Lab-grown ‘mini-stomachs’ could shed light on children’s COVID symptoms

A ‘lab-grown model’ of the human stomach, that can be used to study how infections affect the gastrointestinal system, has been developed for the first time. A UCL-led team of international scientists have built on...

Bacteria can develop strong immunity for protection against viruses

A new study hopes to exploit newly characterised defence systems in bacteria to compare changes to the human genome. University bioscientists have been working on the research to demonstrate the complex workings of bacterial innate...

Light therapy helmet could help dementia patients

A new infrared light therapy has the potential to help people with dementia. A pilot study recently investigated how transcranial photobiomodulation therapy (PBM-T) –transferred through a specially adapted helmet -- could boost memory, motor function...

Putting the diverse into neurodiversity

The global Institute Of Neurodiversity ION has launched its UK chapter. The Institute aims to give a global voice to all neurodiverse groups, and ensure neurodivergent individuals are understood, represented, and valued equally in society. Currently, 1 in...

Sizzling breakthrough for 3D meat

A 4oz steak has been ‘lab-grown’ using a digital design file. Israeli firm MeaTech 3D Ltd. cultivated the bio-printed steak using real fat and muscle cells. The cells were produced using an advanced process that...

‘Super jelly’ can survive being run over by a car

Researchers have developed a jelly-like material that can withstand the equivalent of an elephant standing on it, and completely recover to its original shape, even though it’s 80 per cent water. The soft-yet-strong material, developed...

New microscope uses photonics for insights into ‘superbugs’

Scientists are building a new super-resolution microscope that uses laser light to study the inner workings and behaviours of superbugs to gain new insights into how they cause disease. The microscope will allow scientists to...

Shaping the science of oncology

Dr Fiona McLaughlin is the new Chief Scientific Officer of Avacta’s Therapeutics Division. She talks to Karen Southern about her mission to develop first and best-in-class cancer drugs. From the day that Dr McLaughlin –...

Biotech pioneer tackles the biology of ageing

Living to a ripe old age is one thing. Enjoying a healthy, ripe old age is the challenge. Biotech veteran Dr Eric Leire aims to slow ageing by design, as he explains to Karen...

Euro biotech: breaking down the barriers to a golden age

Converting cutting-edge research into viable products remains a challenge for the European biotech sector. Jonathan Hay of Delin Ventures investigates how ambition can translate to reality. Europe’s tech sector is going from strength to strength....

Biosample provenance: what researchers need to know

Why is the current system for sourcing samples broken? And what does this mean for researchers who use biosamples? Robert Hewitt, MB BS, PhD, of Biosample Hub, investigates. The journey for every biospecimen used for...

Ultrapure water system passes big test

An innovative ultrapure water system has successfully tapped into healthcare diagnostics. The pharmaceutical industry is embracing new technology that can reduce costs and simplify installation. At the production site of a multinational healthcare diagnostic test...

Protecting Digital Medtech Innovation

For many years the medical technology (medtech) sector has been at the forefront of innovation and the Covid-19 pandemic has not slowed it down, with new technology quickly being developed to test for, prevent...

The scientific, political and economic implications of COVID-19: an insider’s perspective

It is widely assumed that the life science industry performed well off the back of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the demand for assays and molecular tools driving unprecedented sales to support global research. This...

SAGES TEACH THE ART OF ADAPTING TO CLIMATE CHANGE

While the conversation about climate change has been dominated by mitigation, what is equally crucial is the need to adapt to the unavoidable changes already on their way. “We have absolutely no choice but...

TWO NEW FORMS OF THERAPY GIVE HOPE WHEN BLOOD CANCER RETURNS AND BOWEL CANCER...

Scientists trial new way to boost CAR T-cell therapy Cancer Research UK is collaborating with Aleta Biotherapeutics to trial a new therapy that reboots a treatment for some people whose blood cancer starts to come back. The new...