Several healthinnovations or disruptive technologies can be identified that might, at some point in the future, displace established laboratory medicine technologies and practices. One of these highly desirable technologies is … Continue Reading Researchers report the invention of glucose-sensing contact lens.
Biomimicry is an engineering technique that seeks sustainable solutions to human challenges by emulating nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies. The goal is to create products with processes which mirror the … Continue Reading Researchers develop world’s first biomimetic ciliary-motion microrobots.
Prematurely born babies may experience lifelong, debilitating consequences with the underlying mechanisms of this condition not well understood, due in part to the difficulties of experimenting with intact, living human … Continue Reading Researchers successfully develop first ever placenta-on-a-chip.
A strand of DNA is a very long, narrow string, just a few nanometers across. Single-molecule orientation measurements provide unparalleled insight into a multitude of biological and polymeric systems. Single-molecule … Continue Reading New imaging technique reveals unprecedented nanoscale details about DNA.
Proteins hold enormous promise to treat chronic conditions and irreversible injuries, for example, human growth hormone is encapsulated in tiny polymeric particles and used to treat children with stunted growth. … Continue Reading First ever system can control protein release from nanoparticles without encapsulation.
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are among the major stem cells used for cell therapy and regenerative medicine. In-vivo cell-tracking by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is crucial for regenerative medicine, allowing … Continue Reading Biomimetic method produces large numbers of MRI-trackable mesenchymal stem cells.
First discovered in 1975, carbon nanotubes are graphene sheets rolled up into cylinders. The diameter is typically in the nanometer range, and the length can be up to many micrometers. … Continue Reading Nanotubes light-up 3D location of cancer tumour.
Mitochondria, often called the cell’s energy powerhouse, are small organelles which reside in a cell’s cytoplasm and convert food into energy or building blocks. Mutations in mitochondrial DNA, or mtDNA, … Continue Reading Performing single-cell surgery with a laser-powered nanoblade.
Nanovaccine successfully protects against primary and secondary female genital herpes infections in animals.
Herpes simplex virus-2, which causes serious eye infections in newborns and immunocompromised patients as well as genital herpes, is one of the most common human viruses. According to the Centers … Continue Reading Nanovaccine successfully protects against primary and secondary female genital herpes infections in animals.
Allergies are characterized by inappropriate inflammatory responses to benign environmental antigens. Primary clinical approaches to allergic disease consist of symptom control or administration of soluble antigens to skew the immune response … Continue Reading Novel nanoparticle acts like Trojan horse to halt asthma in animal model.
Scientists have many tools at their disposal for looking at preserved tissue under a microscope in incredible detail, or peering into the living body at lower resolution. What they haven’t … Continue Reading Researchers develop first technique for viewing cells and tissues in 3D under the skin.
Being able to detect early on whether a cancer therapy is working proffers obvious benefits for therapy-outcomes whilst influencing the course of treatment and improving the quality of life for … Continue Reading Novel ‘reporter’ nanoparticle reveals cancer treatment effectiveness in real-time.
Pancreatic cancer is a devastating disease, with a death rate close to the incidence rate. Because more than 90% of pancreatic cancer cases are diagnosed at the metastatic stage, when … Continue Reading Early indicators of pancreatic cancer identified in precision medicine study.
Almost all living organisms are uniquely adapted to the environment in which they live, some so well that researchers investigate them with the view to replicating their natural designs in … Continue Reading Nano-biomimetic artificial cornea set to move from proof-of-concept to preclinical trials.
Biomimicry or biomimetics is an approach to innovation that seeks sustainable solutions to human challenges by emulating nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies. The goal is to create products and processes … Continue Reading New biomimetic nanoparticle successfully treats eye cancer in animal model.
Synthetic biology uses natural molecules and assembles them into a system that acts unnaturally. The ability to control the transfer of molecules through cellular membranes is an important function in … Continue Reading New ‘nanoneedles’ puncture cell membrane to release payload on command.