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Amyloid fibrils: Different than thought

Thursday, 14 November 2019 12:20

For the first time, a German-American team of scientists has succeeded in isolating and investigating beta-amyloid fibrils from the human brain. These protein fibers are suspected of causing Alzheimer's disease and cerebral amyloid angiopathy.

A Dutch team of scientists has used organoids to successfully predict the efficacy of chemotherapy against metastatic colorectal cancer.

The Institute for In Vitro Sciences (IIVS), headquartered in Gaithersburg, Maryland, is a non-profit research and test laboratory dedicated to the worldwide further development of animal-free in vitro methods. InVitro+Jobs spoke with Dr. Erin Hill, co-founder, and president of the IIVS, about the Environmental Protection Agency's goal to completely phase out mammalian toxicity testing by 2035.

Researchers from the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT at Cambridge have developed a new gene-editing technique that modifies the genetic code more precisely than the CRISPR/Cas9 currently in use. The procedure is called Prime Editing and is expected to be promising for the future therapy of hereditary diseases.

Dr. Julia Fentem is head of the Unilever Safety and Environment Centre (SEAC). She spoke with on "Building trust for the use of 3Rs" on 29 October before the annual European Partnership for Alternative Approaches (EPAA) conference.

The Institute for In Vitro Sciences (IIVS) in Gaithersburg, Maryland, is receiving $50,000 from the PETA International Science Consortium (PISC) to expand the in vitro toxicology testing services.

Brussels: the fight for the research budget

Friday, 25 October 2019 14:53

The planned long-term financial plan for research and innovation in the EU (Horizon Europe) of 94.1 billion euros for the years 2021-2027 seems to be on the brink of failure. There is a danger of cuts even to a lower budget than the previous Horizon 2020 program. The negotiations between the European partners are at a standstill.

This year's 38th Animal Welfare Research Award of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture was given to Wiebke Albrecht from the Leibniz Institute for Work Research at the Technical University of Dortmund (IfADo). Together with international colleagues, she has developed a method to evaluate and improve the performance of in vitro liver toxicity test systems.

The Association of Doctors Against Animal Experimentation (ÄgT) recently awarded Dr. Johanna Berg and Prof. Dr. Jens Kurreck, Head of the Department of Applied Biochemistry at the Technical University of Berlin, with the Herbert Stiller Prize for their work on "Clean Bioprinting". The aim of this project is to print human organ models completely without the use of any animal products.

News from the EUSAAT Congress in Linz

Tuesday, 22 October 2019 09:47

With around 270 participants from 28 countries, the Congress of the European Society for Alternatives to Animal Testing (EUSAAT) is the largest 3R congress in Europe. It is located in Linz at the Danube, Austria. The congress traditionally takes place in the years between the World Congresses.

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