Cellular protein factories may contribute to ageing and related diseases

Research finds that the cellular assembly line that produces proteins can stall with age, triggering a snowball effect that increases the output of misfolded proteins. In humans, clumps of misfolded proteins contribute to age-linked...

Potential breakthrough in treatment of rare disease

Biotech company Actigen has initiated a clinical development programme for GNR-055, a potentially breakthrough treatment for the life-limiting, rare disease mucopolysaccharidosis II (MPS II) (also known as Hunter syndrome). Occurring in around 1 in...

Cancer cell ‘switch-off’ could aid deadly brain tumour treatment

Researchers believe they may have found a way to strengthen possible treatments for glioblastoma and reduce the speed at which the aggressive tumour progresses. Glioblastoma is the most common primary brain tumour in adults, and,...

Closing the Loop on personalised healthcare

Precision medicine using personalised treatments has entered mainstream healthcare. Closed Loop Medicine Ltd aims to level the playing field further with its drug and digital combination products. The Cambridge-based healthcare company is developing drug and...

Acesis breaks new ground with novel therapy solution to low testosterone

For the first time in over 70 years, a new testosterone replacement therapy has been unveiled. Dr Vassilios Papadopoulos and Dr Costas Karatzas, co-founders of Acesis BioMed, explain how their ‘first-in-class’ peptide therapeutics could...

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...

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 –...

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....

3D PRINTED LIVER AIDS LIFE SAVING SURGERY

Surgeons will perform liver resections with greater accuracy and deliver improved patient outcomes thanks to new research by Nottingham Trent University. Senior research fellow Richard Arm has developed a way to 3D-print scan data...

Genome sequencing reveals how salmonella carves out a niche in pork production

Variants of concern (VOCs) and variants of interest (VOIs) have become familiar terms due to the current pandemic, but variants of familiar pathogens such as salmonella also present a threat to human and animal...

New material to treat wounds can protect against resistant bacteria

Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, have developed a new material that prevents infections in wounds – a specially designed hydrogel, that works against all types of bacteria, including antibiotic-resistant ones. The new...