A new weapon against cancer

Created immune cells to attack tumors quickly, accurately and cheaply US scientists have discovered how to rapidly, accurately and cheaply generate immune cells to attack cancers and infections and to correct autoimmune diseases. The advance, presented yesterday in the electronic edition of the journal Nature, has the potential to transform the so-called cell therapies and increase the number of people with cancer who benefit…

Vall d’Hebron discovers how to attack dormant tumor cells that cause relapse

The TET2 protein is responsible for generating hidden reserves of cells that retain all their malignant potential The Institute of Oncology of Vall d’Hebron (VHIO) has discovered how to eliminate sleeping tumor cells that hide while medicine tries to end cancer with all the possible therapeutic arsenal. Those preserved cells that the chemo does not make a dent take care over time that the…

DNA and Epigenetics: The intestinal microbiota, a second protective shield

The set of bacteria of the digestive system can be key in the response of the organism to therapeutic vaccines that are in the process of development If we could take the hundreds of trillions of bacteria that inhabit our intestines and put them in single file, they would circle the Earth two and a half times. This huge and complex set of microbes,…

DNA kits for everything

Internet offers genetic tests in a crystal ball that reads the future and travels to the past A genetic study is like a crystal ball that reveals information about things that have not yet occurred and with which you can also travel to the past. What makes these tests “a very powerful tool, but also something potentially dangerous if you do not interpret the data well,”…

Immunotherapy, new hope against colon cancer

(In Spanish) Inhibir una molécula llamada TGF-beta permite que algunos cánceres de difícil tratamiento respondan a la inmunoterapia, según dos investigaciones que se presentan esta semana en la revista Nature. Sus resultados cambian la visión de cómo los tumores se evaden del sistema inmunitario y abren la vía a mejorar la terapia del cáncer colorrectal –el más frecuente en España- y de otros tumores. Source:

Created the first atlas of the regulation of genes in the human body

An international group of scientists has produced the first atlas that shows how the activity of genes in each organ of the human body is regulated. The catalog, which the consortium has made public on the internet, is a powerful tool to study diseases from a genetic point of view. See full story in La Vanguardia.

World’s First Implantable Artificial Kidney Could Enter Human Trials By 2017

17Source: Med Devide Online A team of university scientists has developed the world’s first artificial kidney technology to be implanted in the body. Their bio-hybrid approach uses living kidney cells in tandem with a series of specialized microchips powered by the human heart to filter waste from the blood stream. The National Kidney Foundation estimates that over 100,000 patients are on the waiting list for a…

Advances in 3D printing of blood vessels that work like the real ones

According to Chinese CCTV television, a team of scientists and engineers from the Chinese Academy of Engineering has been working with a 3D bio-printer to create artificial blood vessels. At the moment some of these artificial creations have been implanted to 30 Rhesus monkeys and after the surgeries they have verified that they function like the natural ones. The full story on Microsiervos.

A new study supports the rigor and reproducibility of epigenetic tests

Despite the differences in the methodology used by laboratories, the results are very similar An article in Nature Biotechnology involving experts of Programa de Epigenética y Biología del Cáncer del Instituto de Investigaciones Biomédicas de Bellvitge (Idibell) shows that epigenetic tests have the same technical quality and thoroughness that genetic testing. Although previous studies have already identified the quality of epigenetic tests, “this is the first…

XVII Congress of the Spanish Association of Prenatal Diagnosis

On 24 and 25 November 2016 will be held in Zaragoza VII Congress of the Spanish Association of Prenatal Diagnosis. More information on their website.