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Rapid Test Detects Cause of Water Pollution

Austria: Water Safety

Rapid Test Detects Cause of Water Pollution

Methods for detecting the source of faecal water contamination using DNA have existed for some time. However, these methods were complicated, expensive and time consuming, requiring samples to be taken and then sent to a laboratory for genetic analysis. TU Wien has succeeded in developing a new, DNA-based rapid testing procedure that identifies the cause for water pollution quickly and economically. read...

Zeiss Launches First Multifunctional Smart Glass

Intelligent Material

Zeiss Launches First Multifunctional Smart Glass

A technology developed by Zeiss has made it possible to utilize transparent glass or plastic in a whole range of different ways. The see-through surfaces with integrated, invisible microstructured optics permit a range of different applications, thus enabling innovations like gesture recognition or eye tracking without any visible optical systems. read...

Up in the Cloud: Advancing High-throughput Data Analytics

Laboratory Software

Up in the Cloud: Advancing High-throughput Data Analytics

Remarkable recent developments in high-throughput research techniques allow scientists to collect more data than ever before. However, this presents significant challenges in terms of data storage, management and analysis. Cloud-based informatics platforms offer a potential solution, bringing together all aspects of laboratory management into a flexible and scalable system, designed to support future technologies as they become available. read...

New Developments in the Field of Density Measurement

Density measurement redefined

New Developments in the Field of Density Measurement

Density determination of liquid, gaseous, and paste-like samples is of great importance in many industries. Anton Paar has been dominating the development of density determination for decades. read...

How Cells Act Collectively to Shape Tissues and Organs

Canada: Cell-Sized Sensors

How Cells Act Collectively to Shape Tissues and Organs

Tissues and organs in the human body are shaped through forces generated by cells, that push and pull, to “sculpt” biological structures. Thanks to a new tool developed at McGill University, scientists will now be able to watch, and map these forces. read...

Hitachi Chemical to Acquire Apceth Biopharma

Germany: Cell and Gene Therapy

Hitachi Chemical to Acquire Apceth Biopharma

Hitachi Chemical will enter into an agreement to acquire all shares of Apceth Biopharma, a contract manufacturing organization in the field of cell and gene therapy. With the acquisition Hitachi Chemical is to expand its business presence footprint in Europe ― the world’s second-largest market for regenerative medicine after the United States. read...

I Chem E Releases Bio Futures Report

UK : Chemical Engineering

I Chem E Releases Bio Futures Report

The report will address opportunities for the Institution so that it can connect with chemical engineering professions and the emerging bio-sector in a better way. read...

Bird or Plane? How Is Avian Influenza Virus Spread Over the Globe?

Sweden: Airborne Transmission

Bird or Plane? How Is Avian Influenza Virus Spread Over the Globe?

Since 2005, when the highly-pathogenic avian influenza virus H5N1 started spreading across the globe, researchers have been faced with the question how the virus can spread across entire continents so quickly: does the virus travel through trade with poultry and products, or does it hitch-hike with migratory birds? Jonas Waldenström, professor in Disease Ecology, and Mariëlle van Toor, postdoctoral fellow in Ecology at Linnaeus University, have now been granted $ 385,000 Dollar by the Swedish Research Council for the project “Avian influenza in Bangladesh: the role of wild waterfowl in disease transmission”. read...

Graphene Flagship Assesses Safety of Graphene Materials

Sweden: Risk Analysis

Graphene Flagship Assesses Safety of Graphene Materials

The Graphene Flagship project has a dedicated Work Package studying the impact of graphene and related materials on our health, as well as their environmental impact. Researches and companies are currently using a range of materials such as few layered graphene, graphene oxide and heterostructures. The first step to assess the toxicology is to fully characterise these materials. read...

Artificial Intelligence Corrects Errors in Single Cell Analyses

Germany: AI in Biotechnology

Artificial Intelligence Corrects Errors in Single Cell Analyses

When sequencing individual cells identifying genes in each cell, modern technologies often lead to errors. Devices, environment and biology itself can be responsible for failures and differences between measurements. Now, researchers have developed algorithms that make it possible to predict and correct sources of error. read...