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Morning Read: Researchers use 3D printer to create reactionware vessels

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Left: The fabricator viewed from the front, with a single syringe of acetoxysilicone polymer loaded in the printing head. The white area below the printing head is a square of ordinary paper onto which the reactionware was printed. Center: The fabricator printing one of the devices used in this work. Right: Schematic of the as-printed multipurpose reactionware used in the synthesis of compounds 1–3, which shows the key features of the design.

A team at the University of Glasgow in Scotland has created reactionware vessels with a commercial 3D printer and open-source CAD software. Professor Lee Cronin says his team has synthesized three drug compounds by changing the design of the reactionware.

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A smartphone attachment for diagnosing oral cancer won the 2012 mHealth Alliance Award. OScan uses high resolution imaging to check the mouth and throat for lesions.

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[Image from Nature Chemistry]

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Veronica Combs

By Veronica Combs

I am the editor in chief at MedCityNews.com. I started writing and editing in the print world and joined a dotcom right before the 2000 crash. I was at TechRepublic/CNET/BNET for 7 years. Health was more interesting to me than the latest version of Windows, so I left for a startup tracking prescription drug news. A year later, MedTrackAlert was acquired by HealthCentral, so I shifted to audience research. The fun of daily news and interviewing smart people brought me to MedCity News in February 2012.
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Brian Edwards
Brian Edwards

Thanks for sharing my OScan story, Veronica! Always an honor and a pleasure to be featured by MedCity News :-)