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3D bioprinted human cartilage cells can be implanted
Swedish researchers at Chalmers University of Technology and Sahlgrenska Academy have successfully induced human cartilage cells to live and grow in an animal model, using 3D bioprinting. the results will move development closer to a potential future in which it will be possible to help patients by giving them new body parts through 3D bioprinting.
March 23, 2017
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3D printed patch helps guide growing blood vessels
Ischemia results when narrowed, hardened or blocked blood vessels starve tissue, often resulting in heart attack, stroke, gangrene and other serious conditions. Surgery can correct the problem in large vessels, but treatment is much more complex in vessels that are smaller or damaged by prior treatment. Professor Christopher Chen (BME, MSE) is developing a method using 3D-printed patches infused with cells that offer a promising new approach to growing healthy blood vessels.
June 13, 2017
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3D-printed tiny sensor to inspect water quality in the distribution system
Researchers at UBC's Okanagan campus have designed a tiny device --built using a 3D printer--that can monitor drinking water quality in real time and help protect against waterborne illness (Sensors, "3D Printing-Based Integrated Water Quality Sensing System").
July 19, 2017
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Misc. - A

A heart made of spider silk
Ever more people are suffering from cardiac insufficiency, despite significant advances in preventing and minimising damage to the heart. The main cause of reduced cardiac functionality lies in the irreversible loss of cardiac muscle cells due to disease, especially ischaemic diseases such as cardiac infarction.
August 17, 2017
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A golden opportunity for drug targeting
Gold complexes can be delivered to target organs in living mice, where they can speed chemical reactions for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes, show RIKEN researchers (Angewandte Chemie International Edition, "In vivo gold complex catalysis within live mice"). This paves the way for future clinical applications in humans.
June 30, 2017
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A ground-breaking method for screening the most useful nanoparticles for medicine
The use of nanoparticles – small, virus-sized elements developed under laboratory conditions – is increasingly widespread in the world of biomedicine. this rapidly-evolving technology offers hope for many medical applications, whether for diagnosis or therapies.
February 3, 2017
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A nanofiber matrix for healing
A new nanofiber-on-microfiber matrix could help produce more and better quality stem cells for disease treatment and regenerative therapies.
February 14, 2017
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A nanotechnology method for storing vaccines at room temperature
Shipping vaccines in an unbroken temperature-controlled supply chain (a "cold chain") all the way to recipients is a major logistical and financial challenge in remote areas and developing countries. According to Doctors Without Borders, the need to keep vaccines within a temperature range of 2-8�C is one of the main factors behind low immunization-coverage rates.
November 30, 2016
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A new adjustable optical microprobe for the analysis and control of deep brain regions
Researchers from the IIT- Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia in Lecce, Italy, and the Harvard Medical School in Boston, USA, have developed a new optical microprobe able to control brain electrical activity by projecting light on wide volumes or selected portions of the central nervous system in an very controlled fashion.
June 19, 2017
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A new direction in ophthalmic development: Nanoparticle drug delivery systems
Most ophthalmic diseases are usually treated with topically administered drug formulations (e.g. eye drops). Their main disadvantage is the short time of contact with the eye, which leads to a low degree of absorption of the active substance (less than 5% of the drug administered). this requires frequent instillation, which usually leads to a high systemic exposure.
January 3, 2017
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A new Drug and Nanoparticle Combination for Triple Negative Breast Cancer
A research team from the UK has developed a prospective new drug for confronting the highly aggressive "triple negative" breast cancer (TNBC), as well as a nanoparticle for delivering the drug directly into the cancer cells.
March 17, 2017
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A new graphene-based sensor kit for the rapid detection of diseases in blood plasma and lysate
Scientists at the University of Southampton, developed a new sensor, which can rapidly and accurately detect tiny amounts of oligonucleotides related to diseases.
January 17, 2017
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A new ligand extends the half-life of peptide drugs from minutes to days
Peptides are biological molecules, made up of short sequences of amino acids. Because they are easy to synthesize, show low toxicity and high efficiency, peptides such as insulin and other hormones can be used as drugs.
July 17, 2017
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A New Look at Evolution of Protein Nano-Machines
Proteins perform vital functions of life. They digest food and fight infections and cancer. They are in effect nano-machines, each one of them designed to do a specific function. But how did they evolve to fulfil those needs, how did the genes encode the structure and purpose of proteins?
May 25, 2017
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A new method for the 3-D printing of living tissues
Scientists at the University of Oxford have developed a new method to 3D-print laboratory- grown cells to form living structures.
August 15, 2017
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A smarter way to screen molecular libraries
A powerful screening strategy devised by RIKEN researchers will make it easier for scientists to assign likely biological functions to different molecules, facilitating the development of safe and effective drugs.
October 6, 2017
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A tougher dental restoration composite
Fewer trips to the dentist may be in your future, and you have mussels to thank.
August 22, 2017
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Acoustic Waves Used to Drive Fluids at the Nanoscale
A group of mechanical engineers at the University of California San Diego have effectively used acoustic waves to transport fluids via small channels at the nanoscale. this innovative method is a first step toward the manufacturing of small, portable devices that may be used for microrobotics applications and drug discovery.
November 16, 2016
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AFM imaging and characterization of nematodes in their natural environment
Caenorhabditis elegans (C. elegans), a free-living soil nematode, has become an important experimental model for biomedical research. this nematode has been successfully employed in genetics, ageing research, behavioral assays, drug screening and (nano)toxicology.
November 16, 2016
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An injectable guidance system for nerve cells
In many tissues of the human body, such as nerve tissue, the spatial organization of cells plays an important role. Nerve cells and their long protrusions assemble into nerve tracts and transport information throughout the body. When such a tissue is injured, an accurate spatial orientation of the cells facilitates the healing process. Scientists from the DWI -- Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials in Aachen developed an injectable gel, which can act as a guidance system for nerve cells.
April 5, 2017
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ARL researchers identify hydrogen-producing power of urine
Scientists at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory observed an unexpected result when combining urine with a newly engineered nano-powder based on aluminum. It instantly releases hydrogen from the urine at much higher rate than with ordinary water.
September 12, 2017
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Artificial cartilage under tension as strong as natural material
Biomedical engineers at the University of California, Davis, have created a lab-grown tissue similar to natural cartilage by giving it a bit of a stretch. The tissue, grown under tension but without a supporting scaffold, shows similar mechanical and biochemical properties to natural cartilage.
June 12, 2017
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Artificial fluorescent membrane lipid shows active role in living cells
Biological membranes, such as those surrounding animal cells, are made up of lipids and proteins. Because these molecules do not usually mix well, they are distributed within different regions of the membrane. This segregation is achieved in a number of ways, including the formation of domains based on particular lipids such as cholesterol or sphingomyelin (SM).
June 5, 2017
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Artificial muscles show more flex
Artificial muscles made significant gains when a literal twist in the development approach uncovered the tensile or stretchy abilities of polymer fibers once they were twisted and coiled into a spring-like geometry. In a similar manner to the powerful climbing tendrils of cucumber plants, the unique geometry gives the coil a flexing motion when fiber material shrinks a reaction that can be controlled with heat.
October 30, 2016
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Atomic structure reveals how cells translate environmental signals
Culminating a nearly 10 year effort, researchers have determined the atomic resolution structure of a key molecule that translates signals from a cell's local environment into a language that the cell can understand and use.
April 18, 2017
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Misc. - B

Beating the heat with nanoparticle films
It is a truth acknowledged throughout much of the world, that a car sitting in the sun on a summer's day must be sweltering. However, a partnership between Sandia National Laboratories and Santa Fe, New Mexico-based IR Dynamics may soon challenge that truth.
August 31, 2017
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Berkeley Lab Experiments Highlight Most Active Areas of Reactions on Nanoscale Particles
A research team working at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel confirmed with a unique infrared probe that jagged surfaces and defects found at the edges of nanosized platinum and gold particles are significant hot spots for chemical reactivity.
January 12, 2017
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Big data approach to predict protein structure
Nothing works without proteins in the body, they are the molecular all-rounders in our cells. If they do not work properly, severe diseases, such as Alzheimer's, may result. to develop methods to repair malfunctioning proteins, their structure has to be known. Using a big data approach, researchers of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have now developed a method to predict protein structures.
March 24, 2017
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Bioactive titanium implant material with multifunctional nano-bio-interface
The implantation of orthopaedic devices is associated with a high risk of post-operative complications that increases substantially with each revision surgery.
September 4, 2017
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Biodegradable microsensors for food monitoring
A new generation of microsensors could provide the vital link between food products and the Internet of Things. Researchers have developed an ultra-thin temperature sensor that is both biocompatible and biodegradable.
September 28, 2017
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Biodegradable microsensors for food monitoring
Nowadays microsensors are already used in many different applications, such as the detection of poisonous gases. They are also integrated into miniaturised transmitter/receiver systems, such as the ubiquitous RFID chips.
September 28, 2017
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Biodegradable nanoparticle injected after spinal cord injury limits damage
After a spinal cord injury, a significant amount of secondary nerve damage is caused by inflammation and internal scarring that inhibits the ability of the nervous system to repair itself.
September 5, 2017
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Biodegradable nanoparticle injected after spinal cord injury limits damage
After a spinal cord injury, a significant amount of secondary nerve damage is caused by inflammation and internal scarring that inhibits the ability of the nervous system to repair itself.
September 5, 2017
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Biodegradable polymer coating for implants
Medical implants often carry surface substrates that release active substances or to which biomolecules or cells can adhere better. However, degradable gas-phase coatings for degradable implants, such as surgical suture materials or scaffolds for tissue culturing, have been lacking so far.
December 14, 2016
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Biodegradable temperature sensors for the Internet of Things
Materials that undergo degradation by biological and/or chemical processes are used for food packaging, drug delivery, tissue engineering, microfluidics, medical tools, and implantable devices.
July 12, 2017
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Bioengineered livers mimic natural development
How do cells work together and use their genome to develop into human liver tissue? An international research team from the Max Planck Institute, headed by Prof. Barbara Treutlein from the Technical University of Munich (TUM), has applied this question by using novel technologies of genomics and stem cell research.
September 1, 2017
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Biomaterials for the regeneration of bone and cartilage tissues from apple waste
Researchers from UPM and CSIC have employed waste from the agri-food industry to develop biomaterials that are able to act as matrices to regenerate bone and cartilage tissues, which is of great interest for the treatment of diseases related to aging (Journal of Cleaner Production, "Multivalorization of apple pomace towards materials and chemicals. Waste to wealth").
March 30, 2017
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Biomaterials of the future will modulate the reaction of the organism to the implant
Researchers from Universidad Politecnica have developed an innovative procedure that may significantly improve the therapeutic capacity of implants.
December 20, 2016
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Biomedical 'skin-like bandage' is stretchy, durable and long lasting
A skin-like biomedical technology that uses a mesh of conducting nanowires and a thin layer of elastic polymer might bring new electronic bandages that monitor biosignals for medical applications and provide therapeutic stimulation through the skin.
November 16, 2016
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BioSpa Live Cell Imaging System Provides Convenience and Consistency for Live Cell Analysis
BioTek's BioSpa Live Cell Imaging System fully automates live cell imaging workflows for robust, real-time results without the need for manual intervention.
December 12, 2016
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Boosting the lifetime, effectiveness of electronic biomedical devices
Modern electronic biomedical devices are enabling a wide range of sophisticated health interventions, from seizure detection and Parkinson's disease therapy to functional artificial limbs, cochlear implants and smart contact lenses.
March 8, 2017
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Brain damage in fish affected by plastic nanoparticles
A new study from Lund University in Sweden shows that plastic particles in water may end up inside fish brains. The plastic can cause brain damage, which is the likely cause of behavioural disorders observed in the fish.
September 25, 2017
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Brain-on-a-chip built on nanowire scaffolds
Neurons are the basic computational units or cells in the brain and they form connections between other neurons to form neuronal circuits. When these neurons are at work in the brain -- during learning, thinking, sensing, etc -- they pass off information from one neuron to the other via their synaptic interconnects.
May 12, 2017
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Breaking new ground in ultrafast X-ray science
A research team based in Germany are using a new compact hard X-ray source to shine new light on important questions in structural biology.
December 13, 2016
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Breathable, wearable nanomesh electronics on skin for long-term health monitoring
A hypoallergenic electronic sensor can be worn on the skin continuously for a week without discomfort, and is so light and thin that users forget they even have it on, says a Japanese group of scientists. The elastic electrode constructed of breathable nanoscale meshes holds promise for the development of noninvasive e-skin devices that can monitor a person's health continuously over a long period.
July 17, 2017
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Bringing nano environmental health and safety assessment to the wider discussion on risk governance of key enabling technologies
The EU FP7 Sustainable Nanotechnologies (SUN) Project is coming to its end in March 2017. the project has designed its final events to serve as an effective platform to communicate the main results achieved in its course within the Nanosafety community and bridge them to a wider audience addressing the emerging risks of Key Enabling Technologies (KETs).
October 30, 2016
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Building bridges within the cell - using light
Each cell in the body is made up of a number of tiny sealed membranous subunits called organelles, and they send things like lipids back and forth to allow the cell to function. A process called membrane tethering is responsible for bridging the gap between organelles at a specialized subcellular zone called membrane contact sites and, now, researchers have a way to manipulate this tethering.
August 1, 2017
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Building Nanocages can Help Observe G-Quadruplex Biomolecules
Macromolecules regularly fold and unfold themselves inside cells. the functions of these macromolecules can be determined by their various three-dimensional structures. Having an in-depth knowledge on molecule folding, complex physical processes that have an impact on allergies, cancers, and diseases can be easily understood.
March 28, 2017
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Misc. - C

Carbon-coated microsensor for clean water applications
Water utilities have a Goldilocks problem: If they don't add enough chlorine, nasty bacteria that cause typhoid and cholera survive the purification process. Too much chlorine produces disinfection byproducts such as chloroform, which increase cancer risks. The amount of chlorine needs to be "just right" for safe drinking water.
July 11, 2017
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Catholic University of Rome Uses the JPK NanoWizard® AFM & CellHesion® Systems to Understand how Cells Sense and Respond to Mechanical Stimuli
JPK Instruments, a world-leading manufacturer of nanoanalytic instrumentation for research in life sciences and soft matter, reports on the work of Professor Marco De Spirito's research group at the Catholic University of Rome. the group uses a NanoWizard® AFM and CellHesion® module to study how cells sense and respond to mechanical stimuli.
April 13, 2017
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Cell economics 101
Every time we swallow food, cells that line the intestines must step up their activity in a sudden and dramatic manner. According to a new study by Weizmann Institute of Science researchers, reported in Science ("Global mRNA polarization regulates translation efficiency in the intestinal epithelium"), they rise to the challenge in the most economic fashion.
August 15, 2017
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Cell smasher
We're all pretty familiar with what happens when we sustain a knock on the head: First, the all-too-audible crack, accompanied perhaps by a moment of surprise. Then, the swelling and, if we're lucky, just a minor bump or scrape.
February 2, 2017
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Chance meeting leads to creation of antibiotic spider silk
A chance meeting between a spider expert and a chemist has led to the development of antibiotic synthetic spider silk.
January 4, 2017
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Chemists bring mixed folded proteins to life with nanoparticles
Scientists from ITMO University in Saint Petersburg and Hebrew University in Jerusalem have found a way to recover a protein structure after its chemical denaturation. The method is based on electrostatic interaction between folded, or denatured, proteins and alumina, which unwrap them.
