nerve cells

Sunday, 28 October 2012 21:32

Researchers from Helmholtz Zentrum München have converted glial cells (supporting cells) directly into functional nerve cells, which play normally an important role in wound healing and information processing of neurons.