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Boeing Partners with South African Airways to Turn New Tobacco Plant into Jet Fuel

August 8, 2014 12:25 pm | News | Comments

Boeing, South African Airways (SAA) and SkyNRG announced they are collaborating to make sustainable aviation biofuel from a new type of tobacco plant. This initiative broadens cooperation between Boeing and SAA to develop renewable jet fuel in ways that support South Africa's goals for public health as well as economic and rural development.

Nasal Test Accurately Diagnoses Human Prion Disease

August 7, 2014 9:57 am | News | Comments

A nasal brush test can rapidly and accurately diagnose Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD), an incurable and ultimately fatal neurodegenerative disorder, according to a new study.                     

FDA to Start Regulating Lab-developed Tests

July 31, 2014 12:24 pm | by Matthew Perron - AP Health Writer - The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration says it will begin regulating laboratory-developed tests, a growing class of medical diagnostics that have never before been subject to federal oversight.                  


Got a Rash? iPad, Other Devices Might be the Cause

July 14, 2014 12:20 am | by Lindsey Tanner - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Unexplained rash? Check your iPad. It turns out the popular tablet computer may contain nickel, one of the most common allergy-inducing metals. Recent reports in medical journals detail nickel allergies from a variety of personal electronic devices, including laptops and cellphones.

Muscle-powered Bio-bots Walk on Command

July 2, 2014 10:00 am | News | Comments

A new generation of miniature biological robots is flexing its muscle. Engineers have developed a class of walking “bio-bots” powered by muscle cells and controlled with electrical pulses, giving researchers unprecedented command over their function.

Heart-shocking ‘Shirt’ Could Save Lives

June 3, 2014 1:46 pm | News | Comments

Biomedical engineering students have designed a lightweight, easy-to-conceal shirt-like garment to deliver life-saving shocks to patients experiencing serious heart problems. The students say their design improves upon a wearable defibrillator system that is already in use.

Engineer Invents Safe Way to Transfer Energy to Medical Chips in the Body

May 20, 2014 12:23 pm | Videos | Comments

A Stanford electrical engineer has invented a way to wirelessly transfer power deep inside the body and then use this power to run tiny electronic medical gadgets such as pacemakers, nerve stimulators or new sensors and devices yet to be developed.

Bulletproof Nuclei? Stem Cells Exhibit Unusual Absorption

April 21, 2014 12:39 pm | News | Comments

Stem cells demonstrate a bizarre property never before seen at a cellular level, according to a new study. The property– known as auxeticity– is one which may have application as wide-ranging as soundproofing, super-absorbent sponges and bulletproof vests.


Engineers Design ‘Living Materials’

March 24, 2014 1:51 pm | News | Comments

Inspired by natural materials such as bone—a matrix of minerals and other substances, including living cells—MIT engineers have coaxed bacterial cells to produce biofilms that can incorporate nonliving materials, such as gold nanoparticles and quantum dots.

'Icy' Technique Improves Robotic Kidney Transplants

January 22, 2014 8:30 am | News | Comments

A collaboration of surgeons successfully transplanted kidneys into 50 recipients using an innovative robot-assisted procedure in which the organ is cooled with sterile ice during the operation.                 

Thermo Fisher Scientific Selling Life Science Businesses to GE

January 6, 2014 12:56 pm | News | Comments

Thermo Fisher Scientific announced that it has signed an agreement to sell its cell culture (sera and media), gene modulation and magnetic beads businesses to GE Healthcare, a unit of General Electric Company, for approximately $1.06 billion.   

ImmunoChemistry Technologies Changes Ownership

December 6, 2013 11:53 am | News | Comments

ImmunoChemistry Technologies (ICT) has changed ownership and is now majority women-owned. The company will continue to develop new products to help researchers discover new treatments and drugs for cancer and other diseases affecting both animals and humans.

