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  • Understanding yeast with probiotic properties

    Researchers led by Prof. Johan Thevelein (VIB-KU Leuven Center for Microbiology) have discovered that Saccharomyces boulardii, a yeast with probiotic properties, produces uniquely excessive amounts of acetic acid, the main component of vinegar. They were also able to find the gene…

    2019-09-10
  • Researchers find a weak spot in cancer cells

    Cancer cells form tumors. This statement, simple as it seems, hides a complex failure of normal immune responses that should eliminate tumor cells from the body before they ever form viable cancer masses. In other words, the tumor fools the body into accepting it as a normal part …

    2019-09-10
  • How CRISPR is Revolutionizing Biomedical Research

    The CRISPR/Cas9 system, usually simply referred to as CRISPR (which stands for clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats) represents an example of adaptive immune system that makes bacteria and archaea resistant to exogenous viruses or plasmids. Recently, thriving …

    2019-09-03
  • Biomaterials smarten up with CRISPR

    The CRISPR-Cas system has become the go-to tool for researchers who study genes in an ever-growing list of organisms, and is being used to develop new gene therapies that potentially can correct a defect at a single nucleotide position of the vast reaches of the genome. It is also…

    2019-08-29
  • Harnessing power of CRISPR to control behavior of DNA-responsive materials

    The CRISPR-Cas system has become the go-to tool for researchers who study genes in an ever-growing list of organisms, and is being used to develop new gene therapies that potentially can correct a defect at a single nucleotide position of the vast reaches of the genome. It is also…

    2019-08-28
  • CRISPR cuts turn gels into biological watchdogs

    Is there anything CRISPR can’t do? Scientists have wielded the gene-editing tool to make scores of genetically modified organisms, as well as to track animal development, detect diseases and control pests. Now, they have found yet another application for it: using CRISPR to crea…

    2019-08-26
  • New CRISPR Method Advances the Clock for Genetic Editing

    If genetic editing wasn’t crazy enough for your reality, a recent breakthrough in CRISPR technology has paved the way for editing entire gene networks in a single step. While this discovery will likely shorten the timeframes required for finding cures for deadly illnesses, it ca…

    2019-08-26
  • Study could lead to new strategies for slowing the growth of glioblastoma

    Researchers are hopeful that new strategies could emerge for slowing the growth and recurrence of the most common primary brain cancer in adults, glioblastoma, based on the results of a study published today in Cancer Research. Research led by Toronto's St. Michael's Hospital and …

    2019-08-23
  • Research opens possibility of developing single-dose gene therapy for inherited arrhythmias

    Researchers at Boston Children's Hospital report creating the first human tissue model of an inherited heart arrhythmia, replicating two patients' abnormal heart rhythms in a dish, and then suppressing the arrhythmia with gene therapy in a mouse model. Their work, published in two…

    2019-08-23

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