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The smallest Cas9 genetic scissors (so far)

22.2.2017   |   Press monitoring

Scientists at the Center for Genome Engineering, within the Institute for Basic Science (IBS), in collaboration with KIM Eunji (ToolGen Inc.) and KIM Jeong Hun (Seoul National University) have engineered the smallest CRISPR-Cas9 to date, delivered it to the muscle cells and in the eyes of mice via adeno-associated viruses (AAV) and used it to...

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A nanofiber matrix for healing
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A nanofiber matrix for healing

20.2.2017   |   Press monitoring

A new nanofiber-on-microfiber matrix could help produce more and better quality stem cells for disease treatment and regenerative therapies. A matrix made of gelatin nanofibers on a synthetic polymer microfiber mesh may provide a better way to culture large quantities of healthy human stem cells. Developed by a team of researchers led by...

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Induced pluripotent stem cells don\'t increase genetic mutations
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Induced pluripotent stem cells don\'t increase genetic mutations

17.2.2017   |   Press monitoring

Despite its immense promise, adoption of iPSCs in biomedical research and medicine has been slowed by concerns that these cells are prone to increased numbers of genetic mutations. A new study by scientists at the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), suggests that iPSCs do not develop more mutations than cells that are duplicated by...

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Plant-made virus shells could deliver drugs directly to cancer cells

15.2.2017   |   Press monitoring

Viruses are extremely efficient at targeting and delivering cargo to cells. Researchers report they have harnessed this well-honed ability -- minus the part that makes us sick -- to develop virus-like nanoparticles to deliver drugs straight to affected cells. In lab tests, they show that one such particle can be produced in plants and it ferries...

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Lab-made mini-brains are sprouting their own blood vessels
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Lab-made mini-brains are sprouting their own blood vessels

13.2.2017   |   Press monitoring

In 2015, scientists at Brown University developed "mini-brains," models of living brains created from 3D cultures of neural cells. Like organs-on-chips, these models could help reduce our reliance on animal testing in the search for new treatments and drugs, and make early results more accurate. Now, the researchers have discovered something...

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Review published in Nature Reviews Urology advises antibiotic resistance testing for M. genitalium sexually transmitted infection and potential \"superbug\"

13.2.2017   |   Press monitoring

Review published in Nature Reviews Urology advises antibiotic resistance testing for M. genitalium sexually transmitted infection and potential "superbug"; SpeeDx ResistancePlus(TM) MG...

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Blood test could catch pancreatic cancer before it’s too late
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Blood test could catch pancreatic cancer before it’s too late

10.2.2017   |   Press monitoring

A new blood test that detects pancreatic cancer in its early stages may reduce the deadliness of the disease. Pancreatic cancer is known as the “silent killer” because it is usually too advanced to treat by the time symptoms arise. Only 5 per cent of people diagnosed with it are still alive five years later, compared with 90 per cent of those...

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Tuberculosis-resistant cows developed for the first time using CRISPR technology
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Tuberculosis-resistant cows developed for the first time using CRISPR technology

8.2.2017   |   Press monitoring

CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing technology has been used for the first time to successfully produce live cows with increased resistance to bovine tuberculosis The researchers, from the College of Veterinary Medicine, Northwest A&F University in Shaanxi, China, used a modified version of the CRISPR gene-editing technology to insert a new gene into the...

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Two leukemia babies in remission after injection of new kind of edited T-cells
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Two leukemia babies in remission after injection of new kind of edited T-cells

6.2.2017   |   Press monitoring

Two babies given an experimental kind of edited T-cells to treat their leukemia remain in remission after more than a year. The cells used to treat the two babies were part of a modified form of CAR-T cell therapy, in which a virus is used to edit a gene in an immune cell taken from the patient to cause it to attack cancer cells—once ready, it is...

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Powerful Zika vaccine protects mice and monkeys from the virus
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Powerful Zika vaccine protects mice and monkeys from the virus

3.2.2017   |   Press monitoring

A new vaccine against Zika virus gives mice and monkeys immunity in tests. The vaccine is based on the inactivated virus, and just one low dose is needed. “The critical difference between ours and everybody else’s is that it’s not a live virus. That makes it much safer and much easier to produce,” says Drew Weissman at the University of...

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