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New Materials to Protect the Brain

March 26, 2015 10:39 am | by Denis Paiste, MIT | News | Comments

MIT graduate student Bo Qing studies synthetic gels that could be used in better equipment to protect against traumatic injuries.

Nanotechnology Platform Shows Promise for Treating Pancreatic Cancer

March 25, 2015 10:43 am | by Shaun Mason, UCLA | News | Comments

Scientists at UCLA’s California NanoSystems Institute and Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center...

Start-ups and Robotics Grad Students Power Up for Automate Show

March 25, 2015 10:15 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Innovators and graduate students will have a chance to showcase their work, and be immersed in...

Oldest Homo Fossil Implies Humans Created by Climate Change

March 25, 2015 9:39 am | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Articles | Comments

On an East African hill somewhere in “Afar,” a stone’s throw from “Awash,” two sections of a...

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Blueprint Medicine Files for $100M IPO

March 24, 2015 5:02 pm | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The biotech firm is making a big bet on precision medicine.

The Untapped Potential of 3-D Printing

March 24, 2015 11:07 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

3-D printing could make a huge impact on digital dentistry, manufacturing, organ transplants, and multiple other fields.

Non-FDA Approved Hormone Therapies on the Rise

March 24, 2015 11:06 am | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Articles | Comments

Use of potentially risky, non-FDA approved hormone therapies may soon be as common as use of FDA-approved hormone therapies, according to a study by University of Virginia gynecology researcher JoAnn Pinkerton.

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Darwin’s Children’s Art Saved a Bit of His Science

March 24, 2015 11:06 am | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Articles | Comments

Charles Darwin’s kids doodled all over several pages of - and notes for - the original manuscript of his historic 1859 book, which launched the field of evolutionary biology: “On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life.”

Epidural Stimulation Shows Promise for Spinal Cord Injuries

March 23, 2015 3:49 pm | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Bioscience Technology caught up with Susan Harkema Ph.D., professor and rehabilitation research director of the University of Louisville’s Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center, to discuss her research and new funding awarded by Wings for Life Spinal Cord Research Foundation for epidural stimulation.

Google Teams With MIT, Harvard for Genetics Research Project

March 23, 2015 9:48 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The project will focus on finding cures for aging-related diseases like cataracts and atherosclerosis.

Scientists Call for Freeze on Genome-Editing Method

March 20, 2015 4:18 pm | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Designer babies? It’s far from a whimsy, and now a new technology that would make it possible to alter human DNA at the germline (meaning changing traits that can be inherited) has scientists calling for caution and a freeze. 

Brain Injuries - Not Worth the Risk for One NFL Player

March 20, 2015 3:03 pm | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

It’s not all in your head. Brain injuries from sports are a steady unease for athletes.

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Tumors Dedifferentiated by Chemo May Spawn New Paradigm

March 19, 2015 11:16 am | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Articles | Comments

A Harvard University and Waterloo University team has found that a common breast cancer chemotherapy (chemo) can create stem-like cancer cells out of more differentiated tumor cells.

Spread of Infectious Diseases Could be Linked to Changing Climate

March 19, 2015 10:13 am | by Joe Shust, Editor, Continuity Insights | Articles | Comments

Could a changing climate and changing environments have an impact on the spread of infectious diseases?  At least one zoologist thinks so.

Real-time PCR Dye

March 18, 2015 12:07 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Precision Blue real-time PCR dye from Bio-Rad Laboratories makes it easier for researchers to set up real-time PCR (qPCR) experiments. 

DNA Polymerase Offers Specificity, Stability for PCR

March 17, 2015 1:03 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The FlashTaq Hot-Start Taq DNA Polymerase from Empirical Bioscience is a chemically-modified Taq polymerase designed to reduce non-specific amplification in PCR.

Futuristic 3-D Printing Technique Unveiled

March 17, 2015 12:00 pm | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

The inspiration for this creation came from the T-1000, the lethal and liquid robot from the movie Terminator 2.

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Apple's ResearchKit Must Outlast Novelty Value to Aid Medical Insight

March 17, 2015 10:03 am | by Niharika Midha, MSc, GlobalData Medical Device Analyst | Articles | Comments

Apple's ResearchKit needs to make an impact beyond the initial launch period.

Is HRT for Menopause Staging a Comeback?

March 16, 2015 2:08 pm | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Articles | Comments

Many recent meta-studies find hormone replacement therapy lengthens life after all. This may be leading to a comeback for the once hugely popular menopause treatment.

Telemedicine Project Launched in Botswana

March 16, 2015 9:54 am | by University of Pennsylvania | News | Comments

The Botswana-UPenn Partnership (BUP) is collaborating with Microsoft, the Botswana Innovation Hub, and other global partners to launch the first telemedicine service in Africa using TV white spaces to bring internet connectivity to hospitals and clinics across rural areas of Botswana.

Telemedicine Remotely Enrolls Patients in Acute Stroke Trial

March 13, 2015 11:00 am | by University of Texas | News | Comments

For the first time in the world, researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) were able to enroll patients at other hospitals into an acute stroke clinical trial.

Does Amyloid Kill in Alzheimer’s, Heal in MS?

March 13, 2015 10:30 am | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Articles | Comments

Two groups have recently made strides with amyloid beta (aβ), the supposed main villain in Alzheimer’s disease. But while one group is tackling Alzheimer’s by reducing aβ, the other is tackling multiple sclerosis (MS) by using aβ.

Scientists Use X-ray Vision to Probe Early Stages of DNA 'Photocopying'

March 13, 2015 9:50 am | by Johns Hopkins | News | Comments

Finding: Protein complex isn't always "on."

Alzheimer's Breakthrough Uses Ultrasound Technology

March 12, 2015 9:25 am | by University of Queensland | News | Comments

Queensland scientists have found that non-invasive ultrasound technology can be used to treat Alzheimer’s disease and restore memory.                                                                            

Electric Ice Trays

March 11, 2015 2:27 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Electric Ice Trays for Life Sciences from tecaLAB are an affordable option for easy bench top cooling. The compact Peltier design allows for maintenance free, constant cooling. Simply plug it in and cool to as low as 25C below ambient.

Cellular Scissors Chop Up HIV

March 11, 2015 9:50 am | by Salk Institute for Biological Studies | News | Comments

Salk scientists re-engineered the bacterial defense system CRISPR to recognize HIV inside human cells and destroy the virus, offering a potential new therapy.                 

Stanford Showcases New App for Studying Heart Health

March 10, 2015 4:07 pm | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

Apple teamed up with a handful of universities to create these medical research applications.                            

Breakthrough Therapies Target Cancers in 2015

March 10, 2015 9:39 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Getting a new drug to market is difficult, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) offers a number of ways to help the process along for promising drugs that have potential against serious diseases.  One of these options is designation as a breakthrough therapy. This year a number of these therapies are targeted at fighting cancer.

Apple Unveils New Medical Software Called ResearchKit

March 9, 2015 1:37 pm | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Apple showcased new health programs called Research Kit during a press conference today.                            

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