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Researchers Create Hydrogels to Halt Differentiation in Stem Cells

Researchers Create Hydrogels to Halt Differentiation in Stem Cells

Stem cells are pluripotent, meaning they are capable of becoming any cell type. They have potential to be treatments for diseases such as leukemia, diabetes, and age-related blindness. The challenge is to be able to sustain this versatility until it is needed. [More]
Novel X-ray Method Provides Better Images of Imperfect Crystals of Biomolecules

Novel X-ray Method Provides Better Images of Imperfect Crystals of Biomolecules

Forming the high-quality crystals required for X-ray analysis of the structure of biological molecules is often the most difficult part of taking atomic-resolution images. Using the world's brightest X-ray source, at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, researchers have demonstrated that sharp images are obtainable, even with imperfect crystals. [More]
Engineers Discover Method to Convert Sugar into Biorenewable Nylon

Engineers Discover Method to Convert Sugar into Biorenewable Nylon

Iowa State University engineers have discovered a method where sugar is efficiently converted into a new type of nylon, by integrating a genetically engineered yeast strain with an electrocatalyst. [More]
Researchers Report Superior Strength of Diatoms

Researchers Report Superior Strength of Diatoms

Diatoms are algae organisms comprising a single cell, and are sized from 30 to 100 millionths of a meter in diameter. They are scattered all-over the oceans, and have a hard shell made of silica. This shell resembles a flattened and wide cylinder like that of a tambourine. [More]
Putnam’s New Super-Tri Tubing Technology Can Significantly Increase Tensile and Burst Strength, Reduce Elongation

Putnam’s New Super-Tri Tubing Technology Can Significantly Increase Tensile and Burst Strength, Reduce Elongation

Putnam Plastics Corporation, a leader in advanced extrusions and components for minimally invasive medical devices, has developed an advanced tri-layer tubing technology that significantly improves tensile and burst strength, while reducing elongation. Super-Tri™ tubing is made with a proprietary extrusion process and aids in the prevention of wire lock-up in catheters where guidewires are used. [More]
Cyfuse Biomedical’s 3D Bioprinter and Cell Applications’ Primary Cells Help Make Scaffold-Free 3D Tissues

Cyfuse Biomedical’s 3D Bioprinter and Cell Applications’ Primary Cells Help Make Scaffold-Free 3D Tissues

Advanced tissue-engineering services now exist in North America, according to Cell Applications, Inc. and Cyfuse Biomedical K.K. These services have been made available due to the development of a novel three-dimensional (3D) bioprinting method known as the “Kenzan Method.” [More]
Block Copolymer Hydrogel Prevents Damage to Red Blood Cells

Block Copolymer Hydrogel Prevents Damage to Red Blood Cells

Scientists have developed a new approach for the long-term storage of biological tissue and blood samples making blood transfusions easier. [More]
Stanford Engineer Uses Gecko-Inspired Adhesive to Climb Like Spider-Man

Stanford Engineer Uses Gecko-Inspired Adhesive to Climb Like Spider-Man

In a recent episode of The Late Show, Stephen Colbert commented on a discovery made by zoologists from the University of Cambridge that Spider-Man probably couldn't climb walls. After intensive research, the zoologists found that natural adhesives scale in a way that geckos are the largest animals that can stick to walls and climb vertical surfaces. [More]
Northwestern University Researchers Develop Completely New Hybrid Polymer

Northwestern University Researchers Develop Completely New Hybrid Polymer

Envisage a polymer that has removable parts and can be environment-friendly, and then can be chemically recreated to function again; alternatively, a polymer that is capable of lifting weights, and expanding and contracting, similar to muscles. [More]
Novel Biodegradable Material with Built-in Vitamin A Holds Potential to Prevent Scarring

Novel Biodegradable Material with Built-in Vitamin A Holds Potential to Prevent Scarring

A team of researchers from Northwestern University have created a new biodegradable material integrated with vitamin A, which has the ability to prevent scarring in blood vessels. [More]