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A stem cell-derived in vitro model displays key small intestine characteristics including innate immune responses, according to a new study. Read more at Science Newsline.
The small but growing do-it-yourself (DIY) microscopy community has flourished as researchers strive to overcome the limitations of current microscopic technology. Numerous researchers, including US National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute cell biologist Clare Waterman, who is known for using new camera technology to develop a technique called fluorescent speckle microscopy4. Biophysicist Hari Shroff of the US National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering Section on High Resolution Optical Imaging has contributed to free microscope configuration resources for use by fellow scientists. Read more in Nature.
Some 40 years since CT scans first revealed abnormalities in the brains of schizophrenia patients, international scientists say the disorder is a systemic disruption to the brain's entire communication system. The study sets the stage for future research on the debilitating mental illness that affects more than 21 million people worldwide. It is the largest analysis of 'white matter' differences in a psychiatric disorder to date. Read more at USC News.
A flexible ingestible sensor has been devised that could help doctors to diagnose problems caused by a slowdown of food flowing through the digestive tract. The sensors could also be used to detect food pressing on the stomach, helping doctors to monitor food intake by patients being treated for obesity. Read more at MIT News.
Strong molecular bonds between antibodies and biological gels like mucus aren't necessary to catch pathogens as was previously thought, according to new research. In fact, rapid and weak interactions between antibodies and biogels are much better suited to locking down foreign invaders in the body's sticky first line of defense. Read more at Science Newsline Medicine.