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The Wendelstein 7-X Fusion Device Produces its First Hydrogen Plasma

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP) have obtained hydrogen plasma at the Wendelstein 7-X fusion device, the world’s largest of the stellarator type. With its first hydrogen plasma production -a necessary step in the nuclear fusion process-, the IPP starts the scientific operation to investigate the suitability of this configuration for use in a power […]


Illumina Partners with 4 Biobanks to Genotype Their Collections

Illumina has signed agreements with Vanderbilt University, University of Colorado at Anschutz Medical Campus, Partners HealthCare, and Montreal Heart Institute to genotype their sample collections. Illumina’s technology will initially analyze 200000 samples and combine the obtained genomic data with clinical records to identify the genetic causes of several diseases. Illumina’s sequencing technology, Infinium® Expanded Multi-Ethnic Genotyping Array […]

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Sanofi Pasteur Launches a Zika Virus Vaccine Project

Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines department of Sanofi, has announced a project to develop a vaccine against the Zika virus (ZIKV). The company will leverage their expertise in the development of vaccines against similar viruses like dengue, yellow fever and Japanese encephalitis. Sanofi’s research and development expertise and industrial infrastructure -crucial to create Dengvaxia, their licensed vaccine […]


Smartphone Fitness Apps Are Inaccurate and Unreliable

Researchers from the University of Toronto have evaluated several free fitness apps and found an unacceptable error percentage when compared to a pedometer. The authors recommend caution when using these apps for self-assessment of physical state or when used in clinical trials. The study was published in the journal BMC Research Notes. Physical activity is crucial to maintain a […]

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A New Method to Perpetuate Human Stem Cell Cultures

An international team of researchers from several institutions led by the University of Bath have developed a new method to detect and preserve human stem cells in culture. The new technique keeps active a genetic sequence that is always found active in naive stem cells. The study was published in the journal Nature Protocols. Naive embryonic stem cells […]


Human Embryo Gene Editing Authorized for Research Purposes

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has approved the use of the gene editing tool CRISPR on human embryos for research purposes. After a petition by a Francis Crick Institute’s group studying genes involved in human embryo development, the U.K. regulatory body has made a distinction -regarding CRISPR use- between research and clinical applications. The team […]

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Lab Wars, the Card Game Inspired by Research

A postdoc from the Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge and a clinical psychologist from the University of Hertfordshire have conceived a card game based on life in a research laboratory. With the game, the authors want to bring the general public closer to the reality of being a scientist, focusing on the competitive and human aspects of this professional career. […]

Decline of Basic Science Papers in Medical Journals

Researchers from St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto have published a meta-research paper where they state the worrying decline in the number of basic research articles in peer-reviewed specialty medical journals in the last 20 years. The decrease is expected to affect physicians’ interest in and understanding of molecular mechanisms that explain diseases and allow finding treatments. Basic […]


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