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Synthetic DNA Studied for Mass Data Storage

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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

Light-Activated Brain Electrodes in Development

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A wireless electrode activated by light waves is being developed to connect with nerve cells in the brain that promises to make brain-computer connections safer. . . . → Read More: Light-Activated Brain Electrodes in Development

Vaccine Developer Gains $11M in Early Funds

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A company designing vaccines delivered with a microneedle patch to prevent infectious diseases is raising $11 million in its first venture funding round. . . . → Read More: Vaccine Developer Gains $11M in Early Funds

Patch Device Stores Vaccine Record in Skin

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A plastic vaccine patch is shown in lab animals to also store an invisible record of that vaccination under the recipient’s skin, displayed with a smartphone. . . . → Read More: Patch Device Stores Vaccine Record in Skin

Plastic Material Developed to Repel Bacteria

Repel Wrap

A Canadian engineering team developed a treated form of common plastic that in lab tests repels liquids and stubborn bacterial films. . . . → Read More: Plastic Material Developed to Repel Bacteria

Rice Univ, Shell Partner on Sustainable Carbon

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Rice University and the energy company Shell launched a program to sustainably produce carbon derived from splitting rather than burning hydrocarbons. . . . → Read More: Rice Univ, Shell Partner on Sustainable Carbon

Fine Fibers Spun to Deliver Brain Tumor Treatments

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A process for spinning thin polymer fibers loaded with chemotherapy drugs is shown in tests with lab animals to deliver treatments directly to brain tumors. . . . → Read More: Fine Fibers Spun to Deliver Brain Tumor Treatments

Artificial Kidney Component Passes Preclinical Test

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A miniaturized bio-electronic device implanted in a pig can process filtered blood like a real kidney without triggering an immune response or blood clots. . . . → Read More: Artificial Kidney Component Passes Preclinical Test

Graphene Material Designed for Wearable Devices

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An engineering lab devised techniques for better adapting the material graphene to handle the physical stresses imposed by wearable devices. . . . → Read More: Graphene Material Designed for Wearable Devices

Trial Shows Nanotech Drug Induces Gluten Tolerance

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Results from a clinical trial show an experimental treatment encourages immune-system tolerance of gluten, preventing intestinal damage from celiac disease. . . . → Read More: Trial Shows Nanotech Drug Induces Gluten Tolerance