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New Discovery About Cathepsins May Improve Drug Research

Manu Platt | Via Georgia Institute of Technology | January 24, 2020

Like motley bandits, certain enzymes implicated in cancer and other diseases also annihilate each other. A new study reveals details of their mutual foils in the hopes that these behaviors can be leveraged to fight the enzymes’ disease potential. The bandits are cathepsins, enzymes that normally dispose of unneeded protein in our cells. But in […]

Look What’s Inside: Full-Body Movies From EXPLORER Scanner

Simon Cherry | Via UC Davis | January 22, 2020

Positron emission tomography, or PET scanning, a technique for tracing metabolic processes in the body, has been widely applied in clinical diagnosis and research spanning physiology, biochemistry and pharmacology. Now researchers at the University of California, Davis, and Fudan University, Shanghai, have shown how to use an advanced reconstruction method with an ultrasensitive total-body PET […]

Look What’s Inside: Full-Body Movies From EXPLORER Scanner

Jinyi Qi | Via UC Davis | January 22, 2020

Positron emission tomography, or PET scanning, a technique for tracing metabolic processes in the body, has been widely applied in clinical diagnosis and research spanning physiology, biochemistry and pharmacology. Now researchers at the University of California, Davis, and Fudan University, Shanghai, have shown how to use an advanced reconstruction method with an ultrasensitive total-body PET […]

SPIE Selects Wolfgang Fink as 2020 Fellow

Wolfgang Fink | Via The University of Arizona College of Engineering | January 21, 2020

Professional optics society recognizes University of Arizona professor for his work in artificial vision for the blind and smartphone-based eye exams and disease diagnostics. University of Arizona electrical and computer engineering professor and Edward & Maria Keonjian Endowed Chair Wolfgang Fink is one of the newest Fellows of the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers, or […]

Ultrafast Camera Takes 1 Trillion Frames Per Second of Transparent Objects and Phenomena

Lihong Wang | Via Caltech | January 17, 2020

A little over a year ago, Caltech’s Lihong Wang developed the world’s fastest camera, a device capable of taking 10 trillion pictures per second. It is so fast that it can even capture light traveling in slow motion. But sometimes just being quick is not enough. Indeed, not even the fastest camera can take pictures […]

A new model of metabolism draws from thermodynamics and ‘omics’

Vassily Hatzimanikatis | Via EurekAlert | January 13, 2020

All living things are made of carbon, and sugars, e.g. glucose, are a very common source of it. Consequently, most cells are good at eating sugars, using enzymes to digest them through a series of chemical reactions that transform the initial sugar into a variety of cell components, including amino acids, DNA building blocks, and […]

Robotic Trainer Helps Paraplegics Sit More Stably

Sunil Agrawal | Via HospiMedica | January 13, 2020

A new study shows how a robotic device can assist and train people with spinal cord injuries (SCIs) to sit more stably by improving their trunk control. Developed at Columbia University (New York, NY, USA), the Trunk-Support Trainer (TruST) is based on a motorized-cable belt placed around the torso that helps determine the individual postural […]

Chromatin organizes itself into 3D forests in single cells

Igal Szleifer | Via Northwestern University | January 10, 2020

A single cell contains the genetic instructions for an entire organism. This genomic information is managed and processed by the complex machinery of chromatin — a mix of DNA and protein within chromosomes whose function and role in disease are of increasing interest to scientists. A Northwestern University research team — using mathematical modeling and […]

Nanoparticle Slips Suicide Gene into Pediatric Brain Cancer Cells

Jordan Green | Via GenengNews | January 8, 2020

If you dispatch a suicide gene, you want to make sure that it bypasses healthy cells on its way to harmful cells, such as cancer cells. What’s more, you want to make sure that the suicide gene is sent via a delivery system that treads lightly—especially if the suicide gene is meant to treat pediatric […]