June 9, 2017
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Chemists created nanoparticles for safe imaging of tumors
Chemists from Russia and Switzerland created biosafe luminescent nanoparticles for imaging tumors and blood vessels damaged by heart attack or stroke. the particles are made of hafnium oxide that is allowed for intravenous injection, and doped with ions of rare earth metals. the scientists hope that the development will give an alternative to toxic quantum dots and help imaging deep tissues without harming a human body. the study appeared in Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces.
March 21, 2017
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Choosing the right substrate for the right function
Scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology have discovered a unique molecular mechanism responsible for the substrate preference of ubiquitin-specific proteases.
April 4, 2017
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Closer look at atomic motion in molecules may benefit biotechnology researchers
Every molecule holds a complex landscape of moving atoms — and the ability to single out and examine individual nuclear vibrations may unlock to the secret to predicting and controlling chemical reactions. now a new method, developed by researchers in Sweden, enables biotech researchers to do just that.
February 15, 2017
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Color-coded chemistry tests get a boost
With a prestigious early career award grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), one chemist wants to make color-coded testing of diseases easier.
February 2, 2017
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Combating wear and tear
By the time someone realizes they damaged a ligament, tendon or cartilage from too much exercise or other types of physical activity, it's too late. the tissue is stretched and torn and the person is writhing in pain.
March 22, 2017
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Completing the drug design jigsaw
A powerful new way of analysing how drugs interact with molecules in the body could aid the design of better treatments with fewer side-effects.
October 5, 2017
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Computer simulation of protein synthesis reveals awesome complexity of cell machinery
Life depends on proteins. These molecules are produced continually in our cells, which act as microscopic production lines - but the process is so complex we have barely begun to understand it. Exploring protein synthesis may, however, be the key to revealing how the body controls the thousands of reactions occurring simultaneously inside us.
March 16, 2017
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Considering the role of gravity for accurate weighing results, described in new Mettler Toledo whitepaper
During weighing, a balance's axis needs to be parallel to the force of gravity to be accurate. Learn how to ensure a balance is level to improve weighing results with a free reference guide from METTLER TOLEDO--the third of 12 monthly offers contained in the lab equipment manufacturer's 2017 e-calendar.
April 3, 2017
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Creating unique atomic-scale IDs based on the irregularities found in 2D materials
Counterfeit products are a huge problem - from medicines to car parts, fake technology costs lives.
July 6, 2017
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Misc. - D

Deconstructing osmosis provides insight for medical and industrial use
Osmosis, the fluid phenomenon responsible for countless slug deaths at the hands of mischievous children, is fundamentally important not only to much of biology, but also to engineering and industry. Most simply put, osmosis refers to the flow of fluid across a membrane driven by a (solute) concentration difference -- like water from a salted slug's cells or absorbed by the roots of plants.
May 18, 2017
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Dendrimer nanomedicine - developing efficient therapeutic strategies for the treatment of neurological disorders
A dendrimer is a polymeric nanostructure built around a core unit. There are several branching units around the core units in a layer-by-layer fashion which defines the growth, size, and the microenvironment within the dendrimer.
June 21, 2017
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Designing new selective reactions to modulate biological processes
The environment determines everything. Unlike chemical reactions carried out in flasks in the laboratory, which allow to convert reagents into products, usually in organic solvents, in biological environments everything is much more unpredictable and unstable. Thus, reactions within a living organism proceed in a markedly hostile media: dense, complex, and surrounded by many other adjacent substances that threaten its feasibility (such as amino acids or sugars).
October 9, 2017
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Designing polymers with novel features
Tiny sensors made of antibodies, protein nanospheres that can clean up toxic spills, and gels that could be injected into a wound to initiate healing are just a few of the innovations emerging from Bradley Olsen's lab at MIT.
August 28, 2017
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Detecting mercury with gold nanorods
Mercury is harmful even in small amounts. Detecting it currently requires expensive equipment. Researchers are working on a faster and cheaper alternative: a portable sensor that can perform a rapid analysis in the field. the key is finding something small and accurate enough to do the job.
March 7, 2017
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Detection for the masses
Customs officials want to detect contraband. Doctors want to know how quickly a patient is metabolizing a therapeutic drug. And suppliers of organic products, from nutritional supplements to honey, want to know their raw materials are pure. Each case calls for mass spectrometry -- a technique that identifies molecules based on their mass -- but current instruments are bulky, expensive, and typically specialize in one class of chemicals, discouraging widespread use outside of a specialized lab setting.
July 7, 2017
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Detection of counterfeit food products
Globally traded food and pharmaceutical products must fulfill strict quality criteria. However, potentially harmful products still appear on the market, raising serious public health concerns. Such products are either manufactured in substandard quality -- a typical feature of counterfeit products -- or undesired properties develop during inappropriate storage.
September 5, 2017
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Deploying therapeutic nano-payloads to cells
The founding mission of MIT may seem like an unusual meal-time story for a child. But when Mark Bathe was growing up, it was a regular topic of conversation around the dinner table.
June 5, 2017
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Diamonds that deliver
It's not enough to design new drugs.
February 24, 2017
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Disposable biosensors made from newspaper
Paper, probably the cheapest and most widely used flexible and eco-friendly material in daily life, is a promising substrate for making flexible devices ranging from electronics to microfluidics, energy storage and sensors.
January 10, 2017
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DNA "Nanoscopy" Enables High-Fidelity Recording of Molecular Geometry
Researchers are relentlessly expanding their cache of techniques to decode the spatial organization of biological structures. Using microscopes, they can currently visualize individual macromolecular components within protein, DNA or other complexes.
September 26, 2017
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DNA Self-Assembly Allows Control of the Optical Properties of Plasmonic Metamolecules
Plasmonic nanoparticles reveal properties based on their geometries and relative positions. Now, researchers have developed a simple way to control the optical properties of plasmonic nanostructures that strongly rely on their spatial arrangement.
April 25, 2017
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Do cells have exotic vibrational properties?
A little-understood biological property that appears to allow cell components to store energy on their outer edges is the possible key to developing a new class of materials and devices to collect, store and manage energy for a variety of applications, a team of researchers at new Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) and Yeshiva University has proposed.
February 28, 2017
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Driving the performance of nanosystems to the limit
A joint CEA / University of Grenoble-Alpes research team, together with their international partners, have developed a diagnostic technique capable of identifying performance problems in nanoresonators, a type of nanodetector used in research and industry.
March 8, 2016
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Dry/wet adhesive materials for wound care inspired by octopus suckers
Everyday challenges in medical and surgical practice involve stopping bleeding, closing wounds, and repairing organs. Various hemostatic agents, sealants, and adhesives have been developed to provide easier, faster, and more pragmatic approaches of tissue closure.
May 25, 2017
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Misc. - E

Efficient nanowire solution for a big-name pollutant
Winter cold snaps often bring tragic stories of Americans killed by carbon monoxide, a colorless, odorless gas present in the emissions of gas-powered generators and vehicles. Several thousand more people are treated for carbon monoxide poisoning each year. While we currently rely on carbon monoxide detectors, new research points the way to a new approach: direct elimination of the gas.
January 9, 2017
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Engineered intrinsically disordered proteins provide biomedical insights
Biomedical researchers have engineered the first examples of biomimetic structures composed from a mysterious class of proteins that lack any sort of internal structure.
January 31, 2017
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Engineering heart valves with nanofibers
The human heart beats approximately 35 million times every year, effectively pumping blood into the circulation via four different heart valves. Unfortunately, in over four million people each year, these delicate tissues malfunction due to birth defects, age-related deteriorations, and infections, causing cardiac valve disease
May 18, 2017
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Engineers create artificial skin that 'feels' temperature changes
A team of engineers and scientists at Caltech and ETH Zurich have developed an artificial skin capable of detecting temperature changes using a mechanism similar to the one used by the organ that allows pit vipers to sense their prey.
January 30, 2017
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Environmental chemist flashes warning light on new nanoparticle
When environmental and soil chemist Baoshan Xing at the University of Massachusetts Amherst began reading in 2014 that a new, two-dimensional material known as layered black phosphorous (BP) was gaining the attention of biomedical researchers for use in drug delivery systems and tumor photothermal therapy, he was both intrigued and concerned.
August 30, 2017
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Environmental chemist flashes warning light on new nanoparticle
Layered BP's cytotoxicity is based on the fact that it generates reactive oxygen species (ROS), scientists have found. ROS are among the most potent cell-damaging agents known. Layered BP also disrupts cell membrane integrity in a particle-size-dependent manner.
August 31, 2017
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Environmental researchers are developing new biosensors for testing water
Biologists from the University of T�n are part of an interdisciplinary team which has developed novel biosensors that enable pharmaceutical products to be detected more effectively in water. These sensors can measure two types of pharmaceutical substances — beta-blockers and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) — in real-time and in low concentrations.
March 9, 2017
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Europium-Doped Lanthanum Phosphate Nanorods Determine Fluid Flow in Complex Channels
A Franco-Dutch International team including Scientists from the laboratories of Condensed Matter Physics and Hydrodynamics at Paris-Saclay University and the Van't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences at the University of Amsterdam has developed an innovative technique for accurately determining, in real time, the fluid flow in capillary networks.
June 21, 2017
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Essen BioScience Launches the IncuCyte® S3 Live-Cell Analysis Platform
Essen BioScience, a pioneer and leader in the field of cell-based assays and instrumentation used for drug discovery and basic research, has launched the IncuCyte® S3 live-cell analysis platform for real-time, automated measurements of cell health, proliferation, movement and function directly inside a standard incubator.
April 3, 2017
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Exosomes - biological nanoparticles offer significant potential in detecting and treating disease
Exosomes - tiny biological nanoparticles which transfer information between cells - offer significant potential in detecting and treating disease, the most comprehensive overview so far of research in the field has concluded.
June 22, 2017
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Exosomes Offer Enormous Potential as a Basis for Detecting and Treating Disease
A new review highlights that tiny nanoparticles provide major potential in detecting and treating disease.
June 23, 2017
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Expanding point-of-care disease diagnostics with ultrasound
Fast, accurate and inexpensive medical tests in a doctor's office are only possible for some conditions. to create new in-office diagnostics for additional diseases, researchers report in the journal ACS Nano a new technique that uses ultrasound to concentrate fluorescently labeled disease biomarkers otherwise impossible to detect with current equipment in an office setting.
January 25, 2017
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Experience Drives Revolution - Introducing The New NanoZoomer S360
Hamamatsu introduces the NanoZoomer S360, a new high throughput WSI scanner, engineered using Hamamatsu's extensive experience of imaging technology and designed to meet the challenging requirements of digitizing routine clinical pathology.
September 5, 2017
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Extremely colorful, incredibly bright and highly multiplexed
Biomedical researchers are understanding the functions of molecules within the body's cells in ever greater detail by increasing the resolution of their microscopes. However, what's lagging behind is their ability to simultaneously visualize the many different molecules that mediate complex molecular processes in a single snap-shot.
June 21, 2017
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Extremely Minute Extracellular Needle-Electrodes for Brain Mapping
Researchers from the Department of Electrical and Electronic Information Engineering and the Electronics-Inspired Interdisciplinary Research Institute (EIIRIS) at Toyohashi University of Technology have developed needle-electrodes with a diameter of 5 �m on block modules with the dimensions 1 mm x 1 mm.
October 26, 2016
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Misc. - F

Fast, efficient sperm tails inspire nanobiotechnology
Just like workers in a factory, enzymes can create a final product more efficiently if they are stuck together in one place and pass the raw material from enzyme to enzyme, assembly line-style. That's according to scientists at Cornell's Baker Institute for Animal Health, the first team to recreate a 10-step biological pathway with all the enzymes tethered to nanoparticles.
December 1, 2016
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Fatty Acid Oxidation Kit
AMSBIO has introduced the MitoXpress® Xtra Fatty Acid Oxidation (FAO) kit to facilitate the convenient measurement of FAO-driven respiration.
December 14, 2016
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Feeding Nanoparticles to Worms Helps Testing Biological Force Sensor Technology
Worms that are a millimeter-long and capable of digesting a nanoparticle-laced meal of their favorite bacteria could help to develop a way to see the working of cellular forces within human bodies and also in processes like cancer growth and wound healing.
January 3, 2017
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Feeling the heat in cells
Tiny flat sensors that stick to the surface of living cells can provide detailed measurements of heat transfer at the cell surface. Developed at KAUST, these new sensors resolve some of the practical challenges of working with these tiny cells as well as enable novel diagnostic techniques.
April 14, 2017
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Fermented foams: Graphene composite foams using beer yeasts
The use of graphene as an additive can give mechanical and electrical benefits to composite materials, making them multifunctional. In a novel fermentation method, Graphene Flagship researchers have developed graphene-containing rubber foams with unusual mechanical and electrical behaviours: when stretched, the composite foams expand and become more conductive. These unexpected properties could be promising for use in smart filters and medical devices.
June 1, 2017
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First 3D observation of nanomachines working inside cells
Today scientists at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona) present a study in Cell ("The in vivo architecture of the exocyst provides structural basis for exocytosis") where they have been able to observe protein nanomachines (also called protein complexes)–the structures responsible for performing cell functions–for the first time in living cells and in 3D. this work has been done in collaboration with researchers at the University of Geneva in Switzerland and the Centro Andaluz de Biolog쟠del Desarrollo in Seville.
January 26, 2017
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Flexible sensors
Flexible sensors hold great promise for various innovative applications in fields such as medicine, healthcare, environment, and biology.
July 7, 2017
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Flexibility is key in mechanism of biological self-assembly
A new study has modeled a crucial first step in the self-assembly of cellular structures such as drug receptors and other protein complexes, and found that the flexibility of the structures has a dramatic impact on how fast two such structures join together.
March 17, 2017
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'Flying saucer' quantum dots hold secret to brighter, better lasers
Fresh insights into living cells, brighter video projectors and more accurate medical tests are just three of the innovations that could result from a new way of fabricating lasers.
March 19, 2017
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Food additive E171: first findings of oral exposure to titanium dioxide nanoparticles
Researchers from INRA and their partners have studied the effects of oral exposure to titanium dioxide, an additive (E171) commonly used in foodstuffs, especially confectionary. they have shown for the first time that E171 crosses the intestinal barrier in animals and reaches other parts of the body.
January 24, 2017
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FSU Professor Takes Big Step Forward in Understanding Nanotech-Based Drugs
Nanotechnology has become a growing part of medical research in recent years, with scientists feverishly working to see if tiny particles could revolutionize the world of drug delivery.
March 9, 2017
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Geometry and particle hitchhiking: a new window into improving nanopharmaceuticals for personalized medicine
In a newly published study in Nature Nanotechnology, the shape and geometry of nanoparticles can have a significant impact in modulating adverse injection reactions and offer realistic solutions for patients receiving nanopharmaceuticals--drug delivery systems specializing in microscopic-particle drug combinations.
April 18, 2017
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Getting hold of quantum dot biosensors
Quantum dots (QDs) have found so many applications in recent years, they can now be purchased with a variety of composite structures and configurations. Some are available suspended in a biologically friendly fluid, making them well poised to serve as biomarkers for single-molecule tagging and tracking. But suppose you wanted to trap and move one of these single nanoparticle tags the same way other biologists might grab tissue samples with a tweezer?
August 22, 2017
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Gold nanocone array for regulating neuronal behavior
Researchers from Forschungszentrum Jülich have reported the enhanced neurite outgrowth of rat primary cortical neurons on the periodic gold nanocone arrays created on the soft and flexible Teflon films.
June 22, 2017
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Gold nanoprobes track blood flow in tiny vessels
By improving our understanding of blood flow in vivo the nanoprobes represent an opportunity to help in the early diagnosis of disease.
October 11, 2017
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Good vibrations help reveal molecular details
Five years of hard work and a little "cosmic luck" led Rice University researchers to a new method to obtain structural details on molecules in biomembranes.
