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Lab Technologies

Image: The flash-drive-sized device contains two layers of human cells that model the interface between mother and fetus. Microfluidic channels on either side of those layers allow studies of how molecules are transported through, or are blocked by, that interface (Photo courtesy of the University of Pennsylvania).

Organ-on-a-Chip Device Mimics Structure and Function of Human Placental Barrier

A novel lab-on-a-chip device mimics the structure and function of the human placental barrier and allows researchers to carry out in vitro studies on factors influencing fetal development. More...
09 Aug 2016
Image: The diagram shows the difference between regular and plasmonic gratings in terms of fluorescent intensity (Photo courtesy of Dr. Shubhra Gangopadhyay, University of Missouri).

Plasmonic Resonance Optical Microscope Has Capability of an Electron Microscope

A novel, relatively low cost microscopy technique enables an optical fluorescent microscope to display images with the resolution of an electron microscope. More...
02 Aug 2016
Image: A team of scientists has discovered an organic ‘smart’ biodegradable nanoparticle, named PEARL, that uses light and heat in a controlled manner to target and destroy tumors with bigger precision (Photo courtesy of the University Health Network).

Smart Nanoparticles Deliver Selective Heating to Kill Tumors

Cancer researchers have demonstrated a novel type of "smart" nanoparticle that can destroy a tumor through selective heating while causing minimal damage to surrounding normal tissues. More...
28 Jul 2016
Image: Three microfluidic devices filled with food color dyes. The device, about the size of a credit card, is designed for the 3D growth of breast, lung, and other types of cancer cells while being exposed to an electric field (Photo courtesy of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology).

Novel 3D Growth Chamber Designed for Investigating Effects of Electric Fields on Cancer

A team of bioengineers designed and manufactured a novel microfluidic device for use in studying the effects of an electric field on the growth and spread of cancer cells. More...
19 Jul 2016
Image: New research uses DNA technology to detect a wide range of substances (Photo courtesy of ScienceBlog).

DNA-Based Platform Detects Traces of Molecules from Broad Range of Sources

Researchers have harnessed synthetic DNA technology to develop a super-efficient nanomachine that detects trace amounts of substances that range from viruses and bacteria to cocaine and metals. More...
19 Jul 2016
Image: Skeletal myotubes grown for three weeks on gelatin hydrogel (Photo courtesy of the McCain Laboratory, University of Southern California).

Micromolded Gelatin Scaffolds for Extended In Vitro Culture of Muscle Tissue

A novel in vitro method for growing muscle tissue for an extended period of time depends on minute scaffolds constructed from gelatin. More...
13 Jul 2016
Image: The production of ImmuStick, showing the application of immune receptors onto the test strip (Photo courtesy of Fraunhofer IGB).

New Technique May Provide Low-Cost Pathogen Testing

Researchers are developing a rapid pyrogen-detection stick-test for detecting presence of pathogens and allergens. The test has potential applications in clinical diagnostics as well as in food, pharmaceutical, and hospital environment testing. More...
12 Jul 2016

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