Nanoparticles could help us get closer to a treatment for COVID-19

There is no vaccine or specific treatment for COVID-19, the disease caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, or SARS-CoV-2. Since the outbreak began in late 2019, researchers have been racing to learn more about SARS-CoV-2, which is a strain from a family of viruses known as coronavirus for their crown-like shape. [...]

By |2020-03-19T12:52:05+00:00March 19th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Corona Virus (COVID 19) Interview with Michael Osterholm an expert in infectious disease epidemiology.

Michael Osterholm is an internationally recognized expert in infectious disease epidemiology. He is Regents Professor, McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair in Public Health, the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, a professor in the Technological [...]

By |2020-03-16T15:35:24+00:00March 16th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Experts envision two scenarios if the new coronavirus isn’t contained

With the new coronavirus spreading from person to person (possibly including from people without symptoms), reaching four continents, and traveling faster than SARS, driving it out of existence is looking increasingly unlikely. It’s still possible that quarantines and travel bans will first halt the outbreak and then eradicate the microbe, and the world will [...]

By |2020-03-13T12:05:13+00:00March 13th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Neural cells speed up function in 3D bioprinted skeletal muscle constructs

Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM) scientists have improved upon the 3D bioprinting technique they developed to engineer skeletal muscle as a potential therapy for replacing diseased or damaged muscle tissue, moving another step closer to someday being able to treat patients. Skeletal muscles are attached to bones by tendons and are responsible [...]

By |2020-03-11T08:37:42+00:00March 11th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Scientists Use a “Synaptor” to Link a Rat Neuron and a Silicon Neuron

An international team of scientists from the University of Southampton, the University of Padova, and the University of Zurich has connected a silicon neuron to a neuron from the rat hippocampus with an artificial synapse, opening a door to one day linking artificial and biological brains. The experiment is detailed in the journal Scientific Reports. There are [...]

By |2020-03-02T08:02:20+00:00March 2nd, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

The Ins & Outs of Gene Therapy Drug Development: an interview with NMIN’s Scientific Director

In an insightful 42-minute interview, NMIN’s Scientific Director Dr. Pieter Cullis, a pioneer in liposomal gene and drug delivery, discusses his scientific career with a focus on his contributions to the evolution of gene therapy. The interview was conducted on behalf of the Gene Delivery and Gene Editing focus group of the Controlled [...]

By |2020-03-02T14:15:02+00:00February 29th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Powerful antibiotic discovered using machine learning for first time

A powerful antibiotic that kills some of the most dangerous drug-resistant bacteria in the world has been discovered using artificial intelligence. The drug works in a different way to existing antibacterials and is the first of its kind to be found by setting AI loose on vast digital libraries of pharmaceutical compounds. Tests showed [...]

By |2020-02-22T12:52:51+00:00February 22nd, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

“Bigger than DNA” — how AI is transforming the pharma industry

Artificial intelligence hit a big milestone in January — the first drug designed entirely using artificial intelligence entered human clinical trials. The compound, created by Oxford-based biotech company Exscientia, is aimed at treating obsessive-compulsive disorder and reached this stage in less than a year — five times faster than it usually takes to get [...]

By |2020-02-19T12:33:53+00:00February 19th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Achilles’ heel of ALL viruses? Scientists discover holy grail which could lead to UNIVERSAL vaccine

Researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in the US have uncovered the ‘Achilles’ heel’ of most viruses which plague mankind, and could soon develop a universal vaccine. Vaccine research, development and testing takes a long time, as the ongoing coronavirus outbreak has shown, but that is because researchers devote their time, attention and [...]

By |2020-02-17T12:30:22+00:00February 17th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Small world: atom-scale materials are the next tech frontier

Every age in the history of human civilisation has a signature material, from the Stone Age, to the Bronze and Iron Ages. We might even call today’s information-driven society the Silicon Age. Since the 1960s, silicon nanostructures, the building-blocks of microchips, have supercharged the development of electronics, communications, manufacturing, medicine, and more. How small [...]

By |2020-02-14T12:49:57+00:00February 14th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments