CRISPR Can Now Hitch a Ride on Nanoparticles to Battle Disease

It started like any other day. Dr. Hao Yin walked into the lab at MIT, ready to check on his transgenic mice. He had no idea he was about to make history. Yin’s mice harbored a single mutated gene that gave them a terrible liver disease. Left untreated, the deteriorating liver fails to process [...]

By | 2018-03-23T12:19:58+00:00 March 23rd, 2018|Categories: News|0 Comments

Scientists invented method of catching bacteria with ‘photonic hook’

An international research team discovered a new type of curved light beams, dubbed a "photonic hook". Photonic hooks are unique, as their radius of curvature is two times smaller than their wavelength. This is the smallest curvature radius of electromagnetic waves ever recorded. Photonic hook can improve the resolution of optical systems and [...]

By | 2018-03-23T12:11:01+00:00 March 23rd, 2018|Categories: News|0 Comments

Researchers discover new accuracies in cancer-fighting, nanomedicine drug delivery

A promising discovery for advanced cancer therapy reveals that the efficiency of drug delivery in DNA nanostructures depends on their shapes, say researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology and the University of Kansas. “For the first time, a time-lapse live cell imaging system was used to observe the absorption and controlled release of [...]

By | 2018-03-22T14:31:26+00:00 March 22nd, 2018|Categories: News|0 Comments

DARPA-funded ‘body on a chip’ microfluidic system could revolutionize drug evaluation

MIT bioengineers have developed a new microfluidic platform technology that could be used to evaluate new drugs and detect possible side effects before the drugs are tested in humans. The microfluidic platform can connect 3D tissues from up to 10 organs. Replacing animal testing, it can accurately replicate human-organ interactions for weeks at a time [...]

By | 2018-03-22T14:31:26+00:00 March 21st, 2018|Categories: News|0 Comments

Nanofiber dressings heal wounds, promote regeneration

Researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have developed new wound dressings that dramatically accelerate healing and improve tissue regeneration. The two different types of nanofiber dressings, described in separate papers, use naturally-occurring proteins in plants and animals to promote [...]

By | 2018-03-22T14:31:26+00:00 March 19th, 2018|Categories: News|0 Comments

Nanospears deliver genetic material to cells with pinpoint accuracy

In a step toward accelerating the production of new gene therapies, scientists report in ACS Nano ("Precision-Guided Nanospears for Targeted and High-Throughput Intracellular Gene Delivery") that they have developed remote-controlled, needle-like nanospears capable of piercing membrane walls and delivering DNA into selected cells. They say the new technique, which can ferry biological materials to cells [...]

By | 2018-03-22T14:31:27+00:00 March 17th, 2018|Categories: News|0 Comments

Building a better ion channel

Artificial ion channels developed by A*STAR researchers could pave the way for new kinds of antibacterial agents and biomedical sensors (J. Am. Chem. Soc., "Combinatorial evolution of fast-conducting highly selective K+-channels via modularly tunable directional assembly of crown ethers"). Ion channels are biochemical superhighways that enable ions of metals such as potassium and sodium to [...]

By | 2018-03-22T14:31:27+00:00 March 16th, 2018|Categories: News|0 Comments

Novel nanocontainers for anticancer drug delivery on demand

With the goal of minimizing the side effects of chemotherapy on healthy tissues, a team of researchers at the Center for Self-assembly and Complexity, within the Institute for Basic Science (IBS) have developed novel nanocontainers able to deliver anticancer drugs at precise timing and location. Published in Angewandte Chemie International Edition ("Mono-allyloxylated Cucurbit[7]uril Acts as [...]

By | 2018-03-22T14:31:27+00:00 March 15th, 2018|Categories: News|0 Comments

The Opioid Epidemic – Addressing Pain in the 21st Century

  From an article published in My Authentic Life. Written by Dr. Krishnan V. Chakravarthy MD, PhD - Laboratory Head Chakravarthy Lab San Diego, Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine UCSD Health and VA San Diego Healthcare (San Diego, CA, USA) and Frank J. Boehm - CEO - NanoApps Medical Incorporated (Vancouver, BC, Canada). Upwards [...]

By | 2018-03-22T14:31:27+00:00 March 14th, 2018|Categories: News|0 Comments

Researchers from MIPT study a nanoscaffold for heart cells

Biophysicists from MIPT have studied the structure of a nanofibrous scaffold, as well as its interaction with rat cardiac cells. The study, which is part of the research into heart tissue regeneration, revealed that cardiomyocytes — heart muscle cells — envelop nanofibers as they grow, while fibroblasts — connective tissue cells — tend to spread out on fibers forming several focal adhesion [...]

By | 2018-03-22T14:31:27+00:00 March 13th, 2018|Categories: News|0 Comments