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Science Highlights · September 9, 2021
Man with prosthetic leg
NIBIB-funded researchers are working on an ankle prosthetic that relies on the user’s residual muscles—and the electrical signals that they generate—to help amputees control their posture continuously.
Science Highlights · September 7, 2021
Artistic representation of the gut microbiome
The gut microbiome can impact us in a variety of different ways, from our metabolism to our mood. Now, NIBIB-funded researchers are investigating if a fiber-based gel can restore beneficial microbes in the gut to enhance the efficacy of immune checkpoint inhibitors, a type of cancer immunotherapy treatment.
Science Highlights · August 26, 2021
blood vessel with circulating trophoblast cluster
Placenta accreta spectrum (PAS) disorder is a life-threatening condition that occurs when the placenta remains attached to the uterus after childbirth. Now researchers have developed a blood test to identify this condition, enabling early intervention by high-risk pregnancy specialists.
Science Highlights · August 13, 2021
Illustration of ear anatomy
NIBIB-funded research drives progress in the diagnosis, treatment, and monitoring of middle ear infections.
Science Highlights · August 11, 2021
crystal structure of piezoelectric wafer
Bioengineers have developed biocompatible self-assembling “piezoelectric wafers,” which can be made rapidly and inexpensively to enable broad use of implantable muscle-powered electromechanical therapies.
Science Highlights · August 10, 2021
Artists rendering of a synapse
NIH-funded researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have demonstrated the potential of a neuromodulation approach that uses low-intensity ultrasound energy, called transcranial focused ultrasound—or tFUS.
Science Highlights · July 13, 2021
graphic of nanofiber with anti-inflammatory sidechains
Nanofiber-based treatments stimulate the body to mount its own biological attack on immune disorders.
Science Highlights · June 22, 2021
dashboard for design of modular cellular functions
A change of instructions in a computer program directs the computer to execute a different command. Similarly, synthetic biologists are learning the rules for how to direct the activities of human cells.
Science Highlights · June 16, 2021
Microscope image of the SARS-CoV-2 virus on a black background
This study investigates how the nucleocapsid protein, or N protein, of the SARS-CoV-2 virus packages the viral genome.