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12 Apr 2017 - 14 Apr 2017
22 Apr 2017 - 26 Apr 2017

Lab Technologies

Image: Ultrafast electrophoretic microRNA extraction from a nucleic acids mixture using quartz nanopillars of 250-nanometer diameter arrayed inside a 100-nanommeter high nanoslit region (Photo courtesy of Dr. Noritada Kaji, Nagoya University).

Nanoscale Device Developed for Separation of NA Mixtures

A team of Japanese engineers has developed a nanoscale device for the rapid separation of microRNA (miRNA) from mixtures of miRNA, RNA, and DNA. More...
24 Mar 2017
Image: A hydraulic battery pumping fluid through a simple microchannel at a constant rate of 0.6 microliters per minute. Each snapshot is 12 minutes apart (Photo courtesy of the University of North Carolina).

Paper-Based Battery Powers Microfluidic Devices

A team of biomedical engineers has developed a novel type of "hydraulic battery" that uses inexpensive, minute paper pumps to power the movement of liquids, including biological fluids, through portable microfluidic diagnostic or analytical devices. More...
22 Mar 2017
Image: Heart cells growing in rectangular, box-like scaffold made with three-dimensional printing (Photo courtesy of the University of Alabama).

Regeneration of Heart Tissue Induced by Cardiac Stem Cells

Nanoscale three-dimensional printing was used to create a scaffold for the growth of cardiovascular tissue that could be transplanted into a damaged heart following a heart attack. More...
09 Feb 2017
Image: The NovaSeq 6000 system (Photo courtesy of Illumina).

New Series of Sequencing Instruments to Lower Analysis Costs

A new line of next-generation sequencing instruments was designed to bring this technology into a price range that will allow laboratories to completing human whole-genome sequencing projects at a cost today of about 1,000 USD per genome with the intent to lower this cost eventually to around 100 USD per genome. More...
25 Jan 2017
Image: The new microneedle patch was made more flexible by developing a base of molded thiol-ene-epoxy-based thermoset film. This version conformed well to deformations of the skin surface and each of its 50 needles penetrated the skin during a 30-minute test. A flexible base combined with stainless steel needles could make the patch an effective alternative for various applications (Photo courtesy of KTH Royal Institute of Technology).

Skin Patch with Microneedles May Provide Improved Alternative for Various Applications

Researchers have developed flexible and stretchable patches with rigid stainless steel microneedles for transdermal biointerfacing. Such microneedle patches could enable more comfortable yet effective delivery of drugs, extraction of physiological signals for fitness monitoring devices, extracting body fluids for real-time monitoring of glucose, pH level and other diagnostic markers, as well as skin treatments in cosmetics and bioelectric treatments. More...
20 Dec 2016
Image: A flexible polymer patch, which improves the conduction of electrical impulses across damaged heart tissue in animals, can be attached to the heart without the need for stitches (Photo courtesy of the University of New South Wales).

Novel Biocompatible Patch Repairs Heart Damage in Rat Model

A team of Australian and British bioengineers has developed an electrically active biocompatible insert that can repair damage to electro-responsive tissues, such as the brain, heart, and nervous system without need of sutures. More...
13 Dec 2016
Image: Two fluorescent microscopy images of intestinal organoids growing in synthetic hydrogels (Photo courtesy of N. Gjorevski, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne).

Synthetic Hydrogel System for Growth of Intestinal Organoids

A process for using artificial hydrogel matrices to grow miniature organs (organoids) derived from stem cell precursors was described in a recent paper. More...
30 Nov 2016

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