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Introducing the Single-Cell Maze Runner

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The findings of Virginia Tech’s Biomedical and Engineering Mechanics Associate Professor Sunghwan “Sunny” Jung and his students on somersaulting single-cell organisms could impact the study of how the containment affects the behavior of organisms, used in a wide variety of engineering and scientific applications.

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Researchers Design First Artificial Ribosome

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Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Northwestern University have engineered a tethered ribosome that works nearly as well as the authentic cellular component, or organelle, that produces all the proteins and enzymes within the cell.

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Poverty and Child Development, Race and Heart Health, Pot to Treat Pain, and More Top Stories 21 July 2015

Other topics include genetics to predict prostate cancer, Facebook and body image, bioengineered immune cell response, and more...

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Patients' Own Genetically Altered Immune Cells Show Promise in Fighting Blood Cancer

In recent years, immunotherapy has emerged as a promising treatment for certain cancers. Now this strategy, which uses patients’ own immune cells, genetically engineered to target tumors, has shown significant success against multiple myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cells that is largely incurable. The results appeared in a study published online today in Nature Medicine.

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Environmentally Friendly Lignin Nanoparticle ‘Greens’ Silver Nanobullet to Battle Bacteria

North Carolina State University researchers have developed an effective and environmentally benign method to combat bacteria by engineering nanoscale particles that add the antimicrobial potency of silver to a core of lignin, a ubiquitous substance found in all plant cells. The findings introduce ideas for better, greener and safer nanotechnology and could lead to enhanced efficiency of antimicrobial products used in agriculture and personal care.

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UK Study Reveals New Method to Develop More Efficient Drugs

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A new study led by University of Kentucky researchers suggests a new approach to develop highly-potent drugs which could overcome current shortcomings of low drug efficacy and multi-drug resistance in the treatment of cancer as well as viral and bacterial infections.

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Bonelike 3D Silicon Synthesized for Potential Use with Medical Devices

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Researchers have developed a new approach for better integrating medical devices with biological systems. The researchers, led by Bozhi Tian, assistant professor in chemistry at the University of Chicago, have developed the first skeleton-like silicon spicules ever prepared via chemical processes.

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Dementia Predictors, Autonomous Taxis, Extra Heartbeats, and More Top Stories 7 July 2015

Other topics include repairing injured nerves, busted heart attack treatment, decorative brain molecules, and more...

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Midlife Changes in Alzheimer’s Biomarkers May Predict Dementia

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Studying brain scans and cerebrospinal fluid of healthy adults, scientists have shown that changes in key biomarkers of Alzheimer's disease during midlife may help identify those who will develop dementia years later, according to new research.

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Hispanic Health Disparities, Statins and Aggression in Men, Supercharged Stem Cells, and More Top Stories 6 July 2015

Other topics include memories and protein, physics and gas mileage, agriculture and food safety, vaccine for Dengue, retinoblastoma proteins in cancer progression, and more.

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Supercharging Stem Cells to Create New Therapies

Researchers at the University of Adelaide have discovered a new method for culturing stem cells which sees the highly therapeutic cells grow faster and stronger.

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New Understanding of Retinoblastoma Proteins' Role in Cell Death and Cancer Progression

A review article published on the journal Oncotarget focusing on RB role in apoptosis provides a comprehensive overview on the role of RB proteins in the coordinated control of cell decisions.

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Platelet-like Particles Boost Clotting, Slow Bleeding

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NIBIB-supported researchers have created tiny gel particles that can perform the same essential functions as platelets. The particles could one day be used to control excessive bleeding following traumatic injury or in individuals with impaired clotting due to an inherited condition or as a result of certain medications or chemotherapy.

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Athlete Safety, Smart Concrete, and the Dangers of Sugary Drinks; Top Stories for 30 June 2015

Other topics include; grape seed oil to reduce obesity, gender differences in chronic pain, workplace wellness, healthcare in rural Africa after Ebola, cancer treatment, and finding a cure for MERS.

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SCOTUS Experts, New Species in Antarctica, Genetics, Cancer, and More Top Stories 25 June 2015

Other topics include weight loss, medical marijuana, smart traffic lights, diabetes, heart disease, and more.

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Medical Marijuana, Autoimmune Disorders, Diabetes, SCOTUS experts - Top Stories 24 June 2015

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Blue Light Sets the Beat in Biological Pacemaker

Using optogenetics, researchers have established a new approach for pacing the heart and synchronizing its mechanical activity without a conventional electrical pacemaker. Could help avoid many drawbacks of electrical pacemakers.

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Staying Cool: Saharan Silver Ants

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Researchers have discovered two strategies that enable Saharan silver ants to stay cool in one of the world’s hottest environments. They are the first to demonstrate that the ants use a coat of uniquely shaped hairs to control electromagnetic waves over an extremely broad range from the solar spectrum to the thermal radiation spectrum and that different physical mechanisms are used in different spectral bands to realize the same biological function of reducing body temperature.

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Bioengineered Patch, Molecular “Booster” Could Improve Stem Cells Ability Treat Heart Failure

Despite the intense activity and high hopes that surround the use of stem cells to reverse heart disease, scientists still face multiple roadblocks before the treatment will be ready for clinical prime time. Researchers are now finding ways to maximize the healing potential of stem cells by helping them overcome the inhospitable conditions of a damaged heart – bringing the promise of stem cell therapy for heart disease one step closer to reality.

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Additional Research Using Novel Cell Encapsulation Technology Pushes Forward in the Treatment of Malignant Ascites

A preclinical study is set to determining the effectiveness of its Cell-in-a-Box(R) live-cell encapsulation technology together with the anticancer drug, ifosfamide, in slowing the accumulation of fluid in the abdomen that accompanies the growth of pancreatic and other abdominal cancerous tumors.