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Electric Chip Recovers Drug Nanoparticles from Blood

Researchers from the University of California, San Diego have discovered a new technique to isolate nanoparticles from blood plasma. An oscillating electric field can separate nanoparticles from complex liquids, allowing to recover, for example, drug-delivery particles. The finding could also have applications in industrial and environmental settings. The study has been published in the journal Small. Drug-carrying […]


Artificial Materials Inspired by a Sea Mollusk Shell and Eyes

Scientists from the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard have discovered how a biomineral can generate two mollusk structures as different as the protective shell and the eyes. The study, published in Science, will help to create multifunctional materials. Material scientists have long been trying to obtain artificial materials with multiple functions, but […]


Hydra Transforms Epithelium Into Rudimentary Nervous System

The freshwater polyp Hydra can regenerate all its body from just a fragment, and survives after losing all its nervous system. Scientists from the University of Geneva (UNIGE) have discovered the mechanism of regeneration: overexpression, in epithelial cells, of genes involved in nervous functions. The results have been published in the journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal […]


Organic Electronics Generate the First Electronic Plants

Researchers from Linköping University in Sweden have created electronic plants. The staff at the Laboratory for Organic Electronics inserted semi-conductive polymers inside living flowers, trees and bushes, creating electronic circuits that could regulate the plant´s physiology. The study was published in the journal Science Advances. Professor Magnus Berggren has been doing research in paper printed electronics […]


NIH Ends Chimpanzee Research

US National Institutes of Health (NIH) director Francis Collins announced that the institute will retire the last 50 research chimpanzees to sanctuaries. The measure arrives two years after the retirement of 310 chimps in 2013, following recommendations of the National Academy of Medicine. The institute will also stop funding the experiments with chimpanzees they do not own, but […]


Shimadzu Launches an LC-MS with Two Flow Lines

Shimadzu has released the Nexera MX, an ultra-fast liquid cromatography-mass spectrometry tandem with capability to analyze twice the number of samples than current LC-MS systems. Workflow is improved with alternate injection of samples in two analytical flow lines. There is a number of standard steps in LC-MS analysis workflow: sample aspiration, injection in column, elution, detection […]


Biogel Delivers Anti-Cancer Agents Directly to Tumors

Researchers from the University of Montreal Hospital Research Centre (CRCHUM) have developed an injectable biogel that can deliver anti-cancer agents directly into the tumors. The technique, tested in vitro, consists in encapsulating antitumoral cells or drugs, allowing their direct administration to the tumor area instead of distributing them to the entire body through the bloodstream. The study has […]


Nanopore Technology Can Identify Pathogen Types

Reseachers from Technion–Israel Institute of Technology and Boston University have developed a nanopore that identifies pathogens from their genomic characteristics. The instrument senses single molecules and detects in them large and small deletions or insertions and single nucleotide variations. The study has been published in the journal PLOS ONE. Fast and accurate identification of pathogens is critical […]


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