Researchers from Duke-NUS Medical School, the Singapore Eye Research Institute, and the Karolinska Institute have developed a method to produce photoreceptor progenitor cells, the light-detecting cells found in the eye, from stem cells and then transplanted them into experimental models with damaged retinas. The preclinical study showed significant vision recovery, potentially marking the first step towards restoring vision in eye diseases characterized by photoreceptor loss. Photoreceptor degeneration is a significant cause of declining vision that can lead to blindness, with no effective treatment currently available. The researchers hope to refine their method to make it simpler and achieve more consistent results.
On September 2, 2023, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) achieved another milestone by launching its ambitious solar mission, Aditya-L1, from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota. This mission follows the recent success of Chandrayan-3, the lunar expedition. Aditya-L1 is India’s first space-based observatory focused on studying the Sun and will travel approximately 1.5 […]
Research reveals that cuttlefish, specifically Sepia officinalis, exhibit the ability to delay gratification in a modified marshmallow test. Led by behavioral ecologist Alexandra Schnell of the University of Cambridge, the study involved a unique experiment using transparent doors with symbols to test the cuttlefish’s self-control. The results indicated that cuttlefish could wait for a preferred […]
Creating artificial life, a recurring theme in science and literature, holds potential in the fields of viral vaccines and disease treatment. Associate professor Chenguang Lou and Professor Hanbin Mao have pioneered “hybrid peptide-DNA nanostructures” for this purpose. These structures combine DNA’s precise control and peptide technology’s chemical diversity. Recent research has successfully linked three-stranded DNA […]