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'Placenta-on-a-Chip' Helps to Better Understand Pregnancy

June 18, 2015 9:09 am | by NIH/Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development | Comments

National Institutes of Health (NIH) researchers and their colleagues have developed a "placenta-on-a-chip" to study the inner workings of the human placenta and its role in pregnancy. The device was designed to imitate, on a micro-level, the structure...

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Modeling Neuronal Connectivity with Stem Cells

June 18, 2015 9:02 am | by IOS Press BV | Comments

Human stem cells can be differentiated to produce other cell types, such as organ cells, skin cells, or brain cells. While organ cells, for example, can function in isolation, brain cells require synapses, or connectors, between cells and between...

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Eye’s Motion Detection Sensors Identified

June 17, 2015 3:59 pm | by Washington University in St. Louis | Comments

Driving a car at 40 mph, you see a child dart into the street. You hit the brakes. Disaster averted. But how did your eyes detect that movement? It’s a question that has confounded scientists. Now, studying mice, researchers at Washington...

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Hearing Aids That Can 'See'

June 17, 2015 1:04 pm | by University of Stirling | Comments

A next-generation hearing aid which can 'see' is to be developed by a University of Stirling Computer Scientist-led multidisciplinary team of researchers and clinicians. Designed to help users in noisy environments, the device will use a...

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Biotech Startup Raises Millions to Generate Renewable Chemicals

June 17, 2015 12:30 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

A company hoping to farm single-cell organisms, or microbes, to create chemicals announced that its latest funding push secured $44 million. California-based Zymergen alters the DNA of a large number of microbes, which enables the organisms...

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High-tech Nanofibers Could Help Nutrients in Food Hit the Spot

June 17, 2015 11:20 am | by University of Lincoln | Comments

New research outlines how the creation of ‘nanofibers’ could provide new and improved products and delivery systems for supplementary foodstuffs. Nanofiber materials produced through a process called electrospinning are attracting particular...

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'Heartbeat-on-a-Chip' Could Improve Pharmaceutical Tests

June 17, 2015 10:20 am | by University of Michigan | Comments

A gravity-powered chip that can mimic a human heartbeat outside the body could advance pharmaceutical testing and open new possibilities in cell culture because it can mimic fundamental physical rhythms, according to the Univ. of Michigan...

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Silk, Inkjet Inks Could Yield Smart Bandages, Bacteria-Sensing Gloves

June 17, 2015 10:14 am | by Tufts University | Comments

Silk inks containing enzymes, antibiotics, antibodies, nanoparticles and growth factors could turn inkjet printing into a new, more effective tool for therapeutics, regenerative medicine and biosensing, according to new research led by...

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Nanorobots Swim Through Blood to Deliver Drugs

June 17, 2015 10:05 am | by American Chemical Society | Comments

Someday, treating patients with nanorobots could become standard practice to deliver medicine specifically to parts of the body affected by disease. But merely injecting drug-loaded nanoparticles might not always be enough to get them where they...

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Microscale Technology Isolates Rare Tumor Cells

June 17, 2015 9:37 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | Comments

In a blood sample taken from a cancer patient, there may be a single circulating tumor cell among hundreds of thousands of other cells. These tumor cells can provide valuable information about how cancer progresses, and could help doctors decide...

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Transparent, Stretchable Conductors with 'Nano-Accordion' Structure

June 17, 2015 9:21 am | by North Carolina State University | Comments

Researchers from North Carolina State University have created stretchable, transparent conductors that work because of the structures' "nano-accordion" design. The conductors could be used in a wide variety of applications, such as flexible...

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Can Mobile Devices Interfere with Electronic Medical Equipment?

June 17, 2015 9:10 am | by Concordia University | Comments

Thousands of patients die each year in hospitals across North America due to medical errors that could be prevented were doctors and nurses provided with instant access to patient records via wireless technology. Cue the catch-22: the...

Tissue 'Scaffold' Technology Could Help Rebuild Large Organs

June 17, 2015 9:06 am | by University of Bristol | Comments

Scientists have developed a new tissue 'scaffold' technology that could one day enable the engineering of large organs. Research led by the Universities of Bristol and Liverpool has shown that it is possible to combine cells with a special scaffold...

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On the Road to Needle-Free Medicine

June 17, 2015 9:02 am | by American Chemical Society | Comments

Needle injections have been around since 1657 and remain a key delivery method for many drugs, including vaccines that have prevented countless illnesses. But for patients that require daily pricks or for people in remote locations, the syringe...

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Origami Paper-Based Battery Powered by Bacteria

June 16, 2015 4:04 pm | by Binghamton University | Comments

Origami, the Japanese art of paper folding, can be used to create beautiful birds, frogs and other small sculptures. Now a Binghamton University engineer says the technique can be applied to building batteries, too. Seokheun "Sean" Choi developed...

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