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Counterfeit contraceptives found in South America

A survey of emergency contraceptive pills in Peru found that 28 percent of the batches studied were either of substandard quality or falsified. Many pills released the active ingredient too slowly. Others had the wrong active ingredient. One batch had no active ingredient at all. To detect ... more

'Chaperone' compounds offer new approach to Alzheimer's treatment

A team of researchers from Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC), Weill Cornell Medical College, and Brandeis University has devised a wholly new approach to the treatment of Alzheimer's disease involving the so-called retromer protein complex. Retromer plays a vital role in neurons, st ... more

Cancer stem cells linked to drug resistance

Most drugs used to treat lung, breast and pancreatic cancers also promote drug-resistance and ultimately spur tumor growth. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have discovered a molecule, or biomarker, called CD61 on the surface of drug-resistant tumors ... more

Bulletproof nuclei? Stem cells exhibit unusual absorption property

Stem cells – the body's master cells – demonstrate a bizarre property never before seen at a cellular level, according to a study published today from scientists at the University of Cambridge. The property – known as auxeticity – is one which may have application as wide-ranging as soundpr ... more

Key steps linking dietary fats and colon cancer tumor growth

Scientists have shown new genetic evidence that could strengthen the link between the role of dietary fats with colon cancer progression. The study, led by Arizona State University researcher and physician Dr. Raymond DuBois, M.D., Ph.D., has identified a molecular culprit, called peroxisom ... more

Merck Serono’s President has been appointed to Board of Directors of L’Oréal

Merck Serono announced that Belén Garijo, President & Chief Executive Officer of Merck Serono, has been appointed asan independent Director of L’Oréal for a period of four years. The appointment of Belén Garijo as a new member of the Board of Directors ofL’Oréal was approved by shareholders ... more

Analytik Jena AG with New Managing Director at French Subsidiary

Analytik Jena AG has gained a new top manager for its subsidiary in France with Michel Alric, previously Sales Manager EMEA at GE Water & Process Analytical Instruments. The new Managing Director, Alric, will head up and expand Analytik Jena AG's activities in neighboring France alongside M ... more

Gate for Bacterial Toxins Found

Prof. Dr. Dr. Klaus Aktories and Dr. Panagiotis Papatheodorou from the Institute of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology of the University of Freiburg have discovered the receptor responsible for smuggling the toxin of the bacterium Clostridium perfringens into the cell. Th ... more

New type of barcode could make counterfeiters' lives more difficult

Counterfeiters, beware! Scientists are reporting the development of a new type of inexpensive barcode that, when added to documents or currency, could foil attempts at making forgeries. Although the tags are easy for researchers to make, they still require ingredients you can't exactly find ... more

How intestinal cells build nutrient-absorbing surface

The "brush border" – a densely packed array of finger-like projections called microvilli – covers the surfaces of the cells that line our intestines. Vanderbilt University researchers have now discovered how intestinal cells build this specialized structure, which is critical for absorbing ... more

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analytica closes with outstanding results in all areas

Despite a pilot strike, visitors from around the world flocked to the trade-fair center in Munich during the past four days. The reason: the 24th analytica. The trade fair for laboratory technology, analysis and biotechnology attracted more than 34,400 visitors to Munich (compared to 30,481 ... more

Tracing how the embryo takes over

Embryonic development is initially controlled by maternal genetic information stored in the egg. LMU researchers now describe a methodology that allows the succeeding activation of the zygotic genome to be mapped at high resolution. In multicellular organisms, the earliest steps in embryoni ... more

analytica 2014 to focus on food and plastics analysis, genetic analysis and bioanalysis

A first-rate and exciting program of events awaits visitors at the 24th analytica in Munich. From April 1 – 4, the International Trade Fair for Laboratory Technology, Analysis and Biotechnology will once again be a center for key players in science and industry. More than 1,100 exhibitors w ... more

MolecularHealth Partners with GATC Biotech for Genetic Sequencing Technology and Expertise

