Venus-flytrap-like gripper could capture individual cells in the human body
Extinct human cousin gave Tibetans advantage at high elevation
Tibetans were able to adapt to high altitudes thanks to a gene picked up when their ancestors mated with a species of human they helped push to extinction, according to a new report by University of California, ...
Clot-building nanoparticles raise survival rate following blast trauma
A type of artificial platelet being developed to help natural blood platelets form clots faster offers promise for saving the lives of soldiers, as well as victims of car crashes and other severe trauma.
Blood flow lends insights to bird flight and motion
The blood flow to leg bones in birds has been shown to correlate to their locomotion patterns.
Photosensitive version of amiloride allows regulating the function of sodium-specific ion channels with light
The diuretic agent amiloride is used for the treatment of high blood pressure. Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich researchers have now synthesized a photosensitive version, which allows regulating the ...
Magnetically controlled nanoparticles enhance stroke treatment
(Phys.org) —Researchers at the University of Georgia and their collaborators have developed a new technique to enhance stroke treatment that uses magnetically controlled nanomotors to rapidly transport ...
Molecular 'eat now' signal makes cells devour dying neighbors
A team of researchers has devised a Pac-Man-style power pellet that gets normally mild-mannered cells to gobble up their undesirable neighbors. The development may point the way to therapies that enlist patients' ...
Gold shapes up as new-age sensor
(Phys.org) —A wearable pressure sensor that is both highly sensitive and cheap to produce could aid the development of prosthetic skin, touch-on flexible displays and energy harvesting, as well as changing ...
Anti-tank missile detector joins the fight against malaria
(Phys.org) —State-of-the-art military hardware could soon fight malaria, one of the most deadly diseases on the planet.
Team studies immune response of Asian elephants infected with a human disease
Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the organism that causes tuberculosis in humans, also afflicts Asian (and occasionally other) elephants. Diagnosing and treating elephants with TB is a challenge, however, as lit ...
Scientists develop technology to redirect proteins towards specific areas of the genome
The Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO) Macromolecular Crystallography Group has managed to reprogramme the binding of a protein called BuD to DNA in order to redirect it towards specific DNA regions. ...
Polymers that can be fine-tuned for optimal effect could help fight multidrug-resistant infections
The rise of drug-resistant microbes is a major challenge facing medicine. The World Health Organization's 2014 report on global surveillance of antimicrobial resistance warns of the very real possibility ...
New device could improve biomarker analyses
A device proposed by researchers at Sweden's KTH Royal Institute of Technology could offer a more reliable alternative for detecting biomarkers in patients facing such illnesses as cancer or malaria.
Marine life assists forensic efforts
Aquatic organisms can play a role in explaining events surrounding the presence of human remains found in a water environment, according to a University of Western Australia expert.