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How 3D Printing Could Save Lives

Posted March 22, 2017 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

In the past decade, engineers at the University of California San Diego have 3D-printed a variety of devices ranging from rocket engines, to robots, to structures inspired by the seahorse's tail. Now, nanoengineers have added a new item to that list: a 3D-printed biomimetic blood vessel network.


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Image Recognition Software Identifies Potential Drugs

Posted January 30, 2017 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

Using artificial intelligence to mine libraries of untested chemical compounds can speed up the search for potentially useful new drugs. This new technique developed by two pharmaceutical chemists in California promises to evaluate compounds much faster and at less cost than current methods.


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Glowing Tumors Help Surgeons Cut Out Brain Cancer

Posted December 22, 2016 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

The fluorescent dye technique, originally developed by surgeons at the Penn Center for Precision Surgery to treat lung cancer, illuminates brain tumors in real time during surgery. This helps physicians distinguish between healthy and cancerous tissue.


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Banking on the Future

Posted February 25, 2016 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

Biobanks are set to grow in the future despite some challenges and public misgivings, according to recent studies. The industry is undergoing a paradigm shift that will create new uses for collected samples and the voluminous data that can be mined. The challenges, reports Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News, include protecting personal health information and patient identities, sample tracking, and building an annotated specimen bank.Growth through 2020 is projected at about 8% CAGR as the industry shifts from simple management of biological data to more strategic uses.


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Tomorrow's Labs Today

Posted January 22, 2016 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

A New Year dawns and laboratories look toward the future, whether floating in space or rooted on Earth. In Germany, academics and business leaders develop tomorrow's interdisciplinarySmartLab concept that combines robotic automation, advanced information technology, human-machine interaction, and improved equipment communication. Other labs incorporate 3D printing technology, new data recording and analysis capabilities such as the Cloud. They face new challenges such as personalized medicine and gene editing techniques, while struggling against a dearth of workers and negative public perceptions. Still, not everything has changed. Edison's lab-of-the-future featured multiple disciplines - chemical processing and machine shop - and workers operated in an open-area, collaborative lab environment.


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