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Approach uses RNA in search for genetic triggers

Approach uses RNA in search for genetic triggers
In about half of all patients with rare hereditary disorders, it is still unclear what exact position of the genome is responsible for their condition. One reason for this is the enormous quantity of information encoded in human genes. Scientists from the fields of informatics and medicine have now joined forces to find a solution: A team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and Helmholtz Zentrum München has developed a method that significantly increases the chances of a successful search.
13th June 2017

Magnetic 3D Cell Culturing handles cultures in the space station

Magnetic 3D Cell Culturing handles cultures in the space station
A wide variety of research relies on growing cells in culture on Earth, but handling these cells is challenging. With better techniques, scientists hope to reduce loss of cells from culture media, create cultures in specific shapes, and improve retrieval of cells for analysis – all of which would improve experiment results. Handling cells in microgravity poses even greater challenges, and with ongoing cell investigations aboard the International Space Station, optimising handling techniques is critical.
12th June 2017

Glass microchip provides ultrafast separation of DNA fragments

Glass microchip provides ultrafast separation of DNA fragments
Researchers of the University of Twente developed a glass microchip for ultrafast separation and purification of DNA fragments. The chip, moreover, is easy to produce and cheap. The chip is capable of fractionating DNA fragments within just a few minutes, while conventional approaches take hours. The chip does this in high resolution and also purifies the fragments; it removes the other salts in the DNA sample.
2nd June 2017


Multicolour light controls gene expression in bacteria

Multicolour light controls gene expression in bacteria
MIT researchers have engineered bacteria with 'multicolour vision' — E. coli that recognise RGB light and, in response to each colour, express different genes that perform different biological functions. To showcase the technology, the researchers produced several coloured images on culture plates — one of which spells out 'MIT' — by using RGB lights to control the pigment produced by the bacteria. Outside of the lab, the technology could also prove useful for commercial, pharmaceutical, and other applications.
31st May 2017

Realising molecular robots that work in vivo

A group of Associate Professor Ryuji Kawano of Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Division of Biotechnology and Life Science, Institute of Engineering, and Associate Professor Masahiro Takinoue of Tokyo Institute of Technology, School of Computing succeeded in detecting output molecules that are the calculation results of DNA computing using DNA molecules as electric information through a nanopore membrane protein.
26th May 2017

Development of circuits in cells inspired by electronics

Development of circuits in cells inspired by electronics
Living cells must constantly process information to keep track of the changing world around them and arrive at an appropriate response. Through billions of years of trial and error, evolution has arrived at a mode of information processing at the cellular level. In the microchips that run our computers, information processing capabilities reduce data to unambiguous zeros and ones. In cells, it's not that simple. DNA, proteins, lipids and sugars are arranged in complex and compartmentalised structures.
25th May 2017

TET1 protein may help prevent congenital defects

TET1 protein may help prevent congenital defects
In the earliest stages of embryonic development, a protein known as TET1 may be the factor that tips the balance toward health or disease. The first evidence for this vital role of TET1 is presented in Nature Genetics by researchers from KU Leuven. They found that TET1 is necessary to prevent congenital defects such as spina bifida as well as mental retardation and cancer later in life.
18th May 2017

Hematopoietic stem cells suitable for transplantation

Hematopoietic stem cells suitable for transplantation
  Researchers at Weill Cornell Medicine have discovered a method to make an unlimited supply of healthy blood cells from the readily available cells that line blood vessels. This achievement marks the first time that any research group has generated such blood-forming stem cells.
18th May 2017

Stem cell technology is helping mankind to boldly go...

Stem cell technology is helping mankind to boldly go...
One of the UK’s leading stem cell storage and diagnostics companies has claimed that stem cell technology could mean the difference between life and death in any attempt to travel beyond the planet Earth to Mars, claiming that advanced medical techniques will be required to cope with the rigours of interplanetary space.
25th April 2017

Using CRISPR to restore visual function

Using CRISPR to restore visual function
Using the gene-editing tool CRISPR/Cas9, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine and Shiley Eye Institute at UC San Diego Health, with colleagues in China, have reprogrammed mutated rod photoreceptors to become functioning cone photoreceptors, reversing cellular degeneration and restoring visual function in two mouse models of retinitis pigmentosa. The findings are published in Cell Research.
24th April 2017


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