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Could data sonification deliver while-you-wait cancer diagnosis?

30/07/2014 - Converting stem cell data into sounds could enable GPs to make instant, non-invasive cancer diagnoses during a routine check-up. read more

Max Planck scientists image a beating heart in 3D

24/07/2014 - Researchers of the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden report how they managed to capture detailed three-dimensional images of cardiac dynamics in zebrafish. The novel approach: They combine high-speed Selective Plane Illumination Microscopy (SPIM) and clever image processing to reconstruct multi-view movie stacks of the beating heart. read more

Self-assembling nanoparticle could improve MRI scanning

22/07/2014 - Scientists have designed a new self-assembling nanoparticle that targets tumors, to help doctors diagnose cancer earlier. The new nanoparticle, developed by researchers at Imperial College London, boosts the effectiveness of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanning by specifically seeking out receptors that are found in cancerous cells. read more

Robot-assisted surgery for prostate cancer

18/07/2014 - Robot-assisted surgery to remove cancerous prostate glands is effective in controlling the disease for 10 years. The study led by Henry Ford Hospital also suggested that traditional methods of measuring the severity and possible spread of the cancer together with molecular techniques might, help to create personalized, cost-effective treatment regimens for prostate cancer patients. read more

Squid skin protein could improve biomedical technologies

17/07/2014 - The common pencil squid (Loliginidae) may hold the key to a new generation of medical technologies that could communicate more directly with the human body. read more

Researchers invent nanotech microchip to diagnose type-1 diabetes

15/07/2014 - An inexpensive, portable, microchip-based test for diagnosing type-1 diabetes could improve patient care worldwide and help researchers better understand the disease, according to the device's inventors at the Stanford University School of Medicine. read more

DNA origami nano-tool provides important clue to cancer

11/07/2014 - Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have headed a study that provides new knowledge about the EphA2 receptor, which is significant in several forms of cancer. They used the method of DNA origami, in which a DNA molecule is shaped into a nanostructure, and used these structures to test theories about cell signaling. read more

Hollow-fiber membranes could cut separation costs, energy use

08/07/2014 - Researchers have developed a microfluidic technique for fabricating a new class of metal-organic framework (MOF) membranes inside hollow polymer fibers that are just a few hundred microns in diameter. read more

New tool helps guide brain cancer surgery

04/07/2014 - A tool to help brain surgeons test and more precisely remove cancerous tissue was successfully used during surgery, according to a Purdue University and Brigham and Women's Hospital study. read more

New insights on conditions for new blood vessel formation

03/07/2014 - Angiogenesis, the sprouting of new blood vessels from pre-existing ones, is essential to the body’s development. As organs grow, vascular networks must grow with them to feed new cells and remove their waste. The same process, however, also plays a critical role in the onset and progression of many cancers, as it allows the rapid growth of tumors. read more

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