Japanese scientists try to grow human organs in pigs

Professor Hiromitsu Nakauchi will conduct a series of experiments in August to develop human organs in pigs, the cells of which can be used for human transplants, Nikkei Asian Review reported on Thursday.

3D models of neuron to help Parkinson's patients

 In a major step towards development of personalised drugs for Parkison's patients, researchers have managed to grow three dimensional models of cells that are lost with the progress of the disease.

Heartbeat on a chip to improve testing of cardiovascular drugs

A gravity-powered chip that can mimic a human heartbeat could advance pharmaceutical testing and open new possibilities in cell culture because it can mimic fundamental physical rhythms, scientists say.

New test to help early diagnosis of ovarian cancer

Opening up the possibility for early diagnosis of ovarian cancer, scientists have identified genetic material that distinguishes its cells from normal cells.

New drug combo has potential for cancer treatment

The combination of a cholesterol-lowering drug and a contraceptive steroid could be an effective, non-toxic treatment for a range of cancers, says a new research.

Scientists use light to alter genes
Scientists use light to alter genes

With a new gene editing method that uses light, scientists can modify functions of genes more precisely, a new study says.

Key genes behind aggressive breast cancer identified

From a pool of more than 30,000 possibilities, researchers have identified 35 genes and three other molecules that most likely trigger one of the most aggressive forms of breast cancer, HER2+.

Longer life may lie in more number of anti-inflammatory genes

A new study has revealed that more anti-inflammatory genes mean longer lifespan for mammals.

DNA can't explain all inherited traits

Characteristics passed between generations are not decided solely by DNA, but can be brought about by other material in cells, new research has shown for the first time.

Indian American develops new imaging technique

A new imaging technique developed by an Indian American scientist will allow pathologists a peek into the structures of tissues and cells, enabling quicker and better diagnostic assessments.

Scientists working on new way to regenerate damaged heart

In a development that could pave the way for heart tissue regeneration, US and Chinese scientists claim to have successfully used a tiny molecule that fine-tunes gene expression to stimulate the mouse heart to grow new cells.

Know how cadmium causes toxicity

 A new research has uncovered how the metal cadmium, which is accumulating in the food chain, causes toxicity in living cells.

Key to preventing blindness and stroke devastation discovered

A team of scientists has discovered key to preventing blindness and stroke devastation.

Probiotic pills soon to treat diabetes

Have diabetes? Get ready to pop a probiotic pill each morning to help control your sugar levels.

Extending telomeres reverses ageing in human skin cells: Study

 A new technique can increase the length of human telomeres quickly and efficiently, promising to reverse the ageing process and paving the way for treatment of highly debilitating genetic diseases, scientists say.

Bone stem cells may regenerate bones and cartilage

Indian-American researcher Siddhartha Mukherjee from Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) has identified stem cells that are capable of regenerating both bone and cartilage in bone marrow of mice.

Affordable emission-free cars come closer to reality

Researchers are reportedly trying to find the best possible way to develop an affordable emissions-free car.

What makes HIV vaccines backfire?

The very immune cells that HIV vaccines aims to increase may already have been affected by the virus, a reason why AIDS vaccines have backfired in more than one clinical trail, a study says.

Researchers detect new role for proteins

A study has shown for the first time that the building blocks of proteins can be assembled without instructions from DNA or messenger RNA (mRNA).

New method enables bacteria to produce more chemicals

Scientists have developed a new technique that manipulates bacteria to produce up to 30-fold more quantities of chemicals.