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Synthetic Matrix Delivers Healing Stem Cells To Injured Aged Muscles

Researchers examined a molecular matrix, a hydrogel, to deliver muscle stem cells called muscle satellite cells (MuSCs) directly to injured muscle tissue in patients whose muscles don't regenerate well. In lab experiments on mice, the hydrogel successfully delivered MuSCs to injured, aged muscle tissue and boosted the healing process while protecting the stem cells from harsh immune reactions.

A car accident leaves an aging patient with severe muscle injuries that won't heal. Treatment with muscle stem cells from a donor might restore damaged tissue, but doctors are unable to deliver them effectively. A new method may help change this. The study was published in the journal Science Advances

Enzyme With A Light-Activated Catalyst Offers For Synthesis

The coupling of an enzyme with a light-activated catalyst offers great potential for organic synthesis. Catalysts working in pairs can promote more-effective reactions than can the same catalysts used sequentially. The study was published in the journal Nature.

The development of catalytic reactions is a dominant theme in chemistry, especially in industry, where major efforts are underway to develop large-scale chemical processes that are sustainable and avoid producing unnecessary waste. Chemical reactions can be accelerated using many types of catalyst, including metals (or their salts or complexes), small organic molecules, enzymes and light-activated catalysts.

Atoms Aid In Combatting Diseases Are Visualized By Microscope

Researchers showed that the battle against disease as it uses visualization as an enabler for scientific discovery. The molecular details it reveals are so precise, it allows the mapping of the entire surface of biological molecules such as proteins and DNA.

Considered as the most advanced and powerful microscope of Australia because of its capability to visualize down to the level of individual atoms, the Titan Krios will begin its working life as part of a suite of transformative technology.

The University of Wollongong’s (UOW) three-meter tall, one-tonne FEI Thermo Fisher Titan Krios cryo-electron microscope allows scientists to see the inner workings of human cells with unprecedented clarity.

Music Intervention As A Tool in Improving Patient Experience in Palliative Care

Hospice and palliative care patients who listen to live music in their rooms as part of their treatment feel better both emotionally and physically, and request fewer opioid-based medications, a new study found. Doctors working with seriously ill patients offered them the option to have a flutist play music in their rooms as part of their palliative care, which focuses on improving quality of life and relieving symptoms for patients with serious illnesses.