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Smartphone Saliva Test Detects Infectious Diseases

Smartphone system developers

A university engineering lab designed a simple, inexpensive point-of-care device, powered by a smartphone, to detect infectious and other diseases. . . . → Read More: Smartphone Saliva Test Detects Infectious Diseases

Skin Patch Senses Glucose, Emits Insulin as Needed

Insulin patch

A bio-engineering team developed a small patch worn on the skin that in lab mice and pigs senses blood glucose levels and releases insulin when required. . . . → Read More: Skin Patch Senses Glucose, Emits Insulin as Needed

Univ. Licenses Therapeutic Hibernation Technology

Arctic ground squirrel

University of Alaska is licensing research lab discoveries to a spin-off company to develop techniques to achieve a hibernation-type state in humans. . . . → Read More: Univ. Licenses Therapeutic Hibernation Technology

Patent Awarded for DNA Tags on Synthetic Fibers

DNA analysis graphic

A company creating tags similar to bar codes from nucleic acids like DNA received a patent for a process to identify and track synthetic fibers made from wood. . . . → Read More: Patent Awarded for DNA Tags on Synthetic Fibers

Many Non-Cancer Drugs Found to be Cancer Fighters

Lab flasks

A systematic high-speed screen of more than 4,500 drugs on hundreds of cancer cell lines finds 49 approved drugs for a range of diseases are also able to treat cancer. . . . → Read More: Many Non-Cancer Drugs Found to be Cancer Fighters

Light-Activated Gel Breaks Down Implanted Devices

Bariatric balloon

A medical engineering team developed a light-sensitive polymer gel that activates compounds to break down implanted or ingested devices. . . . → Read More: Light-Activated Gel Breaks Down Implanted Devices

Protein Tags Devised to Stop Counterfeit Drugs

Drug dose tag

A bio-engineering lab developed a tiny edible tag from natural proteins that uniquely identifies individual doses of medicines to prevent counterfeiting. . . . → Read More: Protein Tags Devised to Stop Counterfeit Drugs

Synthetic DNA Studied for Mass Data Storage

DNA illustration

An industry-academic consortium received a U.S. government contract to develop coded synthetic polymer chemicals like DNA for reliably storing massive amounts of data. . . . → Read More: Synthetic DNA Studied for Mass Data Storage

Living, Reproducing Concrete Created with Bacteria

Living building material

Engineers developed a more sustainable type of concrete adding a form of bacteria to grow and reproduce the material under most conditions. . . . → Read More: Living, Reproducing Concrete Created with Bacteria

Commentary – New Models Needed for Antibiotic Resistance

MRSA bacteria

Many parts of a new model for fighting antibiotic resistance are in development, and the pieces still need to be assembled, but the outline of a precision-medicine rather than mass-produced drug model is beginning to emerge. . . . → Read More: Commentary – New Models Needed for Antibiotic Resistance