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Non-antibiotic strategies against ‘Mgen’, an emergent and sexually transmitted pathogen

Researchers from the CSIC and the UAB have discovered the mechanism by which the bacterium Mycoplasma genitalium (Mgen) adheres to human cells. This pathogen is becoming resistant to current antibiotics. The discovery will enable the development of non-antibiotic strategies to stop the bacterial adhesion to cells and, therefore, the infection. The research has led to an international patent application.

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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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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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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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