Cell Biology
Scientists in the Lab: Featuring Rebecca Fleeman
This month, ScienceBoard is featuring scientists in the laboratory to celebrate their important contributions to the scientific community. We are excited to introduce our first featured scientist of this month, Rebecca Fleeman of Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, PA.  Discuss
Nanoparticles direct 'suicide genes' to treat brain tumors in children
Researchers from Johns Hopkins University report a bioengineered nanoparticle that successfully delivers a "suicide gene" to pediatric brain tumor cells implanted in the brains of mice. Details of the nanoparticle treatment were published in the January 2020 edition of Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology and Medicine.  Discuss
Improving melanoma immunotherapies by regulating Treg proliferation
A new pathway to regulating anti-tumor immunity and increasing the effectiveness of PD-1 therapies was identified by scientists at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute. The results were published in Nature Communications on January 7.  Discuss
Researchers elucidate mechanotransduction pathways of transmembrane proteins
Researchers from Imperial College London, Queen Mary University of London, and Tampere University in Finland present new mechanistic pathways for transmembrane proteins with implications in drug discovery and development. The results of the study were published in Nature Materials on January 6.  Discuss
Researchers work out the early steps that drive malignancy
Researchers from Yale University have identified cellular characteristics that lead to the early stages of malignancy. They state that in at least one form of blood cancer, cells with cancer-causing lesions can remain normal until cell division speeds up the process. The results were published in Nature Communications on December 18.  Discuss
New CRISPR system efficiently battles antibiotic resistance
Researchers from the University of California San Diego have developed a brand new CRISPR-based gene-drive system that dramatically increases the efficiency of inactivation of genes responsible for antibiotic resistance. The new system is detailed on December 16 in Nature Communications.  Discuss
Scientists develop a first-of-its-kind in vitro 3D neural tissue model
Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have successfully used stem cells to engineer nerve tissues as 3D models of neural networks to study brain function. The work was published in the December 3 edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  Discuss
Leveraging new technologies to push the boundaries of our knowledge of cell biology
At the American Society of Cell Biology, European Molecular Biology Organization Joint Meeting in Washington, DC from December 7-11, emerging topics and new technologies were discussed and highlighted. Proteomics and genomics seemed to be a focus of the meeting. Many researchers presented novel ideas to incorporate new technologies in these fields to make discoveries in cell biology.
Scientists identify chaperones as potential therapies for Parkinson's disease
Researchers from the University of Basel have identified the malfunctional relationship and master regulatory mechanisms between chaperone proteins and α-Synuclein occurring in Parkinson's disease. The findings were published in Nature on December 4.  Discuss
A discovery of fungi – helping researchers identify new drugs
To address the need to identify new therapeutic targets, researchers at the Hubrecht Institute turned to fungi. The researchers tested secondary metabolites from over 10,000 fungi species and identified 34 biological active compounds with the potential to move to the next step of therapeutic drug development. The research was published in Scientific Reports on November 26.  Discuss
Conferences
Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening (SLAS) 2020
January 25-29
San Diego, California United States
American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Biothreats
January 28-30
Arlington, Virginia United States
Festival of Genomics 2020
January 29-30
London, Greater London United Kingdom
Medlab Middle East
February 3-6
Dubai, Dubai United Arab Emirates
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