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Researchers at the Max Delbrück Center of Molecular Medicine (MDC) in Berlin-Buch have for the first time developed a mathematical model with which genetic risk factors for the development of Alzheimer’s disease can be determined.

New pharmaceuticals have to be tested for cardiac toxicity before being introduced into market. Vice versa, a recall of a pharmaceutical product which has already been introduced into the market can often be traced to detrimental effects to the human heart.

From 1 January 2012, postgraduates and junior professors can receive financial support of up to 20 000 euro per year during the early phase of their scientific work. Young researchers in comparable positions will also be eligible, such as independent leaders of junior research groups.

Organs to come out of the printer in the future

Tuesday, 27 September 2011 10:18

Japanese scientists led by Yoshiki Sasai have succeeded in imitating the highly complex development of mammalian eyes under laboratory conditions.

Scientists at the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plan to use virtual embryos for future testing of potentially toxic substances via computer simulation.

Nanostructures such as asbestos fibres and nanotubes can lead to health damage. Because of the tubes’ rounded ends, cells can ingest these foreign bodies matter even they are much too long for the cell. The nanostructures get trapped, destroying the cell the same way asbestos fibres do.

In Europe’s first human embryonic stem cell trial, surgeons have been given permission to implant embryonic stem cells into patients suffering from Stargardt’s disease, an incurable eye disease.

The “Wissenschaftsladen Bonn” (“Science Shop Bonn”), or WiLaBonn for short, is hosting a regular science café with the goal of presenting scientific findings in such a way that the general public can appreciate them. At the café, visitors can mingle with scientists and science journalists in a relaxed atmosphere. Dr. Christiane Hohensee was also invited to take part on 22 September and to answer the questions of 11th and 12th class pupils regarding the possible uses of stem cell research as an alternative to animal experiments.

The Johns Hopkins Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing (CAAT) has received a $6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for a consortium to develop a new technological methodology for mapping the molecular pathways of toxicity within cells.

Researchers under the leadership of Preben Boysen from the Norway University of Veterinary Sciences in Oslo have found that laboratory mice raised in a sterilized environments have less killer cells (NK cells) in their immune system than humans or members of the same species raised in the wild. This results is therrefore of particular interest because it shows that scientific results obtained from experiments on mice cannot be reliable transferred to humans.