A faster lane towards effective therapies of childhood brain cancer

On November 6, 2018, Posted by , In News, By ,, , With Comments Off on A faster lane towards effective therapies of childhood brain cancer

Scientists of the „Hopp Children’s Cancer Center at the NCT Heidelberg” (KiTZ), the German Cancer Consortium (DKTK) and the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), in collaboration with colleagues from Seattle, U.S.A., have built a collection of tumor models that can be used to test anticancer drugs for treating childhood brain…

DKFZ/EMBL/Heidelberg University: two ERC Synergy Grants for Heidelberg

On October 29, 2018, Posted by , In News, By , With Comments Off on DKFZ/EMBL/Heidelberg University: two ERC Synergy Grants for Heidelberg

With its “Synergy Grants”, the ERC supports small teams of scientists working together to solve complex research problems, bringing together different techniques and skills across disciplines. “DECODE” Genes are team players. Changes in a genetic make-up often have an effect on the activity of a large number of other genes…

DKFZ: Machine Learning to Accellerate Drug Research

On October 10, 2018, Posted by , In News, By , , With Comments Off on DKFZ: Machine Learning to Accellerate Drug Research

The European Research Council (ERC) is awarding a “proof-of-concept grant” to scientists from the German Cancer Research Center (Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum, DKFZ) and the Heidelberg University for the first time to enable them to develop new drugs more cheaply and quickly using image-based analyses. Automated microscopy documents changes in cells after…

Heidelberg University: Highly Organised Process: How Protein Complexes Form in the Cell

On October 8, 2018, Posted by , In News, By , With Comments Off on Heidelberg University: Highly Organised Process: How Protein Complexes Form in the Cell

Heidelberg researchers gain fundamental new insights into synthesis of biologically active complexes. The formation of protein complexes is a highly organised process that does not begin with the “finished” proteins. Studies conducted by researchers at the Center for Molecular Biology of Heidelberg University (ZMBH) and the German Cancer Research Center…

EUROoC network lays the foundation for joint European organ-on-a-chip research

On September 17, 2018, Posted by , In News, By , , With Comments Off on EUROoC network lays the foundation for joint European organ-on-a-chip research

The Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB is coordinating the establishment of a European research network to promote organ-on-a-chip technology. This enables the replication of human organs on a micro scale and is considered a technology with great potential, among other things for the research of new pharmaceutical…

Heidelberg University: Precise and Highly Efficient Gene Repair

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Heidelberg researchers develop new CRISPR/Cas process using Japanese ricefish   Photo: Gutierrez-Triana, Tavhelidse, Thumberger et al., 2018, figure three, subject to CC BY 4.0 license. Medaka embryo, in which the Rx2 gene – a gene critical for eye development – was edited with a repair copy. This copy contains the…

Heidelberg University: Protection For Nerve Cells Delivered Through The Nose

On August 27, 2018, Posted by , In News, By , , With Comments Off on Heidelberg University: Protection For Nerve Cells Delivered Through The Nose

Material and picture: Dr Bettina Buchthal. Brain sections of control-treated (bottom) and nasal Activin A-treated (top) mice after a stroke. The white line marks the border between the healthy and damaged brain regions. Protective proteins that mitigate the destruction of nerve cells after a stroke can be administered into the…

Fraunhofer IGB: Third place for Retina-on-a-chip project at the Science2Start competition

On July 30, 2018, Posted by , In News, By , , With Comments Off on Fraunhofer IGB: Third place for Retina-on-a-chip project at the Science2Start competition

At the annual Science2Start competition organized by BioRegio STERN Management GmbH, Dr. Ing. Christopher Probst, scientist in the Organ-on-a-Chip group of the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB, reached place 3 with the Retina-on-a-Chip project. With “Retina-on-a-Chip”, scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB…

Heidelberg University Hospital/ HITS/ ZMBH: The need for speed – Why malaria parasites are faster than human immune cells

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Elementary cytoskeleton protein is different in parasites and represents a starting point for a possible new therapy against malaria infections. Researchers from the Heidelberg University Hospital, the Centre for Molecular Biology at the University of Heidelberg (ZMBH), and the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) have published these findings in…

EMBL scientists show that mammalian life begins differently than we thought

On July 16, 2018, Posted by , In News, By , , With Comments Off on EMBL scientists show that mammalian life begins differently than we thought

It was long thought that during an embryo’s first cell division, one spindle is responsible for segregating the embryo’s chromosomes into two cells. EMBL scientists now show that in mice, there are actually two spindles, one for each set of parental chromosomes, meaning that the genetic information from each parent…