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Computer-Designed Heart Valves Operate Over Long Term

Engineered heart valve

A European research team designed customized heart valves with computer models, which when tested in sheep continued to perform in most cases for a year following implantation. . . . → Read More: Computer-Designed Heart Valves Operate Over Long Term

Technique Devised to Monitor Blood Flow in Brain

Brain circuits

A bioengineering lab developed a technique using common photography chips to measure blood flow in the brain, which could help detect traumatic brain injury, stroke, and related disorders. . . . → Read More: Technique Devised to Monitor Blood Flow in Brain

Nasal Spray Vaccine Shown to Control Peanut Allergies

A vaccine to protect against peanut allergies, given as a nanoscale droplets suspended in a nasal spray, is shown to prevent allergic reactions in tests with lab mice sensitized to peanuts. . . . → Read More: Nasal Spray Vaccine Shown to Control Peanut Allergies

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

Patent Awarded for Nanoparticle Drug, Cannabis Delivery

A delivery technology for therapeutic compounds in nanoscale natural oil particles received a U.S. patent, which the company owning the technology says can be applied to drugs, nutritional supplements, and cannabis-based treatments. . . . → Read More: Patent Awarded for Nanoparticle Drug, Cannabis Delivery

Crispr Enhanced to Find, Edit Tiny Mutations

A bioengineering lab at Harvard University designed a refinement for genome editing to identify and remove small genetic mutations that can lead to diseases or organisms resistant to current drugs. . . . → Read More: Crispr Enhanced to Find, Edit Tiny Mutations

Smartphone App, Device Shown to Measure Blood Pressure

A smartphone-based system and app were shown in a pilot study with human subjects to measure a person’s blood pressure with about the same accuracy as some cuff devices normally used to gauge blood pressure. . . . → Read More: Smartphone App, Device Shown to Measure Blood Pressure

Patents Awarded for Genetic Editing of CAR T-Cells

U.S. patents were awarded to a biotechnology company developing therapies using the genomic editing process known as Crispr to create immune system cells with proteins for attacking cancer cells. . . . → Read More: Patents Awarded for Genetic Editing of CAR T-Cells