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Stem cell research delivers new points of attack against Parkinson’s disease

In a seven-year research effort, an international team of scientists has clarified the cause for certain genetic forms of Parkinson’s disease, and has identified potential pharmacological treatments. The interdisciplinary research team, led by Prof. Rejko Krüger, of the Luxembourg Centre for Systems...

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QIAGEN fully acquires NeuMoDx Molecular

QIAGEN N.V. announced the acquisition of the remaining 80.1% of diagnostics instruments company NeuMoDx Molecular, Inc. for $248 million in cash. The move rounds out QIAGEN’s portfolio of automated molecular testing solutions based on the proven PCR technology. The transaction was completed after QI...

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Why do hospital germs bind more strongly to certain surfaces than to others?

Multiresistant bacteria are a serious problem in hospital and healthcare environments. By forming a biofilm, these pathogens can colonize door handles and light switches and their presence on medical implants can lead to serious cases of post-operative infection. A team of physicists at Saarland Uni...

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“Honey, I shrunk the detector”

Researchers at Helmholtz Zentrum München and the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have developed the world’s smallest ultrasound detector. It is based on miniaturized photonic circuits on top of a silicon chip. With a size 100 times smaller than an average human hair, the new detector can visual...

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Structure of ATPase, the world’s smallest turbine, solved

The chemical ATP, adenosine triphosphate, is the fuel that powers all life. ATP is found in all known forms of life, where it provides energy to drive muscle contraction, impulse propagation and chemical synthesis. Despite ATP’s central role, the structure of the enzyme generating ATP, F1Fo-ATP synt...

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A protein for the mass production of antibodies

Scientists from the Institute of Molecular Biology of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the University of British Columbia have discovered a major role of the protein JAGN1 in antibody production and the body’s ability to mount a defense against pathogens, including viruses. Antibodies play a fu...

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Spin-off project successfully developed a COVID-19 vaccine candidate

With the current pandemic crisis, the lack of worldwide vaccine manufacturing capacity has become a serious concern. ContiVir, a spin-off project at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems Magdeburg, has successfully produced a virus-like particle as a COVID-19 vaccine can...

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Merck Well-Positioned for Further Growth

Merck expects to deliver continued profitable growth in the coming years despite a challenging market environment. Today at its virtual Capital Markets Day, the company presented to analysts and investors the progress made in realizing the growth and expansion phase of its strategy for the period un...

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Sport-induced myokines fight cancer cells

As well as having a positive effect on the body and mind, sport and exercise also appear to directly influence the onset and progress of cancer. A team of researchers at Universitätsklinikum Erlangen and Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) has demonstrated that anti-tumour mechan...

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Antibiotics affect balance of intestinal microbiome

Treatment with antibiotics has a lasting effect on the microbiome in the digestive system. While the bacterial flora is largely regenerated within 30 to 90 days after drug treatment, its interaction with resident fungi changes. In a combination of bioinformatic analyses and laboratory experiments, a...

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