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.

Dutch researchers have succeeded in determining which handwritten characters their subjects have just looked, based solely on brain activity.

Prof. Dr. Carsten Watzl and his work group “Immunology” at the Leibniz Research Centre for Working Environment and Human Factors in Dortmund have decrypted a protective mechanism of the so-called natural killer cells, an important immune system cell type.

Genome of the Chinese hamster decoded

Thursday, 22 August 2013 13:13

Under the direction of Prof. Dr. Alfred Pühler from the Centre for Biotechnology (CeBiTec), Bielefeld University, a research team has decoded the genome of the Chinese hamster.

rsfMRT make nerve cell communication visible

Thursday, 15 August 2013 13:23

The resting state functional MRI (rsfMRI), a relatively new imaging method, is able to make visible the brain´s active regions at rest. Therefore it is possible to investigate some aspects of diseases such as Alzheimer's or schizophrenia non-invasively.

The Animal Welfare Research Award for Berlin-Brandenburg 2013 will be conferred this Friday for the second time. InVitroJobs interviewed the recipient, Prof. Dr. Günther Weindl, in the run-up to the ceremony.

Students develop miniature flow cytometer

Friday, 02 August 2013 16:55

Timo Noll and Marvin Kaminski have developed a microchip with which cells can be sorted by size or properties, under the direction of Prof. Michael Schlüter, Chair of Microtechnology and Medical Engineering at the Westphalian University of Applied Sciences Gelsenkirchen.

Benchtop device for passage of cell cultures

Thursday, 01 August 2013 16:54

The German company Innocyte Ltd. in Stuttgart, a spin-off of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, has developed a fully automated desktop device able to take over the automated production of cell cultures. Compared to costly and complex robotic technology, the newly developed device called “split.it” is inexpensive. It will be available from autumn of this year.