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DNA Nanoscale Capsules Designed for Drug Delivery

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Researchers in Finland developed tiny drug-delivery capsules made of folded pieces of DNA, with the capsules opening and closing in specified chemical environments. . . . → Read More: DNA Nanoscale Capsules Designed for Drug Delivery

Simple Process Devised for Synthetic Mother-of-Pearl

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Researchers in the U.S. and Europe developed a simple, inexpensive, and sustainable process to grow synthetic nacre, also known as mother-of-pearl. . . . → Read More: Simple Process Devised for Synthetic Mother-of-Pearl

Leaf-Based Process Produces Low-Cost Enzymes

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A University of Pennsylvania lab is developing a process for producing enzymes, chemicals from organisms that act as catalysts, in green leafy plants at low cost. . . . → Read More: Leaf-Based Process Produces Low-Cost Enzymes

NSF Funding Natural Agri-Chemical Technology

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A start-up company spun-off from Cornell University is receiving a small business grant to develop in crop plants a natural protection against pathogens. . . . → Read More: NSF Funding Natural Agri-Chemical Technology

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

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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

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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