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JEMCA, electron microscopy to advance research in structural biology and new materials

It is a pioneering facility that houses two high-end electron microscopes: one to resolve the structure of large protein and nucleic acid complexes and the other to study materials at the atomic scale. Created thanks to the joint action of several research institutions, including the CSIC, it is located at the ALBA Synchrotron (Cerdanyola, Barcelona) and is open to the entire scientific community.

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New method for the detection of RNA viruses such as SARS-CoV-2

This new methodology is effective and faster than the PCR test, and opens up new options for detecting viruses such as SARS-CoV-2, the influenza A virus (H1N1) or the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), a pathogen that affects newborn babies and requires careful differential diagnosis.

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New biomimetic skin gels patents, developed at IQAC-CSIC, are acquired by Bicosome

Two new patents developed at the Institute of Advanced Chemistry of Catalonia (IQAC) from the CSIC have been licensed by Bicosome company. The new technological platforms made of only lipids and water do not need the presence of polymers, surfactants, or other gelling agents, bringing valuable benefits for skin care, especially sensitive skin.

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Hydrogels for growing immune cells and mini-organs

A scientific team has developed new hydrogels that serve as 3D culture systems for immune cells and organoids. They allow a higher rate of cell growth than traditional cultures. Among other applications, the team is focusing on growing cells for immunotherapies and obtaining mini-organs for pre-clinical trials.

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New project develops advanced biomaterials for complex wound healing

The European project, Nabiheal, will work on the synthesis of advanced biomaterials as an alternative to silver-based dressings commonly used for wound healing. The new materials will be cheaper, safer and more sustainable.

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