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Image: Biodegradable Implant; Copyright: Northwestern University

Researchers demonstrate first example of a bioelectronic medicine


Researchers at Northwestern University and Washington University School of Medicine have developed the first example of a bioelectronic medicine: an implantable, biodegradable wireless device that speeds nerve regeneration and improves the healing of a damaged nerve.
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Novel biomedical imaging system


Purdue University researchers are developing a novel biomedical imaging system that combines optical and ultrasound technology to improve diagnosis of life-threatening diseases.
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Image: biosensor in a petri dish; Copyright: Michael Daniele

Biosensor allows real-time monitoring for organs-on-a-chip


A new biosensor allows researchers to track oxygen levels in real time in "organ-on-a-chip" systems, making it possible to ensure that such systems more closely mimic the function of real organs. This is essential if organs-on-a-chip hope to achieve their potential in applications such as drug and toxicity testing.
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Image: use of microwave technology to characterize the nucleus of a live cell; Copyright: Lehigh University

Penetrating a cell's nucleus for cancer screening


To test for malignancy or monitor the effectiveness of cancer treatment, a person's tissue must be extracted, sent to a lab, stained and analyzed by a pathologist--a process that can take days to complete and is subject to human error.
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Image: muscle tissue samples treated; Copyright: Georgia Tech / Christopher Moore

matrix delivers healing stem cells


A car accident leaves an aging patient with severe muscle injuries that won't heal. Treatment with muscle stem cells from a donor might restore damaged tissue, but doctors are unable to deliver them effectively. A new method may help change this.
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Large collection of brain cancer data


A valuable cache of brain cancer biomedical data has been made freely available to researchers worldwide, say researchers at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. The dataset, REMBRANDT (REpository for Molecular BRAin Neoplasia DaTa) hosted and supported by Georgetown, is one of only two such large collections in the country.
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Genetic tools uncover cause of childhood seizure disorder


Early childhood seizures result from a rare disease that begin in the first months of life. Researchers at University of Utah Health have developed high-tech tools to uncover the genetic cause of the most difficult to diagnose cases. The results are available online on August 13 in the journal Nature Genomic Medicine.
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Image:W. Christopher Risher, Ph.D., assistant professor of biomedical sciences at the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine; Copyright: Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of M

3D electron microscopy reveals Insights into brain circuitry


New research from a team led by Marshall University scientist W. Christopher Risher, Ph.D., reveals novel molecular insights into how multiple cell types drive the formation and maturation of brain circuits.
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Image: Triculture System Fully Replicates Alzheimer's Pathology; Copyright: Genetics and Aging Research Unit, MassGeneral Institute for Neurodegenerative Disease

Microfluidic system incorporates neuroinflammation


Building on their development of the first culture system to replicate fully the pathology behind Alzheimer's disease, a Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) research team has now produced a system that includes neuroinflammation, the key biological response that leads to the death of brain cells.
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Student project leads to founding of startup DIANA Biotechnologies


A new startup, DIANA Biotechnologies, has been founded at the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the Czech Academy of Sciences (IOCB Prague) to develop a unique technology created by postgraduate student Václav Navrátil with the potential to significantly improve disease diagnostics and accelerate the development of new drugs.
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Image: Setting up a microscope; Copyright:Allen Institute

Openscope: the first shared observatory for neuroscience


The Allen Institute for Brain Science, a division of the Allen Institute, announced the launch of OpenScope, a project that will give researchers access to the Institute's "observatory of the mind" to study the activity of nerve cells in the visual cortex of the mouse. OpenScope was modeled after shared astronomy observatories that have been the seat of major findings about the physical universe.
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Image: An image of oligortical spheroids in wells; Copyright: Case Western Reserve School of Medicine

A new milestone in laboratory grown human brain tissue


A cutting-edge laboratory technique turns human stem cells into brain-like tissue now recapitulates human brain development. The new study from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine was published in Nature Methods and shows how to grow brain "organoids"--self-organizing mini spheres that now contain all the major cell types found in the human cerebral cortex-in laboratory dishes.
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Image: Graphic of the process that takes place in the intelligent materials; Copyright: Wilfried Weber

Intelligent materials with biological signalling processes


Scientists from the University of Freiburg have developed materials systems that are composed of biological components and polymer materials and are capable of perceiving and processing information.
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Image: three-dimensional model of a left heart ventricle; Copyright: Luke MacQueen and Michael Rosnach/Harvard University

A 3-D model of a human heart ventricle


Harvard University researchers have bioengineered a three-dimensional model of a human left heart ventricle that could be used to study diseases, test drugs and develop patient-specific treatments for heart conditions such as arrhythmia.
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Image: graphic of the process with bones and stem cells; Copyright: Christina Ng, New York Stem Cell Foundation

Novel bioengineering technique for personalized bone grafts


Scientists from the New York Stem Cell Foundation (NYSCF) Research Institute have developed a new bone engineering technique called Segmental Additive Tissue Engineering (SATE).
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Early detection: Tattoo signals cancer – and more


People who are not ill and do not show any symptoms typically do not visit the doctor. And while most people know that preventive medical checkups for cancer, for example, are important, they still avoid them. They tend to be very hesitant because the doctor might detect a serious illness. In the future, a new type of implant could make it easier to go to a screening test.
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Image: Two hands are holding a tubular frame that is carrying a glistening wet, white tube; Copyright: Leibniz University of Hanover/Institute of Technical Chemistry

Tissue engineering: how to grow a bypass


A bypass is a complicated structure. It is either made of synthetic materials that can cause blood clots and infections or created by using the patient’s veins. However, the latter often does not yield adequate material. A newly developed bioreactor could solve this problem in the future. It is designed to tissue engineer vascular grafts by using the body’s own material.
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Image: In a movement laboratory, a man is wearing sensors on his legs and armst, while walking. During this he is being recorded and observed; Copyright: DAS BILD für ZHAW Gesundheit

"XoSoft" Project – Wearable Intelligent Exoskeleton


After a stroke or as a result of aging, there are many situations when people are impaired in their walking ability and rely on a personal assistant or auxiliary aids and services. The XoSoft Project offers a solution: a soft exoskeleton that can be worn like a pair of leggings and stiffens or softens, depending on the situation.
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Tissue storage: "Our top biobanks are internationally leading the charge"


Only projects with a solid foundation are successful in the long run. This is also true for science. Biobanks are the most important component of this foundation when it comes to fundamental biomedical research: Only high quality tissue samples that are stored there make conclusive research possible - for example in search of the causes of tumorigenesis.
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