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In 2013, a new BioWin project, NeuroAtt, was launched to arrive at a reliable diagnosis for ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and to find the least [...]
Mutations in mitochondrial DNA can cause severe diseases and fertility problems. Since mitochondria are only inherited from the mother, a mother with faulty mitochondrial DNA will pass this on to her children without exception. Techniques involving the use of a donor egg with healthy mitochondria were developed to avoid this. However, the fact that the resulting embryo contains genetic material from three different individuals raised many ethical questions. Also, the science behind mitochondrial transfer hasn’t been fully elucidated. Nonetheless, a scientific group from New York went ahead and applied the techniques, and last April, a three-parent baby was born.
A group of students from Ghent University is currently working on an innovative project that tackles the problem of drinking water scarcity. This project, called "Dewpal," will be their entry in The International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Competition. Dewpal involves the designing and printing (using a special filament that allows for binding with external proteins) of a unique 3D shape. The combination of 3D printing and synthetic biology, i.e., functionalized 3D-printed structures, has many potential applications.
Houston (Texas, USA) has been home to Jeroen Pollet since August 2011. He arrived as a Fulbright scholar; now he is an assistant professor at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM), and also the director of the Formulation Development Unit at the Sabin Vaccine Institute & Texas Children`s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development.   In these roles, he develops new vaccines against neglected tropical diseases and studies the interactions of vaccine antigens  with immunostimulatory agents in relation to immune responses and vaccine efficacy.