February 15, 2017
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Graphene demonstrates remarkable potential as life-saving antioxidant
Treated particles of graphene derived from carbon nanotubes have demonstrated remarkable potential as life-saving antioxidants, but as small as they are, something even smaller had to be created to figure out why they work so well.
January 26, 2017
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Graphene-based tattoo-like skin biosensors
Graphene is the thinnest electrically conductive material, optically transparent, mechanically robust, electrochemically stable, and biocompatible -- ideal prerequisites for fabricating epidermal electronics or tattoo-type biosensors.
July 31, 2017
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Graphene sheets capture cells efficiently
A single cell can contain a wealth of information about the health of an individual. Now, a new method developed at MIT and National Chiao Tung University could make it possible to capture and analyze individual cells from a small sample of blood, potentially leading to very low-cost diagnostic systems that could be used almost anywhere
March 3, 2017
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Ground-breaking method for screening the most useful nanoparticles for medicine
Researchers have devised a rapid screening method to select the most promising nanoparticles, thereby fast-tracking the development of future treatments. In less than a week, they are able to determine whether nanoparticles are compatible or not with the human body -- an analysis that previously required several months of work. this discovery, may well lead to the swift, safe and less expensive development of nanotechnology applied to medicine.
February 3, 2017
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Group blazes path to efficient, eco-friendly deep-ultraviolet LED
The darkest form of ultraviolet light, known as UV-C, is unique because of its reputation as a killer - of harmful organisms.
March 3, 2017
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Growing gold: Researchers develop gold nanowires for biomedical procedures
Grown like a snowflake and sharpened with a sewing machine, a novel device by Kansas State University researchers may benefit biomedical professionals and the patients they serve during electrode and organ transplant procedures.
October 19, 2016
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Hair Massage Enables Faster Delivery of Nanoparticle-Based Treatment to Roots
Shiny and smooth - this is how hair is visualized in advertisements for various shampoos. However, in reality, the surface of hair looks far more uneven when viewed by physicists under microscopes. the hair surface looks much more rugged, as it is formed of ratchet-like, saw-tooth scales.
January 30, 2017
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High Quality Proteins for Killer Cell Receptor Research
AMSBIO announces a suite of high quality proteins and biotinylated proteins for research into killer-cell immunoglobulin-like receptors.
November 16, 2016
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High-resolution biomolecule imaging
Determining the exact configuration of proteins and other complex biological molecules is an important step toward understanding their functions, including how they bind with receptors in the body. But such imaging is difficult to do. It usually requires the molecules to be crystallized first so that X-ray diffraction techniques can be applied – and not all such molecules can be crystallized.
February 15, 2017
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High-resolution imaging with conventional microscopes
MIT researchers have developed a way to make extremely high-resolution images of tissue samples, at a fraction of the cost of other techniques that offer similar resolution.
April 18, 2017
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Holograms for molecules
Much can be detected in blood or urine: viral illnesses, metabolic disorders or autoimmune diseases can be diagnosed with laboratory tests, for instance. But such examinations often take a few hours and are quite complex, which is why doctors hand the samples over to specialist laboratories.
September 25, 2017
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How receptors for medicines work inside cells
The human genome encodes hundreds of G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs). These form the largest group of receptors through which hormones and neurotransmitters exert their functions on our cells. Therefore, they are of highest importance as drug targets: around half of all prescribed drugs act on these receptors - and thus GPCRs help in the treatment of widespread diseases such as hypertension, asthma or Parkinson.
September 5, 2017
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How solvents affect the skin
Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have developed a method that makes it possible to see how individual molecules from solvents in skin creams, medicated ointments and cleaning products affect and interact with the skin's own molecules.
January 17, 2017
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How to cryopreserve fish embryos and bring them back to life with nanorods
Scientists report for the first time the ability to both deep freeze and reanimate zebrafish embryos. The method, appearing in the journal ACS Nano, could potentially be used to bank larger aquatic and other vertebrate oocytes and embryos, too, for a life in the future.
July 13, 2017
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How to hack a cell
The human body is made up of trillions of cells, microscopic computers that carry out complex behaviors according to the signals they receive from each other and their environment. Synthetic biologists engineer living cells to control how they behave by converting their genes into programmable circuits.
April 5, 2017
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How to train your drugs: from nanotherapeutics to nanobots
Nanotechnology is creating new opportunities for fighting disease -- from delivering drugs in smart packaging to nanobots powered by the world's tiniest engines.
June 26, 2017
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Imaging at the speed of light
Tiny micro- and nanoscale structures within a material's surface are invisible to the naked eye, but play a big role in determining a material's physical, chemical, and biomedical properties
March 14, 2017
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Imaging technique shows molecular machinery at work
New imaging methods that allow researchers to track the individual protein molecules on the surface of cells have been developed by Weill Cornell Medicine investigators. The results offer unprecedented insight into how cells sense and respond to their environments.
June 7, 2017
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Imaging the inside of cells using polymeric nanoparticles
Nanoparticles are particles that are smaller than 100 nanometers. they are typically obtained from metals and, because of their tiny size, have unique properties that make them useful for biomedical applications. However, without treatment to make their surfaces biologically inert, their effectiveness is severely limited.
November 1, 2016
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Implantable microrobots: Innovative manufacturing platform makes intricate biocompatible micromachines
A team of researchers led by Biomedical Engineering Professor Sam Sia at Columbia Engineering has developed a way to manufacture microscale-sized machines from biomaterials that can safely be implanted in the body. Working with hydrogels, which are biocompatible materials that engineers have been studying for decades, Sia has invented a new technique that stacks the soft material in layers to make devices that have three-dimensional, freely moving parts.
January 4, 2017
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Improving DNA-detecting transistors with graphene
Researchers in India and Japan have developed an improved method for using graphene-based transistors to detect disease-causing genes.
February 24, 2017
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Improving the resolution of flow lithography produced nanostructures
Flow-lithography is a lithographic method for continuously generating polymer microstructures for various applications such as bioassays, drug-delivery, cell carriers, tissue engineering and authentication. a team of researchers in Korea has demonstrated the use of a wobulation technique to enhance the resolution of flow lithography produced nanostructures.
December 6, 2016
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Improving tissue cryopreservation with magnetic nanoparticles
A research team, led by the University of Minnesota, has discovered a groundbreaking process to successfully rewarm large-scale animal heart valves and blood vessels preserved at very low temperatures. the discovery is a major step forward in saving millions of human lives by increasing the availability of organs and tissues for transplantation through the establishment of tissue and organ banks.
May 9, 2017
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In-cell molecular sieve from protein crystal
In nature, proteins are assembled into sophisticated and highly ordered structures, which enable them to execute numerous functions supporting different forms of life. the exquisite design of natural proteins prompted scientists to exploit it in synthetic biology to engineer molecules that can self-assemble into nanoparticles with desired structure and that may be used for various purposes such as gas storage, enzyme catalysis, intracellular drug delivery, etc.
February 9, 2017
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In-mouse catalysis
Address and deliver: a gold catalyst can be delivered to a target organ in a higher organism where it performs a chemical transformation visualized by bioimaging.
February 17, 2017
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Inexpensive Method to Analyze Force Responses of Thousands of Similar Molecules Simultaneously
From the tension of contracting muscle fibers to hydrodynamic stresses within flowing blood, molecules within our bodies are subject to a wide variety of mechanical forces that directly influence their form and function. by analyzing the responses of single molecules under conditions where they experience such forces we can develop a better understanding of many biological processes, and potentially, develop more accurately acting drugs. But up until now experimental analysis of single molecule interactions under force have been expensive, tedious and difficult to perform because it requires use of sophisticated equipment, such as an atomic force microscope or optical tweezers, which only permit analysis of one molecule at a time.
March 18, 2016
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Infrared-emitting quantum dots open new window for biological imaging
For certain frequencies of short-wave infrared light, most biological tissues are nearly as transparent as glass. Now, researchers have made tiny particles that can be injected into the body, where they emit those penetrating frequencies. the advance may provide a new way of making detailed images of internal body structures such as fine networks of blood vessels.
April 10, 2017
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Ingestible drug-delivery materials may help patients comply with treatment regimens
Around half of all medications for chronic diseases are not taken as prescribed, costing the U.S. health care system more than $100 billion in avoidable hospital stays each year.
July 25, 2017
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Injectable tissue patch could help repair damaged organs
A team of University of Toronto Engineering researchers is mending broken hearts with an expanding tissue bandage a little smaller than a postage stamp.
August 14, 2017
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Innovative Approach for Screening the Most Promising Nanoparticles for Medicine
Tiny, virus-sized elements or nanoparticles created in laboratory conditions are gaining in popularity in the field of biomedicine. this quickly-evolving technology provides hope for several medical applications, both for therapies and diagnosis.
February 6, 2017
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Innovative Approach for Targeted Drug Delivery Through Nanodiamond-Enhanced MRI
Nanodiamonds are synthetic industrial diamonds that measure only a few nanometers. Recently, nanodiamonds have attracted significant attention due to their ability to carry out targeted delivery of cancer drugs and vaccines, and for other applications. to date, there have been limited possibilities for imaging nanodiamonds.
April 27, 2017
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Innovative nanosensor for disease diagnosis
Breath pattern recognition is a futuristic diagnostic platform. Simple characterizing target gas concentrations of human exhaled breath will lead to diagnose of the disease as well as physical condition.
July 19, 2017
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Integrating biomolecules with metal-organic frameworks
(Nanowerk Spotlight) Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are well-ordered, lattice-like crystals. The nodes of the lattices are metals -- such as copper, zinc, nickel or cobalt -- which are connected by organic molecules.
July 4, 2017
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Iridium-Coated Gold Nanoparticles as Probes for Optical Imaging of Blood Flow
Researchers have developed gold nanoparticles that can be coated to monitor the flow of blood in the smallest blood vessels inside the human body, where the size of the nanoparticles is not more than 100 nm.
October 11, 2017
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Keysight Technologies Receives 2017 UNESCO Medal for Nanotechnologies Contributions
What: Keysight Technologies announced that it has received the UNESCO Medal for contributions to the development of nanoscience and nanotechnologies "in virtue of outstanding achievements and merits in respect of development of nanotechnologies and manufacturing application."
September 5, 2017
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'Knitted muscles' provide power
Researchers have coated normal fabric with an electroactive material, and in this way given it the ability to actuate in the same way as muscle fibres. the technology opens new opportunities to design "textile muscles" that could, for example, be incorporated into clothes, making it easier for people with disabilities to move.
January 26, 2017
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Lab-on-a-Chip breakthrough aims to help physicians detect cancer and diseases at the nanoscale
IBM scientists have developed a new lab-on-a-chip technology that can, for the first time, separate biological particles at the nanoscale and could help enable physicians to detect diseases such as cancer before symptoms appear.
August 1, 2016
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Lab-on-skin: Nanotechnology electronics for wearable health monitoring
Nanotechnology materials are going to open new realms of possibility for flexible and stretchable monitoring gadgets that are wearable directly on the skin. In our previous Nanotechnology in Healthcare Spotlight we already looked at some -- even futuristic -- biofunction monitors.
September 26, 2017
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Laser activated gold pyramids could deliver drugs, DNA into cells without harm
The ability to deliver cargo like drugs or DNA into cells is essential for biological research and disease therapy but cell membranes are very good at defending their territory. Researchers have developed various methods to trick or force open the cell membrane but these methods are limited in the type of cargo they can deliver and aren't particularly efficient.
March 23, 2017
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Laser printing with nanoparticles holds promise for medical research
Electronic devices that can not only be implanted in the human body but also completely dissolve on their own -- known as "bioresorbable' electronics -- are envisioned by many as one of medical technology's next frontiers. a new study by Missouri University of Science and Technology researchers suggests that a laser printing technique using nanoparticles could help unlock a more cost-effective approach to building sturdier and safer components.
May 15, 2017
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Learning how to fine-tune nanofabrication
Daniel Packwood, at Kyoto University's Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS), Patrick Han at Advanced Institute for Materials Research (AIMR), Tohoku University and Taro Hitosugi at Tokyo Institute of Technology (and Visiting Professor at AIMR, Tohoku University) are improving methods for constructing tiny "nanomaterials" using a "bottom-up" approach called "molecular self-assembly".
March 1, 2017
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LEGO-like proteins revealed
When hemoglobin undergoes just one mutation, the protein complexes stick to one another, stacking like LEGO® blocks to form long, stiff filaments. These filaments, in turn, elongate the red blood cells found in sickle-cell disease.
August 28, 2017
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Like a revolving door: How shuttling proteins operate nuclear pores
Nuclear pore complexes are tiny channels where the exchange of substances between the cell nucleus and the cytoplasm takes place. Scientists at the University of Basel report on startling new research that might overturn established models of nuclear transport regulation.
September 5, 2017
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Lipid nanoparticles for gene therapy
25 years have passed since the publication of the first work on solid lipid nanoparticles and nanostructured lipid carriers as a system for delivering drugs. So the European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics has prepared a special edition for which it asked the PharmaNanoGene group of the UPV/EHU-University of the Basque Country to produce a piece of work reviewing the application of SLNs and NLCs in gene therapy since the group's significant contributions made in this area have been included in various international scientific publications.
February 14, 2017
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Living sensors at your fingertips
Engineers and biologists at MIT have teamed up to design a new "living material" – a tough, stretchy, biocompatible sheet of hydrogel injected with live cells that are genetically programmed to light up in the presence of certain chemicals.
February 16, 2017
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Longer-lasting pain relief with metal-organic frameworks
To treat headaches, back pain or fever, most of us have reached for ibuprofen at one point
April 26, 2017
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Low-Cost Lab-on-a-Chip Could Revolutionize Medical Diagnostics
An ordinary inkjet printer has been used by scientists from the Stanford University School of Medicine to develop a technique to produce an inexpensive and reusable diagnostic "lab on a chip."
February 7, 2017
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Luminescence switchable carbon nanodots follow intracellular trafficking and drug delivery
Tiny carbon dots have, for the first time, been applied to intracellular imaging and tracking of drug delivery involving various optical and vibrational spectroscopic-based techniques such as fluorescence, Raman, and hyperspectral imaging. Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have demonstrated, for the first time, that photo luminescent carbon nanoparticles can exhibit reversible switching of their optical properties in cancer cells.
February 13, 2017
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Luminescence switchable carbon nanodots follow intracellular trafficking and drug delivery
Tiny carbon dots have, for the first time, been applied to intracellular imaging and tracking of drug delivery involving various optical and vibrational spectroscopic-based techniques such as fluorescence, Raman, and hyperspectral imaging. Researchers have demonstrated, for the first time, that photo luminescent carbon nanoparticles can exhibit reversible switching of their optical properties in cancer cells.
February 13, 2017
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Machine learning helps researchers design less costly optical sensors
Finding practical solutions to detect proteins, cancer biomarkers, viruses and other small objects has been a key challenge for researchers worldwide for decades. These solutions hold promise for saving lives through more timely diagnosis and treatment of serious infections and diseases.
February 16, 2017
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Major advance in nanopore detection of peptides and proteins
Nanopore technology, which is used to sequence DNA, is cheap, hand-held and works in the jungle and in space. The use of this technology to identify peptides or proteins is now a step closer. University of Groningen scientists have used a patented nanopore to identify the fingerprints of proteins and peptides, and it can even detect polypeptides differing by one amino acid.
October 16, 2017
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Major breakthrough in the manufacture of red blood cells
Researchers have generated the first immortalised cell lines which allow more efficient manufacture of red blood cells.
March 23, 2017
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Making biological drugs with spider silk protein
Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have managed to synthesise lung surfactant, a drug used in the care of preterm babies, by mimicking the production of spider silk. Animal studies reveal it to be just as effective as the biological drugs currently in clinical use.
