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Feeling the Heat in Cells

April 17, 2017

The gallium nitride nanomembrane (GaN NM) is shown attached to a cell. When a pulsed laser is directed onto the nanomembrane, heat is transferred to the cell via a gold microdisc. By monitoring the emitted photoluminescent light (blue [more...]

How to Hack a Cell?

April 9, 2017

The human body is made up of trillions of cells, microscopic computers that carry out complex behaviors according to the signals they receive from each other and their environment. Synthetic biologists engineer living cells to control how [more...]

Multiregional Brain on a Chip

January 22, 2017

Image of the in vitro model showing three distinct regions of the brain connected by axons. (Credit: Disease Biophysics Group/Harvard University) Harvard University researchers have developed a multiregional brain-on-a-chip that models the [more...]

Tumor Gene Test Results Can Differ in Same Patients

December 19, 2016

Research Underway at the University of Washington School of Medicine to improve genetic testing for precision diagnostics and therapeutics (Credit: Clare Mclean) A preliminary study comparing two commercially available, next-generation [more...]

First ‘Water-wave’ Laser Created

December 4, 2016

Artistic illustration of “Water-Wave” Laser. (Image Credit: Technion Spokesperson’s Office) Technion researchers have demonstrated, for the first time, that laser emissions can be created through the interaction of light and [more...]

Micro-Bubbles Make Big Impact

November 27, 2016

The quest to develop a wireless micro-robot for biomedical applications requires a small-scale “motor” that can be wirelessly powered through biological media. While magnetic fields can be used to power small robots wirelessly, [more...]

Sculpting How Chemicals Spread In Fluid Flows

November 20, 2016

Solute is flowing from left to right in a square and skinny duct. The square case arrives with a gentler buildup (with more mass to the left), while the skinny case arrives with a more abrupt, sharper front. (Credit: Roberto Camassa, [more...]

Unlocking DNA and Cancer Mysteries Using Nanopores

September 12, 2016

Cancer thrives when mutated cells undergo frequent division. Most anti-cancer drugs work by inserting themselves in between the DNA base pairs that encode our genetic information. This process is known as intercalation, and it can result [more...]

Using Light to Control Genome Editing

September 5, 2016

MIT researchers have added an extra layer of control to the CRISPR gene-editing approach, by making the system responsive to light (Image credit: MIT News) The genome-editing system known as CRISPR allows scientists to delete or replace [more...]

Super-resolution 3-D Microscopy Images Cells

September 5, 2016

Using a new 3-D super-resolution instrument, researchers captured this visualization of a “primary cilium,” the antenna of the cell. (Photo courtesy of Huang et al./Cell) A new ultra-high resolution “nanoscope” is [more...]

New Technique for Rapidly Killing Bacteria

March 20, 2016

An artist’s interpretation of how bacteria cells on a nanoporous gold disk array are killed after exposure to near-infrared light. (Credit: Greggy M. Santos and Wei-Chuan Shih) Researchers have developed a new technique for killing [more...]

Pancreatic Cancer ‘Breakthrough’ Hailed

March 3, 2016

Pancreatic Cancer (Image Credit: University of Glasgow) Researchers in the U.K. have made what is described as a “breakthrough reclassification” of pancreatic cancer, which offers new opportunities to treat the often-fatal [more...]
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