Author: Roberto Avelar

University of Liverpool Researchers Given £1.1 Million to Study Ageing in Space

Researchers from the University of Liverpool’s Institute of Ageing and Chronic Disease have received over £1.1 million in funding from the UK Space Agency to send muscle tissue to the International Space Station as early as 2021. The project, titled ‘MicroAge,’ is headed by Professor Malcolm Jackson of the Centre for Integrated Research into Musculoskeletal Ageing (CIMA), and looks to elucidate why muscular degeneration occurs in old people, astronauts and even in animals. Amongst 14 different projects pitched to the UK Space Agency, only 3 received funding, so here is why this university’s bid was successful and what they are...

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Is lab-grown meat the future of food?

A vegan and a meat-eater walk into a restaurant and each order a steak. This may sound like the beginning of a bad joke, but it may one day be a common occurrence. Although research is still in the early stages, synthetic meat technology is developing fast, and could soon be in a restaurant near you. So, what exactly is lab-grown meat? Right now, any meat we consume requires the rearing and slaughter of animals. Cultured meat, however, is meat grown from animal cell cultures using tissue engineering technology. The process involves taking donor animal cells, treating them with...

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