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Can your blood type affect your memory?

People with blood type AB may be more likely to develop memory loss in later years than people with other blood types, according to a study published in the September 10, 2014, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. AB is the least common blood ... more

Ebola paper demonstrates disease transmission rate

New research from Arizona State University and the University of Tokyo that analyzes transmission rates of Ebola in West African countries shows how rapidly the disease is spreading. Researchers Gerardo Chowell-Puente, ASU School of Human Evolution and Social Change Associate Professor, and ... more

New defence mechanism against viruses discovered

Researchers have discovered that a known quality control mechanism in human, animal and plant cells is active against viruses. They think it might represent one of the oldest defence mechanisms against viruses in evolutionary history. When it comes to defence against viruses, the immune sys ... more

Mice and men share a diabetes gene

A joint work by EPFL, ETH Zürich and the CHUV has identified a pathological process that takes place in both mice and humans towards one of the most common diseases that people face in the industrialized world: type 2 diabetes. This work was conducted in Johan Auwerx's (EPFL) and Ruedi Aebe ... more

Diabetes researchers find faster way to create insulin-producing cells

University of British Columbia, in collaboration with BetaLogics Venture, a division of Janssen Research & Development, LLC, has published a study highlighting a protocol to convert stem cells into insulin-producing cells. The new procedure could be an important step in the fight against Ty ... more

Evotec and CHDI Foundation extend ongoing collaboration to fight Huntington's disease

Evotec AG announced that CHDI Foundation, Inc. has extended and restated its collaboration with Evotec through 2017. The collaboration-which aims to find new treatments for Huntington's disease, an inherited neurodegenerative disorder-means that CHDI will fund up to 52 full-time scientistsa ... more

Malaria-medications from waste

All of the best currently available pharmaceuticals against malaria can now be produced in pure form using a single process, even from the waste of the plant-extraction. The method which has been developed allows for the complete production of anti-malaria medicines, in a continuous fashion ... more

Researchers watch lipid molecules in motion

Researchers from Göttingen in collaboration with colleagues from Augsburg  have 'filmed' the movement of lipid molecules using an X-ray stroboscope at DESY. In the scientific journal Physical Review Letters, researchers lead by Professor Tim Salditt of the University of Göttingen report tha ... more

Gibbon genome sequenced

An international team of researchers that includes Christian Roos, Markus Brameier and Lutz Walter from the German Primate Center (DPZ) in Göttingen, have decoded the genome of gibbons from Southeast Asia. With this, the entire genetic information of five different species of this primate f ... more

Roche’s RoACTEMRA receives EU approval for use in patients with early rheumatoid arthritis (RA)

Roche announced that RoACTEMRA (tocilizumab) has received approval from the European Commission for use in patients with severe, active and progressive RA who previously have not been treated with methotrexate (MTX). Treating the disease at this critical early phase may prevent irreversible ... more

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Gibbon genome sequenced

An international team of researchers that includes Christian Roos, Markus Brameier and Lutz Walter from the German Primate Center (DPZ) in Göttingen, have decoded the genome of gibbons from Southeast Asia. With this, the entire genetic information of five different species of this primate f ... more

Highly automated live cell imaging speeds up the search for new drugs

Fraunhofer FIT will present the latest version of its Zeta Fluorescence Image Analysis software at MipTec. Zeta, now extended to a software platform, supports the complete work process of finding new pharmaceutical agents. At MipTec, Fraunhofer FIT will demo advanced Zeta applications in ca ... more

Is the Ebola Virus a Real Threat for Europe and the US?

“The Zaire Ebola virus causes a highly contagious and lethal hemorrhagic fever leading to the death of the infected individuals. The recent outbreak of the virus in West Africa has alarmed the world, especially Europe and the US, owing to the geographical speed of the infection spread and h ... more

Malvern Instruments completes acquisitions

Malvern Instruments Ltd has announced that it has completed the acquisition of MicroCal from GE Healthcare Life Sciences and has also purchased the Archimedes particle characterization system from Affinity Biosensors LLC (Santa Barbara, CA). Both of these developments extend Malvern’s portf ... more

