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Light-engineered bacterial shapes could hold key to future labs-on-a-chip

Genetically modified bacteria used as 'microbricks' for building next-gen microscopic devices

17-Aug-2018

Scientists have used light patterns to control the swimming speed of bacteria and direct them to form different shapes. Controlling bacteria in this way means it could be possible to use them as microbricks for building the next generation of microscopic devices. For example, they could be made ...

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Bracco Imaging and Shanghai Pharmaceuticals join forces in the field of ultrasound

23-May-2018

Bracco Imaging S.p.A. and Shanghai Pharmaceuticals Holding Co. Ltd. have signed a collaboration agreement on new R&D activities in China. The collaboration is focused on the exploitation of the potentialities of the Bracco microbubbles technology platform, to support the development of innovative ...

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Nanomaterials: What are the environmental and health risks?

28-Feb-2018

From nanoscale silver to titanium dioxide for air purification, the use of nanomaterials of high commercial relevance proves to have clear benefits as it attracts investments, and raises concerns. 'Nano' sized materials (a nanometre is one millionth of a millimetre) could pose environmental and ...

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How the brain constructs the world

14-Feb-2018

How are raw sensory signals transformed into a brain representation of the world that surrounds us? The question was first posed over 100 years ago, but new experimental strategies make the challenge more exciting than ever. SISSA investigators have now uncovered the contributions to perception ...

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Towards more effective therapies to fight breast cancer

22-May-2017

Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in women in Italy and in the world. Today, however, it seems possible to design more selective and effective drugs through numerical simulations. This is what has been revealed by research carried out by the "Istituto Officina dei Materiali" (IOM) ...

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Italian-style coffee reduces the risk of prostate cancer

27-Apr-2017

Add another typical component of the Italian way of life to the long list of foods characterizing one of the most healthy populations in the world. This time it's coffee, prepared the Italian way. A research by the Department of Epidemiology and Prevention - I.R.C.C.S. Neuromed, Italy, in ...

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It is easier for a DNA knot...

30-Mar-2017

Anyone who has been on a sailing boat knows that tying a knot is the best way to secure a rope to a hook and prevent its slippage. The same applies to sewing threads where knots are introduced to prevent them slipping through two pieces of fabric. How, then, can long DNA filaments, which have ...

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Recipharm invests in its Italian API facility

03-Nov-2016

Recipharm has announced an investment of over €1.2 million to enhance its small scale GMP active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) development and manufacturing capabilities in Paderno Dugnano, Italy. The investment, which is in response to growing demand for Recipharm’s custom synthesis and early ...

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Nebivolol prevents anthracycline-induced cardiotoxicity

30-Aug-2016

Nebivolol prevents anthracycline-induced cardiotoxicity, according to research presented at ESC Congress 2016 by Professor Mirela Cleopatra Tomescu, a cardiologist at Victor Babes University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Timisoara, Romania.1 "Breast cancer is a major public health problem worldwide, ...

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Dianax receives €2M grant from EU

The EU funds will allow Dianax to accelerate development and move into industrial phase

08-Jul-2016

Dianax, the Italian medtech diagnostic start-up, received a €2million grant as part of the European Union framework programme supporting research and innovation in small and medium companies - Horizon 2020 SME. Dianax is developing a portable diagnostic lab-on-chip for the prevention and ...

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