May 23, 2017
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Making brighter protein predictions
Most methods for the structural characterization of biomolecules, such as X-ray crystallography or electron microscopy, require static or crystallized samples. Attaching fluorescent molecules to protein surfaces, however, enables direct imaging of dynamic biomolecular interactions using light, which could be improved, say A*STAR researchers, with predictive modeling of fluorescence lifetimes.
June 14, 2017
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Making every cell matter
Alginate hydrogels - which are derived from the polysaccharide found in brown seaweed - have emerged as an effective material for manipulating cells and tissues due to their biocompatibility and the ability to tune their mechanical and biochemical properties to match physiological conditions found inside the body.
October 30, 2016
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Making spintronic neurons sing in unison
What do fire flies, Huygens's wall clocks, and even the heart of choir singers, have in common? they can all synchronize their respective individual signals into one single unison tone or rhythm.
November 16, 2016
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Micro-Sized Silk Cocoons for Drug Delivery
An international team of researchers has used a microfluidic system to produce microsized silk capsules that could be used to deliver delicate proteins or drugs in the body. They extracted silk proteins directly from the glands on silkworms and ran them through small channels on a microfluidic chip to produce the silk capsules. The process is bioinspired by the way that silkworms spin these natural fibers, and the capsules themselves mimic a silkworm cocoon, albeit on a tiny scale.
July 26, 2017
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Microbubbles and ultrasound open the blood-brain barrier to administer drugs
The impassable blood--brain barrier prevents microorganisms from entering our brain, however it also blocks medicines that could help treat Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative diseases. Now, a Spanish physicist and other researchers at the University of Columbia (USA) have succeeded in embedding these substances in tiny lipid bubbles, in such a way that ultrasound can be used to release them into the specific area of the brain where they are needed.
November 30, 2016
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Microscopic Imaging of Large or Irregularly Shaped Samples
The ProZ motorised focus stand from Prior Scientific is the ideal solution for viewing and imaging of samples that may be too large, or irregularly shaped, to be fitted onto a standard microscope frame or stand, but still require high quality imaging.
December 6, 2016
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Microscopic submarines for your stomach
Tiny "submarines" that speed independently through the stomach, use gastric acid for fuel (while rapidly neutralizing it), and release their cargo precisely at the desired pH: Though it may sound like science fiction, this is a new method for treating stomach diseases with acid-sensitive drugs introduced by scientists in the journal Angewandte Chemie ("Micromotors Spontaneously Neutralize Gastric Acid for pH-Responsive Payload Release").
January 23, 2017
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Mimicking biological movements with soft robots
Designing a soft robot to move organically -- to bend like a finger or twist like a wrist -- has always been a process of trial and error. Now, researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have developed a method to automatically design soft actuators based on the desired movement.
December 20, 2016
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Mini-protein rapid design method opens way to create a new class of drugs
Scientists have created a high-speed method to generate thousands of different, small, stable proteins from scratch that can be custom-designed to bind to specific therapeutic targets.
September 28, 2017
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miniDAWN TREOS II SEC-MALS Detector for Essential Protein and Polymer Characterization
Wyatt Technology, the world leader in instrumentation for absolute macromolecular and nanoparticle characterization, announces the launch of its next generation multi-angle light scattering (MALS) detector for SEC/GPC, the miniDAWN® TREOS® II. the TREOS II is the only SEC-MALS detector for size exclusion or gel permeation chromatography that offers full field serviceability, extended ease-of-use, and a built-in upgrade path from HPLC to UHPLC technology.
April 26, 2017
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Miniature Magnetic Implant for Drug Delivery
A team of researchers from the University of British Columbia have created a magnetic drug implant that could offer an alternative for patients having to take several pills or intravenous injections. this implant is the first of its kind in Canada.
February 14, 2017
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Miniature Super Magnets Could Help Advance Drug Delivery
Microscopic crystals could soon be transporting drugs within a person's body, taking them directly to diseased organs. this was thought to be unachievable in the past, as the crystals, which possess special magnetic attributes, were so tiny that scientists were not able to manipulate their movement.
November 15, 2016
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MIT Tethers Nanoparticles to Make Cancer Cells More Vulnerable to Treatment
Researchers at MIT have developed an approach to make tumor cells more susceptible to particular types of cancer treatment by coating nanoparticles on the cells prior to delivering drugs.
March 21, 2017
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Molecular microscopy illuminates molecular motor motion
A toddler running sometimes loses footing because both feet come off the ground at the same time. Kinesin motors that move materials around in cells have the same problem, which limits how fast they can traverse a microtubule in the cell and carry cargo, according to Penn State researchers who have now seen these kinesin motors move using an unusual microscope and tagging method.
July 25, 2017
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Molecular motor-powered biocomputers
Crashing computers or smartphones and software security holes that allow hackers to steal millions of passwords could be prevented if it were possible to design and verify error-free software. Unfortunately, to date, this is a problem that neither engineers nor supercomputers can solve.
March 19, 2017
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Motorized molecules drill through cells
Motorized molecules driven by light have been used to drill holes in the membranes of individual cells and show promise for either bringing therapeutic agents into the cells or directly inducing the cells to die.
August 30, 2017
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Nano fiber feels forces, hears sounds made by cells
Engineers have developed a miniature device that's sensitive enough to feel the forces generated by swimming bacteria and hear the beating of heart muscle cells. the device is a nano-sized optical fiber that detects forces down to 160 femtonewtons and sound levels down to -30 decibels. Applications include measuring bio-activity at the single cell level, or ultra-sensitive mini stethoscopes to monitor cellular acoustics in vivo.
May 15, 2017
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Nano-drip by nano-drip
This might considerably speed up crystal growth that is of major importance in a number of materials and applications. The liquid state of the building blocks in the preliminary stage might also accelerate the effectiveness of medicines.
June 21, 2017
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Nanoarray sniffs out and distinguishes multiple diseases
Before modern medical lab techniques became available, doctors diagnosed some diseases by smelling a patient's breath. Scientists have been working for years to develop analytical instruments that can mimic this sniff-and-diagnose ability.
January 11, 2017
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'Nanobottles' offer blueprint for enhanced biological imaging
A pan-European team of researchers involving the University of Oxford has developed a new technique to provide cellular 'blueprints' that could help scientists interpret the results of X-ray fluorescence (XRF) mapping.
October 27, 2016
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Nanodiamond-enhanced MRI offers greater range of diagnostic and therapeutic applications
Nanodiamonds - synthetic industrial diamonds only a few nanometers in size - have recently attracted considerable attention because of the potential they offer for the targeted delivery of vaccines and cancer drugs and for other uses. Thus far, options for imaging nanodiamonds have been limited.
April 26, 2017
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Nanoelectronic barcoding on lab on a chip could monitor health, germs and pollutants
Imagine wearing a device that continuously analyzes your sweat or blood for different types of biomarkers, such as proteins that show you may have breast cancer or lung cancer.
June 12, 2017
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Nanoengineers 3-D print biomimetic blood vessel networks
Nanoengineers at the University of California San Diego have 3D printed a lifelike, functional blood vessel network that could pave the way toward artificial organs and regenerative therapies.
March 2, 2017
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Nanofiber feels forces and hears sounds made by cells
Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a miniature device that's sensitive enough to feel the forces generated by swimming bacteria and hear the beating of heart muscle cells.
May 15, 2017
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Nanofiber Mesh for Wrapping Injured Nerve and Promoting Regeneration
A NIMS-Osaka University collaborative research team created a mesh that can be wrapped around injured peripheral nerves to help their regeneration and repair their functions.
March 1, 2017
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Nanofluidic device speeds up quality control for biologics
Drugs manufactured by living cells, also called biologics, are one of the fastest-growing segments of the pharmaceutical industry. These drugs, often antibodies or other proteins, are being used to treat cancer, arthritis, and many other diseases.
May 22, 2017
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Nanofluidic energy conversion inspired by biology
Research in nanofluidic energy conversion is enlightened by the electrogenic cells that convert transmembrane ion-concentration gradients into the release of electrical impulses by membrane-protein-regulated ion transport through the hierarchically arranged ion channels and ion pumps.
August 11, 2017
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Nanogenerator developed to stimulate living cells
A work led by Gonzalo Murillo, scientist at the CSIC's Instituto de Microelectrónica de Barcelona (IMB-CNM), and Carme Nogues, scientist at the Department of Cellular Biology, Physiology and Immunology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), shows that the use of piezoelectric nanogenerators to stimulate living cells electrically is possible.
July 17, 2017
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Nanoinjection increases survival rate of cells
In a new study to be found in Scientific Reports ("Survival rate of eukaryotic cells following electrophoretic nanoinjection"), they show that with this method, nine out of ten cells survive being injected with foreign molecules.
March 1, 2017
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Nanoinjection leads to significantly higher survival rate of living cells
How do tumours grow? and how do bacteria transform harmless substances into medical agents? When biophysicists want to understand what is happening in living cells, they have to introduce fluorescent probes or other foreign molecules. There are several ways to overcome the cell wall without causing the cell permanent harm.
March 1, 2017
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Nanomedicine could herald fast, easy way to spot early signs of disease
While more research is needed to confirm the findings published in the FASEB Journal, the use of FITR could herald a fast and easy way to spot early signs of infection, cancer, and difficult to diagnose neurological conditions.
March 21, 2017
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Nanomedicine for patients with lung disease
Scientists based at Imperial College London have tested a new type of nanoparticle called metal organic frameworks (MOF) -- tiny metal cages less than 100 nanometres across that can be loaded with drug molecules -- which they believe could potentially be used to treat patients with a devastating condition called pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH).
July 3, 2017
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Nanomedicine researchers work on enhanced cellular uptake of nanoparticles
Nanotechnology has become a growing part of medical research in recent years, with scientists feverishly working to see if tiny particles could revolutionize the world of drug delivery.
March 8, 2017
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Nanoparticle biosensor able to detect HIV only one week after infection
In addition, the total test time is 4 hours, 45 minutes, meaning clinical results could be obtained on the same day. the research is published today in the journal PLOS ONE.
February 15, 2017
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Nanoparticle coating may eliminate cold storage for some tests
Many diagnostic tests use antibodies to help confirm a myriad of medical conditions, from Zika infections to heart ailments and even some forms of cancer. Antibodies capture and help detect proteins, enzymes, bacteria and viruses present in injuries and illnesses, and must be kept at a constant low temperature to ensure their viability – often requiring refrigeration powered by electricity. this can make diagnostic testing in underdeveloped countries, disaster or remote areas and even war zones extremely expensive and difficult.
January 4, 2017
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Nanoparticle Drug Delivery Systems Help in Ophthalmic Development
Topically administered drug formulations (e.g. eye drops) are used to treat most ophthalmic diseases.
January 4, 2017
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Nanoparticle drug-delivery method holds promise for controlling crop parasites
Researchers at Case Western Reserve University are applying drug-delivery technology to agriculture to control parasitic roundworms more effectively and safely.
May 31, 2017
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Nanoparticle food additive found in candy, gum could alter digestive cell structure and function
The ability of small intestine cells to absorb nutrients and act as a barrier to pathogens is "significantly decreased" after chronic exposure to nanoparticles of titanium dioxide, a common food additive found in everything from chewing gum to bread, according to research from Binghamton University, State University of new York.
February 16, 2017
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Nanoparticle screen could speed up drug development
Many scientists are pursuing ways to treat disease by delivering DNA or RNA that can turn a gene on or off. However, a major obstacle to progress in this field has been finding ways to safely deliver that genetic material to the correct cells.
February 8, 2017
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Nanoparticle tattoos mark the spot - for surgery - then disappear
Tattoos aren't just for body art. they can have medical applications, too. Doctors are using them on patients to mark an area for future treatment – particularly for non-melanoma skin cancer such as basal cell carcinoma – but the inks can cause problems.
December 21, 2016
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Nanoparticle-Based Injection Limits Damage in Spinal Cord Injury
A major amount of secondary nerve damage after a spinal cord injury is due to inflammation and internal scarring that hinders the ability of the nervous system to repair itself.
September 6, 2017
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Nanoparticles can travel from lungs to blood, possibly explaining risks to heart
Tiny particles in air pollution have been associated with cardiovascular disease, which can lead to premature death. But how particles inhaled into the lungs can affect blood vessels and the heart has remained a mystery.
April 26, 2017
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Nanoparticles Causing Air Pollution can also Affect the Heart
Air is polluted by small particles associated with cardiovascular disease, which can result in premature death. However, it still remains a mystery as to how particles inhaled into the lungs can affect blood vessels and the heart.
April 27, 2017
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Nanoparticles limit damage in spinal cord injury
After a spinal cord injury, a significant amount of secondary nerve damage is caused by inflammation and internal scarring that inhibits the ability of the nervous system to repair itself.
September 5, 2017
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Nanoparticles reprogram immune cells to fight cancer
Researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center have developed biodegradable nanoparticles that can be used to genetically program immune cells to recognize and destroy cancer cells -- while the immune cells are still inside the body.
April 17, 2017
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Nanoparticles that stick wounds together
In spite of medical advances, wound-related complications arising after operations can still be life-threatening. In order to avoid these complications in the future, a new nanoparticle-based tissue glue has been developed by researchers at Empa.
October 9, 2017
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Nanoparticles trick body into accepting organ transplants
Using nanoparticles, Yale researchers have developed a drug-delivery system that could reduce organ transplant complications by hiding the donated tissue from the recipient's immune system.
August 4, 2017
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Nanopatch vaccine delivery platform
Efforts to rid the world of polio have taken another significant step, thanks to research led by University of Queensland bioscience experts and funding from the World Health Organisation.
October 5, 2017
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Nanopatch Vaccine Effectively Combats Polio Virus
With research headed by University of Queensland bioscience experts and funding provided by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the efforts to rid the world of polio have indeed taken another major step.
October 6, 2017
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Nanoscale computer model helps discover mechanisms that controls bone formation
An international, multidisciplinary research team, including an engineering professor at the University of Arkansas, has discovered a mechanism that controls the formation and function of plate-like nanocrystals that play a critical role in bone composition.
May 30, 2017
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Nanoscale forces measured in aortic smooth muscle tell story of disease
Researchers from Virginia Tech and the University of Pittsburgh have collaborated to employ a novel nanoscale fibrous system that can measure the tiny forces exerted by and upon individual cells with extreme precision. The team hopes that this platform, which investigators call nanonet force microscopy (NFM), will provide new knowledge about smooth muscle cell biology that could have implications for treating cardiovascular disease, which is still a leading cause of death in the United States.
July 7, 2017
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Nanostraws sample a cell's contents without damage
Cells within our bodies divide and change over time, with thousands of chemical reactions occurring within each cell daily. this makes it difficult for scientists to understand what's happening inside. Now, tiny nanostraws developed by Stanford researchers offer a method of sampling cell contents without disrupting its natural processes.
February 21, 2017
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Nanotechnology 3D manufacturing builds complex, bio-like materials
Washington State University nanotechnology researchers have developed a unique, 3-D manufacturing method that for the first time rapidly creates and precisely controls a material's architecture from the nanoscale to centimeters. the results closely mimic the intricate architecture of natural materials like wood and bone.
March 3, 2017
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Nanotechnology and Wireless Electronics Developed for new Type of Retinal Prosthesis
The nanotechnology and wireless electronics required for a new type of retinal prosthesis has been developed by engineers at the University of California San Diego and La Jolla-based startup Nanovision Biosciences Inc.
