Why C. difficile infection spreads despite increased sanitation practices

Research underscores infection is not a common hospital transmission.

Maria Iacobo | Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering | Feb. 12, 2020 | mit
~4 mins   

Tags: civil-and-environmental-engineering division-of-comparative-medicine medicine disease bacteria biology health microbes research school-of-engineering school-of-science

‘Bio-ink’ could form a scaffold for growing human tissue

A "bio-ink" for 3D-printed materials could serve as scaffolds for growing human tissues to repair or replace damaged ones in the body, say bioengineers.

Todd Bates-Rutgers | Feb. 12, 2020 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine 3d-printing hydrogels tissue-engineering

Lab-made cells outdo animal testing for cancer research

Synthetic cell scaffolds that let scientists test cancer cell growth in different environments could be a way to replace animal testing in cancer research.

Kelley Christensen-Michigan Tech | Feb. 12, 2020 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology cancer cells research tissue-engineering

Bubble-capturing surface helps get rid of foam

Bubbly buildup can hinder many industrial processes, but a new method can reduce or even eliminate it.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office | Feb. 11, 2020 | mit
~6 mins   

Tags: research nanoscience-and-nanotechnology mechanical-engineering school-of-engineering surface-engineering

The story behind the mumps outbreaks of 2016-17

Studying the mumps virus genomes in 2016 and 2017 filled in gaps about how the disease was spreading in Massachusetts and elsewhere in the U.S.

Karen Zusi | Feb. 11, 2020 | harvard
~8 mins   

Tags: science-technology basic-research broad-institute-of-mit-and-harvard engineering pardis-sabeti plos-biology viral-genomics

Grooved scaffolds for live cells could heal injuries

Bioengineers are using grooves to seed sophisticated, 3D-printed tissue-engineering scaffolds with living cells to help heal injuries.

Mike Williams-Rice | Feb. 11, 2020 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine 3d-printing biotechnology tissue-engineering wounds

Simple, solar-powered water desalination

System achieves new level of efficiency in harnessing sunlight to make fresh potable water from seawater.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office | Feb. 6, 2020 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: mechanical-engineering research renewable-energy water solar desalination school-of-engineering

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