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Breaking Through (The Art of Translation)

Neural Dust

University of California, Berkeley engineers have built a tiny, wireless sensor - dubbed neural dust - that can be implanted in the body. Once implanted, the battery-less sensor is powered (and the data read out) by ultrasound.

Credit: Ryan Neely

Neural Dust in vivo

The tiny sensor, attached to a rat nerve fiber.

Credit: Ryan Neely

Cancer Force Field

The Singapore–MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) has designed microfluidic devices to help scientists identify safe ranges of electric fields that might be used to noninvasively treat cancer.

Credit: SMART

Printing Bone

Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine caused a stir earlier this year by unveiling a 3D printer capable of printing living tissues – in this case a segment of jaw bone.

Credit: Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine

Taking Stem Cells to Heart 

Cardiomyocytes differentiated from iPSCs – derived from human amniotic fluid cells using Sendai Virus encoding for OSKM. The cardiomyocytes were stained at differentiation day 38 with MLC2v (green), A4.95 antibody (red), and Dapi (blue).

Credit: Guihua Jiang, Todd J. Herron, Shaun M. Kunisaki, Department of Surgery, University of Michigan

Nanoscale Medicine

Researchers at the Northwestern University Center of Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence (NU-CCNE) are developing gold and silver nanostructures for use in various biomedical applications. This stack of gold nanocubes with concave surfaces could be used for cancer detection.

Credit: National Cancer Institute

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