Virtual reality tool developed to untangle genes

Researchers from Oxford have been using virtual reality software to compile genetic data to create models which explain how genes are controlled within their natural chromosomal environments. The team from the MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine (WIMM) have been working in collaboration with physicists from Universita’ di Napoli and software developers and artists at … Continue reading “Virtual reality tool developed to untangle genes”

New Microchip Technology Could Be Used to Track Smart Pills

Researchers at Caltech have developed a prototype miniature medical device that could ultimately be used in “smart pills” to diagnose and treat diseases. A key to the new technology—and what makes it unique among other microscale medical devices—is that its location can be precisely identified within the body, something that proved challenging before. “The dream … Continue reading “New Microchip Technology Could Be Used to Track Smart Pills”

MasSpec Pen Accurately Identifies Cancer in Seconds

A team of scientists and engineers at The University of Texas at Austin has invented a powerful tool that rapidly and accurately identifies cancerous tissue during surgery, delivering results in about 10 seconds—more than 150 times as fast as existing technology. The MasSpec Pen is an innovative handheld instrument that gives surgeons precise diagnostic information … Continue reading “MasSpec Pen Accurately Identifies Cancer in Seconds”

New App Replaces Ultrasound with Smartphone Camera to Measure Heart Health

Effectiveness of the app, which measures pressure waveforms of blood flow through the cardiovascular system, demonstrated in clinical trials In a proof-of-concept clinical trial, engineers at Caltech, Huntington Medical Research Institute, and USC have demonstrated that the camera on your smartphone can noninvasively provide detailed information about your heart’s health. What used to require a … Continue reading “New App Replaces Ultrasound with Smartphone Camera to Measure Heart Health”

Robotic system monitors specific neurons

Recording electrical signals from inside a neuron in the living brain can reveal a great deal of information about that neuron’s function and how it coordinates with other cells in the brain. However, performing this kind of recording is extremely difficult, so only a handful of neuroscience labs around the world do it. To make … Continue reading “Robotic system monitors specific neurons”