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Omega-3 Fatty Acids Added to Milk Without Affecting Taste

Susan Duncan (Virginia Tech)

Food scientists at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg discovered they could add beneficial omega-3 fatty acids to milk in quantities that promote heart health, without affecting the milk’s taste or shelf life. The team led by Virginia Tech professor Susan Duncan (pictured left) published their findings in this month’s issue of . . . → Read More: Omega-3 Fatty Acids Added to Milk Without Affecting Taste

Technique Developed to Create Artificial Brain Tissue in Lab

(National Institute on Aging, NIH)

Engineers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard Medical School adapted techniques from the semiconductor industry to create simulated brain tissue in the lab. The researchers published their findings online this week in the journal Advanced Materials (paid subscription required).

The technique devised by the team of medical researchers, . . . → Read More: Technique Developed to Create Artificial Brain Tissue in Lab

Process Created for Stem Cells from Routine Blood Samples

(National Institutes of Health)

Medical researchers at University of Cambridge in the U.K. developed a process to extract induced pluripotent stem cells from a routine blood sample. The team led by Cambridge’s Amer Rana published its findings yesterday online in the journal Stem Cells: Translational Medicine.

Induced pluripotent stem cells are adult cells genetically . . . → Read More: Process Created for Stem Cells from Routine Blood Samples

Binding Process Developed for Antimicrobial Surfaces

Terri Camesano (Worcester Polytechnic Institute)

An undergraduate research project at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts led to creation of process to bind antimicrobial peptides to gold and silicon surfaces. The students, working under the direction of chemical engineering professor Terri Camesano, published their findings in a recent issue of the journal ACS Applied Materials . . . → Read More: Binding Process Developed for Antimicrobial Surfaces

Report: Pharmas Increasing Medicine Access in Poor Regions

Women at a health clinic in Haiti (State.gov)

A foundation in the Netherlands reports that developing areas of the world have more access to drugs from the top 20 pharmaceutical companies than two years ago. The Access to Medicine Foundation that publishes a bi-annual index of drug access in developing regions says GlaxoSmithKline repeats . . . → Read More: Report: Pharmas Increasing Medicine Access in Poor Regions

U.K. Medical Tech Company Acquires Wound Care Developer

Human keratinocyte cells (USDA.gov)

Smith & Nephew, a medical technology company in London, is purchasing Healthpoint Biotherapeutics, a developer of wound treatments in Fort Worth, Texas. In the transaction, Smith & Nephew will acquire all Healthpoint assets for $782 million in cash, with the deal expected to close next month.

Olivier Bohuon, Smith & . . . → Read More: U.K. Medical Tech Company Acquires Wound Care Developer

International Consortium Sequences Bread Wheat Genome

(USDA.gov)

Researchers from the U.S., U.K., and Germany sequenced the genome of the strain of wheat used to make bread, an achievement that is expected to increase yields and enhance the nutritional value of this crop. The findings of the consortium, comprising researchers from 10 different institutions, appear today online in the journal Nature.

. . . → Read More: International Consortium Sequences Bread Wheat Genome

Membrane Technology to be Studied for Industrial Processes

Michael Tsapatsis (University of Minnesota)

Engineers and materials scientists at University of Minnesota in Minneapolis received funding from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop membrane technology for energy-efficient separations in a range of process industries. The three-year, $1.8 million grant from the Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy (ARPA-E) aims to adapt lab research on . . . → Read More: Membrane Technology to be Studied for Industrial Processes

Microneedles Found Effective as Syringe for Measles Vaccine

Microneedle patches and conventional hypodermic needles (Gary Meek, Georgia Tech)

Biomedical engineers at Georgia Institute of Technology and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), both in Atlanta, found microneedle patches could deliver a vaccine for measles to lab animals as effectively as a conventional hypodermic needle. The team led by Georgia Tech’s Mark . . . → Read More: Microneedles Found Effective as Syringe for Measles Vaccine

Process Developed to Grow Carbon Nanotubes on Graphene

James Tour (Rice University)

Researchers from Rice University in Houston developed a method of growing seamless carbon nanotubes on graphene, with a high surface area and electric conductivity. The team that included members from Tianjin University in China and University of Texas at San Antonio published their findings today in the journal Nature Communications . . . → Read More: Process Developed to Grow Carbon Nanotubes on Graphene