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Test for predicting the sex of fishes with near 90% reliability

A multicentric research, led by the Institute of Marine Sciences of the CSIC, has obtained a test to predict sex in fish when the animals are so small that their organs are not visible. Test reliability is near 90%. The test is based on the detection of epigenetic marks in specific regions of DNA. 

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Synthetic membrane with lanolin to mimic human skin

Scientists at the IQAC-CSIC have developed a lanolin-based synthetic membrane as a model for percutaneous absorption assays. The membrane mimics the behavior of mammal's skin and it can be used for permeability assays of drugs and cosmetics. It improves the current models of artificial skin.

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Improving ‘in vitro’ cell cultures for regenerative medicine

Biomaterials obtained through cell cultures are an excellent therapeutic strategy for the treatment of damaged tissues and organs. However, their obtention still presents handicaps. CSIC scientists have developed a method that boosts the collagen synthesis and can regulate the differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells.

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A fluorescent probe to monitor mitochondria in living cells

A scientific team has developed a fluorescent probe for monitoring the function and activity of a specific transporter in mitochondria of living cells. It is the first probe that enters the mithocondria through a specific transporter (Carnitine-acylcarnitine translocase) and it could be used for the diagnosis of rare metabolic diseases.

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Device to cut biological tissues in three-dimensions

Scientists at the CSIC and at the Polytechnic University of Valencia have developed a system that enables cutting biological tissues in curved forms. The system is composed of a software and an accessory for being attached to the standard tool. The device offers a totally new approximation to the structural and functional studies of biological tissues.

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