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Human serum albumin from transgenic rice could ease shortages of donated blood.
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ACS News Service
University of Texas at Austin researchers have created "smart glue" based on DNA that could one day be used to 3D-print tissues to repair injuries or even create organs.
Physics World
Tiny structures could be used to image and destroy tumours.
Materials Today
Oxygen is needed in every stage of wound healing and tissue repair. But despite advances in artificial scaffolds that guide cell regrowth after injury, supplying new tissue with oxygen and other nutrients remains a challenge. Now researchers have come up with a novel way to supply regrowing tissue with oxygen using algae.
University of Manchester
University of Manchester scientists have used graphene oxide to target and neutralize cancer stem cells (CSCs) while not harming other cells.
MIT News
MIT scientists have developed a new method of coping with the complexity of studying the brain.
Oregon State University
Oregon State University researchers have developed a new way to selectively insert compounds into cancer cells - a system that will help surgeons identify malignant tissues and then, in combination with phototherapy, kill any remaining cancer cells after a tumor is removed.
The Ohio State University
Mechanical engineers at The Ohio State University have designed and constructed complex nanoscale mechanical parts using "DNA origami" - proving that the same basic design principles that apply to typical full-size machine parts can now also be applied to DNA - and can produce complex, controllable components for future nanorobots.
Berkeley News
A UC Berkeley research team led by bioengineering professor Kevin Healy has developed a network of pulsating cardiac muscle cells that models human heart tissue.
University of Michigan
Scientists have coaxed stem cells to grow the first three-dimensional human mini lungs, or organoids, to help scientists learn more about lung diseases and test new drugs.
Institute of Neural Regeneration & Tissue Engineering
Damage to neural tissue is typically permanent and causes lasting disability in patients. But a method for reconstructing neural tissue using patterned nanofibers in 3D hydrogel structures promises to one day help in the restoration of functional neuroanatomical pathways and structures at sites of spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, tumor resection, stroke, and neurodegenerative diseases.
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Howard Hughes Medical Institute scientists have developed a simpler way to synthesize small molecules, eliminating a major bottleneck in creating new medicines.
The Kurzweil Accelerating Intelligence
Three babies who received groundbreaking 3-D-printed devices that helped keep their airways open are today healthy, off of ventilators, and no longer need paralytics, narcotics and sedation, say researchers have closely followed their cases to see how well the bioresorable splints implanted in all three patients have worked.
Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology
Genetically engineered fibers of the protein spidroin - the construction material for spider webs - are an ideal matrix (substrate or frame) for cultivating heart tissue cells, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) researchers have found, as noted in an open-access article in the journal PLOS ONE.
Materials Today
Wenguo Cui et al. look at how a new therapy takes advantages of disease itself to treat the disease using injectable and bioresponsive hydrogels.
MIT News
MIT chemical engineers have designed a new type of self-healing hydrogel that can be injected through a syringe to supply one or two different drugs at a time.
Materials Today
Metals such as Ti are widely used as implants in orthopedics and dentistry, but better mechanical properties and bioactivity could reduce subsequent failure and rejection. Researchers think they may have hit upon a solution to these issues using densified porous Ti implants loaded with growth factors.
Materials Today
Scientists have developed a cheap hydrolyzable polymer that can be designed to degrade over time, and which could offer a viable alternative to those used in a range of biomedical applications, such as in the design of drug delivery systems, tissue engineering, surgical sutures and transient electronics, and in degradable/compostable packaging materials, coatings and adhesive materials.
Materials Today
Carbon nanotubes could spark new life into damaged nerves, say researchers, thanks to their unique combination of length, strength, and electrical conductivity.
Rice University News & Media
Rice University scientists have found that the carbon nanotube fibers they developed for aerospace are superior to metal and plain-carbon electrodes for deep brain stimulation for neurological disorders such as Parkinson?s and for brain-machine interfaces to neural circuits in the brain.
AIP Publishing
By combining micro-imprinting and electro-spinning techniques, researchers at Shanghai University?s Rapid Manufacturing Engineering Center have developed a vascular graft (blood-vessel bypass) composed of three layers for the first time.
Imperial College London
Scientists have developed "nanoneedles" that have successfully prompted parts of the body to generate new blood vessels, in a trial in mice.
Technische Universit?t Wien
Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien) and Vienna Medical University (MedUni Vienna) researchers have developed artificial blood vessels made from a special elastomer material (thermoplastic polyurethanes) with excellent mechanical properties.
Duke University
In a laboratory first that could "revolutionize drug discovery and personalized medicine," Duke researchers have grown human skeletal muscle that contracts and responds just like native tissue to external stimuli such as electrical pulses, biochemical signals and pharmaceuticals.
Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute
A method for initiating human hair growth - using human pluripotent stem cells to create new cells - has been developed by Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute (Sanford-Burnham) researchers.
