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A urine test for lung cancer? Nanosensors make it possible

Sangeeta Bhatia | Via MD Linx | July 10, 2020

Harvard and MIT researchers teamed up to develop a novel screening test that could identify lung cancer a lot earlier and easier than current methods. The test detects lung cancer using nanoprobes, which send out reporter molecules that are picked up on urine analysis. This breakthrough, which is more sensitive than CT and delivers on […]

Breast cancer cells can reprogram natural killer cells to aid in metastasis

Joel Bader | Via News-Medical.Net | July 9, 2020

Natural killer (NK) cells, a type of immune cell, are known to limit metastasis by inducing the death of cancer cells. But metastases still form in patients, so there must be ways for cancer cells to escape. Using a novel cell culture method developed by lead author Isaac Chan, M.D., Ph.D., a medical oncology fellow […]

David Edwards develops a $50 nasal spray to thwart the spread of COVID-19

David Edwards | Via Fast Company | July 8, 2020

Developed by Harvard professor David Edwards—who previously created inhalable chocolate and cocktails—the spray promises to stop the spread of aerosols by as much as 99%. You should practice social distancing and wear a mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19. But even masks aren’t perfect. A high-end N95 mask can filter an estimated 99.8% of […]

AU announced the appointment of Dr. Anthony Guiseppi-Elie as the founding dean of the newly established College of Engineering

Tony Guiseppi-Elie | Via AIMBE | July 8, 2020

Anderson University is launching a College of Engineering that will offer programs in electrical and mechanical engineering beginning with the fall, 2021 semester. Dr. Anthony Guiseppi-Elie is joining Anderson University as the founding dean of the new college, where he will serve as vice president for industry relations and University distinguished professor. Dr. Guiseppi-Elie, most […]

Nanoparticles Used to Deliver Gene Therapy for Macular Degeneration

Jordan Green | Via Azo Nano | July 8, 2020

Using an exclusively designed large molecule, the researchers could compact huge bundles of therapeutic DNA to be delivered into the cells of the eye. Reported in the Science Advances journal on July 3rd, 2020, the study offers evidence of the prospective value of nanoparticle-delivered gene therapy for the treatment of wet age-related macular degeneration. Macular […]

Helping drug-delivering particles squeeze through a syringe

Robert Langer | Via MIT | July 8, 2020

Microparticles offer a promising way to deliver multiple doses of a drug or vaccine at once, because they can be designed to release their payload at specific intervals. However, the particles, which are about the size of a grain of sand, can be difficult to inject because they can get clogged in a typical syringe. […]

New Biomaterial Could Shield Against Harmful Radiation

Nathan Gianneschi | Via Northwestern University | July 8, 2020

Packing for outer space? Here’s one thing you won’t want to forget. Northwestern University researchers have synthesized a new form of melanin enriched with selenium. Called selenomelanin, this new biomaterial shows extraordinary promise as a shield for human tissue against harmful radiation. “Given the increased interest in space travel and the general need for lightweight, […]

Herpesviruses Hedge Their Bets to Optimize Survival

Leor Weinberger | Via OA Online | July 6, 2020

When investors hedge a bet, they divvy their money between risky investments, which might make a large profit, and safe investments, which help ensure that not everything is lost in a market crash. The herpesvirus cytomegalovirus, Gladstone researchers have discovered, takes a similar approach to infecting the human body. Cytomegalovirus is a common virus in […]

Encouraging results from functional MRI in an unresponsive patient with COVID-19

Bruce Rosen | Via Medical Xpress | July 6, 2020

Many patients with severe coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) remain unresponsive after surviving critical illness. Investigators led by a team at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) now describe a patient with severe COVID-19 who, despite prolonged unresponsiveness and structural brain abnormalities, demonstrated functionally intact brain connections and weeks later he recovered the ability to follow commands. The […]

How Credible are the COVID-19 Models? Center Aims to Find Out

Herbert Sauro | Via University of Washington | July 6, 2020

The multi-institution Center for Reproducible Biomedical Modeling, led by UW Bioengineering Professor Herbert Sauro, is partnering with top U.S. government agencies to determine how credible several commonly used COVID-19 models are. Since the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, to aid in decision making, public health officials and policy makers have looked to epidemiological models […]

