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Expert Available Re GFP Research, Genetically Modified Mosquitoes. @ConnCollege Chem Prof Marc Zimmer, Author Of "Illuminating Disease"

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Keeping Atherosclerosis In-Check with Novel Targeted Inflammation-Resolving Nanomedicines

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Nanometer-sized “drones” that deliver a special type of healing molecule to fat deposits in arteries could become a new way to prevent heart attacks caused by atherosclerosis.

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Medtech Meets Cleantech: Malaria Vaccine Candidate Produced from Algae

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Researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine used algae as a mini-factory to produce a malaria parasite protein. The algae-produced protein, paired with an immune-boosting cocktail suitable for use in humans, generated antibodies in mice that nearly eliminated mosquito infection by the malaria parasite. The method is the newest attempt to develop a vaccine that prevents transmission of the malaria parasite from host to mosquito.

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Structure-Based Design Used as Tool for Engineering Deimmunized Biotherapeutics

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While methods for identifying immunogenic hotspots, or epitopes, are evolving rapidly, technologies to redesign the hotspots while maintaining biotherapeutic activity and stability are far less developed.

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Worms In Space: Exploring Health Effects of Microgravity

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To prepare for people for safely journeying into space for extended periods of time in the future, it's crucial to gain a better understanding of the biophysics involved within reduced gravity and microgravity environments. To this end, a team of University of Delaware researchers is preparing to send transparent microscopic worms called "Caenorhabditas elegans" up to the International Space Station.

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3D Vaccine Spontaneously Assembles to Pack a Powerful Punch against Cancer, Infectious Diseases

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NIBIB-funded researchers have developed a novel 3D vaccine that could provide a more effective way to harness the immune system to fight cancer as well as infectious diseases. The vaccine spontaneously assembles into a scaffold once injected under the skin and is capable of recruiting, housing, and manipulating immune cells to generate a powerful immune response. The vaccine was recently found to be effective in delaying tumor growth in mice.

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Cow Immune System Inspires Potential New Therapies

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To help people with hormone deficiencies, scientists at The Scripps Research Institute have developed a potential new therapy based on an unlikely model: immune molecules from cows. Their research shows that human hormones and antibodies can be fused together—mimicking long, stalk-like cow antibodies.

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New Biotechnology Center Targets Cancer, Viruses, Plant Genetics

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Scientists will examine living cells at a molecular level to find out how cells become cancerous, how viruses attack animals and humans and how plants can capture more nitrogen through a new collaborative research center called Biochemical Spatio-temporal NeTwork Resource (BioSNTR). The center brings together South Dakota plant and animal scientists, biochemists and biomedical engineers to improve human health and agriculture as part of the state’s science and technology plan.

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New Study Sheds Light on Cancer Stem Cell Regulation

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Researchers identify signaling molecules in intestinal stem cells that can lead to tumors if left unregulated. The findings suggest a new approach to targeting intestinal cancers.

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3D Printing Makes Heart Surgery Safer for Children

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Richard Kim, MD, a cardiac surgeon at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, recently used a 3D printed heart as a model to plan a life-saving procedure for his young patient, Esther Perez.