NEWS & EVENTS
Biomedical engineers are now able to take a live, holistic look at the inner workings of a small animal with enough resolution to see active organs, flowing blood, circulating melanoma cells and firing neural networks. The technique uses the best of both light and ultrasound, breaking long-standing resolution and speed barriers in small-animal whole-body imaging, providing full cross-sectional view of a small animal's internal functions in real-time. Read more at Duke Pratt School of Engineering News.
Studies have suggested a link between fitness and memory, but researchers have struggled to find the mechanism that links them. A new study found that the key may lie in the microstructure of the hippocampus, a region in the middle of the brain involved in memory processes. Read more at Illinois Research News.
An ingestible electronic capsule, complete with a capsule-sized antenna capable of receiving a radio signal wirelessly, can safely power a device in the gastrointestinal tract in preclinical models, investigators report. Read more at MIT News.
A significant step has been made toward breaking the so-called 'color barrier' of light microscopy for biological systems, allowing for much more comprehensive, system-wide labeling and imaging of a greater number of biomolecules in living cells and tissues than is currently attainable. The advancement has the potential for many future applications, including helping to guide the development of therapies to treat and cure disease. Read more at Science Newsline.
University of Utah researchers have developed “smart glasses” that mimic the function of the eye’s lens and automatically focus on what an individual is looking at. Read more at FierceBiotech
3-D maps of gene locations could have a huge impact in our understanding of human health and in the battle against disease. Read more at Science Newsline.
With help from a palm-sized plastic rectangle, researchers are hoping to minimize the problem of premature deliveries. The chip is designed to predict, with up to 90 percent accuracy, a woman's risk for a future preterm birth. Read more at Science Newsline.