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Aug 6, 2009

Millipore Licenses iPS Cell-Production Method from BU

  • Boston University (BU) granted rights related to a method for creating induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells to Millipore. The cells are derived from mouse fibroblasts by using a single virus vector instead of multiple viruses in the reprogramming process, according to BU.
    The vector has been licensed to Millipore for nonhuman research reagent use and is expected to be made commercially available later this year.


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Scientifically Studying Ecstasy

MDMA (commonly known as the empathogen “ecstasy”) is classified as a Schedule 1 drug, which is reserved for compounds with no accepted medical use and a high abuse potential. Two researchers from Stanford, however, call for a rigorous scientific exploration of MDMA's effects to identify precisely how the drug works, the data from which could be used to develop therapeutic compounds.

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