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NIH Funding Nanodrugs to Prevent Opioid Addiction

Head in hands

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

Univ. Developing Implanted Islet Cell Bags for Diabetes

Klearchos Papas

Implantable collections of insulin-producing islet cells resembling tea bags, for people with type 1 diabetes, are being developed by researchers at University of Arizona. . . . → Read More: Univ. Developing Implanted Islet Cell Bags for Diabetes

Gene Editing Deactivates Cause of T-Cell Side Effects

Human T-cell

A biotechnology company developing engineered T-cells as treatments for cancer, used gene editing to deactivate a likely cause of serious adverse effects from its therapies. . . . → Read More: Gene Editing Deactivates Cause of T-Cell Side Effects

FDA Drafts Brain-Computer Device Regulatory Guidance

Brain circuits illustration

Food and Drug Administration is releasing for comment regulatory guidance for its review of implanted medical devices that connect human brains to computer systems. . . . → Read More: FDA Drafts Brain-Computer Device Regulatory Guidance

Start-Up Raises $10.5M for Precision Immunotherapies

Business newspaper

A new biotechnology enterprise developing personalized treatments that harness the immune system to treat cancer is raising $10.5 million in its first venture funding round. . . . → Read More: Start-Up Raises $10.5M for Precision Immunotherapies

Stem Cell Genes Edited to Avoid Immune Rejection

Sonja Schrepfer and Tobias Deuse

A new study shows editing the genomes of adult stem cells can avoid their rejection by the immune system when implanted in lab mice other than the stem cell donor. . . . → Read More: Stem Cell Genes Edited to Avoid Immune Rejection

Laser Treatments Tested for Cancer Side Effects

Green laser beams

Researchers from University at Buffalo are evaluating low-level lasers as a treatment for oral mucositis, a painful adverse effect of cancer chemo and radiation therapy. . . . → Read More: Laser Treatments Tested for Cancer Side Effects

Kidney Organoids Created with Working Blood Vessels

Kidney organoid with capillary

Bioengineering labs at Harvard University and affiliated hospitals used stem cells and three-dimensional printing to create kidney tissue chips with blood vessel networks. . . . → Read More: Kidney Organoids Created with Working Blood Vessels

Capsule Designed to Inject Insulin in Stomach Wall

Tanzanian leopard tortoise

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

Brain Tissue Model Devised for Cancer Drug Testing

Mini-brain spheroid

A three-dimensional brain tissue model, including a patient’s tumor cells, shows in lab tests an ability to test current and experimental cancer drugs. . . . → Read More: Brain Tissue Model Devised for Cancer Drug Testing