Cell Biology
NanoCellect raises $35M for new development
NanoCellect Biomedical has raised $35 million this year in funding rounds to accelerate the company's commercial growth plans and new product development goals. Read More
Vizgen begins shipping Merscope instruments for single-cell genomics
Vizgen has shipped its first commercial Merscope instruments to research institutions as part of a limited summer release program. Merscope enables high-plex, single-cell spatial genomics and large-scale spatial profiling of individual transcripts within cells. Read More
'Minibrains' grown from stem cells replicate brain's electrical activity
Researchers have grown 3D human brain tissue from stem cells that replicates the patterns of electrical activity found in the brains of patients with Rett syndrome. These "minibrain organoids" can be used to investigate the underlying causes of neurological disease and screen and test potential drug candidates, according to research published on August 23 in Nature Neuroscience. Read More
Heat-controlled CAR T cells show improved cancer-killing ability
By adding a genetic on-off switch to engineered CAR T cells, researchers have developed a remote-controlled system that enables precision invasion of the tumor microenvironment for improved cancer-killing capabilities. The details of the research were published in Nature Biomedical Engineering on August 12. Read More
Long-read sequencing of circRNA finds autism-linked microexons
Scientists have developed a new laboratory protocol and bioinformatic pipeline using a long-read sequencing platform from Oxford Nanopore Technologies for exploring the composition of circular RNA (circRNA). The technique, published on August 10 in Nature Communications, showed that a group of microexons that had been previously linked to autism are preferentially found in circRNA. Read More
Harvard launches Pluto Biosciences collaboration platform
The Harvard Wyss Institute has launched Pluto Biosciences, a new startup offering a cloud-based collaboration platform for researchers that incorporates technology developed within the institute's Predictive Bioanalytics Initiative. Read More
BD launches new benchtop cell analyzer
Medical technology company Becton Dickinson (BD) has launched a new benchtop cell analyzer called FACSymphony A1 that offers new capabilities in flow cytometry instrumentation to scientific research labs of all sizes. Read More
New sensor-based test could lead to fast, cheap antibiotic susceptibility testing
Scientists have developed a new method for monitoring bacterial responses to antibiotics that could enable personalized antibiotic therapies. The test uses sensors to reduce time and costs while increasing the portability for antibiotic susceptibility testing of patient samples. The results of the study were published recently in Scientific Reports. Read More
Microscopic defects of healthy cells affect spread of ovarian cancer cells
Biophysics researchers have applied the concept of topological defects to investigate the spread of ovarian cancer cells. Using an in vitro model, the researchers found that these defects -- or disruptions in the normal cellular layout -- can affect the rate of tumor cell invasion. Their findings were published online in APL Bioengineering on August 3. Read More
Abcam to purchase BioVision for $340M
Custom antibody developer Abcam plans to purchase biotechnology firm BioVision for $340 million. Read More
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