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Using cell cultures, scientists from the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB) at the University of Luxembourg have found out that microglia, the immune cells of the brain, are able to produce itaconic acid, a substance that can inhibit bacterial growth.

The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has added the major project EU-Openscreen to its “Roadmap for Research Infrastructures”. Its task will be to provide researchers with biologically active substances from a repository of substances.

The European Coalition to End Animal Experiments (ECEAE) warmly welcomes the decision on 29 April 2013 of the Board of Appeal (BoA) of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), allowing the appeal by chemicals giant Honeywell against ECHA’s decision that it should carry out a 90-day inhalation experiment on rabbits for a refrigerant for its car air conditioner system.

Tumor sections against brain tumor

Wednesday, 01 May 2013 18:25

To explore new agents against the particularly aggressive glioblastoma, so far researchers have carried out especially stressful animal experiments on mice. Now researchers at the Leipzig University, Institute of Anatomy, intend to do this research on original human-specific tumor slices.

Reutlingen: HepaChip on track for launch

Sunday, 28 April 2013 18:29

HepaChip, a miniaturised array consisting of different cell types with small channels developed by the Natural and Medical Sciences Institute (NMI) at the University of Tübingen in Reutlingen, is almost market-ready.  The new technology allows substances such as pharmaceutical drugs to be tested for liver toxicity. Pharmaceutical industry and research institutions are greatly interested.

David Basketter, a specialist in the field of in vitro allergy research, gave a lecture yesterday on the current state of developments in the field of animal-free skin sensitisation testing.

With the help of a cel culture researchers from Ruhr University Bochum have established a hypothesis for the development of Alzheimer's disease by investigation of the interaction of the proteins FE65 and BLM during regulation of cell division.

For his work on alternative methods to animal testing the toxicologist Prof. Dr. Marcel Leist received the € 15,000 Felix Wankel Animal Welfare Research award.

Scientists at the University Surgical Hospital in Heidelberg together with the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) have developed a methodology allowing to study aggressive pancreatic tumors which does not require animal tests.

Scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill under the leadership of Scott T. Magness, PhD, assistant professor in the departments of medicine, biomedical engineering, and cell and molecular physiology at UNC, together with Megan K. Fuller, MD,  were successful in isolating adult stem cells from human intestinal tissue.