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NIH Funding Nanodrugs to Prevent Opioid Addiction

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A drug that invokes the immune system to block addictive effects of opioid pain drugs and heroin is in early development at Washington University in St. Louis. . . . → Read More: NIH Funding Nanodrugs to Prevent Opioid Addiction

Spider Silk Property Discovered with Robotics Uses

Moist spider web

Dragline silk, also known as spider silk, is found in a new study to have a property that makes the natural material suitable for artificial muscles and actuators in robotics. . . . → Read More: Spider Silk Property Discovered with Robotics Uses

Wireless Sensors Monitor Newborns in ICUs

Amy Paller and Taschana Taylor

An international team developed two wireless sensors that safely monitor the vital signs of newborn infants in intensive care units, replacing the multiple wired devices used today. . . . → Read More: Wireless Sensors Monitor Newborns in ICUs

High-Speed Screens, A.I., Boost Nanoscale Medicines

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Biomedical engineers are using high-throughput screening techniques and machine learning to speed and improve the design of new drugs based on nanoscale particles. . . . → Read More: High-Speed Screens, A.I., Boost Nanoscale Medicines

Capsule Designed to Inject Insulin in Stomach Wall

Tanzanian leopard tortoise

A biomedical engineering team created a capsule that in animal tests releases a tiny needle delivering an insulin dose to the stomach lining, equivalent to conventional insulin injections. . . . → Read More: Capsule Designed to Inject Insulin in Stomach Wall

Large Molecule Library Enables On-Demand Drug Discovery

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A large-scale public drug molecule library is shown with computational modeling to accurately identify on-demand new compounds that bind completely to therapy targets. . . . → Read More: Large Molecule Library Enables On-Demand Drug Discovery

Spin-Off Gains Seed Funds for Non-Opioid Pain Drug

Molly Shoichet

A company spun-off from a university medical materials lab received start-up funds to develop a non-opioid surgical pain therapy, including a clinical trial. . . . → Read More: Spin-Off Gains Seed Funds for Non-Opioid Pain Drug

Cancer-Fighting Protein Designed to Cut Adverse Effects

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A computational biology lab designed a synthetic protein that works like natural cancer-fighting proteins, but in lab mice kills cancer cells with few adverse effects. . . . → Read More: Cancer-Fighting Protein Designed to Cut Adverse Effects

Genetic Acids Harnessed to Promote Wound Healing

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A bioengineering team designed a way to use acids in DNA that in lab tests promote wound repair by encouraging production of healing proteins in surrounding tissues. . . . → Read More: Genetic Acids Harnessed to Promote Wound Healing

Sustainable Bioplastics Produced from Microbes, Algae

Ulva or sea lettuce

Researchers in Israel showed in lab tests the feasibility of producing biocompatible and degradable plastics from ocean microbes and algae. . . . → Read More: Sustainable Bioplastics Produced from Microbes, Algae