MolecularHealth announced a unique agreement with GATC Biotech. GATC Biotech will provide protocols, support and extensive training of MolecularHealth’s laboratory staff. Additionally, MolecularHealth will use GATC Biotech’s LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System) in itsnewly opened ... more

Neandertal genome project reaches its goal

An international research team led by Kay Prüfer and Svante Pääbo of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, has determined a high-quality genome sequence of a Neandertal woman. The genome allows detailed insights into the relationships and population his ... more

A protein complex for the long haul

A multiprotein complex called TREX plays a key role in expression of the genetic information. Moreover, as a new study demonstrates – the longer the gene, the greater the need for TREX function. In higher organisms, the genetic information, written in the nucleotide sequences of the heredit ... more

Infected butterflies lead geneticists up the garden path

For animal species that cannot be distinguished using their external characteristics, genetic techniques such as DNA barcoding can help to identify cryptic species. An international team of researchers led by the Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research (UFZ) has brought out an article i ... more

Diaxonhit Enters into Exclusive Partnership Agreement with Japanese Tosoh Group for Marketing Immunoassay Instruments

Diaxonhit strengthens its offering in the field of immunoassays for clinical laboratories with the signing by InGen, its commercialization affiliate, of a partnership agreement with the Japanese group Tosoh Europe NV for the marketing of immunoassay instruments in France and its overseas te ... more

Frost & Sullivan: Diagnostic and Therapeutic Potential of microRNAs Stimulate Need for More Research Tools

Rapid growth in microRNA (miRNA) research over the past two years, owing to its diagnostic and therapeutic potential, has fuelled development in the global miRNA tools and services market. Of the various miRNA technologies, which include quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qRT ... more

Scientists decode mystery sequences involved in gene regulation

Every cell in an organism's body has the same copy of DNA, yet different cells do different things; for example, some function as brain cells, while others form muscle tissue. How can the same DNA make different things happen? A major step forward is being announced today that has implicati ... more

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analytica Vietnam 2015: Vietnam's economy continues to grow

According to Germany Trade & Invest (GTAI), the German association for foreign investment and location marketing, Vietnam plans to become a modern industrial nation by the year 2020. In addition, the southeast Asian threshold country is currently negotiating free trade agreements, amongst o ... more

Nano shake-up

Significant advances have been made in chemotherapy over the past decade, but targeting drugs to cancer cells while avoiding healthy tissues continues to be a major challenge. Nanotechnology has unlocked new pathways for targeted drug delivery, including the use of nanocarriers, or capsules ... more

Convincing performance by CHEMIE.DE at analytica 2014

A complete success - this sums up CHEMIE.DE Information Service's appearance at analytica 2014 in Munich. Europe's largest online information platform for the chemical, life science and analytics industries caught the attention of the visitors with an eye-catching, ideally placed booth and ... more

New technique to sharpen microscope images

The complexity of biology can befuddle even the most sophisticated light microscopes. Biological samples bend light in unpredictable ways, returning difficult-to-interpret information to the microscope and distorting the resulting image. New imaging technology developed at the Howard Hughes ... more

Analytik Jena planning merger by absorption of CyBio AG

Analytik Jena AG is planning to merge the business of its subsidiary CyBio AG, also headquartered in Jena, with its core business in the Life Science business unit. Against this backdrop, CyBio AG will be merged into Analytik Jena AG during the current financial year. A corresponding merger ... more

No compromises: Short, flexible, reusable AFM probe

JILA researchers have engineered a short, flexible, reusable probe for the atomic force microscope (AFM) that enables state-of-the-art precision and stability in picoscale force measurements. Shorter, softer and more agile than standard and recently enhanced AFM probes, the JILA tips will b ... more

Sustainable production of pharmaceutical compounds

European scientists have made ground-breaking discoveries for improving the efficiency of the production of pharmaceuticals through plant biotechnology. Biotechnological production offers a cost-effective and environmentally friendly alternative to the chemical synthesis of rare and complex ... more

