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Image: Diagram of the apparatus for testing drug solubility (Photo courtesy of the University of Huddersfield).

Novel Apparatus Mimics the Human Digestive System for Oral Drug Studies

A team of British drug developers has created an instrument that mimics the human digestive system, which will allow them to accurately determine how orally-administered medications are dissolved and then absorbed.  More...
15 Apr 2014
Image: Diagram showing how the system works (Photo courtesy of Barney Bryson, UCL).

Light-Activated Neurons Restore Function to Paralyzed Muscles

A new approach has been developed to synthetically control muscles using light, with the hope of restoring function to muscles paralyzed by disorders such as spinal cord injury and motor neuron disease.  More...
14 Apr 2014
Image: The MultiFlo FX Multi-Mode Dispenser with the BioStack 4, for lidded or unlidded plates (Photo courtesy of Biotek Instruments, Inc.).

Newly Augmented Microdispenser System Replaces Five Liquid Handling Instruments

Upgrades to a highly regarded microdispenser system allows the instrument fo replace up to five separate liquid handlers, saving operator time and instrumentation costs   More...
13 Apr 2014

Dependence on Lab Animals for Testing Asthma and Allergy Agents Reduced with 3D Test

In a recent study, scientists report that they’ve developed a simple, 3D laboratory technique to test asthma and allergy medications that mimics what occurs in the body, which could help reduce the need for animal testing.  More...
13 Apr 2014

Shock-Absorbing “Goo” Discovered in Bone

A combination of imaging techniques and computational modeling reveals that much of the mineral from which bone is made consists of “goo” trapped between tiny crystals that provides a flexibility that stops bones from shattering.   More...
09 Apr 2014

Automation Technology Helps Eliminate Tedious Sample Preparation

A wide range of laboratory automation solutions for routine mass spectrometry sample preparation are now available.   More...
08 Apr 2014
Image: Co-evolved mutations in genetic sequences that code proteins show researchers how a protein is likely to fold and what forms it may take as it carries out its function. Scientists from Rice University used the technique called direct coupling analysis in combination with structure-based models to find a previously hidden conformation of a molecular motor responsible for degrading misfolded proteins in bacteria (Photo courtesy of Faruck Morcos/Rice University).

Big Data’s Direct Coupling Analysis Reveals Clues About Molecular Protease Machines

Researchers have merged genetic and structural data in a Big Data attempt to solve one of the most fascinating mysteries in biology: how proteins perform the regulatory processes in cells upon which all life depends.  More...
07 Apr 2014


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