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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.

New Hepatitis Virus a False Alarm

September 30, 2013 11:34 am | News | Comments

The report by scientists of a new hepatitis virus earlier this year was a false alarm, according to researchers who correctly identified the virus as a contaminant present in a type of glassware used in many research labs. Their finding highlights both the promise and peril of today’s powerful “next-generation” lab techniques.

New Breast Cancer Imaging Technique Can Minimize False Positives

September 27, 2013 12:46 pm | News | Comments

A joint research team is developing a new breast cancer screening technique that has the potential to reduce false positives, and, possibly, minimize the need for invasive biopsies. The new MRI device could improve both the process and accuracy of breast cancer screening by scanning for sodium levels in the breast.

Laser Provides Better Diabetes, Retinal Disease Treatments

September 25, 2013 1:19 pm | Videos | Comments

A new laser, the Supra Scan Multi-spot Laser, is helping experts provide better treatment for eye diseases. This advanced laser can prevent blindness for some patients with serious conditions. The first patient received treatment from the laser for proliferative diabetic retinopathy on July 22.

Smartphone Microscope Brings Single-virus Detection to Remote Locations

September 25, 2013 12:01 pm | News | Comments

Scientists are reporting an advance in smartphone-based imaging that could help physicians in far-flung and resource-limited locations monitor how well treatments for infections are working by detecting, for the first time, individual viruses.

Smartphone 'Microscope' Detects a Single Virus

September 16, 2013 12:09 pm | News | Comments

Your smartphone now can see what the naked eye cannot: A single virus and bits of material less than one-thousandth of the width of a human hair. A team of researchers has created a portable smartphone attachment that can be used to perform sophisticated field testing to detect viruses and bacteria without the need for bulky and expensive microscopes and lab equipment. 

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