Artificial Nanoparticles Sniff Out Cancer

Researchers have developed artificial nanoparticles that can help the immune system fight cancer
Researchers have developed artificial nanoparticles that can help the immune system fight cancer

The best way to fight off cancer might be to strengthen the body’s immune system and help it identify and kill tumors. This field of study is known as immunotherapy, and while it’s showing promise it can be quite expensive. Now, researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have developed artificial nanoparticles that should be cheaper and easier to produce.

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Comprehensive Brain Wiring Diagram

The Janelia team's painstaking imaging and mapping processes, combined with Google's incredible computational and deep learning capabilities, has resulted in the first full wiring diagram for the hemibrain of a fruit fly
The Janelia team’s painstaking imaging and mapping processes, combined with Google’s incredible computational and deep learning capabilities, has resulted in the first full wiring diagram for the hemibrain of a fruit fly
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When the Drosophila genome was first sequenced and released some 20 years ago, it kicked off a deluge of genetic research that has borne amazing fruit in recent years. The same is about to happen in the field of connectomics, as a Janelia and Google project has just released the beginnings of a neuron-level wiring diagram for a fruit fly brain.

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New Drug Prevents Cancers from Spreading

A new drug may prevent cancer from spreading through the body
A new drug may prevent cancer from spreading through the body

Fighting cancer can sometimes feel like a game of Whack-A-Mole – even after a primary tumor is removed the disease can crop up again in other organs. Now, researchers at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research have developed a drug that can prevent cancer from spreading. read more

Coronavirus Source May Have Been Found

Early DNA analysis points to snakes being the animal species that harbored the virus responsible for the current coronavirus outbreak before it jumped to humans
Early DNA analysis points to snakes being the animal species that harbored the virus responsible for the current coronavirus outbreak before it jumped to humans

A newly published article in the Journal of Medical Virology is reporting the first results of a genetic study into the DNA of the novel coronavirus currently spreading across the globe. The research suggests the new virus may have originated in snakes, which were known to be sold at the animal market in Wuhan where the outbreak began. read more

Super-Human Cells Deliver Drugs

Researchers have developed a technique that allows red blood cells to be filled with drug molecules and then returned to a body to home in on a specific location
Researchers have developed a technique that allows red blood cells to be filled with drug molecules and then returned to a body to home in on a specific location

Researchers from McMaster University have developed what they are calling “super-human red blood cells.” The technique they’ve developed loads normal red blood cells with synthetic drug molecules to create a powerful hybrid cell designed to deliver drugs to targeted locations in the body. read more

Touch-Sensing Artificial Skin

Researcher Binbin Ying stretches a piece of the AISkin
Researcher Binbin Ying stretches a piece of the AISkin
Daria Perevezentsev

Medicine, soft robotics and wearable electronics are just a few of the fields that could benefit from a new hydrogel that’s applied to the body. The transparent material can sense when it’s being touched, bent, heated, or otherwise manipulated.

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Want to Know how Fat you Really Are?

Each Bello scan takes just three seconds
Each Bello scan takes just three seconds
Bello

Although many people routinely pinch their belly in order to see how fat they’re getting, that’s really only a measure of their subcutaneous “under the skin” fat. The Bello device goes deeper, using light to measure visceral fat. read more

Protein Therapy for Heart Attack Victims

Researchers have found a protein that can improve heart scar tissue in large animals and are looking towards human trials
Researchers have found a protein that can improve heart scar tissue in large animals and are looking towards human trials
Heart disease is the biggest killer in the Western world. A part of the problem is that even if one survives a heart attack, damage to the heart muscle results in the formation of thick scar tissue that can increase the chance of heart failure. Now researchers have found a way to improve the quality of the scar tissue in animal models, resulting in improved heart function following a heart attack.

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New Injectable TB Vaccine

When it comes to preventing TB, IV might be the way to go
When it comes to preventing TB, IV might be the way to go
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Although it’s crucial that people get vaccinated against tuberculosis (TB), the vaccine isn’t always very effective – at least, not when injected through the skin. New research, however, shows that it works much better when delivered directly into a vein. read more

Vaccine for Dementia and Alzheimer’s?

A potential dementia vaccine should move into human trials within the next 18 to 24 months
A potential dementia vaccine should move into human trials within the next 18 to 24 months

A newly published study has described the successful results in mice of a novel vaccine designed to prevent neurodegeneration associated with Alzheimer’s disease. The researchers suggest this “dementia vaccine” is now ready for human trials, and if successful could become the “breakthrough of the next decade.” read more