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Researchers design sensors to rapidly detect plant hormones

Mary Chan-Park | Via MIT | September 13, 2021

Researchers from the Disruptive and Sustainable Technologies for Agricultural Precision (DiSTAP) interdisciplinary research group of the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART), MIT’s research enterprise in Singapore, and their local collaborators from Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory (TLL) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU), have developed the first-ever nanosensor to enable rapid testing of synthetic auxin […]

UW team’s artificial kidney prototype earns major prize

Jonathan Himmelfarb | Via Mirage News | September 10, 2021

A backpack-size kidney-dialysis device, conceived and being developed at the University of Washington Center for Dialysis Innovation (CDI), is one of six winners of a $650,000 prize in an international competition to create components and systems for artificial kidneys. The awards were announced today by KidneyX, a public-private partnership of the American Society of Nephrology […]

UW team’s artificial kidney prototype earns major prize

Buddy Ratner | Via Mirage News | September 10, 2021

A backpack-size kidney-dialysis device, conceived and being developed at the University of Washington Center for Dialysis Innovation (CDI), is one of six winners of a $650,000 prize in an international competition to create components and systems for artificial kidneys. The awards were announced today by KidneyX, a public-private partnership of the American Society of Nephrology […]

The Kidney Project successfully tests a prototype bioartificial kidney

Shuvo Roy | Via University of California, San Francisco | September 9, 2021

The Kidney Project’s implantable bioartificial kidney, one that promises to free kidney disease patients from dialysis machines and transplant waiting lists, took another big step toward becoming reality, earning a $650,000 prize from KidneyX for its first-ever demonstration of a functional prototype of its implantable artificial kidney. KidneyX is a public–private partnership between the U.S. […]

Deep learning provides a better estimate of breast cancer risk

John Shepherd | Via News-Medical.Net | September 7, 2021

Compared with commonly used clinical risk factors, a sophisticated type of artificial intelligence (AI) called deep learning does a better job distinguishing between the mammograms of women who will later develop breast cancer and those who will not, according to a new study in the journal Radiology. Researchers said the findings underscore AI’s potential as […]

Dr. Lieber and Dr. Son Publish Results of Groundbreaking Reconstructive Surgery to Improve Hand Function After Tetraplegia

Rick Lieber | Via Shirley Ryan Ability Lab | September 2, 2021

In 2014, a previously healthy 25-year-old man experienced a diving accident that resulted in a C4 spinal cord injury with tetraplegia. He was unable to control movements in both his upper and lower body. Some individuals with tetraplegia can benefit from reconstructive hand surgery to improve their ability to control wrist and finger movements. To […]

Dual-energy three-compartment breast imaging for compositional biomarkers to improve detection of malignant lesions

John Shepherd | Via Nature | September 2, 2021

Breast cancer screening using mammography has drastically improved early detection and reduced the cancer mortality (1, 2). However, mammography is only able to describe the radiopacity (brightness) and morphometry (shape characteristics) of suspicious lesions. Radiologists subjectively use these visual properties when deciding if a suspicious lesion is likely to be cancerous, and it is common […]

UArizona Team Led by Architecture Professor Jonathan Bean and Engineering Professor Wolfgang Fink Wins $200,000 ‘American-Made Challenge’ E-ROBOT Prize

Wolfgang Fink | Via University of Arizona | September 2, 2021

wall-EIFS, a robotically applied, 3D-sprayable exterior insulation and finish system for building envelope retrofits, is one of 10 finalist prize winners of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Envelope Retrofit Opportunities for Building Optimization Technologies Prize, or E-ROBOT Prize. Each finalist team is awarded $200,000. View the team’s winning video entry. The E-ROBOT Prize’s goal is […]

Oxygen-delivering hydrogel accelerates diabetic wound healing

Jianjun Guan | Via Washington University in St. Louis | August 27, 2021

About one-fourth of people with diabetes develop painful foot ulcers, which are slow to heal due to low oxygen in the wound from impaired blood vessels and increased inflammation. These wounds can become chronic, leading to poor quality of life and potential amputation. Jianjun Guan, a professor of mechanical engineering & materials science in the […]

MOGONET provides more holistic view of biological processes underlying disease

Kun Huang | Via | August 26, 2021

Genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, transcriptomics—rapid advances in high-throughput biomedical technologies has enabled the collection of data with unprecedented detail from the growing number of omics. But, how best to take advantage of the interactions and complementary information in omics data? To fully exploit the advances in omics technologies to achieve a more comprehensive understanding of the […]

