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Genomics/Proteomics

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Image: A pancreatic cancer cell. The nucleus is stained blue, while the fibers of the cytoskeleton are labelled with a red fluorescent dye (Photo courtesy of Dr. Nathalie Giese, Chirurgische Universitätsklinik Heidelberg, Germany).

Loss of MicroRNA Induces Pro-Metastatic Changes in Pancreatic Cancer Cells

Reduced activity of a specific microRNA (miRNA) is apparent in chronically inflamed pancreatic tissue and in early stages of pancreatic cancer (pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma or PDAC) even before tumor formation.... Read more

Drug Discovery

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Image: ProAgio (green) binding to integrin v3 (Photo courtesy of Georgia State University).

Experimental Drug Stops Cancer Growth by Activating Integrin-Based Apoptosis

An experimental drug blocks tumor growth by binding to a novel site on the surface receptor integrin alphavbeta3, which activates the apoptotic factor caspase 8 and leads to the death of the cancer cells.... Read more

Biochemistry

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Image: A space-filling model of the anticonvulsant drug carbamazepine (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons).

Wastewater May Contaminate Crops with Potentially Dangerous Pharmaceuticals

Reclaimed wastewater used to irrigate crops is contaminated with pharmaceutical residues that can be detected in the urine of those who consumed such produce. Investigators at the Hebrew University... Read more

Lab Technologies

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Image: A three-dimensional printer adapted for stem cell production (Photo courtesy of Nano Dimension).

Israeli Developers Demonstrate Prototype Three-Dimensional Bioprinter

Two Israeli companies have combined efforts in the development of three-dimensional printer technology for the production of stem cells. The three-dimensional print electronics developer Nano Dimension... Read more

Business

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Group Formed to Promote Development of Drugs to Treat Schizophrenia

A group of German drug developers has agreed to collaborate in the search for new therapeutic agents for the treatment of schizophrenia. Although anti-psychotic medications and psychosocial interventions can effectively reduce symptoms of schizophrenia and improve patients’ lives, there remains a strong need for new... Read more
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