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Growing Cardiac Tissue on 'Spider Silk' Substrate

April 10, 2015 1:40 pm | by Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology | Comments

Genetically engineered fibers of the protein spidroin, which is the construction material for spider webs, has proven to be a perfect substrate for cultivating heart tissue cells, MIPT researchers found. They discuss their findings in...

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Inkjet-Printed Liquid Metal Could Bring Wearable Tech, Soft Robotics

April 10, 2015 1:36 pm | by Emil Venere, Purdue University | Comments

New research shows how inkjet-printing technology can be used to mass-produce electronic circuits made of liquid-metal alloys for "soft robots" and flexible electronics. Elastic technologies could make possible a new class of pliable robots...

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Cost-Effective Production of Magnetic Sensors

April 10, 2015 10:52 am | by Fraunhofer | Comments

They are found wherever other measurement methods fail: magnetic sensors. They defy harsh environmental conditions and also function in fluids. A new procedure is now revolutionizing the production of two-dimensional magnetic sensors: They...

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Are Scientists Nearing a Cure for Baldness?

April 10, 2015 10:32 am | by University of Southern California | Comments

If there’s a cure for male pattern baldness, it might hurt a little. A team led by USC Stem Cell Principal Investigator Cheng-Ming Chuong has demonstrated that by plucking 200 hairs in a specific pattern and density, they can induce up...

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Visualizing Potential Brain Cancer Treatments in Real Time

April 10, 2015 10:27 am | by Virginia Tech | Comments

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists have developed new imaging techniques to watch dangerous brain tumor cells respond to treatment in real time. Published in NANO Letters, the study was led by Zhi Sheng and Deborah Kelly...

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Breath Test for Detecting Head and Neck Cancer

April 10, 2015 10:18 am | by Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne | Comments

Inhale, then exhale. This simple act could now save lives. A technology developed in part at EPFL can quickly identify the presence of a head and neck cancer, such as of the throat or mouth by analyzing people's breath. The new device...

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Photos of the Day: Training Young Physicians in Robotic Surgery

April 10, 2015 9:33 am | by University of California - Los Angeles | Comments

UCLA’s Center for Advanced Surgical and Interventional Technology and Surgical Science Laboratory are holding UCLA’s first-ever, grand scale robotic surgical training sessions. In this photo, instructors monitor trainees in robotic surgery...

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Insights on the Fourth Edition of EMC Standard IEC 60601 for Medical Devices

April 10, 2015 9:15 am | by SGS SA - Consumer Testing Services | Comments

The main reason for publishing this new edition of the EMC standard is the proliferation of mobile phones. People are carrying them around everywhere, including hospitals. When so many people have a mobile radio transmitter in their pocket...

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Editing HIV Out of Our Genome with CRISPR

April 10, 2015 8:53 am | by University of Massachusetts Medical School | Comments

A component of the immune system found in normal bacteria, in its natural state CRISPR protects bacteria from viral invasion. Since its discovery, researchers have been furiously finding ways to program this system to quickly and selectively...

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Device Can Insert 'Cargo' into 100,000 Cells Per Minute

April 10, 2015 8:39 am | by University of California - Los Angeles | Comments

A new device developed by UCLA engineers and doctors eventually help scientists study the development of disease, enable them to capture improved images of the inside of cells and lead to other improvements in medical and biological research...

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9 NIH-Funded Antimicrobial Resistance Diagnostics Projects

April 9, 2015 3:55 pm | by National Institutes of Health | Comments

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, has awarded more than $11 million in first-year funding for nine research projects supporting enhanced diagnostics to rapidly detect...

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Synthetic Muscles Preparing to Launch into Space

April 9, 2015 3:48 pm | by DOE/Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory | Comments

Lenore Rasmussen's dream of developing a synthetic muscle that could be used to make better prosthetic limbs and more responsive robots will literally become airborne on April 13 at 4:33 p.m. when her experiment will rocket off to the...

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Detecting Lysosomal pH with Better Fluorescent Probes

April 9, 2015 2:24 pm | by Michigan Technological University | Comments

Lysosomes are the garbage disposals of animal cells. As the resources are limited in cells, organic materials are broken down and recycled a lot -- and that's what lysosomes do. Detecting problems with lysosomes is the focus of a new set of...

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Wearable Device Slows Deadly Brain Tumors

April 9, 2015 10:00 am | by Josh Barney, University of Virginia | Comments

A wearable device that emits low-level electrical fields can slow the progression of glioblastoma, the deadliest form of brain cancer, and extend patients’ lifespans, a major clinical trial at the University of Virginia School of Medicine...

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Scanning Autism's Early Neuronal 'Neighborhood'

April 9, 2015 9:51 am | by San Diego State University | Comments

In early childhood, the neurons inside children's developing brains form connections between various regions of brain "real estate." As described in a paper published last week in the journal Biological Psychiatry, cognitive neuroscientists at...

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