Revving Up to Advance Battery Research for Electric Vehicles

Esther Takeuchi | Via Stony Brook University | August 24, 2021

Stony Brook University’s Institute for Electrochemically Stored Energy, through the Research Foundation of SUNY, has received a major grant from the U.S Department of Energy (DOE) to further develop battery technology that could potentially be used in the creation of more efficient electric vehicles (EVs). The research, led by Esther Takeuchi, PhD, is funded through […]

Building a better chemical factory – out of microbes

Kristala Prather | Via MIT Technology Review | August 24, 2021

Metabolic engineers have a problem: cells are selfish. The scientists want to use microbes to produce chemical compounds for industrial applications. The microbes prefer to concentrate on their own growth. Kristala L. Jones Prather ’94 has devised a tool that satisfies both conflicting objectives. Her metabolite valve acts like a train switch: it senses when […]

Making SPTFF Easier to Apply

Andrew Zydney | Via Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News | August 24, 2021

Single pass tangential flow filtration (SPTFF) is relatively straightforward to apply in bioprocessing, but it can be difficult to design and size the SPTFF module for a given application since the filtrate flux and degree of concentration that can be achieved in a single pass is highly dependent on the properties of the protein, buffer […]

Study sounds note of caution on effectiveness of Covid vaccines for patients with lymphoid malignancies

David Walt | Via Mirage News | August 24, 2021

Patients with lymphoma or other lymphoid cancers should continue to take steps to protect themselves from COVID-19 even if they have been vaccinated against the disease, a new study led by investigators at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute reports. The study, published online by the journal Blood Advances, found that patients who had received anti-CD20 antibody therapy […]

IEEE EMBS Public Forum: Healthcare Tech Industry Trends

Metin Akay | Via IEEE EMBS | August 19, 2021

The IEEE EMBS Public Forum on Healthcare Tech Industry Trends will be held on August 25-28, 2021 and aims to highlight and discuss the challenges and opportunities of the healthcare tech industry, translation and commercialization with the participation of 24 healthcare tech leaders, entrepreneurs and influencers. Along with topical information, this forum will expose students […]

High-speed camera captures a water jet’s splashy impact as it pierces a droplet

Ian Hunter | Via MIT | August 18, 2021

Squirting a jet of water through a drop of liquid may sound like idle fun, but if done precisely, and understood thoroughly, the splashy exercise could help scientists identify ways to inject fluids such as vaccines through skin without using needles. That’s the motivation behind a new study by engineers at MIT and the University […]

Bioengineers develop implantable piezoelectric therapeutic devices

Xudong Wang | Via News-Medical.Net | August 16, 2021

Bioengineers have developed biocompatible generators that create electrical pulses when compressed by body motions. The generators are made up of self-assembling “piezoelectric wafers” which can be made rapidly and inexpensively to enable broad use of muscle-powered electromechanical therapies. Piezoelectric materials such as ceramics and crystals have a special property of creating an electrical charge in […]

Detecting COVID-19 by Analyzing Lung Images Using Artificial Intelligence Models

Ali Khademhosseini | Via Health IT Analytics | August 16, 2021

Using artificial intelligence technology, Terasaki Institute for Biomedical Innovation (TIBI) researchers developed and validated an image-based detection model for COVID-19. The model analyzes lung images and can detect COVID-19 infection. Medical imaging has become an important tool in the diagnosis and prognostic assessments of diseases. In recent years, artificial intelligence models have been implemented with […]

Next generation electronics: Expanding the possibilities with silver nanowires

Ali Khademhosseini | Via | August 16, 2021

Today’s nanoscale technologies are sophisticated enough to be applied in an endless number of useful devices, from sensors in touch screen devices and household appliances to wearable biosensors that can monitor chemical levels in our blood, muscle movement, breathing and pulse rate. In addition, there are technologies for precision devices such as high-resolution scanning probe […]

Ultrasound remotely triggers immune cells to attack tumors in mice without toxic side effects

Peter Wang | Via UC San Diego | August 12, 2021

Bioengineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a cancer immunotherapy that pairs ultrasound with cancer-killing immune cells to destroy malignant tumors while sparing normal tissue. The new experimental therapy significantly slowed down the growth of solid cancerous tumors in mice. The team, led by the labs of UC San Diego bioengineering professor […]