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New material opens possibilities for super-long-acting pills

A pH-responsive polymer gel could create swallowable devices, including capsules for ultra-long drug delivery. ...

UCLA researchers create smartphone-based device that reads medical diagnostic tests quickly and accurately

The new ELISA platform is created with a 3D printer and attaches to a smartphone. ...

Penn Scientists Find That Flow Means "Go" for Proper Lymph System Development

Findings in mice hint at new approaches for treating lymphedema, other chronic lymphatic disorders ... Full story

Increased Protein Turnover Contributes to the Development of Pulmonary Fibrosis

Neuherberg - Scientists of the Comprehensive Pneumology Center (CPC) at the Helmholtz Zentrum München have identified a new mechanism which contributes to the development of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). ... Full story

High-Throughput Approach to Select Subpopulations of Multipotent Cells for Regenerative Medicine

New Rochelle, NY —Rapid, large-scale screening to characterize the different subpopulations of multipotent cells that can be derived from fat tissue is an effective strategy to identify and select for specific cell types that would be advantageous for particular therapeutic applications in regenerative medicine and tissue engineering. The use of flow cytometry to determine the expression of a defined set of markers on the surface of human adipose-derived stromal cells (hASCs) is described in an article in Tissue Engineering, Part A, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. The article is available free on the Tissue Engineering website until August 23, 2015. ... Full story

Changing channels: Findings illuminate animal evolution in protein function

Virginia Commonwealth University and University of Richmond researchers recently teamed up to explore the inner workings of cells and shed light on the 400–600 million years of evolution between humans and early animals such as sponges. ... Full story

Molecule Boosts Blood-Forming Stem Cells

Seeking New Ways to Improve Success of Bone Marrow Transplants ... Full story

Scientists determine structure of important drug target using groundbreaking approach

Grand Rapids, Mich — Using the brightest X-ray laser in the world, scientists have determined the structure of a molecular complex that is responsible for regulating vital physiological functions, and that serves as a major pharmacological drug target. ... Full story

New antibody specificity portal bolsters biomedical research reliability

UNC’s Brian Strahl and Van Andel Research Institute’s Scott Rothbart create a robust online interactive database to address science’s ‘antibody crisis’. ... Full story

TOPLESS plants provide clues to human

Grand Rapids, Mich. — Scientists at Van Andel Research Institute (VARI) have revealed an important molecular mechanism in plants that has significant similarities to certain signaling mechanisms in humans, which are closely linked to early embryonic development and to diseases such as cancer. ... Full story

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