Scientists disagree on responsible research

Responsible research has been put firmly on the political agenda with, for instance, EU's Horizon 2020 programme in which all research projects must show how they contribute responsibly to society. New research from the University of Copenhagen reveals that the scientists themselves place g ... more

analytica closes with outstanding results in all areas

Despite a pilot strike, visitors from around the world flocked to the trade-fair center in Munich during the past four days. The reason: the 24th analytica. The trade fair for laboratory technology, analysis and biotechnology attracted more than 34,400 visitors to Munich (compared to 30,481 ... more

Amino acid fingerprints revealed in new study

Some three billion base pairs make up the human genome—the floor plan of life. In 2003, the Human Genome Project announced the successful decryption of this code, a tour de force that continues to supply a stream of insights relevant to human health and disease. Nevertheless, the primary ac ... more

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analytica Vietnam 2015: Vietnam's economy continues to grow

According to Germany Trade & Invest (GTAI), the German association for foreign investment and location marketing, Vietnam plans to become a modern industrial nation by the year 2020. In addition, the southeast Asian threshold country is currently negotiating free trade agreements, amongst o ... more

Toward a faster way to diagnose stroke

When someone suffers from a stroke, a silent countdown begins. A fast diagnosis and treatment can mean the difference between life and death. So scientists are working on a new blood test that one day could rapidly confirm whether someone is having a stroke and what kind. Their report appea ... more

Catching the early spread of breast cancer

When cancer spreads from one part of the body to another, it becomes even more deadly. It moves with stealth and can go undetected for months or years. But a new technology that uses "nano-flares" has the potential to catch these lurking, mobilized tumor cells early on. "We've taken perhaps ... more

Live cell imaging revolutionises disease diagnostics and drug discovery

Tremendous advances in electronics, optics, fluorescent tools, and molecular biology have made live cell imaging technologies more accessible to life scientists looking to understand biological dynamics and visualize cellular events in organisms. The foray of omics technologies and nanotech ... more

Information technology awakens the sleep disorder diagnostic industry

A large pool of undiagnosed patients and the growing population of the elderly in both Europe and North America point to a massive end-user market for sleep disorder diagnostics devices. The market is steadily drawing investors due to the visible tilt in preference from drugs to home care s ... more

Epigenomics and VSA receive approval to market Epi proColon

Epigenomics AG and VSA ALTA COMPLEJIDAD S.A. announced that VSA has received approval to market the Epigenomics Epi proColon® kit for the blood-based detection of colorectal cancer (CRC) in Argentina. “The Epigenomics assay enables VSA to extend its market leading efforts to improve access ... more

Boom in smart pills will reach a new peak by 2018-2020

The increasing need for convenient diagnostic and accurate therapeutic tools is driving innovation in smart pills. While certain smart pill applications, such as imaging and sensing, have been successfully commercialized, others like drug delivery and surgery are yet to be proven clinically ... more

Novel mTOR blood tests for dementia

Cytox Ltd announced the start of two landmark exploratory clinical trials designed to evaluate a new blood assay platform that could potentially assist in the evaluation of an individual’s risk for dementia and Alzheimer’s. The two studies will obtain samples from patients in Europe and in ... more

Diagnosis just a breath away with new laser

University of Adelaide physics researchers have developed a new type of laser that will enable exciting new advances in areas as diverse as breath analysis for disease diagnosis and remote sensing of critical greenhouse gases. Published in the journal Optics Letters, the researchers from th ... more

Cell membrane model studied as future diagnostic tool

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and in Lithuania have used a NIST-developed laboratory model of a simplified cell membrane to accurately detect and measure a protein associated with a serious gynecological disease, bacterial vaginosis (BV), at extrao ... more

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analytica Vietnam 2015: Vietnam's economy continues to grow

According to Germany Trade & Invest (GTAI), the German association for foreign investment and location marketing, Vietnam plans to become a modern industrial nation by the year 2020. In addition, the southeast Asian threshold country is currently negotiating free trade agreements, amongst o ... more

