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New method of artificially creating genetic switches for yeast

Akihiko Kondo | Via | April 14, 2021

A group of researchers from Kobe University and Chiba University has successfully developed a flexible and simple method of artificially producing genetic switches for yeast, a model eukaryotic organism. The group consisted of Researcher Tominaga Masahiro, Associate Professor Ishii Jun and Professor Kondo Akihiko (of Kobe University’s Graduate School of Science, Technology and Innovation/Engineering Biology […]

Researchers Receive Grant to Improve Cellular Therapies to Treat ‘Incurable’ Diseases

Raj Rao | Via University of Arkansas | April 13, 2021

Two U of A researchers received a $480,000 National Science Foundation grant to investigate how engineered coatings that imitate the tissue matrix surrounding cells would affect the behavior of therapeutic human mesenchymal stromal cells, or hMSCs. Jorge Almodovar, assistant professor of chemical engineering, and Raj Rao, professor and head of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, […]

Exercise benefit in breast cancer linked to improved immune responses

Dai Fukumura | Via EurekAlert | April 12, 2021

Exercise training may slow tumor growth and improve outcomes for females with breast cancer – especially those treated with immunotherapy drugs – by stimulating naturally occurring immune mechanisms, researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Harvard Medical School (HMS) have found. Tumors in mouse models of human breast cancer grew more slowly in mice put […]

Rao Elected President-Elect of Institute for Biological Engineering

Raj Rao | Via University of Arkansas | April 12, 2021

Raj Rao, professor and department head of biomedical engineering at the U of A, has been elected president of Institute for Biological Engineering. The IBE is a professional organization formed in 1995 that encourages inquiry and interest in biological engineering. Collegiate members from all over the nation make up the organization that Rao has been […]

Therapy with New Biosealant can Improve Healing After Injury

Robert Mauck | Via AZo Materials | April 12, 2021

According to a recent animal-based study performed by scientists from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, a novel biosealant therapy could help stabilize injuries that cause the disintegration of cartilage tissues, opening the door for a future fix or—even better—start working directly with new cells to improve healing. The researchers’ study […]

Therapy with New Biosealant can Improve Healing After Injury

Jason Burdick | Via AZo Materials | April 12, 2021

According to a recent animal-based study performed by scientists from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, a novel biosealant therapy could help stabilize injuries that cause the disintegration of cartilage tissues, opening the door for a future fix or—even better—start working directly with new cells to improve healing. The researchers’ study […]

SQZ Biotech Presents Preclinical Data on its mRNA-based enhanced APCs and the Potential of the SQZ APC Platform in KRAS Driven Tumors

Howard Bernstein | Via OA Online | April 10, 2021

SQZ Biotechnologies (NYSE: SQZ), a cell therapy company developing novel treatments for multiple therapeutic areas, today shared preclinical data from its next generation SQZ™ APCs, enhanced APCs or eAPCs, and the potentially broader applicability of the platform at the American Association for Cancer Research ( AACR ) 2021 Annual Meeting. “One of the advantages of […]

Ameer Named Fellow of Materials Research Society

Guillermo Ameer | Via Northwestern Engineering | April 1, 2021

Northwestern Engineering’s Guillermo A. Ameer has been named a fellow of the Materials Research Society for his contributions to regenerative engineering through pioneering work developing antioxidant citrate-based polymers that are useful for musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, dermal, and urological applications, rendering them enabling technologies to improve health. Ameer is the Daniel Hale Williams Professor of Biomedical Engineering […]

New tool assesses patients’ home dialysis experience

Jonathan Himmelfarb | Via EurekAlert | March 30, 2021

Researchers have developed a new tool to assess patients’ opinions and experience concerning home dialysis care. The tool is described in an upcoming issue of CJASN. Home dialysis, which includes both peritoneal dialysis and home hemodialysis, allows patients to receive their dialysis treatments at home, gives patients independence and flexibility with their treatment schedules, and […]

Single-Cell RNA-Sequencing Data Analysis Boosted via Machine Learning

Dong Xu | Via Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News | March 26, 2021

