Month: April 2017

China will change scientific evaluation system

According to WAN Gang, Minister of Science and Technology, in future a committee of senior experts will be formed to carry out appraisals before each major scientific project is launched. In addition, professional agents will be hired to manage each project, instead of government and supervisors of science and technology managing the programs themselves. CAS […]

EpimAb Biotherapeutics Co. plans clinical trials of about 2.7 billion procured tetravalent bispecific antibodies

EpimAb Biotherapeutics, a Shanghai startup, announced that it had completed the Series A funding of 25 million dollars. The funds will be used to further develop Fabs-In-Tandem Immunoglobulin (FIT-Ig), a proprietary bispecific antibody, and to expand the pipeline of bispecific antibodies for cancer immunotherapy etc. The company plans to submit an application to start the […]

CAS Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry develops prototype of lithium nitride battery

Instead of generating energy from the breakdown of lithium nitride (2Li3N) into lithium and nitrogen gas, the battery prototype runs on atmospheric nitrogen in ambient conditions and reacts with lithium to form lithium nitride. According to Xinbo ZHANG, one of the researchers, its energy output is brief but comparable to that of other lithium-metal batteries. […]

CAS Hefei Institute of Physical Science develops „Red Painter“, turning leaf colors into red

The product consists of several bio-active chemicals, such as polyphenols and soluble sugars isolated from the Pistacia chinensis leaves, together with some amino acid and microelements, which significantly induces the anthocyanin and proanthocyanidin biosynthesis in the leaf and thus makes the leaf color turned into red in a few days after treatment. The product could […]

China plans experiments related to human reproduction in space

The experiments on China’s space station Tianzhou-1 will study the basic development and maturation of germ cells in a micro-gravity environment, and the developmental potential of human embryonic stem cells, thus taking a first step in investigations concerning human reproduction in space. Scientists on the ground will remotely control the research equipment to change the […]

CAS to invest 10 mill RMB for Cambricon deep learning chip

The Cambricon research project is led by two brothers, CHEN Yunji (陈云霁) and CHEN Tianshi (陈天石), two young full professors at the CAS Institute of Computing Technology. Unlike existing neural networks which require thousands of GPU-based accelerators, Cambricon processors are designed to operate more efficiently and run on much less power. The latest Cambricon-1A chip […]

China launches first cargo spacecraft Tianzhou-1

The cargo ship is 10.6 meters long and has a maximum diameter of 3.35 meters. Its maximum takeoff weight is 13.5 tonnes, enabling it to carry over 6 tonnes of supplies. Tianzhou-1 will dock with Tiangong-2 space station three times. After the first docking, aerospace engineers will test the controlling ability of the cargo spacecraft […]

CAS Shanghai SIBS develops ß-carotene cell factory based on genome editing

The group of YANG Sheng at CAS SIBS has  developed a series of genome editing tools for Yarrowia lipolytica and generated an efficient biosynthetic pathway using strong promoters and multiple gene copies for each of the 12 steps involved in ß-carotene biosynthesis. Using fed-batch fermentation with an optimized medium, the engineered Y. lipolytica  cells could produce […]

CAS Hefei Institute of Materia Medica builds cell bank with nearly 70 kinds of kinase targets, relevant for cancer

The occurrence of many tumors is caused by abnormal activation of growth-related kinases. Inhibitors of these mutant kinases are effective in inhibiting the growth of cancer cells. The institute’s cell bank contains nearly 70 kinds of cancer kinase target, with cell types of more than 150 species, covering almost all the current knowledge of tumor-related […]

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