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  • A common gut microbe secretes a carcinogen Feb 27, 2020

    Cancer mutations can be caused by common gut bacteria carried by many people. This was demonstrated by researchers from the Hubrecht Institute (KNAW) and Princess Máxima Center in Utrecht, the Netherlands.

  • Curing genetic disease in human stem cells Feb 21, 2020

    Whereas the CRISPR-Cas technology developed in 2012 cuts out a defect in a gene and replaces it with a new piece, the latest CRISPR technology works differently. The aim is to repair the error in the DNA without cutting it. This theoretically makes it a safer form of genetic editing. Scientists from Utrecht have shown for the first time that this technique can effectively and safely repair the DNA of stem cells derived from cystic fibrosis patients in the lab.

  • Scientists develop more accurate stem-cell model of early developing mouse embryo Feb 20, 2020

    Scientists from the Hubrecht Institute (KNAW) and the University of Cambridge (UK) have managed to generate complex embryo-like structures from mouse embryonic stem cells. These structures, called gastruloids, can now for the first time grow somites, the blocks of tissue that later develop into the vertebrae and muscles of the embryo.

  • Leo Lucassen new director International Institute of Social History Feb 13, 2020

    The Academy is appointing Leo Lucassen as director of the International Institute of Social History (IISG). Earlier this week it was announced that the current director Henk Wals is leaving the IISG to become director at Academy Institute DANS. They will both take up their new positions at the beginning of April.

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