Category Archives: Biotechnology

xenopat

Xenopat: Your Tumor in a Mouse

Labcritics visited Xenopat, an innovative company dedicated to the orthotopic implantation of human tumors in mice. This technology allows Xenopat to offer services to companies developing new anticancer drugs and personalized cancer treatments. We had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Anna Portela, CEO and co-founder, and Dr. Alberto Villanueva, CSO and co-founder. For more […]

iproteos

Teresa Tarragó: “Crowdfunding is a Source of Financing for Early Stage Biotechs”

Labcritics was at Iproteos’ facilities talking to Teresa Tarragó, CEO and co-founder of this innovative company. Iproteos combines computational chemistry with modern synthesis methods to generate peptidomimetics with pharmacological activity against diseases such as schizophrenia. We had the opportunity to know about the possibilities of crowdfunding for biotech projects and the technology used in their laboratory. […]

crispr-cas9

CRISPR as a Recorder of Molecular Activity

Researchers from Harvard University have succesfully proved that CRISPR can work as a recorder of molecular events. Synthetic DNA molecules introduced in bacteria over a defined timespan were integrated by the CRISPR/Cas system in DNA arrays in the exact same order of introduction. The results, published in the journal Science, pave the way for using CRISPR to […]

genome

An Exclusive Scientific Meeting Gives Birth to the Genome Project-Write

A select group of researchers from top American universities gathered last month in an invitation-only meeting at Harvard to discuss the need of technology and an ethical framework for genome-scale engineering. The conclusions are now presented in a paper published in the journal Science, where they propose to start the Human Genome Project–Write (HGP-write). In this call […]

crispr-cas9

CRISPR/Cpf1 Edits Mice Embryos Without Off-Target Effects

Researchers at the IBS Center for Genome Editing in South Korea have successfully created mutant mice using CRISPR/Cpf1. The alternative to the well-known CRISPR/Cas9 system can edit genomes with exquisite precision and is highly programmable. The findings -published in two papers that appeared this month in the journal Nature Biotechnology-, together with previously known advantages of Cpf1 over […]

Bacterial Hair Conducts Electricity and Could Be Used in Bioelectronic Devices

Scientists from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Holy Cross, and Brookhaven National Laboratory have discovered that the filaments present in the surface of Geobacter bacteria have conductive properties comparable to those of copper. The finding, published in the journal mBio, could accelerate the introduction of biological material in nanoscale electronical devices. In general, proteins are […]

DNA storage

Digital Images Can Be Stored in DNA

Researchers from the University of Washington (UW) and Microsoft have developed a new system to store data in DNA and retrieve it without error or information loss. The findings were communicated in a paper presented at the ACM International Conference on Architectural Support for Programming Languages and Operating Systems. The UW team encoded the digital data corresponding to image […]

telomeres

BioViva’s CEO Claims to Have Longer Telomeres After Gene Therapy

BioViva reported last week that the company’s CEO, Elizabeth Parrish, successfully reversed biological ageing after being treated with the biotech’s therapies. The Seattle-based company confirmed that Parrish reversed 20 years of telomere shortening thanks to an experimental gene therapy. BioViva aims to provide regenerative medicine solutions through gene and cell therapies. The company is involved in several research lines to […]