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Scientists claim to invent hydrogel that heals nerve damage

October 17th, 2020 at 3:09 pm » Comments Off

THEY SAY THE GEL CAN PROPAGATE NEURAL SIGNALS WHERE NERVES ARE INJURED. A team of doctors and engineers have developed a new hydrogel that they say might be able to repair nerve damage more quickly and reliably than any other methods. The hydrogel is essentially a porous and water-saturated material that can stretch, bend, and […]



Biochip innovation combines AI and nanoparticles to analyze tumors

October 16th, 2020 at 11:25 am » Comments Off

Electrical engineers, computer scientists and biomedical engineers at the University of California, Irvine have created a new lab-on-a-chip that can help study tumor heterogeneity to reduce resistance to cancer therapies. In a paper published today in Advanced Biosystems, the researchers describe how they combined artificial intelligence, microfluidics and nanoparticle inkjet printing in a device that […]



New super-enzyme eats plastic bottles six times faster

October 8th, 2020 at 12:04 am » Comments Off

Breakthrough that builds on plastic-eating bugs first discovered by Japan in 2016 promises to enable full recycling A super-enzyme that degrades plastic bottles six times faster than before has been created by scientists and could be used for recycling within a year or two. The super-enzyme, derived from bacteria that naturally evolved the ability to […]



Machine learning takes on synthetic biology: algorithms can bioengineer cells for you

October 3rd, 2020 at 11:43 am » Comments Off

Berkeley Lab scientists Tijana Radivojevic (left) and Hector Garcia Martin working on mechanistic and statistical modeling, data visualizations, and metabolic maps at the Agile BioFoundry last year.  Machine learning takes on synthetic biology: algorithms can bioengineer cells for you. If you’ve eaten vegan burgers that taste like meat or used synthetic collagen in your beauty […]



Researchers create bioink that delivers oxygen to 3D printed tissue cells

September 25th, 2020 at 12:37 pm » Comments Off

Tissue engineering or regeneration is the process of improving upon or replacing biological tissues by combining cells and other materials with the optimal chemical and physiological conditions in order to build scaffolds upon which new viable tissue can form. We’ve seen many examples of 3D printing being used to accomplish this task. The potential to […]



How CRISPR is tackling the troubling immune response that’s plagued gene therapy until now

September 23rd, 2020 at 10:38 am » Comments Off

One of the major challenges facing gene therapy — a way to treat disease by replacing a patient’s defective genes with healthy ones — is that it is difficult to safely deliver therapeutic genes to patients without the immune system destroying the gene, and the vehicle carrying it, which can trigger life-threatening widespread inflammation. Three […]



To repair a damaged heart, three cells are better than one

September 19th, 2020 at 12:33 am » Comments Off

  Cell therapy for cardiac regeneration, while promising, has been hampered by issues with long-term survival of the transplanted cells. Now, a technique that combines three different types of cells in a 3-D cluster could improve its efficacy in reducing scar tissue and improving cardiac function after a heart attack. Called CardioCluster, the bioengineering technique […]



Elon Musk is one step closer to connecting a computer to your brain

September 5th, 2020 at 2:33 am » Comments Off

Neuralink has demonstrated a prototype of its brain-machine interface that currently works in pigs. At a Friday event, Elon Musk revealed more details about his mysterious neuroscience company Neuralink and its plans to connect computers to human brains. While the development of this futuristic-sounding tech is still in its early stages, the presentation was expected […]



Robot skin 3D printer close to first-in-human clinical trials

September 4th, 2020 at 11:21 am » Comments Off

In just two years a robotic device that prints a patient’s own skin cells directly onto a burn or wound could have its first-in-human clinical trials. The 3D bioprinting system for intraoperative skin regeneration developed by Australian biotech start-up Inventia Life Science has gained new momentum thanks to major investments from the Australian government and […]



Unraveling the initial molecular events of respiration

August 23rd, 2020 at 10:38 am » Comments Off

  Respiration is a fundamental process of all living things, allowing them to produce energy, stay healthy, and survive. In cells, respiration involves what are known as “respiratory proteins,” e.g. hemoglobin in the blood and myoglobin in muscles. Respiratory proteins work by binding and releasing small molecules like oxygen, carbon monoxide etc., called ligands. They […]



Can aging really be ‘treated’ or ‘cured’?

August 18th, 2020 at 1:15 pm » Comments Off

As time passes, our fertility declines and our bodies start to fail. These natural changes are what we call ageing.  In recent decades, we’ve come leaps and bounds in treating and preventing some of the world’s leading age-related diseases, such as coronary heart disease, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. But some research takes an entirely unique […]



Scientists inspired by Star Wars develop artificial skin capable of recreating sense of touch

August 13th, 2020 at 11:22 am » Comments Off

  A researcher at the NUS demonstrates the self-healing abilities of an artificial, transparent skin ACES, or Asynchronous Coded Electronic Skin, comprises up to 100 small sensors to replicate a sense of feeling. Researchers say it can process information faster than the nervous system The skin is able to recognise 20 to 30 different textures […]



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