A research team headed by the Paul Ehrlich Institute in Langen, Germany, has generated induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) from a healthy person and two people with rare monogenetic diseases. By comparing the cells between healthy and sick people, it is possible to gain important insights into the processes involved in diseases and the immune response against HIV.

Researchers at the University of Kaiserslautern are working to improve the viability of 3D printed cells. For this purpose, they are developing a micro-electromechanical system, whose electric fields are influencing the growing cells.

Pacemaker cells derived from fat cells

Monday, 13 January 2020 14:10

Scientists at the University of Houston, Texas, have used three transcription factors to turn fat cells into pacemaker-like cells.

FRAME Summer Studentship Programme 2020

Friday, 10 January 2020 15:34

FRAME (Fund for the Replacement of Animals in Medical Experiments) is an independent charity dedicated to promoting the Three Rs and the development of new techniques that will replace the need for laboratory animals in medical and scientific research, education, and testing. The FRAME Summer Studentship Programme has been developed to support undergraduates in undertaking summer research projects in an area relating to the development of alternative methods.

Starting this month, the California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act, passed in 2018, prohibits the sale of cosmetics tested on animals.

The PETA International Science Consortium Ltd. (PISC) is offering a travel award to provide a student or early-career scientist the opportunity to attend the Summer School on Innovative
Approaches in Science happening June 22-25, 2020 at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, US.

Professor Dagmar Fischer from the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena is the new president of the German Pharmaceutical Society (DPhG).

In addition to her studies on the interaction of nanoparticulate drug forms with different cell types and biological barriers, such as human skin or intestines, Dagmar Fischer is also researching alternative models to animal experiments.

The United Nations (UN) subcommittee on the Transport of Dangerous Goods has decided to allow testing on engineered skin rather than on animals to identify correct packing requirements for corrosive chemicals. The proposal was made by the JRC on behalf of the European Union.

In an international project, scientists from the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission have collaborated on a high-quality ecotoxicological database called EnviroTox, which aims to improve the environmental risk assessment of chemicals.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released an updated version of its List of Alternative Test Methods and Strategies (or New Approach Methodologies [NAMs]).