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Beyond Biology: Using the Fundamentals of Synthetic Biology to Address Complex Problems

Milan Mrksich | Via Northwestern University | November 28, 2022

Synthetic biology is a robust interdisciplinary field that uses tools and concepts from engineering, physics and computer science to build new biological systems. At Feinberg, scientists are pursuing synthetic biology research to address the health challenges and diseases that humans face. It has been described as using biology’s mechanisms of creating molecules to make new […]

Signal detection enables clear imaging of human cells

Rohit Bhargava | Via The Science Advisory Board. | November 21, 2022

Beckman Institute researchers have developed an innovative method to clearly visualize the structure and chemical composition of a human cell. Their study, published November 14 in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, utilizes signal detection to advance the field of chemical imaging. Researchers have long been interested in determining what cells are made […]

Are Covid-19 “comas” signs of a protective hibernation state?

Emery Brown | Via MIT | November 18, 2022

Scientists hypothesize that, as in a hibernating turtle, the brain under sedation and deprived of oxygen may assume a protective state. Many Covid-19 patients who have been treated for weeks or months with mechanical ventilation have been slow to regain consciousness even after being taken off sedation. A new article in the Proceedings of the […]

Vanderbilt study finds that diabetes may hasten breast cancer tumor growth and stiffness

Cynthia Reinhart-King | Via Vanderbilt University | November 18, 2022

While diabetes is already associated with an increased risk of developing breast cancer, a new Vanderbilt study published in Science Advances on November 18 indicates that presence of the disease may increase tumor growth and stiffness. Researchers also found that diabetes treatments could reduce the tumor growth and stiffness to levels comparable with non-diabetic ones. […]

Finding the “Sweet Spot” for Indoor Humidity May Help to Reduce COVID-19 Transmission

Lydia Bourouiba | Via Infectious Disease Special Edition | November 18, 2022

As friends and families are beginning to plan holiday gatherings, a new study found that raising the humidity level could be another mitigation method to reduce COVID-19. That sweet spot looks to be between 40% and 60% humidity. Researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) combined population-based COVID-19 data with meteorologic measurements from 121 countries […]

Rensselaer Researchers Publish Research in Nature Machine Intelligence Promoting the Metaverse Transformation of Health Care

Ge Wang | Via Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute | November 16, 2022

In a perspective article published today in Nature Machine Intelligence, researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) Drs. Ge Wang, Pingkun Yan, and Chang Niu presented “Medical Technology and AI (MeTAI)” in the metaverse that promises to develop new intelligent health care. This represents a multidisciplinary collaboration among academic and clinical researchers with University of Chicago, […]

Old mice regain leg strength after antibody treatment, Stanford Medicine researchers find

Helen Blau | Via Stanford University | November 15, 2022

Muscle stem cells, the cells in muscle fibers that generate new muscle cells after injury or exercise, lose their potency with age. But a study by researchers at Stanford Medicine shows that old mice regain the leg muscle strength of younger animals after receiving an antibody treatment that targets a pathway mediated by a molecule […]

Souped-up oncolytic virus warms up cold brain cancer tumors

Michael Caligiuri | Via Fierce Biotech | November 11, 2022

Among the hurdles to treating brain cancer is the fact that glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) cells burrow into brain tissue, which makes them difficult to wipe out with conventional treatments like surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. Moreover, they’re “cold” tumors, meaning they don’t contain immune cells that can easily be targeted with immunotherapies. Now, scientists from City […]

Clinical trials are underway on a cancer-killing virus

Yuman Fong | Via WQAD | November 11, 2022

Colon, lung, breast, ovarian, pancreatic — almost a million people will be diagnosed with one of these cancers in the coming year. Can a virus fight them? Almost everyone knows someone who has battled cancer. Standard care involves chemo and radiation, medication, and immunotherapies. Now, for the first time ever, clinical trials are underway testing […]

Dimension Inx and Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago awarded joint NIH grant to expand fertility restoration options

Ramille Shah | Via News Wise | November 10, 2022

Dimension Inx, a regenerative biomaterials company, and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago have been jointly awarded an NIH Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant. The grant focuses on uncovering a novel approach to in vitro growth and maturation (IVGM) of ovarian follicles. Together, Dimension Inx and Lurie Children’s will use the funding to further […]

Can your phone tell if a bridge is in good shape?

