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Hydrogel, Solar Power Provide Simple Water Purification

An engineering lab demonstrates how polymer gels and ambient sunlight can provide a simple, inexpensive alternative to current complex and expensive technologies for desalinating or purifying drinking water. . . . → Read More: Hydrogel, Solar Power Provide Simple Water Purification

New Company Acquires Off-the-Shelf T-Cell Cancer Therapies

A new enterprise is formed to develop treatments for cancer using donated T-cells from the immune system, rather than the patient’s own T-cells, engineered to attack cancer cells. . . . → Read More: New Company Acquires Off-the-Shelf T-Cell Cancer Therapies

Cough Suppressant Produced from Engineered Yeast Cells

A bioengineering group created a process for producing a cough suppressant in the lab, usually derived from opium poppies, but instead from genetically modified brewer’s yeast. . . . → Read More: Cough Suppressant Produced from Engineered Yeast Cells

Nanotech Pain Drug Formulations Developed

A pharmaceutical researcher developed treatments for chronic pain, formulated as nanoscale droplets, that in tests with lab animals target the source of pain directly and use much smaller doses than current pain drugs. . . . → Read More: Nanotech Pain Drug Formulations Developed

Antibodies Licensed for Multi-Target Immunotherapies

MedImmune, the biologics subsidiary of drug maker AstraZeneca, is licensing antibodies from a biotechnology company for treatments that simultaneously address two or more cancer targets. . . . → Read More: Antibodies Licensed for Multi-Target Immunotherapies

Complications Can Result from Plastic Surgery Tourism

Surgeons at a Boston hospital report a continuing flow of cases where people go overseas for plastic surgery, only to encounter complications needing repair, including drug-resistant bacterial infections, after they return. . . . → Read More: Complications Can Result from Plastic Surgery Tourism

RNA Treatment Tested for West Nile Virus

A therapy for West Nile Virus made with interfering RNA molecules is shown in lab mice to reduce viral loads, including in the brain where the disease can do serious damage. . . . → Read More: RNA Treatment Tested for West Nile Virus

Drug Shown Able to Kill Malaria-Carrier Mosquitoes

A clinical trial in Kenya shows blood from people who take a current anti-parasite drug can kill mosquitoes carrying malaria, offering a potential new strategy for controlling this disease. . . . → Read More: Drug Shown Able to Kill Malaria-Carrier Mosquitoes

FDA Authorizes Interoperable Glucose Monitoring System

The Food and Drug Administration authorized a device that electronically monitors blood glucose levels in people with diabetes, but is also designed to exchange data with other compatible electronic systems. . . . → Read More: FDA Authorizes Interoperable Glucose Monitoring System

Paper Art Form Boosts Bandage, Wearables Adhesion

An engineering lab adapted the traditional Japanese art form of kirigami to create a surface for bandages and wearable devices on knees and elbows that bend a great deal and thus are difficult to stay on. . . . → Read More: Paper Art Form Boosts Bandage, Wearables Adhesion