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Researchers at the Fraunhofer Research Institution for Modular Solid State Technologies (EMFT), Munich, have developed a new approach using sensor nanoparticles for the purpose of testing the effects and potential risks of substances in cell cultures.

Bioinformatics scientists led by Johannes Söding from the Gene Center of University of Munich (LMU) have developed new software which can recognize related proteins especially rapidly and precisely. The software can help to predict the properties of proteins more precisely than before.

Interview with BMBF award recipient 2011

Monday, 02 January 2012 11:30

At the award ceremony for the animal welfare research award 2011 presented by the German Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection, InVitroJobs spoke with Dr. Hendrik Reuter, one of the award recipients and head of the department “Experimental Toxicology” at Beiersdorf AG.

A meeting took place recently in London between the ECEAE (European Coalition to End Animal Experiments) and executives from Allergan, the leading manufacturer of botulinum toxin products. It was held to discuss the significant progress made by Allergan towards ending the use of animals for the commercial release of BOTOX products.

The Life & Brain research centre led by the stem cell researcher Prof. Dr. Oliver Brüstle from Bonn, Germany, and the German Centre for Neurogenerative Diseases (DZNE) have successfully applied in vitro methods with the help of induced pluripotent stem cells to unlock the secret to the Machado-Joseph disease, a hereditary movement coordination disorder.

Stem cells found in the heart

Friday, 02 December 2011 10:45

An Australian research team led by Richard P. Harvey from the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute in Darlinghurst, New South Wales, has for the first time discovered stem cells in the heart. The newly discovered stem cells are located in the outer layer of the heart wall and are related to bone marrow stem cells.

This year’s award for replacement and complementary methods for animal experiments was awarded by the state Baden-Württemberg to Dr. Martina Berger from the research laboratory of Prof. Dr. Ulrich Stock, and Martina Zimmermann and Prof. Dr. Ulrich Lauer, all from the University Hospital of Tübingen. The prize includes € 25,000 in funding.

InVitroJobs spoke with Prof. Dr. med. Ulrich Lauer, one of the recipients of this year’s animal welfare research award presented by the state of Baden-Württemberg.

Mechanism of a Group of Jumping Genes solved

Saturday, 19 November 2011 10:08

Researchers of the Department of Medical Biotechnology at the Paul Ehrlich Institute led by Prof. Dr. Gerald Schumann have discovered by which mechanism a group of retrotransposons called SVA elements is distributed in the human genome. Their insights are also significant for stem cell research.

Led by Dr. Michael Mühlebach, and in cooperation with international research groups from the USA, Canada, Singapore and France, researchers from the medical biotechnology department at the Paul-Ehrlich Institute have shed light on how measles viruses penetrate epithelial cells, from where they are expelled via the respiratory tract and infect other humans.