Markus Buehler | Via MIT | November 3, 2022

A new study suggests mobile data collected while traveling over bridges could help evaluate their integrity. Want to know if the Golden Gate Bridge is holding up well? There could be an app for that. A new study involving MIT researchers shows that mobile phones placed in vehicles, equipped with special software, can collect useful […]

Extracellular Viscosity Linked to Cancer Spread

Konstantinos Konstantopoulos | Via News Wise | November 2, 2022

New research findings show how higher viscosity, or resistance to flow, of the extracellular fluid that surrounds cells enables cancer cells to migrate more rapidly from a primary tumor to other sites in the body. “We deciphered how cells sense and respond to physiologically relevant levels of fluid viscosity that are commonly found in the […]

November 5-6, 2022 – Healthy Masters Forum International Conference

Thomas Webster | Via Healthy Masters | November 1, 2022

An AIMBE Fellow and world-renowned expert in nanotechnology and regenerative medicine, Tom Webster, will speak at the 2022 Healthy Masters Forum International Conference in Braga, Portugal. Please click here for more detail.

Vanderbilt researchers provide hope with innovative breast cancer vaccine

Michael King | Via Vanderbilt University | October 27, 2022

As a child, Jenna Dombroski was at her grandfather’s bedside when cancer took his life. A scientist, he was her inspiration. Years later, the Vanderbilt University Ph.D. student and National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow is honoring him by leading the development of what appears to be a promising treatment for breast cancer metastasis, and […]

Popular Pharmaceutical Target in Cells May Prove Even More Useful

Jin Zhang | Via UC San Diego | October 26, 2022

Researchers at University of California San Diego have identified a new signaling process involving G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), a cellular target already exploited by hundreds of diverse drugs. The discovery, published in the October 26, 2022 issue of Nature, opens the possibility of new therapies, including for multiple forms of cancer. GPCRs are the largest […]

Chad Mirkin receives IET Faraday Medal for ‘contributions that helped define the modern age of nanotechnology’

Chad Mirkin | Via Northwestern University | October 21, 2022

The United Kingdom Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) today (Oct. 20) awarded Northwestern University professor Chad A. Mirkin the 2022 Faraday Medal. Among the most prestigious honors for engineers and scientists, the Faraday Medal is the IET’s highest award and is given for notable scientific or industrial achievement. Mirkin is being recognized “for inventing […]

Even good gene edits can go bad

Gang Bao | Via Rice University | October 21, 2022

A Rice University lab is leading the effort to reveal potential threats to the efficacy and safety of therapies based on CRISPR-Cas9, the Nobel Prize-winning gene editing technique, even when it appears to be working as planned. Bioengineer Gang Bao of Rice’s George R. Brown School of Engineering and his team point out in a […]

Researchers receive $3.7M to attempt robotic heart surgery inside MRI scanner

Cenk Cavusoglu | Via Cardiovascular Business | October 20, 2022

Researchers from Case Western Reserve University have received a four-year, $3.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to try and make a bit of history. The group—which includes engineers, cardiologist, radiologists and other specialists—will attempt to perform a robotic-controlled left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAO) on a patient inside an MRI scanner; if […]

What causes severe COVID symptoms? Research examines role of immune systems

Melody Swartz | Via UChicago News | October 20, 2022

UChicago study examines how autoantibodies could cause complications in some patients Since the earliest months of the COVID-19 pandemic, physicians and scientists worldwide have been working to understand how exactly the virus makes us sick. That task, already complicated by COVID’s rapid spread, is made more challenging by some of its unusual, seemingly inexplicable symptoms, […]

Krishna Shenoy elected to the National Academy of Medicine

Krishna Shenoy | Via Stanford University | October 17, 2022

Six Stanford professors elected to the National Academy of Medicine The National Academy of Medicine has elected six professors at Stanford University to its membership. They are among the 90 regular members and 10 international members elected this year to the academy, which provides policymakers, professionals, business leaders and the public with independent, scientifically informed […]