Overcharged cell process clears dangerous ALS ‘junk’

Researchers have discovered that a suprising cell process clears out potentially deadly aggregates related to ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Mikayla Mace-Arizona | Feb. 13, 2020 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine als cells

A little heat can fix cracks in perovskite films

Perovskites are in line to replace pricey silicon solar cells, but they break easily. Good news: a little heat can completely heal cracks.

Kevin Stacey-Brown | Feb. 12, 2020 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment science-and-technology materials-science renewable-energy solar-cells

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

Marrow cells switch jobs to repair injured bones

Scientists thought bone healing was the domain of skeletal stem cells, but another kind of cell steps up after an injury, research in mice shows.

Laura Bailey-Michigan | Jan. 31, 2020 | futurity
~2 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine bones fractures injuries stem-cells

1 number could make the hunt for cancer cells easier

A method for counting a cell's RNA-producing genes could help scientists track down some of the most dangerous cancer cells.

Stanford | Jan. 29, 2020 | futurity
~7 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine breast-cancer cancer genes rna stem-cells

Nanoparticle eats away at plaque in arteries

A new nanoparticle can seek out plaques that cause heart attacks and eat them from the inside out. The discovery could lead to new atherosclerosis treatment.

Layne Cameron-Michigan State | Jan. 28, 2020 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine blood-vessels cells drug-delivery heart-attacks hearts nanotechnology

Smart molecule can seek-and-destroy glioblastoma

A new molecule, which patients could take orally, both attacks glioblastoma and destroys its defenses, which keeps the brain cancer from repairing itself.

Fabienne Landry-McGill | Jan. 14, 2020 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine brains cancer glioblastomas stem-cells

Can molecular ‘doormen’ pave way for new obesity treatments?

"The commander of this doorman makes it easier for nutrients to get in, but harder for lipids to get out."

Bill Hathaway-Yale | Jan. 10, 2020 | futurity
~2 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine calories fat-cells lipids obesity

Diabetes drug could treat recurrent miscarriage

A diabetes drug shows promise for treating recurrent miscarriages. The medication, sitagliptin, increases the number of stem cells in the uterus.

Peter Thorley-Warwick | Jan. 9, 2020 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine medications miscarriage pregnancy stem-cells

How a few tweaks revived near-dead solar tech

Researchers had all but given up on emerging organic solar cell technology, but chemical tweaks brought them back from the brink. Here's how it worked.

Ben Brumfield-Georgia Tech | Dec. 30, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment science-and-technology materials-science renewable-energy solar-cells

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