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Life Sciences - Jan 26
Life Sciences

New research offers potential benefits for those affected by the hereditary metabolic disease methylmalonic aciduria. By combining the results of multiple molecular analyses, scientists can better diagnose this rare and severe disease. In the future, an improved understanding of the disease might also improve treatment options.

Health - Jan 26

Blood platelets can be stored for only up to a week, and hospitals often run short of this life-saving resource. To help overcome this problem, an EPFL startup called HemostOD has developed technology that can produce blood platelets in large volumes and on demand.

Life Sciences - Jan 23

Shrimps, flies and other animals shed their outer body covering at specific times of the year or at specific points in their life cycles through a process called molting. Working in worms, FMI researchers identified the mechanisms underlying a molecular 'molting clock' — as well as several of the clock's components. The findings may help to shed light onto skin development and regeneration in other animals, including mammals.

Health - Jan 25

The Experimental Therapeutics group , directed by Prof. Carlo V. Catapano at the Institute of Oncology Research (IOR, affiliated to USI and member of Bios+), in collaboration with Prof. Jonathan Hall at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich (ETH, Zurich) identified a novel mechanism for the treatment of hepatic disorders of abnormal lipid deposition.

Health - Jan 23

The USI-affiliated Institute of Oncology Research (IOR) has reached a licensing agreement with BIMINI Biotech, a startup from the Netherlands, to acquire and further develop a novel first-in-class Wiskott Aldrich Syndrome protein (WASp) activator.

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