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New 'molecular computers' find the right cells

A laboratory breakthrough in cell targeting may improve the safety of cancer-killing CAR T cells

26-Aug-2020

Scientists have demonstrated a new way to precisely target cells by distinguishing them from neighboring cells that look quite similar. Even cells that become cancerous may differ from their healthy neighbors in only a few subtle ways. A central challenge in the treatment of cancer and many other ...

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Classifying Alzheimer's patients in 6 subgroups

"Alzheimer's, like breast cancer, is not one disease" - Shubhabrata Mukherjee

06-Dec-2018

Researchers studying Alzheimer's disease have created an approach to classify patients with Alzheimer's disease, a finding that may open the door for personalized treatments. "Alzheimer's, like breast cancer, is not one disease," said lead author Shubhabrata Mukherjee, research assistant ...

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Progress toward Personalized Medicine

Microfluidic chip for analysis of single cells

21-Aug-2018

A few little cells that are different from the rest can have a big effect. For example, individual cancer cells may be resistant to a specific chemotherapy—causing a relapse in a patient who would otherwise be cured. In the journal Angewandte Chemie, scientists have now introduced a ...

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Toilet paper sensors

Tissue paper sensors show promise for health care, entertainment, robotics

16-Feb-2018

University of Washington engineers have turned tissue paper – similar to toilet tissue – into a new kind of wearable sensor that can detect a pulse, a blink of an eye and other human movement. The sensor is light, flexible and inexpensive, with potential applications in health care, entertainment ...

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For the first time, scientists catch water molecules passing the proton baton

06-Dec-2016

Water conducts electricity, but the process by which this familiar fluid passes along positive charges has puzzled scientists for decades. But an international team of researchers has finally caught water in the act -- showing how water molecules pass along excess charges and, in the process, ...

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Staph uses nitric oxide enzyme to colonize noses

30-Nov-2016

Staph bacteria colonize nasal passages through a newly discovered function for a primeval biochemical mechanism. The interior of the nose is a prime dwelling place for some forms of staph. More than one-third of the population has a chronic presence of Staphylococcus aureus in their nostrils and ...

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Tiny probe could produce big improvements in batteries and fuel cells

02-Jun-2016

A team of American and Chinese researchers has developed a new tool that could aid in the quest for better batteries and fuel cells. Although battery technology has come a long way since Alessandro Volta first stacked metal discs in a "voltaic pile" to generate electricity, major improvements are ...

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Rare disease patients share info on MyGene2 web tool to assist with gene discovery

04-Mar-2016

A new web tool, MyGene2, will enable patients and their families to join clinicians and scientists in the search for genes underlying rare disorders. The sharing of health information also will improve knowledge about how gene variants influence symptoms and other clinical features of Mendelian ...

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New tabletop detector 'sees' single electrons

Magnet-based setup may help detect the elusive mass of neutrinos

23-Apr-2015

MIT physicists have developed a new tabletop particle detector that is able to identify single electrons in a radioactive gas.As the gas decays and gives off electrons, the detector uses a magnet to trap them in a magnetic bottle. A radio antenna then picks up very weak signals emitted by the ...

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Microneedle patch could replace standard tuberculosis skin test

28-Aug-2013

Each year, millions of people in the United States get a tuberculosis skin test to see if they have the infection that still affects one-third of the world’s population. But the standard diagnostic test is difficult to give, because a hypodermic needle must be inserted at a precise angle and ...

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