Growing organoids uncovers how cells become organs

Tiny sensors are embedded into stretchable, integrated mesh that grows with the developing tissue, allowing scientists to track how cells grow into organs.

Leah Burrows | Aug. 16, 2019 | harvard
~3 mins   

Tags: science-technology basic-research charles-m-lieber cyborg-organoids jia-liu john-a-paulson-school-of-engineering-and-applied-sciences leah-burrows nano-letters organoids

CRISPR can now edit multiple genes at once

With a new refinement, researchers can use the CRISPR method to edit multiple genes at once, rather than just a few at a time.

ETH Zurich | Aug. 14, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine genes genetic-engineering


Nature beat engineers to ‘control theory’ by millions of years

Principles that engineers developed only 150 years ago first evolved in biological circuitry that controls cell growth.

U. Arizona | Aug. 13, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology cells engineering evolution

Probiotic hydrogels heal gut wounds other bandages can’t reach

Harvard researchers have developed hydrogels that can be produced from bacterial cultures and applied to intestinal surfaces for faster wound healing.

Benjamin Boettner | Aug. 12, 2019 | harvard
~8 mins   

Tags: health-medicine bacterial-hydrogels curli-nanofibers e-coli gut harvard-john-a-paulson-school-of-engineering-and-applied-sciences mucoadhesive-nanofibers seas wyss-institute-for-biologically-inspired-engineering-at-harvard-university

Tissue model reveals role of blood-brain barrier in Alzheimer’s

Study finds that Alzheimer’s damage allows toxins to enter the brain, further harming neurons.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | Aug. 12, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

Tags: research biological-engineering mechanical-engineering school-of-engineering medicine health-sciences-and-technology alzheimers disease

New type of electrolyte could enhance supercapacitor performance

Novel class of “ionic liquids” may store more energy than conventional electrolytes — with less risk of catching fire.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office | Aug. 12, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

Tags: research chemical-engineering school-of-engineering energy-storage renewable-energy batteries mit-energy-initiative

A single-photon source you can make at home

Shining light through household bleach creates fluorescent quantum defects in carbon nanotubes for quantum computing and biomedical imaging.

Daniel Darling | Department of Biological Engineering | Aug. 9, 2019 | mit
~5 mins   

Tags: quantum-computing biological-engineering koch-institute school-of-engineering research nanoscience-and-nanotechnology carbon-nanotubes cancer medicine

Guided by AI, robotic platform automates molecule manufacture

New system could free bench chemists from time-consuming tasks, may help inspire new molecules.

Becky Ham | MIT News correspondent | Aug. 8, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: research chemistry chemical-engineering school-of-science school-of-engineering drug-development artificial-intelligence pharmaceuticals defense-advanced-research-projects-agency-darpa


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