University of Leeds
Leeds scientists have shown that gold nanotubes can fight cancer in three ways: as internal nanoprobes for high-resolution photoacoustic imaging, as drug delivery vehicles, and as agents for destroying cancer cells.
Houston Methodist
Could destroy blood clots 1000 times faster than a commonly used clot-busting technique Houston Methodist researchers have developed magnetic nanoparticles that in tests delivered drugs to destroy blood clots up to 1000 times faster than a commonly used clot-busting technique.
MIT News
A new nanodevice developed by MIT researchers can help overcome cancer cell drug resistance (after chemotherapy) by first blocking the gene that confers drug resistance, then launching a new chemotherapy attack against the disarmed tumors.
The Kurzweil Accelerating Intelligence
A research team in China has created genetically modified human embryos using the gene-editing technique CRISPR/Cas9, according to a report in the online journal Protein & Cell.
Stanford Medicine
A modified RNA that encodes a telomere-extending protein to cultured human cell yielded large numbers of cells for study Scientists at the Stanford University School of Medicine have developed a new procedure that uses modified messenger RNA to quickly and efficiently increase the length of human telomeres, the protective caps on the ends of chromosomes that are associated with aging and disease.
MIT News
A team of engineers from MIT, Penn State University, and Carnegie Mellon University is developing a novel way to isolate cancer cells that circulate in the bloodstream: using sound waves to separate them from blood cells.
Physics World
Research could lead to better surgical treatments for preventing strokes.
Nationwide Childrens Hospital
Investigators at Nationwide Childrens Hospital say they have developed an optimized analysis "pipeline" that slashes the time it takes to search a person?s genome for disease-causing variations from weeks to hours.
The University of Queensland
University of Queensland researchers have discovered that non-invasive scanning ultrasound (SUS) technology* can be used to treat Alzheimer?s disease in mice and restore memory by breaking apart the neurotoxic Amyloid-? (A?) peptide plaques that result in memory loss and cognitive decline.
Materials Today
The last few years have witnessed major advancements in the synthesis, modification, characterization and modeling of nanometer-size solid-state channels and pores. Future applications in sensing, energy conversion and purification technologies will critically rely on qualitative improvements in the control over the selectivity, directionality and responsiveness of these nanochannels and nanopores.
North?eastern University researchers have dis?cov?ered an antibi?otic called "teixobactin" that elim?i?nates pathogens without encoun?tering any detectable resistance ? a finding that chal?lenges long-held sci?en?tific beliefs and holds great promise for treating chronic infec?tions like tuber?cu?losis and those caused by MRSA.
Gladstone Institutes
Gladstone Institutes researchers have uncovered a new memory regulator in the brain that may offer a potential treatment to improve memory in Alzheimer?s disease using a drug that targets those receptors.
Cornell Chronicle
Lowers glucose levels by 30 percent; could be delivered as pill instead of injections Imagine a pill that helps people control diabetes with the bodys own insulin to lower blood glucose levels.
MIT News
A new test for Ebola from MIT researchers uses a simple paper strip similar to a pregnancy test that can rapidly diagnose Ebola, as well as other viral hemorrhagic fevers such as yellow fever and dengue fever.
Medical Xpress
A Rutgers nutritional scientist and two cancer biologists at New York Citys Hunter College have found that an ingredient in extra-virgin olive oil kills a variety of human cancer cells without harming healthy cells.
Computer scientists at Saarland University and Carnegie Mellon University are studying the potential use of the human body as a touch sensitive surface for controlling mobile devices. They have developed flexible silicone rubber stickers with pressure-sensitive sensors that fit snugly to the skin.
UT Southwestern Medical Center
UT Southwestern Medical Center neuroscientists have identified key cells in the brain that control 24-hour circadian rhythms (sleep and wake cycles) as well as functions such as hormone production, metabolism, and blood pressure.
UNSW Newsroom
Biomedical engineer Melissa Knothe Tate at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Australia is using previously proprietary semiconductor technology to zoom through organs of the human body, down to the level of a single cell.
Physics World
New fabrication technique could create brain-like electronic networks.
Physics World
Fibres made of concentric cylinders help creature cling to the sea floor.
Engineers at Saarland University have created an artificial hand with muscles made from of nickel-titanium alloy shape-memory wire (the wire is able to "remember" its shape and to return to that original shape after it has been deformed).
The Kurzweil Accelerating Intelligence
The first person to undergo a head-transplant operation will be Valery Spiridinov, The Independent reports. The procedure will be performed by controversial Italian doctor Sergio Canavero, MD.
The Kurzweil Accelerating Intelligence
Researchers at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES) at the University of Wollongong (UOW) are developing 3-D printed materials that morph into new structures under the influence of external stimuli such as water or heat. They refer to this process as "4-D printing," where the fourth dimension is time.
ACS News Service
A team of scientists has invented a new artificial photosynthetic system that could one day reduce industrys dependence on fossil fuel-derived energy by powering it with solar energy and bacteria.
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