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Biomedical Engineering

Synthetic Membranes that Grow Like Living Cells

June 24, 2015
This week, a group of chemists and biologists working at the University of California San Diego announced that they have designed and synthesized an artificial cell membrane...

Creating an Internet for Genomic Information

December 24, 2014
A group called the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (known as the Global Alliance ) wants to maximize the use of genetic data by creating a responsible way to share it with...

Skin Cream that Repairs DNA

July 13, 2012
The cosmetics industry has long touted creams that miraculously penetrate the skin to renew and invigorate, but generally speaking, the skin is a rather tough barrier that resists...

Immune Cells Engineered to Resist HIV

January 23, 2013
Researchers at Stanford have devised a new way of engineering key cells of the immune system to resist HIV, according to a report issued yesterday by the university.

Pharma Turns to Gut for New Drugs

January 25, 2016
The past few years have been full of stories about how a number of serious conditions could be treated or cured by introducing certain bacteria to the digestive system. Now, a...

Printing A Human Kidney

December 27, 2011
Atala, whose team developed the first lab-grown organ, explains how his lab's 3-D printing technology is used to create human organs. In addition to the bladder that was...

Human Platelets Generated in Vitro

July 23, 2014
Researchers have successfully created a bioreactor that generates human platelets in vitro, potentially addressing blood transfusion needs worldwide.

Polymer Nanotubes that Resemble Nerve Structures

August 26, 2015
Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have created linkages of polymer nanotubes that resemble the structure of a nerve and are capable of transmitting electrical impulses...

Graphene Shows Potential as Bone Implant Material

September 6, 2016
Research suggests that flakes of graphene welded together into solid materials may have potential for use as bone implants. The team of researchers behind the discovery used spark...

Electric Fields Interrupt Cancer Cell Division

March 8, 2012
Surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation are the best known methods for treating cancer, but in this TEDTalk (see video at right), Bill Doyle discusses a new methodology: tumor...

Advanced X-Ray Jump Starts Drug Design

January 24, 2012
The anti-cancer drug Zelboraf (vemurafenib) recently received FDA approval, but it was front page news when the drug, designed to disrupt malignant melanoma, was so successful...

Possible Path to Vaccine for Flesh-Eating Bacteria

September 7, 2016
It sounds like something straight out of a science fiction movie: bacteria that feeds on human flesh. But the highly infection bacteria know has group A Streptococcu s is capable...

First-Ever DNA Sequencing Reference Tool Released

May 26, 2015
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has release the world’s first “yardstick” to help ensure the accuracy of human DNA sequencing. The new tool, known as...

First the Google Glass, and Now Google Contacts?

January 21, 2014
Unlike the Google Glass, Google's contact lens should not be scary to anyone. Developed as a blood glucose monitoring device, millions of diabetics could benefit from the lens.

Robots Help Assemble Anti-Microbial Compounds

June 3, 2015
Just last week we wrote about antibiotic resistance and new rapid testing , and this week comes more promising news about the development of new antimicrobial compounds. A story...

Engineering and Health Care

Archived Webinar
May 16, 2011
Dr. Langer discusses the involvement of engineering in health care, from the discovery of the first angiogenesis inhibitors to the development of...

Engineering Organs: Heart and Esophagus

December
2007
SBE Special Section
Buddy D. Ratner
The potential for tissue engineering to transform the practice of medicine is enormous. Chemical engineers will play important roles in this revolution.

Developing a Strategy for Constructing Modular Biosensors

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Monday, November 9, 2015 - 12:30pm-3:00pm
The rapidly increasing toolbox of synthetic biology has allowed numerous advances in the engineering of metabolic pathways. One tool that is largely...

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