Category Archives: Press Release

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Thermo Fisher Launches Matrix 2D Barcode Reader

Thermo Fisher Scientific has released a barcoded latch rack and a wireless barcode reader. The new products aim to improve sample identification, tracking, collection and storage. The official launch will take place at SLAS2016 (Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening). The Matrix 2D barcoded tubes identify an individual sample and are paired with linear and […]

Patient iP Secures $2 Million Investment

Patient Identification Platform (PatientiP), a provider of clinical trial matching technology, has obtained $2 million in a Series A investment round. The company aims to facilitate the recruitment of individuals for clinical trials, which has become increasingly difficult due to complicated selection criteria, enrollment procedures and timelines. It is calculated that 50% of clinical trials […]

10 Times More Memory Than Previously Calculated

Researchers from Salk Institute and the University of Austin, Texas have discovered that the memory capacity of the brain is 10 times higher than previously estimated. By examining the size of neural connections, the neuroscientists were also able to understand why brains are so energetically efficient. The study, published in eLife, will help create more potent and efficient computers. […]


New Brain Circuit Bypasses Self-Control Area in Addicts

Researchers from the University of Cambridge have discovered a new neural circuit that circumvents the brain region that controls decision-making processes in cocaine addicts. The study, published in the journal Nature Communications, will help to re-think therapies currently directed to modify cognitive abilities and might help prevent relapses. Cocaine is a stimulant drug mainly used with recreational […]

New Cell Line Produces Critical Component for Organoid Cultures

Trevigen has released a cell line that produces a fundamental element for propagating organoid cultures. The HA-R-Spondin-Fc293T cells can be used to obtain Roof plate specific Spondin-1 (R-Spondin 1 or RSPO1) as well as RSPO1 media. RSPO1 is critical for the support and proliferation of organoid progenitor stem cells from mice and humans. RSPO1 has been succesfully used to produce stem […]

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Pancreatic Cells Originated from Human Skin Revert Diabetes in Mice

Researchers from the Gladstone Institutes and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) have created for the first time functional pancreatic cells from human skin cells. Diabetic mice transplanted with the insuline-producing cells could control their glucose levels. The innovative cell reprogramming protocol will allow to scale up cell production and use them in disease modelling, […]

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IUPAC Verifies the Discovery of Four New Chemical Elements

The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) has reviewed the literature for elements 113, 115, 117 and 118 and has concluded that the claims for their discovery fulfill the criteria outlined by the IUPAC in 1991. The new elements complete the 7th row of the periodic table. The discoverers will be invited to […]

Genome Editing Cures Muscular Dystrophy in Mice

Researchers from Duke University have used the CRISPR technology to cure Duchenne muscular dystrophy in a mouse. It is the first time that the gene editing technology is successfully used to treat an adult mammalian. The study, published in the journal Science, establishes CRISPR/Cas9 as a potential therapy for the treatment of muscular dystrophy in humans. Duchenne […]