March 14, 2017
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Nanotechnology based gene editing to eradicate HIV brain reservoir in drug abusers
Opiate abuse is a significant risk factor for HIV infection, and in combination they can have a devastating effect on the brain. Scientists at FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine are studying new therapies that can short-circuit HIV infection and mitigate the damaging effects that opiate addiction has on the central nervous system.
February 15, 2017
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Nanotechnology enables powerful and portable sterilization equipment
For the first time, researchers have created light-emitting diodes (LEDs) on lightweight flexible metal foil.
November 15, 2016
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Nanotechnology for neural interfaces
Neural interfaces establish direct communication between the central nervous system (CNS) and a sovereign, man-made digital system. This technology is perhaps the most important advance in the study and treatment of the brain is the development of the neural interface.
July 26, 2017
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Nanotechnology helps rewarm fast-frozen donor tissue, enabling long-term viability
Researchers have developed a new method for thawing frozen tissue that may enable long-term storage and subsequent viability of tissues and organs for transplantation. The method, called nanowarming, prevents tissue damage during the rapid thawing process that would precede a transplant.
August 21, 2017
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Nanotechnology helps rewarm fast-frozen donor tissue, enabling long-term viability
A team funded in part by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) and led by University of Minnesota (UMN) researchers has developed a new method for thawing frozen tissue that may enable long-term storage and subsequent viability of tissues and organs for transplantation. The method, called nanowarming, prevents tissue damage during the rapid thawing process that would precede a transplant.
August 21, 2017
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Nanotechnology is making drugs more precise. But how?
If drugs could be targeted to exactly the right place in the body, we could probably do with significantly smaller doses -- and consequently fewer side effects. to allow for such precise delivery, we need tiny nanocarriers and even smaller nanotrackers to monitor them. Researchers in Finland are working on both of these.
October 30, 2016
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Nanotubes that build themselves
Researchers from Lund University in Sweden have succeeded in producing nanotubes from a single building block using so-called molecular self-recognition. the tube can also change shape depending on the surrounding environment. the results can contribute to the future development of transport channels for drugs through the cell membrane.
April 13, 2017
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Neuron-integrated nanotubes to repair nerve fibers
Carbon nanotubes exhibit interesting characteristics rendering them particularly suited to the construction of special hybrid devices - consisting of biological issue and synthetic material - planned to re-establish connections between nerve cells, for instance at spinal level, lost on account of lesions or trauma.
June 26, 2017
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Neuron-Integrated Carbon Nanotubes to Repair Neuronal Damages
Carbon nanotubes display fascinating characteristics making them especially suited for the manufacture of special hybrid devices -- comprising of biological issue and synthetic material -- aiming to re-establish connections between nerve cells, for example at spinal level, lost due to trauma or lesions.
June 27, 2017
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'Neuron-reading' nanowires could accelerate development of drugs for neurological diseases
A team led by engineers at the University of California San Diego has developed nanowires that can record the electrical activity of neurons in fine detail. the new nanowire technology could one day serve as a platform to screen drugs for neurological diseases and could enable researchers to better understand how single cells communicate in large neuronal networks.
April 11, 2017
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Neutrons provide the first nanoscale look at a living cell membrane
A research team from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory has performed the first-ever direct nanoscale examination of a living cell membrane. In doing so, it also resolved a long-standing debate by identifying tiny groupings of lipid molecules that are likely key to the cell's functioning.
May 24, 2017
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Nerve-wrapping nanofiber mesh promoting regeneration
A research team consisting of Mitsuhiro Ebara, MANA associate principal investigator, Mechanobiology Group, NIMS, and Hiroyuki Tanaka, assistant professor, Orthopaedic Surgery, Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine, developed a mesh which can be wrapped around injured peripheral nerves to facilitate their regeneration and restore their functions.
February 28, 2017
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New active filaments mimic biology to transport nano-cargo
Inspired by micro-scale motions of nature, a group of researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras and the Institute of Mathematical Sciences, in Chennai, India, has developed a new design for transporting colloidal particles, tiny cargo suspended in substances such as fluids or gels, more rapidly than is currently possible by diffusion. Fluid friction determines micro-scale inertia in fluid. this means, for instance, blood cells swimming within blood encounter roughly the same amount of drag that a human would experience attempting to swim through molasses.
January 10, 2017
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New biomaterial that delivers both a powerful drug and gene silencers
Clinicians today have an arsenal of more than 200 drugs at their disposal for treating a range of cancers -- 68 drugs were approved between 2011 and 2016 alone. But many chemotherapeutic agents pose stubborn challenges: they cause serious side effects because they kill healthy cells in addition to cancer cells; some forms of cancer develop resistance to drugs; and many such chemotherapies, being poorly water-soluble, demonstrate low bio-availability resulting in sub-optimal drug delivery to cancer cells.
August 9, 2017
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New Biomedical Tool Using Nanoparticles Streamlines the Manufacture of Cell-Based Therapies
A new approach to cell therapy that is as simple as 'just add water' has been presented by a study published in the August 30th edition of Nature Communications.
August 31, 2017
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New carbon nanotube sensors can detect single protein molecules
for the first time, MIT engineers have designed sensors that can detect single protein molecules as they are secreted by cells or even a single cell.
January 24, 2017
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New class of materials could revolutionize biomedical, alternative energy industries
Polyhedral boranes, or clusters of boron atoms bound to hydrogen atoms, are transforming the biomedical industry. These manmade materials have become the basis for the creation of cancer therapies, enhanced drug delivery and new contrast agents needed for radioimaging and diagnosis.
February 2, 2017
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New Collaboration to develop Prototypes for Novel Technologies Derived from Cellulose Nanofibers
The Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry, LLC (WBI) and Paperlogic, a Southworth Company (Paperlogic), announce their collaboration to create and develop prototypes for a wide array of novel technologies derived from cellulose nanofibers (CNF).
March 8, 2016
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New drive for nanorobots in biological fluids
Nanorobots and other mini-vehicles might be able to perform important services in medicine one day for example, by conducting remotely-controlled operations or transporting pharmaceutical agents to a desired location in the body. However, to date it has been hard to steer such micro- and nanoswimmers accurately through biological fluids such as blood, synovial fluid or the inside of the eyeball.
February 13, 2017
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New fluorescent dyes could advance biological imaging
With a new technique to craft a spectrum of glowing dyes, chemists are no longer chasing rainbows.
September 4, 2017
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New gelatin devices that imitate the activity of the body in bone regeneration
Regenerative medicine is a discipline that is continually growing and encompasses a whole arsenal of therapeutic strategies, from recombinant proteins and stem cells right up to materials and matrices designed to release drugs and growth factors.
May 12, 2017
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New Hypoallergenic Electronic Sensor Lets Skin Breathe During Long-Term Health Monitoring
It is now possible to wear a hypoallergenic electronic sensor on the skin continuously for a week without any discomfort. This sensor is extremely thin and light such that users tend to forget that they even have it on, explains a Japanese group of scientists.
July 18, 2017
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New insights on the spin dynamics of a material candidate for low-power devices
Computers process and transfer data through electrical currents passing through tiny circuits and wires. As these currents meet with resistance, they create heat that can undermine the efficiency and even the safety of these devices.
May 22, 2017
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New lung 'organoids' in a dish mimic features of full-size lung
New lung "organoids"--tiny 3-D structures that mimic features of a full-sized lung--have been created from human pluripotent stem cells by researchers at Columbia University Medical Center. the team used the organoids to generate models of human lung diseases in a lab dish, which could be used to advance our understanding of a variety of respiratory diseases.
May 12, 2017
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New material regrows bone
A team of researchers repaired a hole in a mouse's skull by regrowing "quality bone," a breakthrough that could drastically improve the care of people who suffer severe trauma to the skull or face.
March 8, 2017
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New mechanobiology technique to stop cancer cell migration
Researchers at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University have developed a novel technique that stops cervical cancer cell migration. the research, published in Chem could open up new avenues in cancer treatment.
February 10, 2017
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New method for tissue regeneration, inspired by nature
Scientists have found a way of mimicking our body's natural healing process, using cell derived nano-sized particles called vesicles, to repair damaged tissue.
October 3, 2017
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New method using gold microstructures could effectively deliver drugs or DNA into cells
The ability to deliver cargo like drugs or DNA into cells is essential for biological research and disease therapy but cell membranes are very good at defending their territory. Researchers have developed various methods to trick or force open the cell membrane but these methods are limited in the type of cargo they can deliver and aren't particularly efficient.
March 24, 2017
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New Nano MRI Lamp May Help Overcome Limitations in MRI Diagnosis
A new technology platform, the Nano MRI Lamp, is capable of tuning the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) signals "ON" only in the vicinity of the targeted disease. this platform was developed by a research team led by Cheon Jinwoo at the Center for Nanomedicine, within the Institute for Basic Science (IBS).
February 7, 2017
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New nano-implant could one day help restore sight
With high-resolution retinal prosthesis built from nanowires and wireless electronics, engineers are one step closer to restoring neurons' ability to respond to light
March 14, 2017
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New Nanobody Tool Used for Transferring Proteins
A team of researchers at the Biozentrum of the University of Basel have formulated a new technique by which proteins can be moved to a new location in a cell. the unique tool enables researchers to explore the function of proteins based on their position by using nanobodies. the tool can be used for a broad range of proteins and in varied areas of developmental biology. the research results have been published in the scientific journal eLife.
April 12, 2017
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New Nanofiber Fabrication Device offers Accurate Point-And-Shoot Capability
A portable, lightweight nanofiber fabrication device that could at some point in time be used to dress shoppers in customizable fabrics or dress wounds on a battlefield has been developed by Harvard researchers.
March 2, 2017
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New Nanofiber Matrix to Help Produce Improved Quality Stem Cells for Disease Treatment
Culturing a large number of healthy human stem cells may soon be possible using a matrix composed of gelatin nanofibers on a synthetic polymer microfiber mesh.
February 15, 2017
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New nanoparticle technology to decipher structure and function of membrane proteins
Researchers at Karolinska Institutet, Sweden, have developed a nanoparticle technology that can be used to stabilise membrane proteins so that their structure can be studied in a lipid environment. the method, described in Nature Methods, makes it possible to access drug targets that previously could not be investigated and therefore potentially allows for the development of novel drugs, therapeutic antibodies and vaccines.
March 8, 2016
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New nanoparticle technology to decipher structure and function of membrane proteins
Researchers have developed a nanoparticle technology that can be used to stabilize membrane proteins so that their structure can be studied in a lipid environment. the method makes it possible to access drug targets that previously could not be investigated and therefore potentially allows for the development of novel drugs, therapeutic antibodies and vaccines.
March 8, 2016
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New open-source software for analyzing intact proteins
An estimated 20,300 genes in the human genome encode proteins. The number of proteins themselves, as intact proteoforms, could be as high as one billion.
August 29, 2017
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New Optical Nanosensor Enhances Accuracy of Brain Mapping
Researchers report, in an article published in the recent issue of Neurophotonics, that a new optical nanosensor enabling more accurate measurement and spatiotemporal mapping of the brain is also capable of paving the path towards the design of future multimodal sensors and a wider range of applications. the journal is published by SPIE, the global society for optics and photonics.
March 3, 2017
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New optical nanosensor improves brain mapping accuracy, opens way for more applications
A new optical nanosensor enabling more accurate measurement and spatiotemporal mapping of the brain also shows the way forward for design of future multimodal sensors and a broader range of applications, say researchers in an article published in the current issue of Neurophotonics.
March 2, 2017
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New porous solids may lead to better drugs
An international team of researchers, led by Mark E. Davis at Caltech, has succeeded in making the first chiral molecular sieves. this discovery opens new areas of investigation in both chemistry and biology, and has broad implications for pharmaceutical companies and other specialized chemical manufacturers.
May 2, 2017
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New Prototype Lab-on-a-Chip Platform to Enhance Detection of Molecular Pathogens
A new prototype lab-on-a-chip platform has been developed by researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy & Immunology (Leipzig, Germany). this new platform provides versatile and easy detection of molecular pathogens.
March 27, 2017
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New protein bridges chemical divide for 'seamless' bioelectronics devices
Life has always played by its own set of molecular rules. from the biochemistry behind the first cells, evolution has constructed wonders like hard bone, rough bark and plant enzymes that harvest light to make food.
November 1, 2016
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New research shows that proteins are 'virtually' knotted
Many of the processes essential to life involve proteins - long molecules which 'fold' into three-dimensional shapes allowing them to perform their biological role.
February 13, 2017
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New Sensor with a Breathalyzer Prevents the Need for a Blood Test
In the future, the procedure of blowing into the tube will not just be used by police checking for alcohol intoxication, but it will also be applied for testing the condition of athletes and for people wanting to lose that extra bit of weight. ETH Researchers have developed a sensor that allows carrying out measurements when the body begins to burn fat with a convenient breathalyzer.
October 11, 2017
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New silicon structures could make better biointerfaces
A team of researchers from the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, the University of Illinois at Chicago and the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory have engineered silicon particles one-fiftieth the width of a human hair, which could lead to "biointerface" systems designed to make nerve cells fire and heart cells beat (Nature Materials, "Heterogeneous silicon mesostructures for lipid-supported bioelectric interfaces").
August 1, 2016
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New Technique for Engraving Complex, Nanometric Patterns on Polymer Fibers
Scientists at EPFL's Laboratory of Photonic Materials and Fiber Devices, which is operated by Fabien Sorin, have developed a new technique for imprinting nanometric patterns on the outside and inside of polymer fibers. These polymer fibers may be useful in a number of applications, for instance, to produce optical effect, guide nerve regeneration, and ultimately create smart bandages and artificial tissues.
January 25, 2017
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New technique for the controlled introduction of substances through the cell membrane
Cells, the basic building blocks of life, are delimited by membranes--the cell's skin--which act as intelligent barriers that allow the entrance of selected materials and nutrients, while blocking the passage of unwanted chemicals, and unfortunately, also many drugs.
March 31, 2017
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New Technique to Create Water-Based 2D Inks for Biomedical Applications
A research team from the University of Manchester have developed a technique of developing water-based and inkjet printable 2D material inks, which could enable 2D crystal heterostructures to be moved from the laboratory into real-world products.
February 1, 2017
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New technology platform propels the use of 'organs-on-chips'
A research team led by scientists from Brigham and Women's Hospital has developed a novel technology platform that enables the continuous and automated monitoring of so-called "organs-on-chips" -- tiny devices that incorporate living cells to mimic the biology of bona fide human organs.
March 8, 2017
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New tool can help policymakers prioritize information needs for synthetic biology tech
New technologies are developed at a rapid pace, often reaching the marketplace before policymakers can determine how or whether they should be governed. now researchers from North Carolina State University and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore have developed a model that can be used to assess emerging synthetic biology products, well before they are ready for the market, to determine what needs to be done to inform future policies.
January 17, 2017
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New tool offers snapshots of neuron activity
Many cognitive processes, such as decision-making, take place within seconds or minutes. Neuroscientists have longed to capture neuron activity during such tasks, but that dream has remained elusive -- until now.
June 26, 2017
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New tool to clean flow cytometry data
A*STAR researchers have developed a new bioinformatics tool called flowAI, which provides a more objective, efficient and intuitive solution to the quality control of data acquired via a common biological technique called flow cytometry.
November 30, 2016
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New triggerable, tough hydrogels could make drug-releasing systems safer
Drug-releasing devices that reside in the stomach for extended periods of time make it easier for patients to receive their full course of treatment. Instead of having to take a pill every day for a long period of time, a drug-delivery vehicle that slowly releases individual doses of medication could be administered once but provide medication for weeks or months.
July 25, 2017
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New ultrasound-powered actuator to power micro robot
The quest to develop a wireless micro-robot for biomedical applications requires a small-scale "motor" that can be wirelessly powered through biological media. While magnetic fields can be used to power small robots wirelessly, they do not provide selectivity since all actuators under the same magnetic field just follow the same motion.
