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The Julius Wolff Institute at Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University, United States) have signed an agreement to collaborate closely in the future.

Organ combination on a microchip

Tuesday, 24 September 2013 20:58

Researchers from the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine led by Antony Atla have developed miniature human organs, using a modified 3D printer. They are now being used for testing new vaccines.

The University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover (TiHo) has developed a new method for simulating the development of fetal brain cells using human cancer cells. By administering toxic substances they can investigate their potential for impairing brain development.

The European Congress for Alternatives to Animal Testing took place this year for the eighteenth time. One could therefore say that it can look back on a successful history of almost twenty years.

The research project, called COURAGE PD, supported by eight EU Member States which are managed by Tübingen researchers and funded with about euro 4,7 million wants to clarify which genes and what kind of environmental factors are responsible for the development of palsy (Parkinson's). In order to do this genome - wide analysisare combined, epidemiological data and results from stem cells obtained from patients own cells are combined.

A research team led by the biophysicist Prof. Thomas Franke from the Institute for Experimental Physics I at the University of Augsburg has presented a new cell-sorting method that enables cell sorting without previous marking of a cell fraction.

Researchers headed by David Moyes of King's College London have successfully used cell cultures to decipher the mechanism with which mucosa protects itself against the fungal infection Candida albicans.

Researchers at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) and colleagues from the Swiss aquatic research institute Eawag have discovered a protein that protects the zebrafish embryo by transporting toxic chemicals out of its body.

Crowdfunding for small projects

Thursday, 29 August 2013 12:32

Lab work and attending conferences cost money, so why shouldn't a student wanting to write a master's thesis in the field of replacement methods for animal experiments be financed by crowdfunding? For some time now there have been platforms that address such needs.

A team of scientists has combined two imaging techniques, positron emission tomography (PET) and magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) in a single apparatus that can be used for especially detailed non-invasive investigation of brain processes.