In this year's student competition iGEM (international Competition of Genetically Engineered Machines), eleven student teams from Germany take part. Amongst them a team from the University of Potsdam, that wants to use hamster ovary cells (CHO cells) in order to produce antibodies and a team from the University of Tübingen, that wants to use yeast cells  to detect hormones in water.

Saarbrücken: Epigenome Program launched

Tuesday, 28 August 2012 22:50

On 1 September, 21 German research groups launched the epigenome programme DEEP. The goal is to decrypt 70 epigenomes from human cell types.

USA: Reproducibility Initiative

Saturday, 18 August 2012 22:52

The US-based company Science Exchange is offering researchers the opportunity to have their work validated by independent research institutions, with the goal of using the test results to establish a quality label.

Two new documents portraying animal-free alternative methods in acute lung injury and acute respiratory distress research are currently available in the AnimAlt-ZEBET data base of the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR). The techniques which are now present in the data base use primary human cells or whole tissues, respectively, and thus are also preferable in regard to translational aspects.

Baden-Württemberg's Ministry of Finance and Economy is to contribute 500,000 euros in funding to the joint research project "Artificial Micro-Organs", a collaboration between the Natural and Medical Sciences Institute (NMI) and the Institute for Micro and Information Technology based in Villingen-Schwenningen.

New category: Ground-breaking Technology

Thursday, 02 August 2012 22:57

The InVitroJobs website now features a new category, "Ground-breaking Technology", in which selected scientific publications are compiled in a thematic bibliography. The list includes milestones in the development of technological highlights which already can or could in the future replace animal experiments for specific topics.

Icelandic researchers led by Kari Stefansson from the pharmaceutical company deCODE genetics in Reykjavik have discovered a gene mutation in the genomes of almost 1,800 dementia-free 80- to 100-year-olds that lowers the risk of contracting the disease.

Researchers, students and companies are to be provided free access to all results of scientific research publicly funded in the EU.

The development of the cerebral cortex differs between humans and animals in size and shape due to the ability of nerve stem cells to divide, producing far more cells in human brains than in animals.

Symrise Joins EPAA

Monday, 09 July 2012 23:03

Symrise, a company that deals with flavourings and olfactory substances, has recently joined the European Partnership for Alternative Approaches to Animal Testing (EPAA). By doing so, it has undertaken to uphold EPAA's standards concerning 3R product testing.