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Possible treatment for kidney disease in lupus

In the U.S. alone, more than 1.5 million people have lupus, a chronic autoimmune disease in which the immune system turns against itself, attacking a person’s healthy tissue, cells and organs. The symptoms can range from debilitating pain and fatigue to organ failure. Dr. Chandra Mohan, a biomedical engineer at the University of Houston (UH), has a theory about the development of lupus nephritis and, if he’s...

Infusions of young blood may reverse effects of ag...

Giving old mice young blood reversed age-related declines in brain function, muscle strength and stamina, researchers say Blood transfusions rejuvenate mice. Could they do the same for humans? Researchers in the US are closing in on a therapy that could reverse harmful ageing processes in the brain, muscles, heart and other organs. Hopes have been raised by three separate reports released by major journals on Sunday that...

J. Craig Venter’s Human Longevity is about ...

In a media briefing hosted in San Diego, Calif., J. Craig Venter—best known as the man who raced against the international Human Genome Project to assemble the first whole human genome sequence in the early 2000s—today announced the opening of a new commercial company, Human Longevity, Inc., to apply genetic sequencing on a massive scale to some of the most intractable questions about human health and aging. “Thirteen...

Gel steers tooth tissue formation

A bit of pressure from a new shrinking, sponge-like gel is all it takes to turn transplanted unspecialized cells into cells that lay down minerals and begin to form teeth. The bioinspired gel material could one day help repair or replace damaged organs, such as teeth and bone, and possibly other organs as well, scientists from the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University, Harvard School of...

The Human Protein Atlas

SciLifeLab have announced that The Human Protein Atlas project has reached a major milestone by releasing protein data for more than 80% of the human protein-coding genes and RNA expression data for more than 90% of the genes. The Protein Atlas has also been restructured into 4 sub-atlases, of which the largest, The Normal Tissue Atlas, now provides the first comprehensive distribution map of both protein and gene expression...

Billionaire backs new program for a pioneering Alz...

German billionaire Dietmar Hopp is adding to his multimillion-dollar wager on AC Immune, the Swiss biotech that is playing a key role in some high-profile Alzheimer’s programs. Hopp has been the primary investor behind the company, and today he joined in a $22 million D round designed to fund a new therapeutic vaccine program aimed at the memory-wasting disease. AC Immune isn’t built like most biotechs. CEO Andrea...
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