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Engineered Viruses Studied to Improve Plant Traits.

A research study funded by the U.S. Department of Defense is investigating genetic alterations of plant viruses for delivery of genes to quickly protect corn crops against threats like pests and drought. . . . → Read More: Engineered Viruses Studied to Improve Plant Traits.

Darpa Funding Research on Brain-Digital Implants

The advanced research agency in Department of Defense is supporting six new projects on neural devices that connect the brain to digital technologies to restore sensory functions. . . . → Read More: Darpa Funding Research on Brain-Digital Implants

Trial Begins of Freeze-Dried Blood Plasma

A clinical trial is underway testing the safety and practicality of using a person’s own freeze-dried blood plasma for transfusions, substituting for frozen or liquid plasma. . . . → Read More: Trial Begins of Freeze-Dried Blood Plasma

Software Aims to Boost Lab Results Reproducibility

A software package that claims to tackle a growing problem of the failure to reproduce results of scientific research, is being field tested in an academic lab. . . . → Read More: Software Aims to Boost Lab Results Reproducibility

DoD Grant Funds Exosome Manufacturing Process

A biotechnology company is receiving a Department of Defense grant to develop a commercial-scale manufacturing process for exosomes, tiny bubbles that deliver drugs to cells in the body. . . . → Read More: DoD Grant Funds Exosome Manufacturing Process

Grant for Research on Drugs to Improve Tissue Transplants

(skeeze, Pixabay)

27 June 2016. Department of Defense is funding research on new drugs that aim to improve the quality of tissue and limbs for transplants donated from people whose brains stop working. DoD awarded the grant of nearly $1 million to the Institute for Transformative Molecular Medicine at Case Western Reserve University School . . . → Read More: Grant for Research on Drugs to Improve Tissue Transplants

On-Demand Pharma Manufacturing System Developed

Continuous-flow drug manufacturing system (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

1 April 2016. Chemical engineers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology created a compact manufacturing system that produces small quantities of pharmaceuticals as needed. The system developed in the MIT labs of Alan Myerson, Klavs Jensen, and Timothy Jamison is described in the 31 March issue of . . . → Read More: On-Demand Pharma Manufacturing System Developed

What it Takes to Innovate in the Old Economy

Richard van Atta (A. Kotok)

12 February 2016. Innovation is important throughout the modern economy, particularly in established industries that may lack the excitement of hot new sectors like biotechnology. A panel at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, or AAAS 2016 annual meeting today (12 February) in Washington, D.C. examined ways . . . → Read More: What it Takes to Innovate in the Old Economy

Stent Implants Demonstrated to Transmit Brain Activity

Stentrode device (University of Melbourne)

9 February 2016. A team of engineers and medical researchers in Australia show it’s possible to safely implant electrodes in the brain to transmit brain activity with a catheter-delivered stent. A description of the device and delivery process with sheep appears in yesterday’s (8 February) issue of the journal . . . → Read More: Stent Implants Demonstrated to Transmit Brain Activity

Ultrasound Healing Studied for Peripheral Nervous System

Elisa Konofagou (Columbia University)

20 January 2016. A biomedical engineering lab is investigating ultrasound stimulation of the peripheral nervous system as a therapeutic technique for human organs. The research at Columbia University in New York is funded by a four-year $3.33 million grant from Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

The peripheral nervous system . . . → Read More: Ultrasound Healing Studied for Peripheral Nervous System