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UgenTec receives €50.000 grant by European Union

Under guidance of MINT, the Belgian PCR automation software company is one out of two Belgian companies to be granted and part of 36 grantees amongst 507 requests. UgenTec, the Belgian PCR aut…

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Delphi Genetics receives GMP accreditation for plasmid DNA bioproduction

Genetic engineering specialist Delphi Genetics announced that it has received the certificate of Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) for plasmid DNA production. The GMP productions will be realized …

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GiGa determines genetic culprits causing IBD

In a study published in Nature last week, scientists from GiGa (ULg) examined the genome of 67,852 individuals and applied three statistical methods to zoom in on which genetic variants were activ…

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Biocartis takes on lung cancer

Biocartis ups its arsenal once again. This time, the company behind the diagnostic Idylla™ platform adds a lung cancer assay to its ever growing menu of diagnostic tests. Lung cancer comprises…

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Bacterial defense mechanism against bleach assault uncovered

As a response to infection, our immune cells release antimicrobial ‘bleach’ to destroy surrounding bacteria. Researchers at the de Duve Institute and the UCL, in collaboration with the University …

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Allogeneic CAR T-cells patented by Celyad

Celyad obtained a patent relating to allogeneic Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR) T-cells. CAR T-cells are T-cells, which are engineered to better recognize and fight cancerous cells. The use of all…

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Multiplicom launches non-invasive test to detect Down's

Multiplicom (Niel) launched a new non-invasive prenatal test (NIPT), Clarigo™, based on a blood sample. Genetic analysis of the baby’s DNA, which is present in the blood of the mother, enables the…

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Results disputed potato field trial finally published

The stacking of genes is necessary for a strong and lasting resistance to Phytophthora blight. These are the scientific results of the potato field trials in Flanders and the Netherlands. Rese…

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Biogazelle receives 1 million euro to develop cancer therapy

Biogazelle today announced that it has received €1.1M in funding from the agency for Innovation by Science and Technology (IWT) in Flanders to leverage its cancer therapy development program, focu…

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Insights

DNA as a storage device for big data

DNA as a storage device for big data

Sometimes science fiction seems to become real right in front of our eyes. Slowly but surely, our genes are revealing all their secrets to us. We are currently able to read our genetic code faster…

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Very promising cancer treatment: RNAi immunotherapy

Very promising cancer treatment: RNAi immunotherapy

RXi Pharmaceuticals was co-founded by Craig Mello, PhD, the co-recipient of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Medicine for the discovery of RNA interference (RNAi). To advance the use of RNAi into therapeut…

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Personalized healthcare, a long-awaited revolution

Personalized healthcare, a long-awaited revolution

Although it’s already 2017 and medicine has made great progress in the last decade, healthcare is often still very generic, following a “one size fits all” approach. To better monitor our health, …

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Dendritic cells boosted with mRNA form promising cancer immunotherapy

Dendritic cells boosted with mRNA form promising cancer immunotherapy

With its expertise in mRNA production and knowledge of the biology of dendritic cells, eTheRNA has developed TriMix, a new mRNA technology platform. TriMix consists of a cocktail of three mRNAs, w…

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Designer yeast: synthetic genome closer to reality

Designer yeast: synthetic genome closer to reality

Five entirely synthetic yeast chromosomes were created this year. By 2018 every chromosome is expected to have a synthetic couterpart, resulting in en entirely synthetic genome.

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IP strategy for oligonucleotides

IP strategy for oligonucleotides

Oligonucleotides have been gaining traction in the world of molecular biology. Their huge potential in both diagnostic and therapeutic applications has made them a popular research subject. Howeve…

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First “three-parent baby” born

First “three-parent baby” born

Mutations in mitochondrial DNA can cause severe diseases and fertility problems. Since mitochondria are only inherited from the mother, a mother with faulty mitochondrial DNA will pass this on to …

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The Center of Human Genetics reveals  all your secrets

The Center of Human Genetics reveals all your secrets

Have a cystic fibrosis or BRCA mutation, or maybe a dangerous variant of the Huntington’s gene  dangling in your cells? The Center of Human Genetics (CME) in Leuven will clear this out for you. As…

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GlycoDelete: the road to plant-grown medicines

GlycoDelete: the road to plant-grown medicines

What if our pharmaceuticals could be grown in plants? It might sound like science fiction, but two VIB/UGent research groups are working hard to scrap the “fiction” part. In a recent paper publish…

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I was published in science! - Expanding the RNA alphabet

I was published in science! - Expanding the RNA alphabet

A completely new area of genetic research is on the rise. In the past two years, RNA epigenetics has increasingly intrigued researchers with the enormous amount of new information it potentially c…

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Dawn of a new era: How CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing cuts beyond science

Dawn of a new era: How CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing cuts beyond science

Every year, the leading scientific journal Science selects its “breakthrough of the year.” The gene-editing tool CRISPR-Cas9 was the runner up in 2013 and 2014, but it finally broke through and ea…

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ActoBiotics®: bacteria make your medicine

ActoBiotics®: bacteria make your medicine

Throughout history lactic acid bacteria have been used in the production of food and drinks such as cheese, yoghurt, beer and wine. Today, a new application for these food grade microbes can be fo…

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Folate-rich rice to combat vitamin deficiency

Folate-rich rice to combat vitamin deficiency

I was published in Nature Certain biological functions require essential nutrients; these are molecules that the body cannot produce itself and must be taken up through the diet. Folate is one…

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UCL and de Duve institute publish the structure of a transmembrane reductase in Nature

UCL and de Duve institute publish the structure of a transmembrane reductase in Nature

Transmembrane reductases form an important group of enzymes in the thiol-redox chain, the mechanism by which bacteria cope with oxidative stress. Despite the significance of these electron carrier…

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Key role for polyglutamine repeats in cell function

Key role for polyglutamine repeats in cell function

Scientists at VIB and KU Leuven have revealed that variable polyglutamine repeats in the DNA tune the function of the protein in which they reside. To date, these repeats were known only to cause …

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Idylla™ : a lab-in-a-box

Idylla™ : a lab-in-a-box

Janssen and Biocartis are collaborating in order to bring diagnostic  testing closer to the patients. To learn more about the future objectives of the Janssen – Biocartis partnership we are talkin…

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