Researchers from the University of Missouri and the Ohio State University say they have created a new way to analyze data from single-cell RNA-sequencing by using machine learning. The method uses the power of computers to intelligently analyze large amounts of data and help scientists draw faster conclusions and move to the next stage of […]

Exploiting cancer cells to aid in their own destruction

Melody Swartz | Via UChicago News | March 24, 2021

Immunotherapy, which recruits the body’s own immune system to attack cancer, has given many cancer patients a new avenue to treat the disease. But many cancer immunotherapy treatments can be expensive, have devastating side effects, and only work in a fraction of patients. Researchers at the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering at the University of […]

Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic Receives AIMBE’s Highest Award

Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic | Via AIMBE | March 22, 2021

AIMBE is honored to recognize Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic with its Pierre Galletti Award, the Institute’s highest accolade. Including years of contributions to AIMBE and the BME community, Vunjak-Novakovic is recognized for impactful innovations in technologies to generate, understand and utilize functional human tissues, especially in regenerative engineering, studies of development and disease, while inspiring the next […]

Ultrasound outperforms legacy technique at pinpointing heart arrhythmias

Elisa Konofagou | Via Health Imaging | March 22, 2021

A commonly available ultrasound technique proved superior to a long-used approach at spotting abnormal heart rhythms and may help treat patients with this worldwide problem, according to recently published research. The method—electromechanical wave imaging (EWI)—creates a 3D cardiac map to pinpoint electromechanical activity that causes arrhythmias, investigators with Columbia University in New York reported in […]

Vaccination by inhalation

Darrell Irvine | Via MIT | March 19, 2021

Delivering vaccines directly to the lungs can boost immune responses to respiratory infections or lung cancer, study finds. Many viruses infect their hosts through mucosal surfaces such as the lining of the respiratory tract. MIT researchers have now developed a vaccination strategy that can create an army of T cells that are ready and waiting […]

Stem Cell Differentiation Triggers Could Aid Development of Regenerative Muscle Therapy

Shankar Subramaniam | Via Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News | March 18, 2021

A study led by researchers at the University of California (UC) San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering has offered up new insights into the mechanisms of stem cell differentiation that could one day help scientists develop regenerative therapies for muscle disease, injury and atrophy. By studying how easily different pluripotent stem cell lines differentiated into […]

Stanford Researchers Find Culprit In Muscle Aging And How To Knock It Down

Helen Blau | Via Bio IT World | March 17, 2021

For well over a decade now, scientists have been experimenting with “couch potato” drugs that could confer the benefits of exercise without having to flex a muscle. The latest candidate is a small molecule inhibitor impeding the degradation of prostaglandin E2 (PGE2), recently shown to act directly on mature muscle fibers to prevent deleterious molecular […]

Researchers identify head impact rates in four major high school sports

Kristy Arbogast | Via EurekAlert | March 17, 2021

As high school athletes return to practice and games for a variety of sports, the threat of concussions remains. A new study from researchers at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) used head impact sensors in four different sports and studied male and female athletes to determine which of these sports put students at the highest […]

Hybrid Tissue Engineered-Regen Med Heart Valve Can Grow in Recipient

Robert Tranquillo | Via Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News | March 17, 2021

Researchers led by University of Minnesota Twin Cities scientists from both the College of Science and Engineering and the Medical School said they have demonstrated for the first time that lab-created heart valves implanted in young lambs for a year were capable of growth within the recipient. The valves reportedly also showed reduced calcification and […]

A deep dive into cells’ RNA reality

Edward Boyden | Via EurekAlert | March 17, 2021

Human cells typically transcribe half of their roughly 20,000 genes into RNA molecules at any given time. Just like with proteins, the function of those RNA species not only relies on their abundance but also their precise localization within the 3D space of each cell. Many RNA molecules convey gene information from the cell’s nucleus […]

Linda Griffith honored for contributions to biological engineering education

Linda Griffith | Via MIT | March 11, 2021

Professors awarded the National Academy of Engineering’s prestigious Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education. The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) has announced that two MIT professors have been jointly awarded the Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education, the most prestigious engineering education award in the […]