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Scientists grow leg muscle from cells in a dish

A team of scientists has succeeded in generating mature, functional skeletal muscles in mice using a new approach for tissue engineering. The scientists grew a leg muscle starting from engineered cells cultured in a dish to produce a graft. The subsequent graft was implanted close to a normal, contracting skeletal muscle where the new muscle was nurtured and grown.

Feb 25th, 2015

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New catalyst to create chemical building blocks from biomass

University of Tokyo researchers have developed a novel selective catalyst that allows the creation of several basic chemicals from biomass instead of petroleum. This discovery may lead to the use of plant biomass as a basic feedstock for the chemical industry.

Feb 23rd, 2015

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An entirely new approach to tissue engineering

Researchers present an entirely new approach to tissue engineering that uses the interfacial forces between aqueous solutions of phase-separating polymers to confine cells and promote their assembly into interconnected, macroscopic tissue constructs. This simple and inexpensive general procedure creates free-standing, centimeter-scale constructs from cell suspensions in as little as 2 hours.

Feb 18th, 2015

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Using fungi to catch algae

Fungal waste biomass from biotechnology applications could be used to harvest microalgae for fuels and chemicals production.

Feb 18th, 2015

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Benzodiazepines, the ring of power

Benzodiazepine's introduction into clinical revolutionized the treatment of psychiatric disorders. Now, a research group of experts in preliminary drug discovery, has developed a succinct and efficient multicomponent-assisted synthetic methodology assembling unexplored benzodiazepine collections, thus, enabling to examine new areas of biological applications.

Feb 10th, 2015

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Antibodies in the lab: Higher quality through DNA technology

Antibodies are now established as therapeutics and indispensable in the research lab. In contrast to high-quality therapeutics, commercial antibodies used in research often do not properly function. Researchers demand that antibodies used in research should be made by recombinant DNA technology - just like therapeutic antibodies.

Feb 4th, 2015

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