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An easier way to manipulate malaria genes

August 12, 2014 10:59 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Plasmodium falciparum, the parasite that causes malaria, has proven notoriously resistant to scientists' efforts to study its genetics. It can take up to a year to determine the function of a single gene, which has slowed efforts to develop new, more targeted drugs and vaccines. MIT biological engineers have now demonstrated that


Robotic-assisted imaging: from trans-Atlantic evaluation to help in daily practice

August 12, 2014 10:42 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

While in Germany, Partho P. Sengupta, MD, of Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai used a computer to perform a robot-assisted trans-Atlantic ultrasound examination on a person in Boston. In another study Kurt Boman, MD, of Umeå University in Sweden in collaboration with Mount Sinai, showed how a cardiologist's video e-consultation, coupled with ...


Synthetic bones may help in search for shock wave defense

August 12, 2014 10:27 am | by U.S. Army | Comments

Shock waves from battlefield explosions are invisible threats for U.S. Soldiers and their top-of-the-line combat helmets, but with new studies in synthetic human physiology, researchers are learning how to lessen blast wave effects on the brain. Exactly how, and to what degree, these waves cause brain damage is ...


'Seeing' through virtual touch is believing

August 12, 2014 9:46 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

'Seeing' through virtual touch is believing. A University of Cincinnati experiment aimed at this diverse and growing population could spark development of advanced tools to help all the aging baby boomers, injured veterans, diabetics and white-cane-wielding pedestrians navigate the blurred edges of everyday life.

Asbestos going strong in developing world, where industry glosses over scientific consensus

August 12, 2014 9:25 am | by Katy Daigle, The Associated Press | Comments

VAISHALI, India - The executives mingled over tea and sugar cookies, and the chatter was upbeat. Their industry, they said at the conference in the Indian capital, saves lives and brings roofs, walls and pipes to some of the world's poorest people. The industry's wonder product, though, is one...

BioTime Receives FDA Premarket Notification Clearance for Premvia 510(k)

August 12, 2014 9:25 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

ALAMEDA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug 12, 2014--BioTime, Inc. (NYSE MKT: BTX) today announced that it has received notice from the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiologic Health that Premvia ™ has been cleared for marketing as a Class II medical device. Premvia ™ is the first FDA-cleared member...

Biocompatible Protective Coatings Widen Application Scope in Medical Devices, Finds Frost & Sullivan

August 12, 2014 8:29 am | by PR Newswire | Comments

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Aug. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Innovations will surge in the protective coatings industry by 2020, giving rise to a range of improved biocompatible and durable coatings that enable implant devices for use in orthopedic, orthodontic and cardiac applications. The...

GE Capital Agents $12.5 Million Senior Secured Credit Facility for Cardiva Medical, Inc.

August 12, 2014 8:28 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

BETHESDA, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug 12, 2014--GE Capital’s Healthcare Financial Services business announced today that it has agented a senior secured credit facility of up to $12.5 million for Cardiva Medical, Inc. The financing is comprised of a $10 million term loan and a $2.5 million...


'Enzyme-Search Engine' Reveals Hidden Possibilities of Nature

August 12, 2014 6:29 am | by PR Newswire | Comments

GRAZ, Austria, Aug. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- As high-precision miniature tools from nature, enzymes can solve certain tasks perfectly. The search for new industrial usable enzyme functions is very complex. A project of the Austrian Centre of Industrial Biotechnology (acib) and the...

Bioengineers create functional 3-D brain-like tissue

August 11, 2014 4:45 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Bioengineers have created three-dimensional brain-like tissue that functions like and has structural features similar to tissue in the rat brain and that can be kept alive in the lab for more than two months. As a first demonstration of its potential, researchers used the brain-like tissue to ...

Pairing old technologies with new for next-generation electronic devices

August 11, 2014 4:25 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The spin-Hall effect helps generate 'spin currents' which enable spin information transfer without the flow of electric charge currents. Unlike other concepts that harness electrons, spin current can transfer information without causing heat from the electric charge, which is a serious problem for current semiconductor devices. Effective use of spins generated by the spin-Hall effect can also revolutionise spin-based memory applications.

Malaria medicine chloroquine inhibits tumor growth and metastases

August 11, 2014 4:21 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A recent study by investigators at VIB and KU Leuven has demonstrated that chloroquine also normalizes the abnormal blood vessels in tumors. This blood vessel normalization results in an increased barrier function on the one hand -- thereby blocking cancer cell dissemination and metastasis -- and in enhanced tumor perfusion on the other hand, which increases the response of the tumor to chemotherapy.


Research Shows Promise for New Nerve Repair Technique

August 11, 2014 4:08 pm | by Alison Perry, University of Kentucky | Comments

A multicenter study including University of Kentucky researchers found that a new nerve repair technique yields better results and fewer side effects than other existing techniques. Traumatic nerve injuries are common, and when nerves are severed, they do not heal on their own and must ...


Global market for fiber-optic sensors to reach $2.2 billion by 2018

August 11, 2014 3:55 pm | by BCC Research | Comments

BCC Research reveals in its new report, FIBER OPTIC SENSORS: GLOBAL MARKETS, the global market for fiber optic sensors (FOS) is expected to reach $2.2 billion by 2018, registering a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.5% from 2013 to 2018. Medical and defense are the two markets where optics have a distinct advantage over competing electronic options.

Bioengineers: Matrix stiffness is an essential tool in stem cell differentiation

August 11, 2014 3:44 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Bioengineers at the University of California, San Diego have proven that when it comes to guiding stem cells into a specific cell type, the stiffness of the extracellular matrix used to culture them really does matter. When placed in a dish of a very stiff material, or hydrogel, most stem cells become bone-like cells. By comparison ...


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