QIAGEN adds promising genomic biomarkers to pipeline

QIAGEN N.V. announced it has acquired an exclusive global license to the biomarker SF3B1 from the University of Tokyo. SF3B1 is believed to play a critical role in the prognosis of patients with myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), a group of hematological cancers in which bone marrow does not ... more

Zenith Epigenetics Appoints Julie Cherrington as President and CEO

Zenith Epigenetics Corp. announced that it has appointed Julie Cherrington PhD to act as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Zenith Epigenetics Corp. Julie has an extensive background leading companies focused on the discovery and development of novel cancer therapeutics and is wel ... more

GENALICE and deCODE Genetics enter into a partnership for population wide genomic analysis

GENALICE announced it is partnering with deCODE Genetics to facilitate the large-scale testing of its unique DNA data processing software solution, GENALICE MAP. After a first successful round of evaluating GENALICE MAP on speed and quality, both parties agreed to extend the evaluation to i ... more

Ötzi’s “non-human” DNA

Ötzi’s human genome was decoded from a hip bone sample taken from the 5,300 year old mummy. However the tiny sample weighing no more than 0.1 g provides so much more information. A team of scientists from EURAC in Bolzano/Bozen together with colleagues from the University of Vienna successf ... more

Pseudogenes may provide clearer understanding of biomarkers

Alas, the thankless pseudogene. Dysfunctional, unloved and seemingly of little use, these poor-cousin relatives of genes have lost their protein-coding abilities. They contain material not essential for an organism's survival and are the "last stop" for removal of genomic waste. Not any mor ... more

Identifying microbial species

Millions of microbial species populate the world, but so far only a few have been identified due to the inability of most microbes to grow in the laboratory. Edgar Goluch, an engineer, and Slava Epstein, a biologist, aim to change this. The pair, both researchers at Northeastern University, ... more

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Diabetes researchers find faster way to create insulin-producing cells

University of British Columbia, in collaboration with BetaLogics Venture, a division of Janssen Research & Development, LLC, has published a study highlighting a protocol to convert stem cells into insulin-producing cells. The new procedure could be an important step in the fight against Ty ... more

Central biobank for drug research

For the development of new drugs it is crucial to work with stem cells, as these allow scientists to study the effects of new active pharmaceutical ingredients. But it has always been difficult to derive enough stem cells of the right quality and in the right timeframe. A central biobank is ... more

IMGM Laboratories GmbH announces the appointment of Dr. Michael Bonin as Managing Director

The genomic service provider IMGM Laboratories GmbH is pleased to announce Dr. Michael Bonin (40) as additional Managing Director effective August 1st 2014. Michael Bonin will head the scientific and technical development of the IMGM Laboratories GmbH activities and will direct the business ... more

Cenix BioScience and Metanomics Health sign research agreement

Cenix BioScience GmbH announced that it has signed a research framework agreement with Metanomics Health GmbH, a BASF Group company, focused on comprehensive metabolite profiling services and the development of metabolomic biomarkers.  As the agreement’s first work assignment, Metanomics He ... more

Miriam Monge to Join Sartorius Stedim Biotech as Director

Sartorius Stedim Biotech (SSB) announced the appointment of Miriam Monge as Director of Marketing for SSB’s Integrated Solutions unit. In this newly created position, Monge will focus on sharpening SSB’s profile as an integrated solution provider for the biopharmaceutical industry. Miriam M ... more

Removing programming material after inducing stem cells could improve their regeneration ability

Human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) have great potential in the field of regenerative medicine because they can be coaxed to turn into specific cells; however, the new cells don’t always act as anticipated. They sometimes mutate, develop into tumors or produce other negative side ... more

Messe München International takes over one of India's leading trade fairs for laboratory technology

Messe München International is strengthening its portfolio of events in the future market of India by taking over India Lab Expo, one of the leading trade fairs for laboratory technology, analysis and biotechnology on the Indian subcontinent. For the first time ever, this year's India Lab E ... more

Researchers block plant hormone

Researchers trying to get new information about the metabolism of plants can switch off individual genes and study the resulting changes. However, Erich Kombrink from the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research in Cologne and Markus Kaiser from the University of Duisburg-Essen adop ... more

