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Photo: Producing a pancreas chip; Copyright: Matthias Meier, Universität Freiburg

BMBF funding for diabetes research on pancreas chip

24/02/2017

Germany's BMBF will be funding the new "PancChip" consortium for the next three years. This group will be coordinated at the Helmholtz Zentrum München. The objective is further development of the culture and differentiation of stem cells into functional beta cells on a chip, and consequently the resolution of issues regarding the formation and treatment of diabetes and other pancreatic disorders.
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Image: I-Wire Heart-on-chip; Copyright: VIIBRE Vanderbilt University

Organ-on-a-chip mimics heart's biomechanical properties

23/02/2017

The human heart beats more than 2.5 billion times in an average lifetime. Now scientists at Vanderbilt University have created a three-dimensional organ-on-a-chip that can mimic the heart's amazing biomechanical properties.
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Image: two men sitting in a laboratory, testing a device; Copyright:L.A. Cicero

Artificial synapse for neural networks

22/02/2017

For all the improvements in computer technology over the years, we still struggle to recreate the low-energy, elegant processing of the human brain. Now, researchers at Stanford University and Sandia National Laboratories have made an advance that could help computers mimic one piece of the brain's efficient design - an artificial version of the space over which neurons communicate, a synapse.
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Image: a red DNA and blue background; Copyright: ASU

Switched-on DNA to spark nano-electronic applications

21/02/2017

Much like flipping your light switch at home - only on a scale 1,000 times smaller than a human hair - an ASU-led team has now developed the first controllable DNA switch to regulate the flow of electricity within a single, atomic-sized molecule.
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Image: Rendering of the ultra-flexible probe; Copyright: Science Advances

New, ultra-flexible probes form reliable, scar-free integration with the brain

17/02/2017

Engineering researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have designed ultra-flexible, nanoelectronic thread (NET) brain probes that can achieve more reliable long-term neural recording than existing probes and don't elicit scar formation when implanted. The researchers described their findings in a research article published in "Science Advances".
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Image: The magnetic drug implant lying beside a Canadian one-dollar coin ; Copyright: UBC

Tiny magnetic implant offers new drug delivery method

16/02/2017

University of British Columbia researchers have developed a magnetic drug implant - the first of its kind in Canada - that could offer an alternative for patients struggling with numerous pills or intravenous injections.
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Image: Human stem cells ; Copyright: Kyoto University iCeMS

A nanofiber matrix for healing

15/02/2017

A new nanofiber-on-microfiber matrix could help produce more and better quality stem cells for disease treatment and regenerative therapies.
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Image: Sketch of how the new technique is carried out; Copyright: Peter the Great Saint-Petersburg Polytechnic University

New technology for varicose treatment

14/02/2017

Researchers of the Center for Advanced Studies of Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University (SPbPU) in collaboration with LLC "Company Neo" industrial partner developed new technology of varicose veins obliteration (elimination of varicose veins from blood circulation) by the means of focused high intensity ultrasound.
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Image: Model of the stomach in the human body, filled with acid; Copyright: panthermedia.net/decade3d

Stomach acid provides long-term power for ingestible devices

10/02/2017

A research team led by scientists from Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has developed a set of ingestible devices that draw energy from fluids in the stomach and the small intestine, and can provide power for nearly a week.
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Image: Colored cells under the microscope; Copyright: Laboratoire Bourquin - UNIFR/UNIGE

Method for screening the most useful nanoparticles for medicine

09/02/2017

The use of nanoparticles - small, virus-sized elements developed under laboratory conditions - is increasingly widespread in the world of biomedicine. This rapidly-evolving technology offers hope for many medical applications, whether for diagnosis or therapies.
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