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Untangling the Twists of Alzheimer’s Plaques

Researchers from Duke-NUS Medical School and Monash University have uncovered the mechanism behind microglial phagocytosis of amyloid proteins, one of the root causes of Alzheimer’s disease.

Bulking Up and Out of Muscle Wasting with Bacterial Genome

Researchers from Shinshu University have discovered DNA strands from lactic acid bacteria genome that are capable of promoting muscle cell differentiation to prevent loss of skeletal muscle mass, potentially paving the way for new nucleic acid drugs to treat muscle diseases.

Shattering the Silence with Potential Drug-based Therapy for Hearing Loss

Researchers from Kobe University and the Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine have discovered superoxide-producing cells in the inner ear that are responsible for acquired hearing loss, paving way for new drug-based therapeutics for hearing impairment.

Solving Skin Disorders with More Than Skin-Deep Sensors

Researchers have invented a miniature, soft sensing device to swiftly and precisely diagnose and monitor skin disorders and cancers by evaluating tissue stiffness.

Piecing Together the Puzzle of Neurological Diseases

Researchers from POSTECH have uncovered the structural identity of hetero-oligomers nano-aggregates from biomarkers of Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease using atomic force microscopy (AFM), laying the foundations to treat neurodegenerative diseases.

Turning Aquaculture Trash to Treasure for Tissue Repair

Scientists from Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore have developed a new biomaterial, which was created entirely out of bullfrog skin and fish scales, to aid tissue repair and bone regeneration.

Smoothing Out Bacterial Challenges with New Antimicrobial Surfaces

Researchers from Monash University have constructed novel antimicrobial surfaces with remarkable ability to reduce bacterial growth on medical tools, potentially reducing risks of health-care-associated infections like urinary tract infections (UTIs).

New Light-sheet Microscopy Illuminates Path Forward in Cell Biology

Researchers from Ehime University Graduate School of Medicine have developed a two-photon excitation light-sheet fluorescence microscope, offering an extended field of vision, with superb spatial resolution, and reduced phototoxicity for live imaging of biological samples.

Pharma Manufacturing Meets Seamless Automation

Researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) have discovered a novel method to fully automate the chemical synthesis of pharmaceutical molecules, effectively boosting yield and shortening production time.

Three Part’s the Charm: Tripartite-chromosome E. coli Takes Center Stage

Researchers from Rikkyo University have successfully developed a tripartite-chromosome E. coli strain and formulated a new cell-free technology to synthesise gigantic DNA, revolutionising synthetic biology and synthetic genomics.

Carving Out the Path to Cure with Cardioids

Researchers from the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (IMBA) have developed self-organising heart organoids, known as cardioids, that recapitulates a heart chamber-like structure.

UV-Blocking Salts: A Safer Alternative to Oxybenzone Sunscreens

Researchers from Mblue Labs and the University of Maryland have identified Methylene Blue as a promising broad-spectrum UV blocker with anti-ageing properties that pose minimal threat to marine life.

New CRISPR Gene Editing Tool Takes a Stab at Culex Mosquito

Researchers from the University of California San Diego have constructed a new genetic toolkit using CRISPR technology to innovate gene drives for Culex mosquitoes and other pathogen-carrying vectors.

A Beacon of Hope for Battered Reefs: Bleaching-Resistant Corals

Biologists from the University of Pennsylvania have discovered that corals resistant to bleaching can maintain their resilient characteristics in new environments, laying the foundations for future reef restoration through coral transplantations.

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