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Gut bacteria to treat depression and anxiety

CSIC researchers have patented a gut bacteria called Christensenella minuta that has therapeutic applications to treat mood disorders, such as depression and anxiety. This technology has been developed by a team at the Institute of Agrochemistry and Food Technology (IATA-CSIC), and has has already been licensed to LNC Therapeutics, a French biotechnology company specialized in research and development of drugs in the area of ​​the intestinal microbiome.

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The first nano drug for selectively fighting metastatic cells

Scientists from the IQAC-CSIC have participated in the development and essay of a molecule for fighting colon cancer metastasis. It is the first drug worldwide that blocks metastasis dissemination, which is the main cause of mortality of oncological patients. Also, the study demonstrates that the drug is less toxic and therefore reduces the adverse effects derived from conventional treatments.

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Transgenic plants to produce drugs against malaria

A gene of the Artemisia annua plant doubles the production of artemisinin. Artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT) is the standard treatment for malaria worldwide, endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO). The discovery represents an important step towards reducing artemisinin production costs.

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A spin-off company to design and develop preclinical assays of liver diseases

Barcelona Liver Bioservices (BLB) is a spin-off  of the CSIC and IDIBAPS created to offer services of designing and developing pre-clinical assays of liver diseases and liver toxicity of compounds.

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Autonomous sensor for the detection of breathing problems

Scientists from the Microelectronics Institute of Barcelona (IMB CNM – CSIC), the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), and the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) have developed an autonomous thermoelectric sensor based on silicon nanotechnology to detect flow changes. It can be applied to the  detection of breathing problems.

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