Cardiovascular diseases are among the most frequent causes of death worldwide. The ability to repair a damaged heart is one of the grand visions of medical science. Cardiac regeneration is possible in fish and in newborn mice. But so far it has not been known whether human hearts can regenerate as well. Scientists at IMBA – Institute of Molecular Biotechnology of the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna and the Innsbruck Medical University have described the first complete clinical and functional repair of a human heart following an acute heart attack in an infant. This astonishing discovery nourishes hope that cardiac repair in humans might be possible in the future.
Once again the European Research Council (ERC) has awarded a competitive research grant to the Viennese Top - scientist Jürgen Knoblich. The aim of the ERC Proof of Concept is to explore the commercial potential of cerebral organoids, small developing human brains Jürgen Knoblich’s group has been able to grow from human stem cells.
Of small RNAs, gigabytes of sequences and the precious genome of the germline
Scattered throughout the genomes of plants, fungi, and animals are stretches of DNA called transposable elements, which can translocate from one genomic place to another. As these “jumping genes” often cause deleterious mutations, different genome protection mechanisms have evolved in all eukaryotes.
Hotspot Vienna – Research conference on RNA interference
The “10th Microsymposium on small RNAs” took place last week at the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology (IMBA) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, bringing together the leading scientists in the world working on the role of small non-coding RNAs in the regulation of gene expression. The conference was organized by IMBA, together with its partner-organization the Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP).
With the Life Sciences Call "Innovative biological and biomedical applications of novel imaging technologies" of the Vienna Science and Technology Fund (WWTF), the city of Vienna aims to promote collaborations between physicists, engineers, and biologists towards establishing novel imaging technologies.
The Vienna Biocenter in the third district of Vienna has established itself as the premier location for life sciences in Central Europe and is a world-leading international bio-medical research center.