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Better ‘Mini Brains’ Could Help Scientists Identify Treatments for Zika-Related Brain Damage

UCLA researchers develop improved technique for creating brain tissue from stem cells UCLA researchers have developed an improved technique for creating simplified human brain tissue from stem cells. Because these so-called “mini brain organoids” mimic human brains in how they grow and develop, they’re vital to studying complex neurological diseases. In a study published in the […]

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Zika Virus Protein Mapped to Speed Search for Cure

A recently-published study shows how Indiana University scientists are speeding the path to new treatments for the Zika virus, an infectious disease linked to birth defects in infants in South and Central America and the United States. Cheng Kao, a professor in the IU Bloomington College of Arts and Sciences‘ Department of Molecular and Cellular […]

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Gene Therapy Company Acquires Next Generation AAV Gene Therapy Vector Platform from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has licensed the exclusive worldwide rights of a next generation gene therapy AAV capsid portfolio to Abeona Therapeutics Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing therapies for life-threatening rare genetic diseases. The AIM™ vector system is a next generation platform of AAV capsids capable of widespread […]

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Sophisticated ‘Mini-Brains’ Add to Evidence of Zika’s Toll on Fetal Cortex

Studying a new type of pinhead-size, lab-grown brain made with technology first suggested by three high school students, Johns Hopkins researchers have confirmed a key way in which Zika virus causes microcephaly and other damage in fetal brains: by infecting specialized stem cells that build its outer layer, the cortex. The lab-grown mini-brains, which researchers […]