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UC-Berkeley Gains U.S. Crispr-Cas9 Patent

Editing DNA

University of California received a patent for its genome editing technology known as Crispr, with the most widely used editing enzyme called Cas9. . . . → Read More: UC-Berkeley Gains U.S. Crispr-Cas9 Patent

Brain Stimulation Shown to Restore Limb Mobility in Stroke

brain stimulationgraphic

Mild electronic stimulation to specific brain regions is shown to restore upper limb movements in lab animals induced with stroke, with similar brain signals in humans also identified as targets. . . . → Read More: Brain Stimulation Shown to Restore Limb Mobility in Stroke

Biotech, Institute Partner on Gut Microbe Links to Parkinson’s

Gut microbes

Gut microbes cultured in an artistic design (Nicola Fawcett, Wikimedia Commons)

18 June 2018. Researchers from a biotechnology company and a research institute are starting a joint project to find treatments for Parkinson’s disease targeting bacteria in the gut. Financial and intellectual property aspects of the partnership between Axial Biotherapeutics Inc. in Boston, and . . . → Read More: Biotech, Institute Partner on Gut Microbe Links to Parkinson’s

115M Euro Grant for Precision Medicine, Trials in Autism

Autism graphic

A new initiative in Europe is investigating the connection between a person’s molecular composition and autism, particularly when other disorders complicate that individual’s condition. . . . → Read More: 115M Euro Grant for Precision Medicine, Trials in Autism

Connected Meters, Coaching Help Improve Diabetes Outcomes

Livongo meter

A study of people with type 2 diabetes shows the combination of intensive lifestyle coaching with a blood glucose meter connected to the Internet results in more weight loss and lower blood glucose levels. . . . → Read More: Connected Meters, Coaching Help Improve Diabetes Outcomes

Graphene Circuits Enhanced to Monitor, Image Brain Signals

Graphene model

Engineers and neuroscientists discovered a technique for enhancing the conductivity of graphene electrodes to make them better able to record optical images of brain activity in lab mice. . . . → Read More: Graphene Circuits Enhanced to Monitor, Image Brain Signals

Soil Microbes Yield Rich Antibiotic Sources

Researchers taking soil samples

A group of geo- and bioscience researchers analyzed microbes residing in soil under northern California and discovered many new potential sources of antibiotics, well beyond current sources. . . . → Read More: Soil Microbes Yield Rich Antibiotic Sources

Natural, Engineered Microbes Shown to Control Cholera

Distributing water hygiene kits

A combination of natural bacteria found in milk products and a synthetic variation of those microbes are shown in tests with lab mice to detect and prevent cholera infections. . . . → Read More: Natural, Engineered Microbes Shown to Control Cholera

Regenerative Dressing Designed for Diabetic Wounds

Guillermo Ameer

A biomedical engineering team developed a dressing for diabetic skin wounds that harnesses the body’s own cell structuring proteins to regenerate new skin tissue for faster healing. . . . → Read More: Regenerative Dressing Designed for Diabetic Wounds

Bacterial Genome Recoded to Produce Stable Protein Drugs

E. coli bacteria

A biotechnology lab devised techniques for genetically engineered bacteria to produce synthetic proteins that can last longer and are more stable than current protein production methods. . . . → Read More: Bacterial Genome Recoded to Produce Stable Protein Drugs