November 22, 2016
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News from Quorum: the Agricultural Research Service of the Usda Uses a Quorum Cryo-sem Preparation System for the Study of Mites, Ticks and other Soft Bodied Organisms
Quorum Technologies, market and technology leaders in electron microscopy coating and cryogenic preparation products, report on the work of the Agricultural Research Service of the US Department of Agriculture where their PP2000 Cryo-SEM preparation system is in use to prepare soft bodied organisms including mites & ticks for study using cryo-SEM.
November 22, 2016
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No sugar coating, but sweet nonetheless
Complex neurotechnological devices are required to directly select and influence brain waves inside the skull's interior. Although it has become relatively easy to implement the devices, researchers are still faced with challenges when trying to keep them running properly in living organisms over time. But that could be changing now, thanks to a new method from Freiburg.
April 5, 2017
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Nominations invited for $250,000 Kabiller Prize in Nanoscience
Northwestern University's International Institute for Nanotechnology (IIN) is now accepting nominations for two prestigious international prizes: the $250,000 Kabiller Prize in Nanoscience and Nanomedicine and the $10,000 Kabiller Young Investigator Award in Nanoscience and Nanomedicine.
February 25, 2017
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Northwestern Honors MIT Chemical Engineer with Kabiller Prize in Nanoscience and Nanomedicine
Chemical engineer and prolific inventor Robert S. Langer of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology -- known as the "Edison of medicine" -- is the recipient of the $250,000 Kabiller Prize in Nanoscience and Nanomedicine for 2017, Northwestern University's International Institute for Nanotechnology announced today (Sept. 27).
September 28, 2017
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Novel nozzle saves crystals
Scientists are interested in the spatial structure of proteins, as it reveals much about the workings of these biomolecules. this knowledge can lead to a better understanding of the functions of biomolecules and to tailored medicines.
March 16, 2017
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Novel 'repair system' discovered in algae may yield new tools for biotechnology
A new way of fixing inactive proteins has been discovered in an algae, which uses chloroplast extracts and light to release an interrupting sequence from a protein.
July 29, 2016
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Novel sensor investigates complex surface chemistry on nanostructures
Microfluidic platforms have revolutionized medical diagnostics in recent years. Instead of sending blood or urine samples off to a laboratory for analysis, doctors can test a single drop of a patient's blood or urine for various diseases at point-of-care without the need for expensive instruments.
December 22, 2016
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Novel technology platform enables continuous, automated monitoring of 'organs-on-chips'
A research team led by scientists from Brigham and Women's Hospital has developed a novel technology platform that enables the continuous and automated monitoring of so-called "organs-on-chips" -- tiny devices that incorporate living cells to mimic the biology of bona fide human organs.
March 8, 2017
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Novel thermal ablation system for transdermal drug delivery
Many diseases are treated with protein-based drugs. However, due to the size of the molecules, the only effective delivery method is through injection, which can suffer from low patient compliance.
July 27, 2017
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Novel, Non-Invasive Cancer Therapy Targets Specific Cancer Cells Using Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes
A staggering 1.7 million persons in the United States will be diagnosed with cancer in 2016, with 600,000 cases ending in death. University of Oklahoma researchers have collaborated to design a novel, non-invasive cancer therapy that could eliminate tumors without affecting the healthy cells in the body.
October 18, 2016
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Nylon fibers made to flex like muscles
Artificial muscles – materials that contract and expand somewhat like muscle fibers do – can have many applications, from robotics to components in the automobile and aviation industries. Now, MIT researchers have come up with one of the simplest and lowest-cost systems yet for developing such "muscles," in which a material reproduces some of the bending motions that natural muscle tissues perform.
November 23, 2016
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Nylon fibers made to flex like muscles
Engineers have found a simple and inexpensive new approach to creating bending artificial muscle fibers. Artificial muscles -- materials that contract and expand somewhat like muscle fibers do -- can have many applications, from robotics to components in the automobile and aviation industries.
November 23, 2016
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Oddball enzyme provides easy path to synthetic biomaterials
Materials scientists have written the recipe on how to use an oddball enzyme to build new biomaterials out of DNA. the work provides instructions for researchers the world over to build self-assembling molecules for applications ranging from drug delivery to nanowires.
May 16, 2017
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Oddball enzyme provides easy path to synthetic biomaterials
Materials scientists have written the recipe on how to use an oddball enzyme to build new biomaterials out of DNA. the work provides instructions for researchers the world over to build self-assembling molecules for applications ranging from drug delivery to nanowires.
May 16, 2017
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Olympus BX53 microscope delivers outstanding brightness and true-to-life images for life science applications
Olympus BX53 Microscope with High-Luminosity LED Provides Bright, Sharp Images in Challenging Life Science Applications
June 6, 2017
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On the way to a biological alternative for key industrial processes
The research team of Prof. Dr. Oliver Einsle at the University of Freiburg's Institute of Biochemistry has long been exploring the functioning of nitrogenase. Now the group is introducing the first three-dimensional structural analysis of the enzyme variant that contains vanadium.
July 13, 2017
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On-chip pumps achieve high-speed sorting of large cells
The sorting of individual cells is necessary for many biological applications, including the isolation of specific cell types from cell suspensions. A fluorescence-activated cell sorting (FACS) has been used for high-throughput cell sorting.
July 28, 2017
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One step closer to personalized antibiotic treatment
Taking antibiotics to fight an infection won't necessarily solve your problems. Often, natural occurring bacteria in the gut harbor several resistance genes. this means that the gut bacteria may exchange genes with the infectious bacteria, resulting in antibiotic resistance. Therefore, knowing the resistome -- i.e. the pool of resistance genes present in the gut microbiota -- can improve treatment immensely.
February 10, 2017
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Origami of the cell
In the ancient Japanese art of origami, paper must be folded precisely and following a specific order to create the desired result -- say, a crane or lotus flower. it's a complex pursuit that requires keen attention to detail and utmost accuracy.
January 31, 2017
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Optical generation of ultrasound via photoacoustic effect
Limitations of the piezoelectric array technologies conventionally used for ultrasonics inspired a group of University College London researchers to explore an alternative mechanism for generating ultrasound via light, also known as the photoacoustic effect.
February 28, 2017
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Oxford Nanoimaging Report on how the Super-Resolution Nanoimager is Being Used at Micron Oxford, a Multidisciplinary Bioimaging Unit Applying Advanced Cellular Imaging Techniques.
Oxford Nanoimaging Limited manufacture and sell custom microscopes offering super-resolution and single-molecule capabilities to research users. the multidisciplinary bioimaging unit, Micron Oxford, are using the Nanoimager instrument to advance their cellular imaging techniques for both their facilities and research programs.
March 27, 2017
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Painless microneedle patch could replace needles
It's only a matter of time before drugs are administered via patches with painless microneedles instead of unpleasant injections. But designers need to balance the need for flexible, comfortable-to-wear material with effective microneedle penetration of the skin. Swedish researchers say they may have cracked the problem.
December 12, 2016
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Paper pumps power portable microfluidics, biomedical devices
Biomedical engineering researchers from North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have developed inexpensive paper pumps that use capillary action to power portable microfluidic devices, opening the door to a range of biomedical tools.
March 8, 2017
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Peptides as tags in fluorescence microscopy
Fluorescence microscopy visualizes the molecular elements of cells. Proteins of nerve cells, for instance, can be labelled using probes which are subsequently excited with light to fluoresce. In the end, the fluorescence signal is used to generate microscopic images of the real position, arrangement and number of proteins.
November 30, 2016
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'Persistent photoconductivity' offers new tool for bioelectronics
Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a new approach for manipulating the behavior of cells on semiconductor materials, using light to alter the conductivity of the material itself.
May 3, 2017
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Plant-made virus shells could deliver drugs directly to cancer cells
Viruses are extremely efficient at targeting and delivering cargo to cells. In the journal ACS Nano, researchers report they have harnessed this well-honed ability -- minus the part that makes us sick -- to develop virus-like nanoparticles to deliver drugs straight to affected cells.
February 15, 2017
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Plasmonic nanosensor shines a spotlight on the machinery of life
Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light in Erlangen have developed a technique for directly observing how enzymes and other biomolecules go about their work, with potentially significant medical and scientific benefits.
August 28, 2017
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Portable device produces biopharmaceuticals on demand
For medics on the battlefield and doctors in remote or developing parts of the world, getting rapid access to the drugs needed to treat patients can be challenging.
August 1, 2016
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Powerful new technique developed at UCSB reveals the mechanical environment of cells in the living embryo
Whether building organs or maintaining healthy adult tissues, cells use biochemical and mechanical cues from their environment to make important decisions, such as becoming a neuron, a skin cell or a heart cell. Scientists at UC Santa Barbara have developed a powerful new technique that reveals for the first time the mechanical environment that cells perceive in living tissues -- their natural, unaltered three-dimensional habitat.
December 5, 2016
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Precise insight into the depths of cells
Is it possible to watch at the level of single cells how fish embryos become trout, carp or salmon? Researchers at Goethe University Frankfurt have successfully combined two very advanced fluorescence microscopy techniques. The new high-resolution light microscope permits fascinating insights into a cell's interior.
May 24, 2017
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Precision NanoSystems launches NanoAssemblr Scale-Up system to support production of novel medicines
Precision NanoSystems has launched the NanoAssemblr™ Scale-Up system to support the clinical development of nanomedicines. this latest addition to the NanoAssemblr range is designed for the manufacture of clinical trial material in GMP environments, and will support the production of novel medicines, including siRNA, mRNA and CRISPR/Cas9 therapeutics.
March 9, 2017
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Programmable disorder - Stochastic algorithms at the molecular scale
Many self-organized systems in nature exploit a sophisticated blend of deterministic and random processes. No two trees are exactly alike because growth is random, but a Redwood can be readily distinguished from a Jacaranda as the two species follow different genetic programs. the value of randomness in biological organisms is not fully understood, but it has been hypothesized that it allows for smaller genome sizes--because not every detail must be encoded. Randomness also provides the variation underlying adaptive evolution.
November 29, 2016
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Programmable materials showing future potential for industry
New research has shown that honeycomb "cellular" materials made of a shape-memory polymer might be programmed for specific purposes, from shock-absorbing football helmets to biomedical implants.
November 28, 2016
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Programming cells with computer-like logic
Synthetic biologists are converting microbial cells into living devices that are able to perform useful tasks ranging from the production of drugs, fine chemicals and biofuels to detecting disease-causing agents and releasing therapeutic molecules inside the body.
July 26, 2017
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Protein research: the computer as microscope
Using a combination of infrared spectroscopy and computer simulation, researchers at Ruhr-Universit㲠Bochum (RUB) have gained new insights into the workings of protein switches. with high temporal and spatial resolution, they verified that a magnesium atom contributes significantly to switching the so-called G-proteins on and off.
January 16, 2017
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Quantum dots can supercharge current antibiotics
Quantum dots can provide a crucial boost in effectiveness for antibiotic treatments used to combat drug-resistant superbugs such as E. coli and Salmonella, new University of Colorado Boulder research shows.
October 4, 2017
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Quantum dots illuminate transport within the cell
The quantum dots used by the researchers are particles of semi-conducting material just a few nanometres wide, and are the subject of great interest because of their potential for use in photovoltaic cells or computers.
March 21, 2017
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Redesigning cells
It had been seven years since Fahim Farzadfard had last seen his family back home in Iran. Even after obtaining his green card in the middle of 2016, he had waited to finish his PhD before making the trip. Finally, last December, Farzadfard made a long-awaited visit to his hometown of Mashhad, Iran.
June 19, 2017
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Regenerating tissues with gene-targeting molecules
A synthetic DNA-targeting molecule could pave the way for tissue regeneration.
September 25, 2017
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Reliable Walk-away Petri Dish Media Filler
Compact in design - MEDIAJET from INTEGRA offers the unique flexibility to fill Petri dishes of various sizes, Petri dishes with two compartments or test tubes of various diameters and length.
December 6, 2016
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Research Leads to Liposomes for Efficient Delivery of Vinblastine-N-Oxide Prodrug
An innovative cancer-drug delivery system has demonstrated the potential to utilize the oxygen-deficient regions of solid tumors that render the growths to be immune to standard radiation and chemotherapy treatment.
April 5, 2017
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Research Reveals Inner Workings of Nanocages for Gold Particles
A sophisticated biological strategy takes place within living organisms. Free metal ions are being stored and transported via proteins assembled into highly ordered structures such as protein cages via a reaction biomineralization.
March 17, 2017
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Researcher pursues synthetic 'scaffolds' for muscle regeneration
The word "engineering" can bring to mind images of bridges, spacecraft and even particle colliders. But the human body could use assistance from engineers as well, especially when the natural processes that shape and govern our cells, tissues or organs need a helping hand.
December 20, 2016
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Researcher turns 'SARS mask' into a virus killer
A University of Alberta engineering researcher has developed a new way to treat common surgical masks so they are capable of trapping and killing airborne viruses. His research findings appear in the prestigious journal Scientific Reports.
January 5, 2017
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Researchers 3D print first truly microfluidic lab-on-a-chip devices
Researchers at Brigham Young University (BYU) are the first to 3D-print a viable microfluidic device small enough to be effective at a scale much less than 100 micrometers. Microfluidic devices are tiny chips that can sort out disease biomarkers, cells and other small structures in samples like blood by using microscopic channels incorporated into the devices.
August 14, 2017
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Researchers create 3D beating heart
Matters of the heart can be complicated, but York University scientists have found a way to create 3D heart tissue that beats in synchronized harmony, like a heart in love, that will lead to better understanding of cardiac health and improved treatments.
February 10, 2017
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Researchers create 3D printed tensegrity objects capable of dramatic shape change
A team of researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology has developed a way to use 3-D printers to create objects capable of expanding dramatically that could someday be used in applications ranging from space missions to biomedical devices.
June 14, 2017
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Researchers create first 3D movie of a virus in action
A research collaboration led by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has for the first time created a three-dimensional movie showing a virus preparing to infect a healthy cell.
August 14, 2017
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Researchers create first significant examples of optical crystallography for nanomaterials
Nanocrystals have diverse applications spanning biomedical imaging, light-emitting devices, and consumer electronics. Their unique optical properties result from the type of crystal from which they are composed. However, a major bottleneck in the development of nanocrystals, to date, is the need for X-ray techniques to determine the crystal type.
May 18, 2017
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Researchers demonstrate spin effects in solution-based nanocrystals
Wet-chemically produced nanocrystals are becoming more and more powerful. They are already used in the background lighting of the latest generation of flat panel displays. In the future they will be used increasingly as active elements, which produce higher color brilliance. They are also used in other fields of application, e.g., for medical diagnosis and treatment.
June 7, 2017
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Researchers design an enzyme to synthetize carbohydrates
Sugar or carbohydrate synthesis is important for the development of diagnostic tests, vaccines and new drugs.
June 22, 2017
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Researchers develop 20 times faster biosensor
A DGIST research team led by Professor CheolGi Kim has developed a biosensor platform which has 20 times faster detection capability than the existing biosensors using magnetic patterns resembling a spider web.
April 21, 2017
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Researchers develop a 'molecular needle' using a simplified biological system
Minimalism is an increasingly popular lifestyle choice that encourages individuals to decrease the overall number of possessions owned and live more simply. According to minimalist philosophy, the reduction of unnecessary clutter enables one to live a more functional and purposeful existence. IMP-IMBA Group Leader and CSSB scientist Thomas Marlovits*, in collaboration with colleagues from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), discovered that a minimalist approach can also be applied to complex biological systems, such as the type III secretion system.
