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  • Wilhelm Kühne, known for coining the term “enzyme”, was the biochemist who extracted something he called “visual purple” from a bovine retina. In the midst of the 19th century, the scientist proposed that this molecule was a key part of the vision process. He wasn’t wrong. This light-capturing “antenna” is the main protein component of the membrane surrounding the outer segment disc of the retina’s rod cells.

  • In 2010, Sonia Vallabh was working as an attorney in a US law firm when her mother died due to a rare disease known as fatal familial insomnia. The pathology is a prion disease that has been observed in some 100 patients around the world. Forty of them live in Spain, almost half of them in the Basque Country.

  • Cell sorting is fast becoming an essential step on the path to deeper understanding and new discoveries in the life sciences. This technology is expanding to a wide range of applications such as immunology, stem cell research, genomics, bioprocessing and cancer biology. A readily available on-site sorter that provides consistent, reliable results could benefit researchers in many fields of investigation.

  • Nanoimprint lithography (NIL), or simply imprint lithography, is one of the pioneering techniques in nanotechnology, used to fabricate nanometer-scale structures. One of the leading experts in this discipline is Dr. Nikolaos Kechagias. He directs the Nanoimprint Lithography platform of the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2).

  • Though modeling and computation have been in use in science for over two decades, some of their results are only now beginning to be noticed. Using data generated in technological cores and services, researchers can harness computers’ potential to perform broader analyses and calculations over shorter periods of time.

  • In 1995, months after the debut of the PlayStation in Japan, Sony launched the video game console in the United States and Europe. It was an immediate success. The company sold more than 104 million units over the next decade, clearly outperforming its closest competitor, the Sega Saturn. With the PlayStation, games like Gran Turismo, Metal Gear or Final Fantasyentered video game history.

  • According to Jordi Martí, innovation “has changed the course of diseases, sparked the development of new foodstuffs, fuels, production processes, environmental technologies and lies before us as the only possible pathway of growth,” With these encouraging words, the president of ASEBIO presented the report that the Spanish Bioindustry Association has published this year with the latest data from the biotechnology sector.

  • The presence of epithelial cells in the bloodstream of a woman with metastatic breast cancer was discovered by T.R. Ashworth more than 150 years ago. His discovery would make it possible to determine, decades later, the existence of circulating tumor cells to monitor the evolution and progression of cancer.

  • No one can question the advancements represented by DNA sequencing. The contribution made by technological cores specialized in genomics has made possible the first molecular consensus on colorectal cancer. The arrival of a new technique, especially if it is as innovative and revolutionary as this one, always implies the abandonment of other technologies.

  • Author: BD Biosciences

    BD Biosciences presents BD Optibuild™ custom reagents, which offer more fluorochrome options with the antibodies that scientists need. In other words, these reagents give researchers access to custom antibody-dye combinations as easily and conveniently as ordering a standard catalog item.