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Image: Neurons (greenish yellow) attach to silk-based scaffold (blue) creating functional networks throughout the scaffold pores (dark areas) (Photo courtesy of Tufts University).

Functional 3D Brain-Like Tissue Model Bioengineered

Researchers reported on the development of the first complex, 3D model comprised of brain-like cortical tissue that displays biochemical and electrophysiologic responses, and can function in the laboratory for months.   More...
19 Aug 2014

Grafted Human Stem Cells Experience Drastic Growth in Spinal Cords of Rats

Scientists have reported that neurons derived from human induced pluripotent stem cells and grafted into rats after a spinal cord injury produced cells with tens of thousands of axons extending virtually the entire length of the animals’ central nervous system.  More...
18 Aug 2014

Evolutionary Changes Reproduced in the Lab by Manipulating Embryonic Development of Mice

Researchers have been able experimentally to reproduce in mice morphologic alterations that have taken millions of years to occur.  More...
18 Aug 2014
Image: Induced pluripotent stem cells—known as iPS cells, and which act very much like embryonic stem cells—are here growing into heart cells (blue) and nerve cells (green) (Photo courtesy of the Gladstone Institutes/Chris Goodfellow).

Stem Cell Advance May Enhance the Process of Tissue Regeneration

A new stem-cell discovery might one day lead to a more streamlined way to obtain stem cells, which then could be used in the development of replacement tissue for declining body parts. More...
12 Aug 2014
Image: Techniques known as dimensionality reduction can help find patterns in the recorded activity of thousands of neurons. Instead of look at all responses at once, these methods find a smaller set of dimensions, in this case, three, that capture as much structure in the data as possible. Each trace in these graphics represents the activity of the whole brain during a single presentation of a moving stimulus, and different versions of the analysis capture structure related either to the passage of time (left) or the direction of the motion (right). The raw data are the same in both cases, but the analyses found different patterns (Photo courtesy of Jeremy Freeman, Nikita Vladimirov, Takashi Kawashima, Yu Mu, Nicholas).

Tool Library Application Helps Neuroscientists Interpret Big Data

To help make sense of the big data, neuroscientists can now exploit the power of distributed computing with Thunder, a library of tools.  More...
06 Aug 2014

EU Data Protection Regulation May Put European Cancer Research at Risk

A European oncologic society’s members are worried that a proposed European Union data protection regulation could make cancer research unfeasible and add a substantial burden to both physicians and cancer patients.  More...
05 Aug 2014
Image: A new method makes it possible to establish very rapidly what substances—proteins and others—a product in powder form contains. For example, a quick analysis of a washing powder developed for the Danish market revealed a high level of zeolite material, which is used to bind limestone from the hard water that is so prevalent in Denmark, while a sample from Morocco contained none of this material. Analysis of another washing powder revealed that “active oxygen is simply the compound sodium percarbonate, i.e., bonded hydrogen peroxide (Photo courtesy of Iben Julie Schmidt).

X-Ray Powder Diffraction Technology Developed for Molecule Identification

A Danish researcher has developed a technique that uses X-rays for the rapid identification of substances present in an indeterminate powder.   More...
05 Aug 2014

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