Dr. Cato T. Laurencin’s COVID-19 Mask Solution Coming to Market

Cato Laurencin | Via University of Connecticut | July 2, 2020

Within six weeks of announcing a successful method to fabricate custom-fit mask frames to optimize protection from the spread of COVID-19, UConn has a licensing deal with a Connecticut manufacturer to produce them. Connecticut Biotech, a startup company headquartered in South Windsor, aims to start marketing, manufacturing, and distributing 3D-printed mask frames under the brand […]

Thomas Krummel receives top national honor in pediatric surgery

Thomas Krummel | Via Stanford University | July 1, 2020

Thomas M. Krummel, MD, the Emile Holman Professor in Surgery, Emeritus, and professor emeritus of pediatric surgery, has been named the 2020 recipient of the William E. Ladd Medal, the highest honor nationwide in pediatric surgery. Krummel was the surgeon-in-chief at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford from 2002 to 2016. At the Stanford School of […]

Bioengineered Uteri in Animal Model Proven to Support Pregnancy

Anthony Atala | Via Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News | June 30, 2020

Scientists from the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM) were able to show that bioengineered uteri in an animal model developed the native tissue-like structures needed to support normal reproductive function. With further development, their finding may provide a treatment option for women with uterine infertility. Their study, “A tissue-engineered uterus supports live births […]

DNA Origami Approach for HIV Vaccine Development Could be Used Against SARS-CoV-2

Darrell Irvine | Via Clinical Omics | June 30, 2020

By using a technique known as DNA origami to fold DNA into a virus-like structure, MIT researchers have designed HIV-like particles coated with HIV antigens in precise patterns, which may eventually be used as an HIV vaccine. In vitro studies showed that the DNA origami particles, which mimic the size and shape of viruses, provoked […]

Researchers bioengineer first-line defense against COVID-19

Mark Humayun | Via Medical Xpress | June 30, 2020

Researchers at the USC Dr. Allen and Charlotte Ginsburg Institute for Biomedical Therapeutics, the USC Institute for Technology and Medical Systems and the USC School of Pharmacy are developing an antimicrobial fluid to bolster the body’s first-line defenses against COVID-19. The biocompatible coating is intended to block the virus from entering the body through membranes […]

UW Bioengineers Use Cholesterol Tag to Ease Proteins into Cells

Xiaohu Gao | Via University of Washington | June 28, 2020

Xiaohu Gao, professor of bioengineering, and his lab have developed a new, cholesterol-based tag system to bring imaging and disease-treating proteins directly into a live cell, bypassing the cell’s defenses. They reported their finding June 19 in Science Advances. Traditionally, imaging and treatment of live cells has been limited to biomarkers on the cell’s surface, […]

SIIM 2020: Human element shouldn’t be neglected with AI

Elizabeth Krupinski | Via Aunt Minnie | June 25, 2020

Sure, artificial intelligence (AI) in radiology is cool. But it’s not enough to show results in a lab; the technology’s real-world impact on efficacy and efficiency also needs to be evaluated, according to a June 25 talk at the virtual annual meeting of the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM). It’s also crucial to […]

Maternal obesity increases the chance of liver cancer in offspring for generations

Kun Huang | Via Medical Xpress | June 25, 2020

Scientists recognize the connection between maternal obesity and liver cancer in the offspring of obese mothers, however, the mechanism is not well understood. In a novel study, appearing in the Journal of Hepatology, investigators have identified a microRNA in obese mouse mothers that appears to pass on liver cancer susceptibility, increasing the odds of liver […]

Artificial beta cells could lead to new diabetes treatment

Zhen Gu | Via Open Access Government | June 25, 2020

The artificial beta cells (ABCs) are much more patient-friendly and mimic the functions of the body’s natural glucose-controllers. The idea is that the AβCs could be subcutaneously inserted into patients, which would be replaced every few days, or by a painless and disposable skin patch. The ABCs are constructed with a simplified version of a […]

Calcium helps build strong cells

Kris Dahl | Via Carnegie Mellon University | June 19, 2020

Every time you flex your bicep or stretch your calf muscle, you put your cells under stress. Every move we make throughout the day causes our cells to stretch and deform. But this cellular deformation can be dangerous, and could potentially lead to permanent damage to the DNA in our cells, and even cancer. So […]