Efficient production of hydrogen by algae

Microalgae need only sunlight and water for the production of hydrogen. However, in order to make hydrogen production by microalgae economically feasible their efficiency has to be increased by 1-2 orders of magnitude. In the current issue of Energy and Environmental Science scientists from ... more

Miltenyi Biotec acquires gene therapy assets from Lentigen Corporation

Miltenyi Biotec announced that it has acquired the lentiviral vector manufacturing business and related assets from US company Lentigen Corporation, a global leader in lentiviral technology for cell and gene therapy applications. The acquisition further strengthens Miltenyi Biotec’s portfol ... more

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Mice and men share a diabetes gene

A joint work by EPFL, ETH Zürich and the CHUV has identified a pathological process that takes place in both mice and humans towards one of the most common diseases that people face in the industrialized world: type 2 diabetes. This work was conducted in Johan Auwerx's (EPFL) and Ruedi Aebe ... more

Electronic nose can detect sub-groups of asthma in children

An electronic nose can be used to successfully detect different sub-groups of asthmatic children, according to a new study. The new research, presented at the European Respiratory Society (ERS) International Congress in Munich (7 September 2014), is part of the U-BIOPRED (Unbiased biomarker ... more

Food analysis and diagnostics are hot topics at analytica China 2014

analytica China, International Trade Fair for Laboratory Technology, Analysis, Biotechnology and Diagnostics, opens its gates at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC) for the seventh time from September 24–26, 2014. This year's focus topics are food analysis and diagnostics. Am ... more

Faster, cheaper tests for sickle cell

Within minutes after birth, every child in the U.S. undergoes a battery of tests designed to diagnose a host of conditions, including sickle cell disease. Thousands of children born in the developing world, however, aren't so lucky, meaning many suffer and die from the disease each year. A. ... more

Predemtec GmbH receives seed financing for developing a blood test to diagnose Alzheimer`s Disease

Predemtec GmbH develops a blood test for a reliable diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. In July 2014 the start-up received a seed financing from High-Tech Gruenderfonds (HTGF). The seed investment will be used to finalize the first test into a marketable product and to expand the scope of the ... more

QIAGEN adds promising genomic biomarkers to pipeline

QIAGEN N.V. announced it has acquired an exclusive global license to the biomarker SF3B1 from the University of Tokyo. SF3B1 is believed to play a critical role in the prognosis of patients with myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), a group of hematological cancers in which bone marrow does not ... more

Implandata Announces Successful Implantation of Micro-Sensor for Intraocular Pressure Measurement in Glaucoma Patient

Implandata Ophthalmic Products GmbH reports the successful implantation of the first patient within the ARGOS-02 clinical study at Augenklinik Bellevue in Kiel, Germany.  In the ARGOS-02 clinical study, six eye centers in Germany are currently recruiting primary open angle glaucoma patients ... more

Dangers of desert dust: New diagnostic tool for valley fever

On July 5, 2011, a massive wall of dust, ("haboob," in Arabic), blanketed Phoenix, Arizona, creating an awesome spectacle, (or stubborn nuisance, depending on your perspective). Dust storms are a common occurrence in the arid desert environments of the American Southwest. But windborne dust ... more

New blood test identifies risk “Sudden Cardiac Death”

UAntwerp (University of Antwerp), UZA (Antwerp University Hospital), and Multiplicom NV together developed a blood test to determine the genetic risk of “Sudden Cardiac Death” (SCD). This test, called PED MASTR, is already in use at the center of medical genetics of UZA/UAntwerp and will be ... more

Merck to Collaborate with Sysmex Inostics on a Blood-Based RAS Biomarker Test

Merck announced that the company has signed an agreement to collaborate with Sysmex Inostics GmbH for the development and commercialization of a blood-based RAS biomarker test for patients with metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC). Blood-based biomarker testing is a faster and easier approac ... more

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Messe München International takes over one of India's leading trade fairs for laboratory technology

Messe München International is strengthening its portfolio of events in the future market of India by taking over India Lab Expo, one of the leading trade fairs for laboratory technology, analysis and biotechnology on the Indian subcontinent. For the first time ever, this year's India Lab E ... more

Bochem Increasingly Using New Media

Bochem Instrumente GmbH presents sections of its overall product spectrum in various new videos. The recently finished productions provide a compact overview of the product groups of lab jacks, electrical lifts, containers as well as stands and clamps. They can be found on the company’s web ... more

