Austrian scientists from the Institute for Molecular Biotechnology (IMBA) have discovered an important molecular mechanism, which has an important function in the regular alignment of the spindle apparatus during cell division. By the switch, function and specialization of brain cells are determined and, consequently, malformations, e.g. microcephaly prevented.

The fact that there are species differences between humans and animals is a truism which now getting new food. A research team led by Michael E. Greenberg from the Harvard Medical School in Boston has found a gene in human nerve cells which belongs to the bone and muscle cells and has been switched on in primate nerve cells in the course of the evolution. The activated gene could have led to an increased brain growth in primates.

London: LUSH Prize winners notified

Friday, 11 November 2016 12:17

During the annual Lush Prize Conference took place on Thursday 10th November 2016, the this year´s winner of the LUSH prize were notified. 17 winners from 9 counries are able to share £300,000 of prize money.

Harvard: Multi-material 3D printing

Thursday, 10 November 2016 14:13

Researchers at the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) at Harvard University in Boston have developed a new three-dimensional printing process. Not only tissue is printed on a microchip, but also sensors which are nessessary for examination. Thus, a new microphysiological system was created.

Scientists from the University Hospital Freiburg and from the Institute of Pharmacology Freiburg have directly transformed connective tissue cells directly into kidney-like cells. In the near future they want to develop a renal disease model consisting of human cells.

In cooperation with the University of Philadelphia, researchers from the Medical Faculty of Mannheim have investigated the influence of a disturbed NMDA signaling pathway on the formation of schizophrenia. For that purpose they use the functional Magnetic Resonance Tomography (fMRI).

New ECVAM status report 2016 published

Friday, 04 November 2016 12:50

Currently, the new status report of the European Union Reference Laboratory for Alternatives to Animal Testing (EURL ECVAM) was released. It describes the current status and recommendations according to the develoment, validation and regolatory acceptances of new non-animal methods als replacement to animal experiments.

According to the American Institute for In Vitro Sciences (IIVS) in Gaithersburg, the Chinese Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) accepts for the first time in China data obtained using animal-free methods. Soon they will be recognize the non-animal test methods for the safety evaluation of cosmetics.

A researcher team from Germany, Switzerland, Belgium and Egypt has received this year's Global 3R Award for their organ-on-a-chip approach. The prize is donated by the "Consortium for Innovation and Quality in Pharmaceutical Development" (IQ) and the "Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International "(AAALAC).

Now MIT researchers have developed an imaging technique that, for the first time, enables three-dimensional mapping of serotonin as it's reabsorbed into neurons, across multiple regions of the living brain. This technique, the researchers say, gives an unprecedented view of serotonin dynamics, and could be a powerful tool for the research and development of antidepressants.