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Synthetic Biology Could Speed Flu Vaccine Production

Synthetic Biology Could Speed Flu Vaccine Production

October 14, 2013 1:21 pm by | 0 Comments

Advanced genetic engineering is already changing vaccine development and could make inroads into other branches of medicine. Synthetic biology is breathing new life into the old-fashioned world of vaccine production,…


Brain injury detection app to undergo second round of testing

Brain injury detection app to undergo second round of testing

September 18, 2013 12:00 am by | 3 Comments

Notre Dame researchers will test a concussion-detection app on nearly a thousand high school and youth football players. A voice-analysis program run on a tablet could help high school and…



Researchers use smart helmets, imaging to study brain injury risk in young football players

Researchers use smart helmets, imaging to study brain injury risk in young football players

September 11, 2013 12:36 pm by | 0 Comments

The end-of-August announcement that the National Football League will pay $765 million to settle a lawsuit involving thousands of its former players over problems related to head trauma is just…


Startup Second Genome examines the body’s microbes to find ways to treat diseases

Startup Second Genome examines the body’s microbes to find ways to treat diseases

September 6, 2013 12:00 am by | 0 Comments

By studying the interactions between our bodies and our microbes, a startup hopes to find new ways of treating disease. The trillions of microbes that live in our bodies play…


Nektar Therapeutics developing painkiller that may have less risk of abuse than other opioids

Nektar Therapeutics developing painkiller that may have less risk of abuse than other opioids

September 2, 2013 12:00 am by | 0 Comments

Nektar Therapeutics is developing a painkiller that may enter the brain too slowly to be abused. A new kind of opioid could offer patients pain relief without less risk of…


Real-time MRI system can help surgeons perform faster, safer brain operations

Real-time MRI system can help surgeons perform faster, safer brain operations

August 27, 2013 12:00 am by | 0 Comments

A new system for visualizing the brain during surgery is helping neurosurgeons more accurately diagnose and treat patients and is even allowing them to perform some procedures that until now…


Electronic implant could be a drug-free alternative to current rheumatoid arthritis treatments

Electronic implant could be a drug-free alternative to current rheumatoid arthritis treatments

August 22, 2013 12:45 pm by | 1 Comments

In early human tests, SetPoint Medical has found that an electronic implant helped reduce the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis in six of eight patients. The company, which is based in…



Genetic engineering project begins with glow-in-the-dark rabbits, but it could lead to better disease treatment

Genetic engineering project begins with glow-in-the-dark rabbits, but it could lead to better disease treatment

August 16, 2013 3:45 pm by | 0 Comments

Glowing bunnies are a successful early step in a project aimed at engineering mammals that produce medicines in their milk. In normal light, the eight rabbits all look the same—white,…


Medtronic’s new implantable device manipulates and records brain activity

Medtronic’s new implantable device manipulates and records brain activity

August 13, 2013 11:00 am by | 0 Comments

Human tests of an electrode implanted deep into the brain could one day lead to smart, self-regulating implants. A new brain implant that can record neural activity while it simultaneously…


Princeton researchers build bionic ear using a 3-D printer

Princeton researchers build bionic ear using a 3-D printer

August 12, 2013 11:40 am by | 0 Comments

Princeton researchers, using a 3-D printer, have built a bionic ear with integrated electronics. Lab-made organs could do more than just serve as ready options for patients in need: with…


Can your smartphone tell if you’re burning fat? With NTT Docomo’s device, the answer is yes

Can your smartphone tell if you’re burning fat? With NTT Docomo’s device, the answer is yes

August 8, 2013 11:45 am by | 0 Comments

Monitoring acetone in breath could tell dieters whether their efforts are paying off. People trying to lose weight  may not always be able to tell whether a new diet or…


Startup RaNA Therapeutics developing novel medicine to turn on ‘silent’ genes

Startup RaNA Therapeutics developing novel medicine to turn on ‘silent’ genes

July 30, 2013 12:00 am by | 0 Comments

A new class of medicines could give doctors the ability to awaken underperforming genes in patients who currently have no treatment options. Boston-area startup RaNA Therapeutics is developing a novel…


‘Total Recall’ brought to life? Scientists create false memory in mice

‘Total Recall’ brought to life? Scientists create false memory in mice

July 26, 2013 2:00 pm by | 0 Comments

Scientists have created a false memory in mice by manipulating neurons that bear the memory of a place. The work further demonstrates just how unreliable memory can be. It also…


UK researchers turn embryonic stem cells into photoreceptors, successfully transplant them into mice retinas

UK researchers turn embryonic stem cells into photoreceptors, successfully transplant them into mice retinas

July 23, 2013 1:09 pm by | 0 Comments

Scientists in the U.K. have produced rod-like photoreceptors from embryonic stem cells, and successfully transplanted them into the retinas of mice. The work suggests that embryonic stem cells could perhaps…


Brain scans, blood samples could lead to customized depression treatment instead of ‘trial and error’ approach

Brain scans, blood samples could lead to customized depression treatment instead of ‘trial and error’ approach

July 22, 2013 11:00 am by | 0 Comments

Brain scans, blood samples, and other diagnostic tests could one day direct doctors to the best treatments for depression patients and uncover the biological basis of the condition. When someone…