Merger of CyBio AG into Analytik Jena AG Completed

The merger of CyBio AG into Analytik Jena AG became effective upon entry into the commercial register of Analytik Jena AG (commercial register of the Registry Court of Jena, HRB 200027). As a result, CyBio AG is dissolved as an independent company. In the future, the Life Science business u ... more

LABVOLUTION – the new lab technology show in Hannover

Deutsche Messe is launching LABVOLUTION, a new trade fair to be staged every two years as amajor platform for the world of lab technology and equipment. LABVOLUTIONmakes its debut from 6 to 8 October 2015 at the Hannover Exhibition Center in Hannover, Germany, where it will take place every ... more

Automating Laboratory-On-A-Chip To Cut Healthcare Costs

A research team at the University of California, Riverside has created a computer programming language that will automate “laboratory-on-a-chip” technologies used in DNA sequencing, drug discovery, virus detection and other biomedical applications.“If you think of the beginning of computers ... more

Reorganization of the Executive Board of Eppendorf AG

The Executive Board of Eppendorf AG is reshaping in order to be optimally equipped to meet the future demands of the market. Dr. Dirk Ehlers, Chairman of the Executive Board of the Eppendorf Group, will leave the company by mutual agreement. Detmar Ammermann (Chief Financial Officer) will r ... more

New microscope sees what others can't

Microscopes don't exactly lie, but their limitations affect the truths they can tell. For example, scanning electron microscopes (SEMs) simply can't see materials that don't conduct electricity very well, and their high energies can actually damage some types of samples. In an effort to ext ... more

A lab in your pocket

When you get sick, your physician may take a sample of your blood, send it to the lab and wait for results. In the near future, however, doctors may be able to run those tests almost instantly on a piece of plastic about the size of credit card. These labs-on-a-chip would not only be quick— ... more

Sartorius with Gains

Sartorius got off to a good start in fiscal 2014, with gains in order intake and sales revenue. In constant currencies, Group sales revenue rose 6.3% and order intake increased 4.9%. Despite negative currency impacts, operating Profit for the Group also grew 2.0%; its respective margin afte ... more

Turning smart phones into microscopes

Australian scientists have invented a simple and cheap way of making a high-powered lens that can transform a smart phone into a high-resolution microscope. Costing less than a cent, the lenses promise a revolution in science and medicine in developing countries and remote areas. The lens f ... more

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Evotec and CHDI Foundation extend ongoing collaboration to fight Huntington's disease

Evotec AG announced that CHDI Foundation, Inc. has extended and restated its collaboration with Evotec through 2017. The collaboration-which aims to find new treatments for Huntington's disease, an inherited neurodegenerative disorder-means that CHDI will fund up to 52 full-time scientistsa ... more

Malaria-medications from waste

All of the best currently available pharmaceuticals against malaria can now be produced in pure form using a single process, even from the waste of the plant-extraction. The method which has been developed allows for the complete production of anti-malaria medicines, in a continuous fashion ... more

Roche’s RoACTEMRA receives EU approval for use in patients with early rheumatoid arthritis (RA)

Roche announced that RoACTEMRA (tocilizumab) has received approval from the European Commission for use in patients with severe, active and progressive RA who previously have not been treated with methotrexate (MTX). Treating the disease at this critical early phase may prevent irreversible ... more

Evotec announces update on DiaPep277

Evotec AG was informed that US company Hyperion Therapeutics, Inc. is terminating the development of DiaPep277® for newly diagnosed Type 1 diabetes. In a press release published by Hyperion on 08 September 2014 at market opening in the US, the company states that it has uncovered evidence t ... more

Roche announces change in Board of Directors

Roche announced that Arthur D. Levinson has resigned from the Board of Directors, effective immediately. Arthur D. Levinson made this decision so as to avoid any conflict of interest given his role as Chief Executive Officer at Calico.   "I would like to thank Art for his many important con ... more

MercaChem to acquire Prague business from Synthon

Mercachem announced that it has agreed to acquire Synthon’s Prague-based laboratory and pilot scale operations for the manufacturing of active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) under cGMP.  The acquisition will allow Mercachem to expand on its current activities and provide its customers wit ... more