Disorderly DNA helps cancer cells evade treatment

Igal Szleifer | Via Northwestern University | January 8, 2020

Each cell in the human body holds a full two meters of DNA. In order for that DNA to fit into the cell nucleus — a cozy space just one hundredth of a millimeter of space — it needs to be packed extremely tight. A new Northwestern University study has discovered that the packing of […]

For CRISPR, tweaking DNA fragments before inserting yields highest efficiency rates yet

Huimin Zhao | Via Science Daily | December 23, 2019

By chemically tweaking the ends of the DNA to be inserted, the new technique is up to five times more efficient than current approaches. The researchers saw improvements at various genetic locations tested in a human kidney cell line, even seeing 65% insertion at one site where the previous high had been 15%. Led by […]

New treatment Strategy may thwart deadly brain tumors

Rakesh Jain | Via EurekAlert | December 23, 2019

Immune checkpoint inhibitors are important medications that boost the immune system’s response against certain cancers; however, they tend to be ineffective against glioblastoma, the most deadly primary brain tumor in adults. New research in mice led by investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and the University of Florida reveals a promising strategy that makes glioblastoma […]

Dean Peterson Re-elected to Lead International Exoskeleton Standards Committee

Donald Peterson | Via Northern Illinois University | December 20, 2019

Donald R. Peterson, Ph.D., NIU’s dean of the College of Engineering and Engineering Technology and mechanical engineering professor, was re-elected to a two-year term this month as chair of ASTM International’s exoskeletons and exosuits committee (F48). The committee’s task is to develop industry standards in the growing field of exoskeletons and exosuits. An exoskeleton is […]

Why we talk with our hands – and how that may help give speech to the speechless

Krishna Shenoy | Via Stanford Medicine | December 10, 2019

Ever wonder why people talk with their hands? We all do — across cultures, throughout history. Now, a serendipitous discovery building on years of meticulous work tells us what may be the reason — or at least a reason — for it. The discovery may also portend a potential breakthrough for those with aphasia, the […]

An Evolutionary Connection Between Pregnancy and Cancer Metastasis

Andre Levchenko | Via UConn Today | December 5, 2019

A UConn School of Dental Medicine researcher used pregnancy to unlock a missing link between various species of mammals and cancer malignancy—fundamentally changing the way we look at cancer metastasis. Kshitiz, assistant professor in the department of biomedical engineering – a shared department between the School of Dental Medicine, School of Medicine, and School of […]

Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM) Scientists Push Bioprinting Capability Forward

Anthony Atala | Via News Wise | December 4, 2019

Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM) scientists are the first to report using bioprinting to print a tracheal tissue construct comprised of multiple different functional materials. They printed different designs of smooth muscle and cartilage regions in artificial tracheal substitutes showing similar mechanical properties to human tracheal tissue. Previous attempts of tissue-engineered tracheal constructs […]

Coaxial Electrospinning Creates New Platform for Treating Glioblastoma

Henry Brem | Via Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News | December 4, 2019

Andrew Steckl, PhD, an Ohio eminent scholar and professor of electrical engineering in the University of Cincinnati’s (UC) college of engineering and applied science, working with researchers from Johns Hopkins University, said they have developed a new treatment for glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), an aggressive form of brain cancer. Steckl’s nanoelectronics laboratory applied an industrial fabrication […]

Yuehe Lin named to National Academy of Inventors

Yuehe Lin | Via Washington State University | December 4, 2019

Yuehe Lin, professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, has been named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). He was cited for his “highly prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating inventions that have made a tangible impact on the quality of life, economic development, and welfare of society,” […]

Artificial intelligence software for breast cancer diagnosis makes TIME’s list of Best Inventions for 2019

Maryellen Giger | Via U Chicago Medicine | December 4, 2019

Artificial intelligence software developed by University of Chicago Medicine researchers to help radiologists more accurately diagnose breast cancer made TIME’s list of Inventions for 2019. QuantX — the first-ever, FDA-cleared software to aid in breast cancer diagnosis — aims to reduce missed cancers as well as false positives that can lead to unnecessary biopsies. The […]