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Transparent soft PDMS eggshell created as step towards embryo lab on a chip

Lab-on-a-chip (LOC) systems have registered tremendous progress over the past 20 years. Myriad 'chip' schemes have already emerged, ranging from the lung-on-a-chip and heart-on-a-chip to the liver-on-a-chip and kidney-on-a-chip. However, until now, an ideal embryo-on-a-chip has not yet been developed due to challenges in condensing so many life factors inside a conventional LOC.

Posted: Feb 3rd, 2015

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The amazing disappearing mouse

An experimental technique that renders mouse tissues transparent and colorless allows scientists to image the cellular-scale effects of disease deep within the body.

Posted: Jan 30th, 2015

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Growing functioning brain tissue in 3D

Researchers in Japan have succeeded in inducing human embryonic stem cells to self-organize into a three-dimensional structure similar to the cerebellum, providing tantalizing clues in the quest to recreate neural structures in the laboratory.

Posted: Jan 29th, 2015

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Forward look report on quantum biology presented

The scientific community represented by about forty researchers and officials from research funding organisations gathered in Brussels on 23 January 2015 to present the outcomes of the European Science Foundation's (ESF) Foresight Activity on Research in Quantum Biology (FarQBio).

Posted: Jan 29th, 2015

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Damaged DNA may stall patrolling molecule to initiate repair

Sites where DNA is damaged may cause a molecule that slides along the DNA strand to scan for damage to slow on its patrol, delaying it long enough to recognize and initiate repair. The finding suggests that the delay itself may be the key that allows the protein molecule to find its target, according to the researchers.

Posted: Jan 28th, 2015

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New model for preserving donor tissue will allow more natural joint repair for patients

Currently, doctors have to throw away more than 80 percent of donated tissue used for joint replacements because the tissue does not survive long enough to be transplanted. Now, researchers have developed a new technology that more than doubles the life of the tissue. This new technology was able to preserve tissue quality at the required level in all of the donated tissues studied, the researchers found.

Posted: Jan 28th, 2015

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Award-winning research on DNA probes

These new DNA probes can potentially be used to develop a biosensor array for lanthanide and other metal detection. These DNA molecules have catalytic activity (known as DNAzymes) and studies indicate that lanthanide-dependent DNAzymes may have different properties from existing examples.

Posted: Jan 28th, 2015

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