Bioprinting Firm Aspect Biosystems Raises $20 Million

Aspect Biosystems, a Canadian biotech company specializing in microfluidic 3D bioprinting, has raised $20 million (USD) through a Series A investment round. The funding will enable the bioprinting company to accelerate its work by advancing multiple tissue therapeutic programs, expanding its technology platform and growing its team. The $20 million funding round was led by Radical Ventures, a VC firm…
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The role of low oxygen in early placental development is controversial and inconclusive. The authors integrated advanced placental cell cultures exposed to low, moderate and high levels of oxygen with non-biased conventional transcriptomic and single-cell transcriptomic approaches. They showed that exposure to low oxygen conditions promoted the differentiation of primitive trophoblasts toward advanced invasive cell types, while culture in high oxygen conditions slowed this process.
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We and others recently showed that coordinated expression of long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) is essential for myeloid differentiation and that, in turn, deregulation of lncRNAs contributes to the pathogenesis of AML1. To better understand the relationship between lncRNAs that control granulopoiesis and the block of differentiation in AML blasts, we sequenced stranded, non-poly-A-enriched cDNA libraries that were prepared from healthy…
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Following an extensive community consultation and international search process, Simon Fraser University’s Board of Governors has named professor Joy Johnson as the university’s next president and vice-chancellor. Johnson, SFU’s current vice-president, research and international, takes office on September 1, 2020. She succeeds professor Andrew Petter, who completes his term on August 31 after a decade of distinguished service. “Over the…
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Every year people around the world enjoy oysters from British Columbia (BC) but oyster-related illnesses have posed risks to human health, and the BC oyster industry. Several outbreaks from 2015 to 2018 resulted in severe cases of gastroenteritis, and serious viral or bacterial infections including noroviruses and Vibrio parahaemolyticus (Vp). Noroviruses are highly contagious and are the leading cause of non-bacterial, acute…
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A New DNA-Based Method for Tracking Samples Through the Lab

Researchers at Canada’s Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre have developed an elegant method for tracking tissue samples through complex laboratory processes using unique DNA identifiers. As precision medicine for the treatment of cancer and other diseases becomes a reality, there is increased demand for DNA sequencing. With the high volumes of samples now being sent for sequencing analysis, Scientists at…
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A Thompson Rivers University professor has teamed up with Vancouver’s Parallel 49 brewery to study one of their most popular but hard-to-create beers. Jonathan Van Hamme and his team are using the microbiology research lab at TRU in Kamloops to sequence the genomes (the complete genetic information) of the yeast strains in the Belgian ale the company markets as Wild Ride. The beer is distinctive because it…
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The holiday season is upon us, and as research begins to slow towards the end of the year, we too will be taking a short break to prepare for the new year ahead. The Science in the City Vancouver website will be dark for the remainder of the holiday season, but will return as your source for local life science…
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After utilizing new technologies allowing researchers to observe the complete tumour environment, rather than just a small portion, a unique discovery was made about how Hodgkin lymphoma cells and regular immune cells interact with each other. Ordinarily, immune cells detect and attack illnesses; however in this instance researchers observed that some immune cells with a strong expression of a specific…
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