Arlington, VA (Scicasts) – Using a simple "drag-and-drop" computer interface and DNA self-assembly techniques, researchers have developed a new approach for drug development that could drastically reduce the time required to create and test medications.
New York, NY (Scicasts) – A large, multi-centre clinical trial led by researchers from Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) shows that a new genetic test resulted in significantly more clinically relevant information than the current standard method of prenatal testing.
Chicago, IL (Scicasts) – Three University of Chicago chemistry professors hope that their separate research trajectories will converge to create a new way of assembling what they call "designer atoms" into materials with a broad array of potentially useful properties and functions.
Baltimore, MD (Scicasts) – Johns Hopkins researchers have used a small synthetic molecule to stimulate cells to move and change shape, bypassing the cells' usual way of sensing and responding to their environment.
Wilmington, DE (Scicasts) – Scientists from the Nemours Center for Childhood Cancer Research and the Materials Science and Engineering Department at the University of Delaware, have reported promising findings about the potential for nanotechnology to deliver chemotherapeutic agents in a way that attacks cancer cells without harming healthy cells.
Houston, TX (Scicasts) – Researchers at Rice University have found a way to kill some diseased cells and treat others in the same sample at the same time. The process activated by a pulse of laser light leaves neighbouring healthy cells untouched.
Boston, MA (Scicasts) – Researchers at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University have created more than 100 three-dimensional (3D) nanostructures using DNA building blocks that function like Lego bricks -- a major advance from the two-dimensional (2D) structures the same team built a few months ago.
Amherst, MA (Scicasts) – Military uniforms of the future may offer a new layer of critical protection to wearers thanks to research by teams at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and several other institutions who are developing a nanotube-based fabric that repels chemical and biological agents.
Cambridge, MA (Scicasts) – Quantum computers are devices ― still largely theoretical ― that could perform certain types of computations much faster than classical computers; one way they might do that is by exploiting “spin,” a property of tiny particles of matter.
Madrid, Spain (Scicasts) – Proteins are molecules that are formed by chains of amino acids and they play a fundamental role in all of life, given that they contain the coded information in genes; they, therefore, carry out numerous functions in an organism: immunological (antibodies), structural (they constitute the majority of cellular material), bioregulating (they form part of enzymes) and a long list of etceteras.
Blacksburg, VA (Scicasts) – According to Ge Wang, director of Virginia Tech's Center for Biomedical Imaging, new combinations of medical imaging technologies hold promise for improved early disease screening, cancer staging, therapeutic assessment, and other aspects of personalized medicine.
Santa Barbara, CA (Scicasts) – Portable, accurate, and highly sensitive devices that sniff out vapours from explosives and other substances could become as commonplace as smoke detectors in public places, thanks to researchers at University of California, Santa Barbara. [Video]
Sydney, Australia (Scicasts) – Researchers from UNSW's Australian Centre for Nanomedicine have developed a nanoparticle that could improve the effectiveness of chemotherapy for neuroblastoma by a factor of five.
Heidelberg, Germany (Scicasts) – Scientists have engineered bacteria that are capable of sacrificing themselves for the good of the bacterial population.
Garching, Germany (Scicasts) – Physicists at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM) and the University of Michigan have shown that synthetic membrane channels can be constructed through "DNA nanotechnology."
St. Louis, MO (Scicasts) – Called BRIGHTs, the tiny probes bind to biomarkers of disease and, when swept by an infrared laser, light up to reveal their location.