Biomedical technology

Artificial muscles made of proteins

Dr. Stefan Schiller and Dr. Matthias Huber from the University of Freiburg's livMatS Cluster of Excellence have succeeded in developing a muscle solely on the basis of natural proteins. The autonomous contractions of the ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Wearable air sampler assesses personal exposure to SARS-CoV-2

Masks, social distancing, proper hygiene and ventilation can help reduce the transmission of COVID-19 in public places, but even with these measures, scientists have detected airborne SARS-CoV-2 in indoor settings. Now, researchers ...

Biomedical technology

Building a better lab dipstick test

Lateral flow assays (LFAs, often called "dipsticks") have been a standard point-of-care testing platform for decades, and keep growing in popularity, especially in developing countries. These disposable, paper-based diagnostic ...

Medical research

Speeding up clinical trials by making drug production local

The Boston area has long been home to innovation that leads to impactful new drugs. But manufacturing those drugs for clinical trials often involves international partners and supply chains. The vulnerabilities of that system ...

Medical research

Shelf-stable vaccines avoid waste, expand access

More than 50% of all vaccines are wasted due to errors in transportation or storage, according to the World Health Organization. A research team led by Northwestern and Cornell universities has developed a new manufacturing ...

Health

Beating the bulge with a nice cup of tea

Does losing weight while you sleep sound too good to be true? According to a study by the University of Tsukuba, it seems that drinking oolong tea might help you do just that.

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