Applied Sciences

Promising breakthrough in Cystic Fibrosis research: Nebulization of CFTR gene therapy

Mutations in the CFTR protein result in cystic fibrosis. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

For the first time, a non-viral gene therapy in a phase 2 trial has been demonstrated to be advantageous to lung function in people afflicted with cystic fibrosis (1). Normally, people with cystic fibrosis have one or more mutations in the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) gene. These mutations...


Mobile Phone-Based Nanomedicine

The mobile phone-based microscope that Wei and colleagues in the Ozcan Lab at UCLA developed in 2010 was portable, cost-effective, easy to use, had high sample throughput, and could be mass-produced.
Courtesy of the Ozcan Research Group of UCLA Engineering

On March 5, Qingshan Wei, Postdoctoral Scholar in Electrical and Bio-engineering at UCLA, gave a seminar on his research into developing mobile phone-based systems for imaging, sensing, and diagnostics. Although the first compound microscope was invented in 1595, the past three decades have seen rapid advances in imaging technology. However,...


Experiencing 3D without 3D Glasses

An innovative display developed by the young start-up company TriLite Technologies uses lasers to display different pictures at different viewing angles. Images can be sent to the right and the left eye of each viewer individually, allowing 3D effects without the special 3D glasses. TriLite Technologies teamed up with Vienna...


New peptide to treat Alzheimer’s

New peptide to treat Alzheimer’s

A new molecular structure, developed by the University of Washington and other laboratories, could stop the progression of Alzheimer’s and related diseases. Gene Hopping, a research scientist at the University of Washington, and others discovered a peptide that inhibits a type of toxic molecule involved in diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s,...


Blood test shows potential for universal cancer diagnosis

Blood test shows potential for universal cancer diagnosis

A single blood test may act as a simpler and more efficient “universal” cancer diagnosis according to a recent study conducted at the University of Bradford (1). Scientists led by Diana Anderson believe that the lymphocyte genome sensitivity assay (LGS), can accurately detect cancer in patients without the need for...


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