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Sanofi to acquire Ablynx for €3.9 Billion

On January 30, 2018, Posted by , In Press Releases, With Comments Off on Sanofi to acquire Ablynx for €3.9 Billion

Strengthens Sanofi’s R&D strategy with innovative Nanobody® technology platform Expands growing rare blood disorders franchise with Ablynx’s late-stage investigational caplacizumab aTTP treatment Unanimously approved by Sanofi and Ablynx Boards of Directors Paris, France and Ghent, Belgium – January 29, 2018 – Sanofi and Ablynx, a biopharmaceutical company engaged in the…

DKFZ/Heidelberg University Hospital: Kristian Pajtler received $100,000 award for brain cancer research

On January 30, 2018, Posted by , In Press Releases, With Comments Off on DKFZ/Heidelberg University Hospital: Kristian Pajtler received $100,000 award for brain cancer research

Kristian Pajtler, a pediatric oncologist from the “Hopp Children’s Cancer Center at the NCT Heidelberg” (KiTZ), received the 2018 CERN Scientific Fellowship Award with a monetary prize of 100,000 US dollars. Pajtler has been awarded the distinction for his work on ependymoma, a rare type of brain cancer. The “Hopp…

DKFZ: A weak heart due to metabolic change

On January 24, 2018, Posted by , In Press Releases, With Comments Off on DKFZ: A weak heart due to metabolic change

The heart derives its energy primarily from fatty acids. However, if a metabolic shift to other energy sources takes place, this can result in congestive heart failure, scientists from the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) and Heidelberg University Hospital have now discovered. This underscores the role of metabolism in heart…

DKFZ: Starving Tumors: New Target Discovered

On January 24, 2018, Posted by , In Press Releases, With Comments Off on DKFZ: Starving Tumors: New Target Discovered

Actively growing tumors have a high demand for oxygen and nutrients. Therefore, they stimulate the growth of blood vessels. This process is called angiogenesis. If tumor-associated angiogenesis is suppressed, this may limit tumor growth. Scientists from the German Cancer Research Center and the European Center for Angioscience at Heidelberg University…

Heidelberg University: Heidelberg researchers obtain grant from Baden-Württemberg Foundation – Blood-Brain Barrier on a Chip

On January 24, 2018, Posted by , In News, With Comments Off on Heidelberg University: Heidelberg researchers obtain grant from Baden-Württemberg Foundation – Blood-Brain Barrier on a Chip

Replicating the Blood-Brain Barrier on a Chip Heidelberg researchers obtain grant from Baden-Württemberg Foundation A new research project at Heidelberg University aims to replicate the blood-brain barrier as a model on a chip, thereby enabling the transport of drugs into the brain. A research team under Prof. Dr Gert Fricker…

DKFZ: Modular gene enhancer promotes leukemia and regulates effectiveness of chemotherapy

On January 19, 2018, Posted by , In Press Releases, With Comments Off on DKFZ: Modular gene enhancer promotes leukemia and regulates effectiveness of chemotherapy

Every day, billions of new blood cells are generated in the bone marrow. The gene Myc is known to play an important role in this process, and is also known to play a role in cancer. Scientists from the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) and the Heidelberg Institute for Stem…

EMBL: Loops in DNA affect which proteins are coded

On January 18, 2018, Posted by , In News, With Comments Off on EMBL: Loops in DNA affect which proteins are coded

Judith Zaugg and Mariana Ruiz-Velasco. PHOTO: Marietta Schupp/EMBL EMBL scientists unveil how 3D chromatin structure affects RNA splicing Judith Zaugg and Mariana Ruiz-Velasco from EMBL’s Structural and Computational Biology Unit in Heidelberg have published a paper in Cell Systems. They show for the first time the functional impact of the…

EMBL: Pol III enzyme grips DNA and begins reading fast

On January 18, 2018, Posted by , In News, With Comments Off on EMBL: Pol III enzyme grips DNA and begins reading fast

With help from an external transcription factor (lavender, peach, and green), Pol III (grey) and its built-in transcription factor (yellow), create a cage around a cell’s DNA (plum). IMAGE: EMBL/Matthias Vorländer EMBL researchers uncover how a key enzyme that helps cells make new proteins starts its work In order to…

Heidelberg University: Improving Stroke Treatment Through Machine Learning

On January 17, 2018, Posted by , In News, With Comments Off on Heidelberg University: Improving Stroke Treatment Through Machine Learning

Heidelberg researchers develop computer vision technique to analyse rehabilitation process Methods from optogenetics and machine learning should help improve treatment options for stroke patients. Researchers from Heidelberg University have developed a computer vision technique to analyse the changes in motor skills that result from targeted stimulation of healthy areas of…

EMBL: Mapping molecules on people, fields and ATMs

On January 16, 2018, Posted by , In News, With Comments Off on EMBL: Mapping molecules on people, fields and ATMs

IMAGE: Alexandrov team/EMBL Standardised, freely available molecule mapping method is raising interest in forensics, agriculture and microbiome studies IMAGE: Theodore Alexandrov/EMBL This glowing avatar is a map of molecules. Every day, every inch of skin on your body comes into contact with thousands of molecules – from skin cream, sweat,…