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180 Million Year Old Ichthyosaur Fossil Reveals Whale-Like Blubber Under the Skin

Sweden: Paleontology

180 Million Year Old Ichthyosaur Fossil Reveals Whale-Like Blubber Under the Skin

Scientists of Lund University, Sweden, led the international collaboration that resulted in the most comprehensive and in-depth examination of a soft-tissue fossil ever undertaken. Among other things, the study reveals that the soft parts have fossilised so quickly that both the original cells and their internal contents are preserved. read...

Fluidic Analytics Set to Unlock Biology Behind Major Diseases

UK: Lab Tools

Fluidic Analytics Set to Unlock Biology Behind Major Diseases

Fluidic Analytics has raised $ 31 million to continue developing its transformational products for characterising proteins and their behaviour. The proceeds of the financing will be used to continue the commercial roll-out of the company’s lab-tools pipeline and to develop further high-value clinical applications of its technology. read...

Inactivating Genes Can Boost Genetic Diversity of Crops

France: Agricultural Research

Inactivating Genes Can Boost Genetic Diversity of Crops

Researchers from Cirad and Inra recently showed that inactivating a gene leads to a three-fold increase in recombination in crops such as rice, pea and tomato. The gene RECQ4 inhibits the exchange of genetic material via recombination (crossover) during the sexual reproduction process in crops. This discover, could speed up plant breeding and development of varieties better suited to specific environmental conditions such as disease resistance, adaptation to climate change. read...

Nestlé Inaugurates Global R&D Center in New Jersey

USA: 70 Million Dollar Investment

Nestlé Inaugurates Global R&D Center in New Jersey

Nestlé Health Science celebrated the inauguration of its new Product Technology Center with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the facility in Bridgewater, USA. The event marks the completion of a three-year, $ 70 million investment to establish a global research and development hub. read...

Night Owls More Likely to Suffer from Heart Diseases and Type 2 Diabetes

UK: Analysis of Chronotypes

Night Owls More Likely to Suffer from Heart Diseases and Type 2 Diabetes

In the first ever international review of studies analysing whether being an early riser or a night owl can influence your health, researchers have uncovered a growing body of evidence indicating an increased risk of ill health in people with an evening preference as they have more erratic eating patterns and consume more unhealthy foods. read...

Spotlight on the Integrated Laboratory

Germany: Labvolution 2019

Spotlight on the Integrated Laboratory

The upcoming Labvolution (21 to 23 May 2019 in Hannover, Germany) will be launching a number of new formats for users and interested visitors from the laboratory industry. Highlights include the enhanced smart lab, which develops a vision of the intelligent laboratory for the future. read...

The Native Antigen Company Launched New Zika Immunoassays

UK: New Elisa Assay

The Native Antigen Company Launched New Zika Immunoassays

The Native Antigen Company has launched a series of immunoassays for Zika virus, offering researchers in academia, public health and drug discovery the capability to work with high levels of specificity and sensitivity. Unlike previous methods, the new assays have little or no cross-reactivity with other flaviviruses, including Dengue, West Nile, Yellow Fever, Japanese Encephalitis, Tick-Borne Encephalitis and Usutu virus. read...

Air Products Signs Contract to Acquire GE’s Gasification Technology and Business

USA: Business Expansion

Air Products Signs Contract to Acquire GE’s Gasification Technology and Business

Once complete, the deal will enable Air Products to increase its gasification business footprint across the globe. The company is also expected to develop its synthesis gas solutions via GE’s gasification technology. read...

GE Healthcare to Open Biotechnology Manufacturing Center in 2019

UK: Biopharmaceutical Purification

GE Healthcare to Open Biotechnology Manufacturing Center in 2019

GE Healthcare announced the opening of a biotechnology manufacturing center at the Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst (SBC) Open Innovation Campus, in Stevenage, UK. In the first half of 2019, the center will start producing a fiber-based purification platform, which has the potential to significantly improve efficiency in the purification steps of manufacturing biopharmaceuticals, gene therapies and viral vectors. read...

Leading European Universities to Cooperate in Bioeconomy Research

Bioeconomy Alliance

Leading European Universities to Cooperate in Bioeconomy Research

The six leading European universities in the field of the bioeconomy are planning to join forces in research, teaching/education, and innovation in this subject area. Following the initiative of the University of Hohenheim in Stuttgart (Germany), they have laid the cornerstone for the “European Bioeconomy University” consortium. The cooperation aims at making the European economy more resource-efficient, sustainable, competitive, and based on a circular mindset. read...