Eppendorf: Sales stable in 2013

In fiscal year 2013, the Eppendorf Group achieved sales of €502.7 million (prior year: €520.2 million). When adjusted for currency effects, sales were only slightly lower than in the previous year (-0.4%). Income from operations (EBIT) decreased to €93.8 million (prior year: €101.5 million) ... more

analytica closes with outstanding results in all areas

Despite a pilot strike, visitors from around the world flocked to the trade-fair center in Munich during the past four days. The reason: the 24th analytica. The trade fair for laboratory technology, analysis and biotechnology attracted more than 34,400 visitors to Munich (compared to 30,481 ... more

Good vibrations: Using light-heated water to deliver drugs

Researchers from the University of California, San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, in collaboration with materials scientists, engineers and neurobiologists, have discovered a new mechanism for using light to activate drug-delivering nanoparticles and other targ ... more

Sartorius Reviews Fiscal 2013 Results

The Sartorius Group closed fiscal 2013 with significant gains in sales revenue and earnings. At the annual press conference in Goettingen, Group CEO Dr. Joachim Kreuzburg emphasized that the company not only achieved all financial targets, but also has successfully moved forward with its Sa ... more

The thousand-droplets test

In the future, an entire chemistry lab could be accommodated in a tiny little droplet. While simple reactions already work in these simplest models of an artificial cell now a group of scientists of the Cluster of Excellence Nanosystems Initiative Munich (NIM) have established and investiga ... more

Altmann Analytik acquires lab supplier Dinkelberg analytics

Munich-based Altmann Analytik GmbH & Co. KG announced that it has acquired Dinkelberg analytics GmbH from Gablingen with effect from January 2014. Dinkelberg analytics was founded in 1922 and has produced for more than 50 years their own lab instruments, such as water baths or vacuum packag ... more

analytica 2014: New special exhibit for occupational health and safety

Many laboratory workers believe they know the dangers of their work inside out. However, the fact that work accidents still occur on a regular basis shows just how important it is to keep abreast of safety issues. For the first time ever, the analytica 2014 is offering the Special Exhibit f ... more

Sartorius appoints internationally experienced laboratory manager

Effective April 1, 2014, Michael Melingo will head marketing, sales and services of the Lab Products & Services Division at Sartorius. He will therefore succeed Dominique Baly, who will retire from the company as planned after reaching retirement age. Michael Melingo will report to CEO and ... more

Successful year for Sartorius

According to preliminary figures for 2013, the Sartorius Group grew dynamically again in 2013 and further increased its profitability. The company fully achieved its financial targets. For the current fiscal year, Sartorius expects positive business development as well. "Fiscal 2013 was a s ... more

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Counterfeit contraceptives found in South America

A survey of emergency contraceptive pills in Peru found that 28 percent of the batches studied were either of substandard quality or falsified. Many pills released the active ingredient too slowly. Others had the wrong active ingredient. One batch had no active ingredient at all. To detect ... more

Cancer stem cells linked to drug resistance

Most drugs used to treat lung, breast and pancreatic cancers also promote drug-resistance and ultimately spur tumor growth. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have discovered a molecule, or biomarker, called CD61 on the surface of drug-resistant tumors ... more

Merck Serono’s President has been appointed to Board of Directors of L’Oréal

Merck Serono announced that Belén Garijo, President & Chief Executive Officer of Merck Serono, has been appointed asan independent Director of L’Oréal for a period of four years. The appointment of Belén Garijo as a new member of the Board of Directors ofL’Oréal was approved by shareholders ... more

Pharmacist-led interventions show high success rates for post-stroke care

A new study from the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry is looking at nurse- and pharmacist-led interventions to improve the standard of care for patients who have suffered minor stroke or transient ischemic attack, also known as “mini stoke.” “What we were finding was that six months or 12 mo ... more

Targeting cancer with a triple threat

Delivering chemotherapy drugs in nanoparticle form could help reduce side effects by targeting the drugs directly to the tumors. In recent years, scientists have developed nanoparticles that deliver one or two chemotherapy drugs, but it has been difficult to design particles that can carry ... more

Potent, puzzling and (now less) toxic: How antifungal drug works

Scientists have solved a decades-old medical mystery – and in the process have found a potentially less toxic way to fight invasive fungal infections, which kill about 1.5 million people a year. The researchers say they now understand the mechanism of action of amphotericin, an antifungal d ... more

