Tuesday, May 3, 2016

BIOENGINEERING

Regenerating blood vessels gets $2.7 million grant

Biomedical engineers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have received a three-year, $2.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) to advance a pr..

Bacteria use traffic-cop-like mechanism to infect gut

Credit: Shelly Hanks, WSU Photo Services A study has found that a syringe-like device used to invade intestinal cells also acts as a traffic cop — directing bacteria where to go and thereby enabling ..

Fiber optic biosensor-integrated microfluidic chip to detect glucose levels

Credit: Dr. A. P. Zhang and team, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University WASHINGTON – Insulin deficiency and hyperglycemia are two well-known culprits behind diabetes, both of which are reflected in bl..

NEUROSCIENCE

New drug against nerve agents in sight

The nerve agent sarin causes a deadly overstimulation of the nervous system that can be stopped if treated with an antidote within minutes of poisoning. Today, a ground-breaking study has been publish..

Allen Institute releases powerful new data on the aging brain and...

Credit: Allen Institute The Allen Institute for Brain Science has announced major updates to its online resources available at brain-map.org, including a new resource on Aging, Dementia and Traumatic..
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HEALTH

Penn study on fragile X syndrome uses fruitfly’s point of view to identify new...

PHILADELPHIA – Fragile X syndrome (FXS) is the most common genetically inherited cause of intellectual disability in humans. New research shows how the hormone insulin — usually associated with diabet..

The $60 billion question — can we prevent norovirus?

Credit: CDC Each year, norovirus causes over 200,000 deaths and a global economic burden of $60 billion. A highly contagious virus that most people will contract 5 times in their lifetime, the most s..

LJI scientists discover molecular mechanism for generating specific antibody responses

LA JOLLA, CA–Follicular helper T cells (Tfh cells), a rare type of T cells, are indispensable for the maturation of antibody-producing B cells. They promote the proliferation of B cells that produce h..