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Monitoring mitochondria of living cells to diagnose cancer and other diseases

Scientists from the Institute of Organic Chemistry of the CSIC in Madrid have developed the first fluorescent probe to be introduced in the mitochondria to monitor its function in living cells. A discovery that can have applications in the diagnosis and treatment of pathologies such as cancer, heart disease or diabetes, as well as other mitochondrial diseases.

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Synthetic peptides for fighting metastasis related to the interleukin receptor IL13Rα2

The CSIC has developed a peptide capable of inhibiting the signaling of interleukin 13 mediated by the IL13Rα2 alpha receptor, one of the pathways that contribute metastasis according to recent studies. The synthetic peptide, alone or encapsulated, could be used for the control of metastasis of colon cancer and other tumours such as glioblastoma, as well as in pathologies such as asthma, atopic dermatitis or fibrosis, related to the same receptor, although more assays are required to confirm its efectivity in humans.

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Researchers develop an accommodative lens to imitate the crystalline in order to correct the presbyopia

Scientists at the Instituto de Óptica have developed a new intraocular lens, which changes shape to focus on distant and near objects in order to imitate the crystalline lens function. It is the result of the Presbyopia project, funded by the European Research Council (ERC).

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A fast test for the analysis of oral tolerance to triglycerides

The Instituto de la Grasa of the CSIC and the University of Sevilla have developed a method for analysing oral tolerance to lipids (triglycerides) from the diet, in humans, in only 4 hours. The method is easier and faster than the current ones.

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Low cost and reusable wearable sensors

Scientists at the CSIC have developed new portable and non-invasive sensors for monitoring biomarkers such as glucose, lactate or alcohol. They are based on wireless electro chromic and electrochemical sensors, and they can be used to detect metabolites in biological fluids, either human fluids (sweat, urine…) or in fluids derived from food products (e.g., leaking).

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