May 15, 2017
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Researchers develop eco-friendly, 4-in-1 nanocatalyst
Brown University researchers have developed a new composite catalyst that can perform four separate chemical reactions in sequential order and in one container to produce compounds useful in making a wide range of pharmaceutical products.
April 24, 2017
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Researchers develop gene circuit design strategy to advance synthetic biology
Over the last 17 years, scientists and engineers have developed synthetic gene circuits that can program the functionality, performance, and behavior of living cells. Analogous to integrated circuits that underlie myriad electronic products, engineered gene circuits can be used to generate defined dynamics, rewire endogenous networks, sense environmental stimuli, and produce valuable biomolecules.
September 26, 2017
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Researchers develop methods to enhance piezoelectric sensing capabilities of devices
Piezoelectric sensors measure changes in pressure, acceleration, temperature, strain or force and are used in a vast array of devices important to everyday life. However, these sensors often can be limited by the "white noise" they detect that can give engineers and health care workers false readings.
November 23, 2016
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Researchers develop Nanoarray Capable of Sniffing Out and Distinguishing Several Diseases
Before modern medical lab methods became available, doctors diagnosed certain diseases by smelling the breath of patient. Researchers have been attempting to develop analytical instruments that can imitate this sniff-and-diagnose skill.
December 22, 2016
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Researchers develop rapid screening method to select promising nanoparticles for medicine
The use of nanoparticles – small, virus-sized elements developed under laboratory conditions – is increasingly widespread in the world of biomedicine. this rapidly-evolving technology offers hope for many medical applications, whether for diagnosis or therapies. In oncology, for example, the growing body of research suggests that, thanks to nanoparticles, treatment will soon become more precise, more effective and less painful for the patients.
February 3, 2017
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Researchers developing flat microscope for the brain
Rice University engineers are building a flat microscope, called FlatScope TM, and developing software that can decode and trigger neurons on the surface of the brain.
July 12, 2017
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Researchers imitate molecular crowding in cells
Enzymes behave differently in a test tube compared with the molecular scrum of a living cell. Chemists from the University of Basel have now been able to simulate these confined natural conditions in artificial vesicles for the first time. as reported in the academic journal Small ("Investigation of horseradish peroxidase kinetics in an "organelle like" environment"), the results are offering better insight into the development of nanoreactors and artificial organelles.
March 1, 2017
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Researchers propose a new way of performing in vitro tests on nanoparticles
Before new nanoparticles or other nanomedicines can be injected into the human body, a whole series of tests must be conducted in the laboratory, then in living cells, and in the end on humans. But often the results obtained in vitro do not resemble what actually happens in the animal or human body. Thus, the researchers reconsidered the basis of the in vitro experimental design.
June 6, 2017
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Researchers push the limits of organic synthesis
A dendritic molecule is one that grows by branching in several directions from its center core. at each branching point, the molecule branches again into a new generation. These molecules can be used for a broad range of biomedical applications, including gene and drug delivery.
March 7, 2017
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Researchers report the first ever documented observation of the self-healing phenomena of graphene
With the first ever documented observation of the self-healing phenomena of graphene, researchers from Hyderabad, India, hint at future applications for its use in artificial skin.
March 21, 2017
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Researchers revolutionize brain-computer interfaces using silicon electronics
Today, implanted electrode devices for stimulating the brain are extremely crude devices with only a handful of electrodes that are used to mitigate the effects of Parkinson's, epilepsy, and other neurodegenerative conditions. The number of patients with these devices is merely tens of thousands because of the extreme invasiveness of the implantation process and the large size of the implanted device.
July 10, 2017
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Researchers Study Effectiveness of Nanohyperthermia in Softening Tumors
Efforts to defeat cancers are often hindered by the mechanical resistance of tumors and collateral damage of standard treatments. However, a group of researchers from the CNRS, the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM), Paris Descartes University, and Paris Diderot University have successfully softened malignant tumors by heating them.
January 3, 2017
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Researchers uncover mechanism behind formation of gold nanoclusters in protein environment
In living organisms, free metal ions are stored and transported through proteins assembled into highly ordered structures such as protein cages via a reaction called biomineralization. this sophisticated biological strategy has attracted the attention of biotechnologists who speculate that natural ion-storage protein cages can be used to grow metal nanoparticles with desired properties.
March 16, 2017
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Researchers use graphene to stimulate the body's immune response
IBM announced its researchers have identified a new way to trigger the body's immune response by using polymer-coated graphene sheets.
May 16, 2017
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Researchers use nature's weaving formula to engineer advanced functional materials
For the first time, UNSW biomedical engineers have woven a 'smart' fabric that mimics the sophisticated and complex properties of one nature's ingenious materials, the bone tissue periosteum.
January 11, 2017
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Researchers Use Probiotics to Develop Metallic Nanoparticles
Probiotics, being live microbes, wield many advantageous health effects on the host cells. Such probiotics are commercially available as foods, dietary supplements and pharmaceutical formulations.
July 24, 2017
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Researchers watch biomolecules at work
Scientists at the University of Bonn have succeeded in observing an important cell protein at work. to do this, they used a method that allows to measure structural changes within complex molecules. the further developed procedure makes it possible to elucidate such processes in the cell, i.e. in the natural environment.
December 9, 2016
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Researchers watch biomolecules at work
Method development advance allows deeper insight into cellular processes
December 9, 2016
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Robert Langer receives Kabiller Prize in Nanoscience and Nanomedicine
Chemical engineer and prolific inventor Robert S. Langer of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology -- known as the "Edison of medicine" -- is the recipient of the $250,000 Kabiller Prize in Nanoscience and Nanomedicine for 2017, Northwestern University's International Institute for Nanotechnology announced.
September 29, 2017
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Role of cooperativity in hydrophobic interactions revealed in real-time monitoring
Hydrophobic interactions is one major type of intermolecular force that plays a vital role in many life processes in Chemistry and Physics. In biological systems, hydrophobic interactions can stabilize the internal cores of proteins and form lipid vesicles that store nutrients in our cells.In proteins, hydrophobic interactions can stabilize the internal cores and form lipid vesicles that store nutrients in our cells.
July 6, 2017
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Safe Delivery of Therapeutic Genes by DNA Barcoding
Researchers used small snippets of DNA as barcodes to develop a new technique for rapidly screening the capability of nanoparticles to selectively deliver therapeutic genes to particular organs of the body. this new technique succeeded in accelerating the development and use of gene therapies for Parkinson™ disease, cancer and heart disease.
February 8, 2017
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Scientists borrow from electronics to build circuits in living cells
Living cells must constantly process information to keep track of the changing world around them and arrive at an appropriate response.
May 25, 2017
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Scientists create a cellular guillotine for studying single-cell wound repair
While doing research at the Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory in Massachusetts, Sindy Tang learned of a remarkable organism: Stentor coeruleus. It's a single-celled, free-living freshwater organism, shaped like a trumpet and big enough to see with the naked eye. And, to Tang's amazement, if cut in half it can heal itself into two healthy cells.
June 26, 2017
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Scientists create endocytosis on demand by 'hotwiring' cells
A team at Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick, has managed to trigger clathrin-mediated endocytosis in the lab.
September 28, 2017
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Scientists create organs-on-chips for large-scale drug screening
Led by University of California - Irvine professor of molecular biology & biochemistry Christopher C.W. Hughes, the research team successfully established multiple vascularized micro-organs on an industry-standard 96-well plate.
February 8, 2017
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Scientists Develop Bioinspired Color-Shifting Nanoparticles for Commercial Use
Inspired by the varying colors that gleam off of beetle shells, scientists have developed color-shifting nanoparticles that can change hue even after being embedded into a material. A report on the new, inexpensive technique, which could lead to the production of easier-to-read sensors and anti-tampering tags, appears in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces.
June 15, 2017
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Scientists Develop Nanobodies that Could be Labelled on Certain Amino Acids
Aarhus University scientists have developed miniature antibodies (nanobodies) that can be labelled on certain amino acids. This provides a direct route for solving new X-ray crystal structures of protein complexes important for gaining mechanistic understanding of cellular processes, which is important in the development of drugs.
October 3, 2017
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Scientists develop Nanoparticle-Based Method to Deliver Therapeutic Molecules into Cells
Researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital have developed an innovative method to deliver therapeutic molecules into cells. the method employs gold nanoparticles that are electrically activated, leading them to oscillate and bore holes in the outer membranes of cells and allowing key molecules, such as RNA, DNA, and proteins, to gain entry.
December 20, 2016
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Scientists develop new toolkit for exploring protein biology
Scientists at the Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have developed a broadly useful method to unmask new functional features of human proteins.
November 1, 2016
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Scientists develop spectacles for X-ray lasers
An international team of scientists has tailored special X-ray glasses to concentrate the beam of an X-ray laser stronger than ever before. the individually produced corrective lens eliminates the inevitable defects of an X-ray optics stack almost completely and concentrates three quarters of the X-ray beam to a spot with 250 nanometres (millionths of a millimetre) diameter, closely approaching the theoretical limit.
March 1, 2017
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Scientists grow mini human brains
Scientists in Singapore have made a big leap on research on the 'mini-brain'. These advanced mini versions of the human midbrain will help researchers develop treatments and conduct other studies into Parkinson's Disease and ageing-related brain diseases.
July 29, 2016
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Scientists invent new way to see proteins in motion
UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers developed a new imaging technique that makes X-ray images of proteins as they move in response to electric field pulses.
December 14, 2016
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Scientists make giant molecular cages for energy conversion and drug delivery
Scientists from Trinity College Dublin and AMBER, the Science Foundation Ireland-funded materials science research centre hosted in Trinity College Dublin, have created 'molecular cages' that can maximise the efficiency of converting molecules in chemical reactions, and that may in future also be used as sensors and drug-delivery agents.
June 29, 2017
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Scientists present new synthesis method for click chemistry
A recent study, affiliated with Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology has presented a new way to advance the click chemistry. This is expected to be used in various areas, such as the synthetic chemistry of new drugs, development of functional high-molecules, and bio-imaging.
September 25, 2017
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Scientists spin artificial silk from whey protein
A Swedish-German team of researchers has cleared up a key process for the artificial production of silk. with the help of the intense X-rays from DESY's research light source PETRA III, the scientists could watch just how small protein pieces, called nanofibrils, lock together to form a fibre.
January 23, 2017
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Scientists successfully create blood from skin cells
Researchers in Singapore have artificially generated new mouse blood and immune cells from skin cells. this is a significant first step towards the eventual goal: the engineering of new human blood cells from skin cells or other artificial sources.
November 21, 2016
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Scientists Use Computer Simulations to develop Graphene-Like Crystals of Salts
New computer simulations have explored the possibility that common rock salt (NaCl) may form graphene-like 2D crystals, a possiblity which has been theorized for some time.
August 1, 2016
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Scientists use light to control the logic networks of a cell
Proteins are the workhorse molecules of life. Among their many jobs, they carry oxygen, build tissue, copy DNA for the next generation, and coordinate events within and between cells. now scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have developed a method to control proteins inside live cells with the flick of a switch, giving researchers an unprecedented tool for pinpointing the causes of disease using the simplest of tools: light.
January 5, 2017
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Scientists use magnets and nanoparticles to open, close gaps in blood vessels
The endothelial cells that line blood vessels are packed tightly to keep blood inside and flowing, but scientists at Rice University and their colleagues have discovered it may be possible to selectively open gaps in those barriers just enough to let large molecules through -- and then close them again.
June 8, 2017
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'Seeing' robot learns tricky technique for studying brain cells in mammals
Whole-cell patch clamp electrophysiology, or whole-cell recording (WCR), is the gold-standard technique for studying the behaviour of brain cells called neurons under different brain states such as stress or learning.
August 31, 2017
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Self-Assembling, Self-Propelling, and Self-Destructive Nanovesicle for Drug Delivery
Some of the favorable attributes of nanomedical systems are autonomous targeting and delivery of drugs at their location of action. At present, a group of Dutch Researchers have developed a nanomotor that includes an antitumor drug enclosed within a self-assembled, self-propelled stomatocytes, carried over the cellular membrane and delivered into the cell on receiving a chemical redox signal for disassembling the vesicle membrane.
May 31, 2017
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Self-propelled swimming nanodiamonds for biological applications
Sometimes nanoscale diamonds contain a specific type of impurity: a single nitrogen atom where a carbon atom should be, with an empty space right next to it, resulting from a second missing carbon atom. This nitrogen-vacancy (NV) impurity gives each nanodiamond special optical and electromagnetic properties.
June 19, 2017
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Sensors detect disease markers in breath
A small, thin square of an organic plastic that can detect disease markers in breath or toxins in a building's air could soon be the basis of portable, disposable sensor devices. By riddling the thin plastic films with pores, University of Illinois researchers made the devices sensitive enough to detect at levels that are far too low to smell, yet are important to human health.
May 18, 2017
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'Shape Memory' effect demonstrated in gold particles
Researchers from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and Germany have demonstrated for the first time the phenomena of shape memory and self-healing in gold microparticles. Achieved through defects-mediated diffusion in the particle, the discovery could one day lead to development of micro- and nano-robots capable of self-repair; mechanically stable and damage-tolerant components and devices; and targeted drug delivery.
July 7, 2017
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Silk 'micrococoons' could be used in biotechnology and medicine
Microscopic versions of the cocoons spun by silkworms have been manufactured by a team of researchers. The tiny capsules, which are invisible to the naked eye, can protect sensitive molecular materials, and could prove a significant technology in areas including food science, biotechnology and medicine.
July 19, 2017
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Silk proteins paired with renewable wood nanocellulose produces possibly the strongest artificial spider silk yet
Possibly the strongest hybrid silk fibers yet have been created by scientists in Sweden using all renewable resources. Combining spider silk proteins with nanocellulose from wood, the process offers a low-cost and scalable way to make bioactive materials for a wide range of medical uses.
May 17, 2017
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Silver atom nanoclusters could become efficient biosensors
Researchers have now managed to pinpoint what happens when light is absorbed by extremely small nanoclusters of silver atoms (Nature Communications, "Ultrafast coherence transfer in DNA-templated silver nanoclusters"). The results may have useful application in the development of biosensors and in imaging.
June 13, 2017
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Simulating cellular sorting processes
A plant or an animal cell uses numerous processes to sort and assemble tiny building blocks into larger molecules, to rebuild molecules or to dissolve them. Such processes depend on interactions between various cellular components and are pre-programmed at least in some of the building blocks.
March 10, 2017
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Single cells lined up like ducks in a row
The higher the concentration of tumor cells in the bloodstream, the greater the risk of metastasis. The number of circulating tumor cells indicates how well a patient is responding to therapy. Fraunhofer researchers have developed a new microhole chip that enables cells to be identified and characterized reliably within minutes.
June 7, 2017
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Single-cell analysis pave way for more accurate cancer prognosis
For the first time, researchers have applied single-cell transcriptomics to colorectal cancer (CRC) -- the third most common cancer in the world -- and discovered that this method could lead to improved patient stratification and eventually, a more accurate prognosis of CRC patients
March 21, 2017
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Smart bandage could promote better, faster healing
Researchers from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Harvard Medical School and MIT have designed a smart bandage that could eventually heal chronic wounds or battlefield injuries with every fiber of its being.
October 6, 2017
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Smart graphene contact lenses bring wearable electronics to the eye
Several research projects are working on reinventing the contact lens as a smart electronic device that, for instance, works as a self-powered biosensor for various point-of-care monitoring and wireless biomedical sensing, which may detect in real time the pathogen, bacteria, glucose, and infectious keratitis present in tear fluid. One example is a recently developed sensor for diabetic and glaucoma diagnosis.