Nano shake-up

Significant advances have been made in chemotherapy over the past decade, but targeting drugs to cancer cells while avoiding healthy tissues continues to be a major challenge. Nanotechnology has unlocked new pathways for targeted drug delivery, including the use of nanocarriers, or capsules ... more

Penicillin redux

Penicillin, one of the scientific marvels of the 20th century, is currently losing a lot of battles it once won against bacterial infections. But scientists at the University of South Carolina have just reported a new approach to restoring its combat effectiveness, even against so-called “s ... more

Update on infringement procedure against Roche Registration Ltd.

The European Medicines Agency has concluded its inquiry into alleged non-compliance with pharmacovigilance obligations of Roche Registration Ltd and sent its report on the inquiry to the European Commission for the next steps. The inquiry is part of the infringement procedure against Roche ... more

Recommendation against combined use of medicines affecting the renin-angiotensin system

The European Medicines Agency’s Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) has reviewed the risks of combining different classes of medicines that act on the renin-angiotensin (RAS) system, a hormone system that controls blood pressure and the volume of fluids in the body. These med ... more

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'Chaperone' compounds offer new approach to Alzheimer's treatment

A team of researchers from Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC), Weill Cornell Medical College, and Brandeis University has devised a wholly new approach to the treatment of Alzheimer's disease involving the so-called retromer protein complex. Retromer plays a vital role in neurons, st ... more

Cancer stem cells linked to drug resistance

Most drugs used to treat lung, breast and pancreatic cancers also promote drug-resistance and ultimately spur tumor growth. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have discovered a molecule, or biomarker, called CD61 on the surface of drug-resistant tumors ... more

Key steps linking dietary fats and colon cancer tumor growth

Scientists have shown new genetic evidence that could strengthen the link between the role of dietary fats with colon cancer progression. The study, led by Arizona State University researcher and physician Dr. Raymond DuBois, M.D., Ph.D., has identified a molecular culprit, called peroxisom ... more

Gate for Bacterial Toxins Found

Prof. Dr. Dr. Klaus Aktories and Dr. Panagiotis Papatheodorou from the Institute of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology of the University of Freiburg have discovered the receptor responsible for smuggling the toxin of the bacterium Clostridium perfringens into the cell. Th ... more

New type of barcode could make counterfeiters' lives more difficult

Counterfeiters, beware! Scientists are reporting the development of a new type of inexpensive barcode that, when added to documents or currency, could foil attempts at making forgeries. Although the tags are easy for researchers to make, they still require ingredients you can't exactly find ... more

How intestinal cells build nutrient-absorbing surface

The "brush border" – a densely packed array of finger-like projections called microvilli – covers the surfaces of the cells that line our intestines. Vanderbilt University researchers have now discovered how intestinal cells build this specialized structure, which is critical for absorbing ... more

Brain changes are associated with casual marijuana use

The size and shape of two brain regions involved in emotion and motivation may differ in young adults who smoke marijuana at least once a week, according to a study published in The Journal of Neuroscience. The findings suggest that recreational marijuana use may lead to previously unidenti ... more

Nanocrystalline cellulose modified into an efficient viral inhibitor

Researchers have succeeded in creating a surface on nano-sized cellulose crystals that imitates a biological structure. The surface adsorbs viruses and disables them. The results can prove useful in the development of antiviral ointments and surfaces, for instance. There are many viral dise ... more

Pharmacist-led interventions show high success rates for post-stroke care

A new study from the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry is looking at nurse- and pharmacist-led interventions to improve the standard of care for patients who have suffered minor stroke or transient ischemic attack, also known as “mini stoke.” “What we were finding was that six months or 12 mo ... more

Targeting cancer with a triple threat

Delivering chemotherapy drugs in nanoparticle form could help reduce side effects by targeting the drugs directly to the tumors. In recent years, scientists have developed nanoparticles that deliver one or two chemotherapy drugs, but it has been difficult to design particles that can carry ... more

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