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'Decorated' stem cells could offer targeted heart repair


Although cardiac stem cell therapy is a promising treatment for heart attack patients, directing the cells to the site of an injury - and getting them to stay there - remains challenging.
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3D printing creates super soft structures that replicate brain and lungs


A new 3D printing technique allows researchers to replicate biological structures, which could be used for tissue regeneration and replica organs.
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3-D imaging of fat reveals potential targets for new obesity treatments


Stunning three-dimensional images of fat cells, the first of their kind, are the latest tactic in the ongoing fight against the global obesity epidemic. A movie, produced by The Rockefeller University's Laboratory of Molecular Metabolism, is part of a new report that reveals the inner workings of fat tissue in mice.
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Queen's University Professor's Skin Patch Offers Solution to Antibiotic Resistance Crisis


A team of researchers from Queen's University Belfast, led by Professor Ryan Donnelly, Professor of Pharmaceutical Technology are developing a new type of skin patch (microarray patch) that administers drugs directly into the bloodstream through thousands of individual "microneedles" which are being tested as a possible answer to the antibiotic resistance crisis.
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Phase III clinical trials for stem cell-based cartilage regeneration therapy have started


A group of researchers at Osaka University developed a synthetic tissue using synovium-derived mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) for treating damaged cartilage, which had previously been incurable and had no effective therapies.
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Bionic reconstruction – restoration at the psychological interface


Bionic reconstruction, whereby a patient's lifeless hand is replaced by a mechatronic hand, restores hope following accidents. However, not everyone is suitable for this programme – certain psychological preconditions must be fulfilled.
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Fewer laboratory animals thanks to secondary nanobodies


Antibodies are indispensable in biological research and medical diagnostics. However, their production is time-consuming, expensive, and requires the use of many animals.
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Micro-spectrometer opens door to a wealth of new smartphone functions


Use your smartphone to check how clean the air is, whether food is fresh or a lump is malignant. This has all come a step closer thanks to a new spectrometer that is so small it can be incorporated easily and cheaply in a mobile phone. The little sensor developed at TU Eindhoven is just as precise as the normal tabletop models used in scientific labs.
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Using MRI to understand why some women go into early labor


Scientists are using the latest imaging techniques usually used to map the brain to try and understand why some pregnant women miscarry or go into early labour.
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Taking biomechanics outside the laboratory


Valencia University's Institute of Biomechanics (IBV) has developed two prototypes based on portable inertial technologies that make it possible to analyse human movements with complete accuracy inside and outside the laboratory.
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