Monthly Archives: August 2015

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Written on Aug, 30, 2015 by in ,

How do we improve prediction rates for safety and efficacy measurements of chemical compounds? Why should consumers, patients, advocates, and scientists care about the efficiency and safety aspects of how chemical compounds are manufactured and tested? The short answer is “time and cost”: 1) time needed to develop novel effective compounds and drugs for consumers and patients, respectively; and 2) cost estimates used by large corporations to prioritize their product pipelines and internal R&D. Ultimately, the end-users (patients, in all medical cases) are affected by how quickly a new-and-better better drug is delivered to their bedside. That’s why we should care.

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Written on Aug, 10, 2015 by in ,

Stem cells have attracted a lot of attention in recent years because of their developmentally pluoripotent and lineage-independent characteristics. Stem cell derived cell types offer utilities in research and development opportunities for various industries (pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, etc) and are used widely in academia for research on cellular differentiation and diseases. Whether you are a stem cell culture enthusiast, specialist, or “immortalized-cells-only” scientist, there are a few important pointers that we’d like to share. We hope that they will help you with your cell culture in general and stem cells in particular. So, let’s get started!

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Written on Aug, 01, 2015 by in

Mitochondria are cellular organelles and energy powerhouses. They exist in every cell in the human body except for red blood cells and are responsible for creating more than 90% of the cellular energy needed by the body to sustain life and growth. They are responsible for maintaining the production and regulation of ATP, an important metabolic energy byproduct. When mitochondria fail, less energy is generated within the cell. Cellular injury and even cell death follow. And, diseases of the mitochondria appear to cause the most damage to cells of the brain, heart, liver, skeletal muscles, kidney and the endocrine and respiratory systems. So, which diseases have been found where mitochondria functions have been disrupted?

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