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Helping the Body to Regenerate Joint Cartilage

USA: Stem Cell Research

Helping the Body to Regenerate Joint Cartilage

A study released in Stem Cells moves scientists a step closer to finding how to help the body regenerate joint cartilage ravaged by disease. Their work reveals a new method to quickly and efficiently produce virtually unlimited numbers of chondrocytes, the cells that form cartilage, from human skin cells converted to induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs). This could be good news for patients suffering from arthritis. read...

Printing Pure Gold Microparts

The Netherlands: 3D Printing

Printing Pure Gold Microparts

Thanks to a laser technique that ejects ultra-tiny droplets of metal, it is now possible to print 3D metal structures, not only simple ‘piles’ of droplets, but complex overhanging structures as well: like a helix of some microns in size, made of pure gold. Using this technique, it will be possible to print new 3D micro components for electronics or photonics. read...

Enabling the Design of More Effective Tools for Tumor Detection

Spain: Biomarkers Against Caner

Enabling the Design of More Effective Tools for Tumor Detection

A study by the UPV/EHU-University of the Basque Country could facilitate the design of more effective tools for detecting tumours. The work has been highlighted as the best of the month by one of the world’s leading chemistry journals: the Journal of the American Chemical Society (Jacs). read...

Exhibitors Keen on Meeting Vietnamese Laboratory and Research Industry

Analytica Vietnam 2019

Exhibitors Keen on Meeting Vietnamese Laboratory and Research Industry

About half a year before the start of Analytica Vietnam, the trade fair for laboratory technology, analysis, biotechnology and diagnostics in Ho Chi Minh City is in greater demand than ever before, the organizers announce. By the end of October, about 60 % more exhibitors than in the same period of 2016 have registered for the spin-off of Analytica in Munich, which will take place from April 03 to 05, 2019, at the Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center (Secc). read...

Adesis Celebrates Laboratory Expansion

USA: Contract Research

Adesis Celebrates Laboratory Expansion

Adesis, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Universal Display Corporation, announced the grand-opening of its new, state-of-the-art chemistry laboratories in its 4,650 m2 New Castle facility. read...

Can Cells Change Their Identity?

Switzerland: Diabetes Research

Can Cells Change Their Identity?

By observing how cells manage to modify their function by partially changing their identity, Swiss researchers discovered a phenomenon of cell plasticity unknown until now. Although they only examined cells in the pancreas, such processes might characterize many other cell types in the body. read...

Birds Went Airborne to Save Energy, Study Suggests

Sweden: Biology

Birds Went Airborne to Save Energy, Study Suggests

For the first time, researchers have measured what is known as the ground effect of flying animals. It turns out they save a lot more energy by flying close to the ground than previously believed. The study from Lund University in Sweden supports one of the theories on how birds began to fly. read...

Custom-Designed Natural Products Within Reach

Germany: Biosynthesis

Custom-Designed Natural Products Within Reach

Microorganisms often assemble natural products similar to industrial assembly lines. Certain enzymes, non-ribosomal peptide synthetases (NRPS) play a key role in this process. Biotechnologists at Goethe University have now been able to discover how these enzymes interact with each other. This brings them one step closer to their goal of engineering the production of such peptide natural products. read...

Merck Awarded CPhI Awards in Two Pharmaceuticals Categories

Germany: Life Science Innovations

Merck Awarded CPhI Awards in Two Pharmaceuticals Categories

Merck has won two CPhI Pharma Awards for innovative products for the pharmaceutical industry. The awards were announced at CPhI’s award gala in Madrid, Spain. read...

Skin Hardness as an Indicator for Intelligent Air-Conditioning Systems

South Korea: Bio-Engineering

Skin Hardness as an Indicator for Intelligent Air-Conditioning Systems

Skin temperature and sweat rate are not enough to estimate exact human thermal comfort, which is an important factor of human-machine interaction. Hence, an additional indicator is required for enhancing the accuracy and reliability of the estimation. A Korean team selected skin hardness. read...