New edition of research, the Bayer scientific magazine, published
Research for more quality of life
Key issues in medical and plant research: fitness training for wheat, fighting cancer with alpha radiation, stem cells from skin tissue / Experiencing and understanding the fascination of science
Leverkusen, January 2016 – The latest edition of research, the Bayer scientific magazine, showcases current topics in medical and agricultural research. In the cover story “Fitness strategy for wheat, soybeans and other crops”, plant experts from Bayer explain how they are decoding plant life in minute detail, yielding valuable knowledge for new breeds and innovative crop protection products and thus helping crops withstand the most unfavorable of conditions. When exposed to stress, plant cells switch to emergency mode, putting the harvest at risk. The scientists help cereals and other crops cope better with their environment and deliver good harvests.
Bayer’s scientists in Oslo explain how radioactivity could be used to fight cancer: they are developing a new drug product that is designed to selectively find its way through the body to tumors and then release alpha radiation locally. It is intended to be used primarily to treat refractory tumors that no longer respond to chemotherapy. The novel radioimmunotherapy approach could be a source of new hope for patients with lymph node, prostate or breast cancer.
The magazine also turns its attention to a special kind of stem cell: using induced pluripotent stem cells derived from skin tissue, Bayer researchers can simulate organs and even diseases in the petri dish. As such, these cells have great potential in drug research.
Bayer's science magazine features stories researched using journalistic criteria and selected to illustrate how research can improve the lives of humans, animals and plants – fully in keeping with the company's mission, "Bayer: Science For A Better Life". The texts are designed to appeal to the reader with explanatory illustrations, attractive photo galleries showing life in the laboratory and out in the field, and interviews with renowned international scientists. They make the approaches and technologies being used today even more accessible.
Bayer: Science For A Better Life
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