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Precise and Programmable Biological Circuits

October 27, 2014 4:12 pm | by ETH Zurich | Comments

Bio-engineers are working on the development of biological computers with the aim of designing small circuits made from biological material that can be integrated into cells to change their functions. In the future, such developments could enable cancer cells to be reprogrammed...

Millions Lost in Unused Medical Supplies in Operating Rooms Each Year

October 27, 2014 4:11 pm | by Johns Hopkins | Comments

A Johns Hopkins research team reports that major hospitals across the U.S. collectively throw away at least $15 million a year in unused operating room surgical supplies that could be salvaged and used to ease critical shortages, improve surgical care and boost public health in developing countries...

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Synthetic Biology on Ordinary Paper, Results off the Page

October 27, 2014 4:04 pm | by Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering | Comments

New achievements in synthetic biology announced by researchers at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, which will allow complex cellular recognition reactions to proceed outside of living cells, will dare scientists to dream big: there could one day be inexpensive...

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Students Lend a Hand with 3D-Printed Prosthetic

October 27, 2014 4:04 pm | by University of Illinois | Comments

For most amputees, the road to a more functional prosthetic device is slow and costly. However, thanks to a research group at the University of Illinois, that might be changing, which is especially good news for those who are most in need, residents of the developing world...

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DNA-Based Computer Circuits of the Future

October 27, 2014 3:42 pm | by The Hebrew University of Jerusalem | Comments

In a paper published in Nature Nanotechnology, an international group of scientists announced the most significant breakthrough in a decade toward developing DNA-based electrical circuits. The central technological revolution of the 20th century was...

When Hearing Aid Users Listen to Music, Less Is More

October 27, 2014 3:31 pm | by University of Colorado at Boulder | Comments

The type of sound processing that modern hearings aids provide to make speech more understandable for wearers may also make music enjoyment more difficult, according to a new study by the University of Colorado Boulder. The findings, published in the journal Ear and Hearing, suggest...

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Wearable Smart Fabric Measures All Aspects of Physicality

October 27, 2014 11:55 am | by BeBop Sensors | Comments

BeBop Sensors, a wearable sensor technology company, recently announced their first product, the BeBop Wearable Smart Fabric Sensor, the first and only ultra thin wearable smart fabric sensor that measures all aspects of physicality...

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Nanodevice to Improve Cancer Treatment Monitoring

October 27, 2014 11:44 am | by University of Montreal | Comments

In less than a minute, a miniature device developed at the University of Montreal can measure a patient's blood for methotrexate, a commonly used but potentially toxic cancer drug. Just as accurate and ten times less expensive ...   

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Revolutionary Soft Robotic Systems Under Development

October 27, 2014 10:41 am | by University of Wollongong | Comments

Revolutionary soft robotic systems, like those needed to build a prosthetic hand with the dexterity of a human hand, will be developed through a formal partnership between Hanyang University and the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science...

Students Compete in 'FIRST' Robotics Team

October 27, 2014 10:34 am | by UBM Canon | Comments

America's future engineers will connect with world-renown medtech leaders over friendly robotic competition at the Medical Design and Manufacturing (MD&M) Minneapolis Exposition and Conference on October 29-30th at the Minneapolis Convention Center...

Digital Health Challenge Winners Announced

October 27, 2014 10:06 am | by Henry Ford Innovation Institute | Comments

A system designed to record and encourage movement of hospital patients; a recovery tool for total hip replacement; and a monitoring system for night time low blood sugar were the three technologies named as winners in the Davidson Digital Health Challenge...

Remote-Controlled Drug Delivery in Space

October 27, 2014 9:54 am | by Houston Methodist Research Institute | Comments

Houston Methodist Research Institute scientists will receive about $1.25 million from the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space to develop an implantable device that delivers therapeutic drugs at a rate guided by remote control...

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Engineering Nano-Sized Microfibers for Tissue Engineering and Biosensors

October 24, 2014 2:27 pm | by New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering | Comments

Researchers at the New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering have broken new ground in the development of proteins that form specialized fibers used in medicine and nanotechnology. For as long as scientists have been able to create...

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Battling Brain Tumors with Toxin-Secreting Stem Cells

October 24, 2014 2:00 pm | by Harvard University | Comments

Harvard Stem Cell Institute scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital have devised a new way to use stem cells in the fight against brain cancer. A team led by neuroscientist Khalid Shah, MS, PhD, who recently demonstrated the value of stem...

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Diamonds Offer Potential for Enhanced Imaging, Drug Delivery

October 24, 2014 10:34 am | by Cardiff University | Comments

Nanodiamonds are very small particles (a thousand times smaller than human hair) and because of their low toxicity they can be used as a carrier to transport drugs inside cells. They also show huge promise as an alternative to the organic...

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