Monthly Archives: May 2016

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Written on May, 22, 2016 by in

“A scientist in his laboratory is not a mere technician: he is also a child confronting natural phenomena that impress him as though they were fairy tales.” – Marie Curie

“All my life through, the new sights of Nature made me rejoice like a child.” – Marie Curie

Tempo has been publishing interviews with some of today’s experts across science. Today we meet Dr. Ruby Yanru Chen-Tsai, an expert in mammalian embryonic stem cells and transgenic  rodent  models. Having achieved a PhD from Cornell and after two decades leading research at Stanford, Ruby has begun a new adventure in biotech with Applied StemCell (ASC). ASC’s goal is to design, produce and sell an optimized series of cell and animal models for basic research, drug discovery, bioprocessing, bioproduction and preclinical applications. She has authored many highly-cited scientific papers and is the holder of several patents. We caught up with Ruby to hear her story of why she became a scientist, what drives her, what her experiences thus far have taught her and what advice she has for those starting out in biotech. Without further ado, we’re pleased to introduce: Dr. Ruby Chen-Tsai. (more…)

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Written on May, 13, 2016 by in

Q 1 & 2: What Are Astrocytes? What Do Astrocytes Do?

Astrocytes or astroglia are the largest and most numerous types of glial cells (see below) in the Central Nervous System (CNS). There are various subtypes of astrocytes within the different regions of the brain that show a heterogeneity of shape and function.  Astrocytes usually have a star-shaped structure created by processes or tendrils that extend from the cell and can be long, short, straight, crooked, highly-branched, or more simple in shape. Numerous subtypes have been described in humans, including fibrous, protoplasmic, Layer-1, interlaminar and varicose projection astrocytes. The unique functions of each and their role in disease is currently the subject of much research. (more…)

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