Allergopharma and S-TARget therapeutics conclude licensing agreement

Allergopharma, the Merck Business Unit Allergy, and S-TARget therapeutics (S-TARget), an Austrian biotechnology company which develops therapeutic preparations for all forms of allergies, have signed an exclusive licensing agreement. The main focus of this cooperation is the use of S-TARget ... more

New Merck Headquarters Starts Taking Shape

The expansion of the Merck site in Darmstadt into a contemporary global headquarters announced at the end of 2013 is clearly taking shape. At a groundbreaking ceremony, Matthias Bürk, Head of Human Resources Germany at Merck and responsible for the headquarters refurbishment, as well as Dar ... more

Merck Serono Announces Groundbreaking of New Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Facility in China

Merck Serono held the groundbreaking ceremony for its new pharmaceutical manufacturing facility in Nantong, China. The new facility, which will be the Group’s second-largest pharmaceutical manufacturing facility worldwide, will focus on the bulk production and packaging of Glucophage®, Conc ... more

Janssen Affiliate Cilag GmbH International Acquires Covagen AG

Cilag GmbH International, an affiliate of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, announced that it has acquired Covagen AG, a privately-held, biopharmaceutical company specializing in the development of multispecific protein therapeutics through the FynomAb® technology p ... more

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Can your blood type affect your memory?

People with blood type AB may be more likely to develop memory loss in later years than people with other blood types, according to a study published in the September 10, 2014, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. AB is the least common blood ... more

Ebola paper demonstrates disease transmission rate

New research from Arizona State University and the University of Tokyo that analyzes transmission rates of Ebola in West African countries shows how rapidly the disease is spreading. Researchers Gerardo Chowell-Puente, ASU School of Human Evolution and Social Change Associate Professor, and ... more

New defence mechanism against viruses discovered

Researchers have discovered that a known quality control mechanism in human, animal and plant cells is active against viruses. They think it might represent one of the oldest defence mechanisms against viruses in evolutionary history. When it comes to defence against viruses, the immune sys ... more

Mice and men share a diabetes gene

A joint work by EPFL, ETH Zürich and the CHUV has identified a pathological process that takes place in both mice and humans towards one of the most common diseases that people face in the industrialized world: type 2 diabetes. This work was conducted in Johan Auwerx's (EPFL) and Ruedi Aebe ... more

Diabetes researchers find faster way to create insulin-producing cells

University of British Columbia, in collaboration with BetaLogics Venture, a division of Janssen Research & Development, LLC, has published a study highlighting a protocol to convert stem cells into insulin-producing cells. The new procedure could be an important step in the fight against Ty ... more

Spread of Ebola beyond Africa likely, researchers predict

As the Ebola outbreak in West Africa continues to spread, isolated cases will likely make their way to the United States, with new estimates showing there is a nearly 20 percent chance this will occur by the end of September, according to researchers from several institutions, including the ... more

Less effective DNA repair process takes over as mice age

As we and other vertebrates age, our DNA accumulates mutations and becomes rearranged, which may result in a variety of age-related illnesses, including cancers. Biologists Vera Gorbunova and Andei Seluanov have now discovered one reason for the increasing DNA damage: the primary repair pro ... more

Rapid and durable protection against ebola virus with new vaccine regimens

One shot of an experimental vaccine made from two Ebola virus gene segments incorporated into a chimpanzee cold virus vector (called chimp adenovirus type 3 or ChAd3) protected all four macaque monkeys exposed to high levels of Ebola virus 5 weeks after inoculation, report National Institut ... more

How quickly viruses can contaminate buildings and how to stop them

Using tracer viruses, researchers found that contamination of just a single doorknob or table top results in the spread of viruses throughout office buildings, hotels, and health care facilities. Within 2 to 4 hours, the virus could be detected on 40 to 60 percent of workers and visitors in ... more

Synthetic messenger boosts immune system

Specific immune cells, known as T lymphocytes, have to be activated so that the body can develop long-term protection against infections. Previously, it was believed that this process only took place in the lymph nodes and the spleen. But now scientists from Klinikum rechts der Isar at Tech ... more

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