In adult reproduction daily oral contraceptive pills provide women with a means to avoid pregnancy which can support their health and economical situation. For oral contraception to be effective, consistent … Continue Reading Once-a-month oral contraceptive pill developed.
Based on the premise involving mini cyborgs with a purpose and a program, it is hoped smart microscopic robots integrated into natural microorganisms to avoid immune attacks will one day … Continue Reading Living hybrid microbots can decontaminate water.
Bio-computers use systems of biologically derived molecules, such as DNA and proteins, to build circuitry inside cells which can perform computational calculations involving storing, retrieving, and processing data. In turn, … Continue Reading Artificial protein builds autonomous circuits to control any cellular process.
One of the greatest failures in drug treatments is adherence with many patients currently being treated with several different medications at fixed intervals, which can increase the risk of doses … Continue Reading Synthetic DNA controls release of active ingredients from drugs.
Computing using DNA relies on information being encoded very concisely onto the base pair sequence joining strands, making DNA a focus of attention for very high-density molecular memories, however, the … Continue Reading Reprogrammable self-assembling DNA computer developed.
DNA computing is a form of synthetic biology using DNA and biotechnical hardware on the nano-scale to store data and compute information. As the makeup of all organisms on earth … Continue Reading Synthetic cells use DNA computers to communicate and compute data.
In many cases, oral administration is the preferred method of drug delivery, with formulation of nanoparticles shown to improve drug stability in the harsh gastrointestinal (GI) tract environment. However, diverse … Continue Reading Study provides proof-of-concept for the oral delivery of nanoparticles.
In patients with diabetes, the immune system attacks the pancreas, eventually leaving patients without the ability to naturally control blood sugar. These patients must carefully monitor the amount of sugar … Continue Reading Living drug factories can be implanted to produce insulin for months.
Researchers have long explored ways to transplant pancreatic islets to treat type I diabetes in the long term to eliminate the need for continuous glucose monitoring and insulin injections. However, … Continue Reading Tiny drug-delivering capsules could sustain transplanted insulin-producing cells.
Marijuana is a psychoactive sedative drug and is derived from the hemp plant, Cannabis sativa. Its leaves and buds can be smoked, taken in food, brewed in tea or taken … Continue Reading Neuroimaging shows that marijuana users have low blood flow to the brain.
Bacterial resistance is a growing problem around the world. While antibiotics were a miracle drug of the 20th century, their widespread use has led to drug-resistant strains. In the U.S. … Continue Reading Researchers develop non-invasive electronic wound-healing technology.
In roughly 20 million people with drug-resistant epilepsy, focal seizures originating in dysfunctional brain networks will often evolve and spread to surrounding tissue, disrupting function in otherwise normal brain regions. … Continue Reading Study identifies the brain network that controls the spread of epileptic seizures.
Approximately 16% of adults in the United States report drug use, however, not everyone who experiments with drugs becomes an addict. Environmental and societal factors play a role in addiction … Continue Reading First ever study identifies epigenetic markers that influence addiction in animal model.
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.
Presently, there are limitations to drug delivery to the brain as it is tightly protected by the blood-brain barrier. The blood-brain barrier is a protective barrier which separates the circulating … Continue Reading Researchers derive first ever molecular model of critical blood-brain barrier transporter.
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.