May 22, 2017
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Soft, flexible origami-inspired robot with applications in manufacturing, medicine and space
A Case Western Reserve University researcher has turned the origami she enjoyed as a child into a patent-pending soft robot that may one day be used on an assembly line, in surgery or even outer space.
September 27, 2017
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Sound waves create nanoparticle whirlpools to round up tiny signs of disease
Mechanical engineers at Duke University have demonstrated a tiny whirlpool that can concentrate nanoparticles using nothing but sound. the innovation could gather proteins and other biological structures from blood, urine or saliva samples for future diagnostic devices.
January 26, 2017
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Specially-Engineered Nanoparticles Prevent Activation of the Immune System
The systemic administration of nanoparticles activates an inflammatory response because of the accumulation of blood components on their surface. this was demonstrated by a Houston Methodist-led research team, and this finding could help researchers to develop more efficient ways that will help prevent the activation of the immune system and direct therapies in patients in a more precise manner.
April 5, 2017
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Spermbots - microrobotics meets sperm cells
Bio-hybrid microswimmers are devices that move on a small scale and are a combination of biological and artificial components. the biological component can offer a biocompatible propulsion source, the cargo itself and additional features such as sensing.
May 3, 2017
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Spider silk demonstrates Spiderman-like abilities
Our muscles are amazing structures. with the trigger of a thought, muscle filaments slide past each other and bundles of contracting fibers pull on the bones moving our bodies. the triggered stretching behavior of muscle is inherently based in geometry, characterized by a decrease in length and increase in volume (or vice versa) in response to a change in the local environment, such as humidity or heat.
January 31, 2017
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Spreading and wicking of water droplets on nanostructured surfaces
Researchers in China performed an observation experiment with optical direct measurement was performed to investigate droplet spreading and capillary wicking on nanostructured surfaces fabricated by the hydrothermal synthesis method with various nanowire array types and nanowire sizes.
July 3, 2017
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State of the art on graphene-based biosensors
Biosensing is growing on importance. Nanomaterials and, more specifically, graphene-based platforms have excellent properties for biosensing. In addition, flexible, abundant, low-cost and green materials, such as plastic and paper, can enhance this technology. Graphene-based biosensors will lead to breakthrough solutions for the real world, although their commercialization will imply diverse technical, production and market issues.
December 16, 2016
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Sticky when wet: Strong adhesive for wound healing
Anyone who has ever tried to put on a Band-Aid when their skin is damp knows that it can be frustrating. Wet skin isn't the only challenge for medical adhesives - the human body is full of blood, serum, and other fluids that complicate the repair of numerous internal injuries. Many of the adhesive products used today are toxic to cells, inflexible when they dry, and do not bind strongly to biological tissue.
July 28, 2017
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Stretching the boundaries of neural implants
Rubbery, multifunctional fibers could be used to study spinal cord neurons and potentially restore function
April 3, 2017
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Strong, steady forces at work during cell division
Biologists who study the mechanics of cell division have for years disagreed about how much force is at work when the cell's molecular engines are lining chromosomes up in the cell, preparing to winch copies to opposite poles across a bridge-like structure called the kinetochore to form two new cells.
October 20, 2016
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Study points a way to better implants
Medical devices implanted in the body for drug delivery, sensing, or tissue regeneration usually come under fire from the host's immune system. Defense cells work to isolate material they consider foreign to the body, building up a wall of dense scar tissue around the devices, which eventually become unable to perform their functions.
March 19, 2017
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Study Reveals Potential of Silver Atom Nanoclusters to Become Efficient Biosensors
In recent years, the research community has been able to develop a type of very small nanoclusters comprising of only a few noble metal atoms bound to a DNA fragment by combining chemistry and nanotechnology. Such complexes are of great interest as a result of their optical properties.
June 14, 2017
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Success in the 3D bioprinting of cartilage
A team of researchers at Sahlgrenska Academy has managed to generate cartilage tissue by printing stem cells using a 3D-bioprinter. the fact that the stem cells survived being printed in this manner is a success in itself. In addition, the research team was able to influence the cells to multiply and differentiate to form chondrocytes (cartilage cells) in the printed structure.
April 28, 2017
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Sugar-coated nanomaterial excels at promoting bone growth
There hasn't been a gold standard for how orthopaedic spine surgeons promote new bone growth in patients, but now Northwestern University scientists have designed a bioactive nanomaterial that is so good at stimulating bone regeneration it could become the method surgeons prefer.
June 19, 2017
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Surface roughness accelerates liquid-liquid transition
Researchers at the University of Tokyo have found that transition between two liquid states, characterized by different local structures, in a single-component substance can be accelerated by rubbing the cell's surfaces, a widely used treatment method to align liquid crystal molecules in liquid crystal displays.
March 30, 2017
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Sweet success: Nanocapsule perfectly binds sucrose in water
Scientists around the world are pursuing the goal of developing synthetic receptors capable of recognizing biologically important molecules. Although many attempts have been made to mimic the way that protein pockets detect sugar dissolved in water with hydrogen bonding interactions, few have succeeded, mainly due to the interfering nature of water molecules. Now, a Japanese team of researchers has proposed a brand new approach.
September 5, 2017
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Synthetic Antivenom: Nanoparticles to the Rescue
Nanoparticles may find a new use as an antidote for the 4.5 million people who are bitten each year by snakes and bees. the team of researchers led by Jeffrey O'Brien in Kenneth Shea's lab at the University of California, Irvine used a directed evolution method to create a library of nanoparticles that could soak up and effectively deactivate snake and bee venom from human serum. Their results are reported in the Journal of the American Chemical Society this month.
January 4, 2017
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Tailoring nanoparticles to evade immune cells and prevent inflammatory response
A Houston Methodist-led research team showed that the systemic administration of nanoparticles triggers an inflammatory response because of blood components accumulating on their surface. this finding may help researchers create more effective ways to avoid activating the immune system and more precisely direct therapies in patients.
April 4, 2017
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Taking materials into the third dimension
To create more efficient catalysts, sensing and separation membrane, and energy storage devices, scientists often start with particles containing tiny pore channels. Defects between the particles can hamper performance.
January 23, 2017
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Targeting neurons with nanoparticles
A research team in Italy has elucidated the mechanisms through which nanoparticles modulate bioelectric activity from single neuron to neuronal networks.
June 27, 2017
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Teaching an old dye new tricks
Radiation in the near-infrared region is invisible, but can deeply penetrate living tissue without damaging it. Dye molecules that produce near-infrared light consequently have valuable applications in medical diagnostics, and A*STAR researchers have developed a synthetic approach that can quickly identify ways to fine-tune their emission properties.
July 12, 2017
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Team develops polymer surface with living system-like autonomous unidirectional motion
A research group at the University of Tokyo and their collaborators have developed a nanosize surface and interface composed of synthetic polymer that can move autonomously in one direction like a motor protein involved in motion and transport in living organisms.
February 28, 2017
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The beginning of the end of order
Now, 50 years later, a group of physicists from Konstanz headed by Dr Peter Keim, were able to prove the Mermin-Wagner theorem by experiments and computer simulations - at the same time as two international working groups from Japan and the USA.
March 30, 2017
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The brighter side of twisted polymers
A strategy to produce highly fluorescent nanoparticles through careful molecular design of conjugated polymers has been developed by KAUST researchers ("Controlling photophysical properties of ultrasmall conjugated polymer nanoparticles through polymer chain packing"). Such tiny polymer-based particles could offer alternatives to conventional organic dyes and inorganic semiconductor quantum dots as fluorescent tags for medical imaging.
May 16, 2017
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The end of biotechnology as we know it
If there were no biotechnology, the world would stand still. "Biotechnologically derived drugs dominate therapy with eight of the top ten best-selling drugs are produced using biotech methods," says Prof. Nigel Titchener-Hooker from the University College London.
November 21, 2016
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The first glimpse of a single protein
Proteins are the tools of life. In future, scientists may be able to examine single molecules with an especially gentle method to determine how they are constructed, how they perform their functions in cells, and how they interact with potential drugs.
January 25, 2017
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The nuclear transport option
The molecular shuttles on which proteins hitch rides when passing in and out of the nuclei of human cells differ depending on those proteins' biological functions, RIKEN researchers have revealed (eLife, "Extensive cargo identification reveals distinct biological roles of the 12 importin pathways"). This discovery could eventually help scientists to develop new ways to treat cancer and other diseases.
June 16, 2017
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The properties of light can be controlled by means of nanostructures
A theoretical study based on computational simulations conducted by the UPV/EHU's Nano-bio Spectroscopy Research Group in collaboration with the Japanese research centre AIST, has shown that the intensity of ultraviolet light that is made to pass through a graphene nano-ribbon is modulated with a terahertz frequency. So we are seeing the opening up of a new field of research into obtaining terahertz radiation that has a whole host of applications.
March 8, 2016
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The role of the tunnel
The targeted incorporation of proteins into the membrane is a vital process for cell maintenance; these membrane proteins ensure the proper functioning of the cells metabolism, communication with its environment, and energy supply.
January 31, 2017
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Tilted microscopy technique better reveals protein structures
The conventional way of placing protein samples under an electron microscope during cryo-EM experiments may fall flat when it comes to getting the best picture of a protein's structure. In some cases, tilting a sheet of frozen proteins -- by anywhere from 10 to 50 degrees -- as it lies under the microscope, gives higher quality data and could lead to a better understanding of a variety of diseases, according to new research led by Salk scientist Dmitry Lyumkis.
July 3, 2017
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Tiny bioengineered blood vessel grafts aid delicate microsurgeries
Scientists have been working diligently to create engineered tissue implants to repair or replace damaged or diseased tissue and organs; but their success hinges on the ability to build a sturdy connection linking the implant's blood vessels and the patient's existing vasculature.
March 29, 2017
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Tiny cages could keep vaccines safe at high temperatures
Vaccines and antibodies could be transported and stored without refrigeration by capturing them in tiny silica 'cages', a discovery which could make getting vital medicines to remote or dangerous places much easier, cheaper and safer.
April 24, 2017
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Tiny magnetic implant offers new drug delivery method
University of British Columbia researchers have developed a magnetic drug implant that could offer an alternative for patients struggling with numerous pills or intravenous injections.
February 14, 2017
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Tip-assisted Chemistry Enables Chemical Reactions at Femtoliter Scale
The Chemical Communications journal reviews the advances made towards the confinement of chemical reactions within small droplets. the focus of the article falls to the tip-assisted chemistry, a technique recently amended by the ICN2 Nanostructured Functional Materials Group.
November 16, 2016
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UC San Diego Research Team Develops Ultimate Natural Sunscreen
UC San Diego's Chemists, Nanoengineers, and Materials Researchers might have just developed the ultimate natural sunscreen. They have created nanoparticles that imitate the behavior of natural melanosomes, melanin-generating cell structures that protect skin, eyes and other tissues from the destructive effects of UV radiation.
May 18, 2017
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Uncovering new relationships, organizational principles in protein interaction networks
Proteins, those basic components of cells and tissues, carry out many biological functions by working with partners in networks. the dynamic nature of these networks -- where proteins interact with different partners at different times and in different cellular environments -- can present a challenge to scientists who study them.
March 8, 2017
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Ultrasound pulses activate release of drugs from nanoparticles
Biomedical engineers at Johns Hopkins report they have worked out a noninvasive way to release and deliver concentrated amounts of a drug to the brain of rats in a temporary, localized manner using ultrasound.
January 23, 2017
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Understanding the rice genome for bioenergy research
Researchers produced a database of mutations in an important grass crop: rice. To induce mutations they used fast-neutron irradiation. High-energy neutrons induce a wide variety of genetic mutations. Resequencing the 1,504 mutants allowed the researchers to identify structural variants and mutations.
October 9, 2017
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Understanding the way liquid spreads through paper
Molecules move randomly, colliding with each other in continual motion. you can even smell this process at times; it's how perfume spreads across a room when the air is still. the process is termed diffusion and the theory of diffusion can be applied to liquid spreading through paper, too - a process at work in a range of everyday products, from ink pens to paper sampling patches for medical tests.
November 30, 2016
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Unlocking peptide potential
Peptides are naturally occurring molecules with excellent pharmaceutical properties. However, their therapeutic use has been limited by the relatively small number of natural peptide structures.
February 25, 2017
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Use of prefabricated blood vessels may revolutionize root canals
While root canals are effective in saving a tooth that has become infected or decayed, this age-old procedure may cause teeth to become brittle and susceptible to fracture over time. Now researchers at OHSU in Portland, Oregon, have developed a process by which they can engineer new blood vessels in teeth, creating better long-term outcomes for patients and clinicians.
June 12, 2017
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Using molecules to de-tune nanodrums
Materials for pharmaceutical products are an expensive commodity, meaning appropriate caution is called for when it comes to synthesising new medications, for example. a precise measuring instrument is required in order to test or adapt the desired composition. a common measurement method to date has been infrared spectroscopy. However, the sample must first be prepared before it can be analysed. the pharmaceutical material can, for example, be dissolved in an aqueous solution.
March 13, 2017
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Using nanodiamonds to see smaller
Can you give an overview of LuciGem's technology for the illumination and tracking of small molecules using fluorescent diamonds and phosphorescent nanorubies?
April 7, 2017
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Using Nanopore Technology To Identify Proteins
According to a new study published in the journal PLOS Computational Biology, researchers can improve on conventional protein analysis methods by using tiny nanopores, which 'scan' the proteins as they pass through them.
May 31, 2017
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Utilizing tumor suppressor proteins to shape nanomaterials
A new method combining tumor suppressor protein p53 and biomineralization peptide BMPep successfully created hexagonal silver nanoplates, suggesting an efficient strategy for controlling the nanostructure of inorganic materials.
May 3, 2017
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Visualizing life in silico
Programming a molecular biology experiment can be similar to playing Sudoku; both are simple if you're working with only a few molecules or a small grid, but they explode in complexity as they grow. Now, in a paper published in the Biophysical Journal ("Compartmental and Spatial Rule-Based Modeling with Virtual Cell"), researchers at UConn Health's Virtual Cell Project have made it far easier for cell biologists to build complex biological models.
October 3, 2017
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Watching atoms race
By comparison, a blink lasts a lifetime -- atoms can rearrange themselves within one 350 quadrillionths of a second. as reported in the latest issue of the prestigious journal Nature, scientists at the Center for Nanointegration (CENIDE) at the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE), together with their colleagues from the University of Paderborn, have been able to observe the movement of a one-dimensional material in real-time.
March 30, 2017
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Waters and Wyatt Collaborate to Advance Polymer Analysis and Biopharmaceutical Characterization Studies
Coupling of technologies delivers valuable information 5x faster than conventional size exclusion chromatography
June 2, 2017
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Wearable health monitor based on household paper
Paper electronics — putting flexible electronic sensors and other circuits on regular paper — have the potential to cut the price of a wide range of medical tools, from point-of-care diagnostic tests to portable DNA detectors.
February 16, 2017
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When proteins court each other, the dance moves matter
At every moment inside the human body, a carefully choreographed dance is being performed.
March 16, 2017
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What is happening inside nanocages for gold nanoparticles?
In living organisms, free metal ions are stored and transported through proteins assembled into highly ordered structures such as protein cages via a reaction called biomineralization. this sophisticated biological strategy has attracted the attention of biotechnologists who speculate that natural ion-storage protein cages can be used to grow metal nanoparticles with desired properties.
March 16, 2017
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Wyatt Technology Corporation Launches the ViscoStar III Online Viscometer for Polymer and Protein Characterization
Wyatt Technology, the world leader in instrumentation for absolute macromolecular characterization, announces the launch of the third generation of intrinsic viscosity detectors: the ViscoStar III.
October 19, 2016
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