News tagged with human cells

Mini synthetic organism instead of test animals

In medical research, animal-based experiments have thus far been a necessary evil. Fraunhofer researchers have developed a highly promising alternative, however: They are developing a mini-organism inside a chip. This way, ...

dateFeb 02, 2015 in Biochemistry
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Growing functioning brain tissue in 3D

Researchers at the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology in Japan have succeeded in inducing human embryonic stem cells to self-organize into a three-dimensional structure similar to the cerebellum, providing tantalizing ...

dateJan 29, 2015 in Cell & Microbiology
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Do viruses make us smarter?

A new study from Lund University in Sweden indicates that inherited viruses that are millions of years old play an important role in building up the complex networks that characterise the human brain.

dateJan 12, 2015 in Cell & Microbiology
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Bacteria are wishing you a Merry Xmas

A bacterium has been used to wish people a Merry Xmas. Grown by Dr Munehiro Asally, an Assistant Professor at the University of Warwick, the letters used to spell MERRY XMAS are made of Bacillus subtilis, a non-pathogenic ...

dateDec 22, 2014 in Cell & Microbiology
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