Biomedical engineers developed and demonstrated in lab animals a closed-loop system that monitors and controls delivery of drugs to meet an individual's personalized needs.
A built-in camera and artificial intelligence can improve the speed and grasping ability of a prosthetic hand, as shown in tests with people missing a hand. Test results and a description of the technology developed by engineers at Newcastle University in the U.K. appear in yesterday's issue of the Journal of Neural Engineering.
A cancer research lab designed a process to treat leukemia by reprogramming cells in the immune system with genes on nanoscale biodegradable particles. The team from Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle describes its discovery and tests with lab mice in yesterday’s issue of the journal Nature Nanotechnology.
A bioengineering team from Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology designed simple, inexpensive diagnostics tools to detect infectious diseases, based on Crispr, an emerging genome-editing technology. A report of the technology appears in this week’s issue of the journal Science.
Engineers at Stanford University redesigned a hepatitis virus from the inside out to make it a better vehicle to stimulate the immune system for treating disease. The team had to rewrite the DNA in the genetic material carried in the core of the virus to produce the desired solution. By editing the genetic code sequence in the virus’s core, they were able to assemble a virus particle that would be invisible to the immune system, yet stronger, and still behave like a virus.
Researchers from medical and engineering faculties at five universities in the U.S. developed a technique combining three-dimensional printing with tissue regeneration to grow new peripheral nerves in lab rats. The researchers say the proof-of-concept study advances nerve regeneration technology by customizing the design of a replacement part with computational modeling, as well as integrating biochemical functions into the production of that new part.