New Technology Can X-ray Soft Tissue in Detail

December 4, 2013 12:39 pm | News | Comments

A new approach developed by researchers could enable the most detailed x-ray images ever— including clear views of soft tissue without any need for contrast agents.                         


Tongue Piercing Lets the Paralyzed Drive Wheelchairs

November 27, 2013 4:16 pm | by LAURAN NEERGAARD - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

An experimental device is letting paralyzed people drive wheelchairs simply by flicking their tongue in the right direction. Key to this wireless system: Users get their tongue pierced with a magnetic stud that resembles jewelry and acts like a joystick.

Scientists Capture 'Redox Moments' in Living Cells

November 26, 2013 11:11 am | News | Comments

Scientists have charted a significant signaling network in a tiny organism that's big in the world of biofuels research.                                     

X-ray Laser Can Generate Protein Structures from Scratch

November 26, 2013 11:03 am | Videos | Comments

A study shows for the first time that X-ray lasers can be used to generate a complete 3-D model of a protein without any prior knowledge of its structure.                            

Process Shows Fuller Picture of Cell Protein Reactions

November 21, 2013 11:37 am | News | Comments

Researchers have recently developed a new technique for profiling enzyme activities in cell lysate, a fluid containing the internal contents of cells, allowing them to analyze the enzyme reactions within cells.           

Deleting Any Single Gene Spurs Mutations Elsewhere in Genome

November 14, 2013 12:11 pm | News | Comments

Researchers report that the deletion of any single gene in yeast cells puts pressure on the organism’s genome to compensate, leading to a mutation in another gene.                         

Next Generation of Biofuels Still Years Away

November 14, 2013 3:16 am | by JONATHAN FAHEY - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

The first trickle of fuels made from agricultural waste is finally winding its way into the nation's energy supply, after years of broken promises and hype promoting a next-generation fuel source cleaner than oil.           

Researcher Finds Way to Reduce Unnecessary Lab Tests, Decrease Patient Costs by Modifying Software Design

November 5, 2013 12:36 pm | News | Comments

When patients undergo diagnostic lab tests as part of the inpatient admission process, they may wonder why or how physicians choose particular tests. Now, a researcher and her colleagues have studied how to modify these lists to ensure health professionals order relevant tests and omit unnecessary lab tests.

New Microbream Emitter Makes MRT Easier

October 31, 2013 1:38 pm | News | Comments

Research into clinical use of microbeam radiation therapy (MRT) has been limited because of the sheer size of the technology required to generate the beams. Now, researchers have developed a new microbeam emitter which has scaled down the technology, opening the doors for clinical research.    

'Anklebot' Determine Ankle Stiffness, Could Aid in Rehab

October 24, 2013 2:12 pm | News | Comments

The ankle is often considered an anatomical jumble, and its role in maintaining stability and motion has not been well characterized. Now, researchers have measured the stiffness of the ankle in various directions using a robot called the “Anklebot.” 

Restoring Touch with a Prosthetic Hand

October 15, 2013 12:08 pm | News | Comments

New research is laying the groundwork for touch-sensitive prosthetic limbs that one day could convey real-time sensory information to amputees via a direct interface with the brain.                     

Sartorius Offers to Purchase TAP Biosystems

October 7, 2013 1:57 pm | News | Comments

Sartorius Stedim Biotech today made a cash offer to acquire the UK company TAP Biosystems Group plc (TAP Biosystems), through its wholly owned subsidiary Sartorius Stedim Biotech GmbH. The proposed transaction, which is subject to customary closing conditions, including the approval of TAP’s shareholders, values the equity of TAP Biosystems at approximately €33 million.

New Fluorescent Camera Speeds Up Diagnostics, Brain Mapping

September 30, 2013 11:48 am | News | Comments

Inspired by how wireless communication networks use multiple radio frequencies to communicate with multiple users, researchers have developed a new high-speed microscopy technique that is an order of magnitude faster than current fluorescence-imaging technologies.

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