Bioengineering News

Stanford bioengineers discover knob to dial up fitter cells

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

In one experiment bioengineers found that larger genetic mutants fared better, and in a second study they created viable cells using non-standard parts.

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Stanford to host 100-year study on artificial intelligence

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Stanford University will lead a 100-year effort to study the long-term implications of artificial intelligence in all aspects of life.

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Russ Altman named fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Professor of bioengineering, of genetics and of biomedical informatics research, was elected for contributions in the field of bioinformatics.

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Stanford engineers developing miniature wireless device to create better way of studying chronic pain

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

A team of Stanford engineers is creating a small wireless device that will improve studies of chronic pain. The engineers hope to use what they learn to develop better therapies for the condition, which costs the economy $600 billion a year.

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Stanford researchers create 'evolved' protein that may stop cancer from spreading

Friday, September 19, 2014

Experimental therapy stopped the metastasis of breast and ovarian cancers in lab mice, pointing toward a safe and effective alternative to chemotherapy.

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Stanford bioengineers develop a toolkit for designing more successful synthetic molecules

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Synthetic molecules hold great potential for revealing key processes that occur in cells, but the trial-and-error approach to their design has limited their effectiveness. Christina Smolke introduces a computer model that could provide better blueprints for building synthetic genetic tools.

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Optogenetics earns Stanford professor Karl Deisseroth the Keio prize in medicine

Friday, September 12, 2014

An idea that started as a long shot – using light to control the activity of the brain – is now widely used at Stanford and worldwide to understand the brain's wiring and to unravel behavior.

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Stanford scientists reveal complexity in the brain's wiring diagram

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

A Stanford Bio-X team found that the brain's wiring is more complex than expected – one set of neural wires can trigger different reactions, depending on how it fires. The work opens new questions for scientists trying to map the brain's connections.

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Eye implant developed at Stanford could lead to better glaucoma treatments

Monday, August 25, 2014

Reducing internal eye pressure is currently the only way to treat glaucoma. A tiny eye implant developed by Stephen Quake's lab could pair with a smartphone to improve the way doctors measure and reduce a patient's eye pressure.

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Stanford bioengineers close to brewing painkillers without using opium from poppies

Friday, August 22, 2014

A decade-long effort in genetic engineering is close to creating yeast that makes palliative medicines in stainless steel vats.

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Stanford bioengineer named a top innovator by Technology Review

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Manu Prakash honored for 'frugal science' initiatives, creating instruments that make scientific exploration inexpensive.

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Stanford bioengineers create remote-controlled nanoscale protein motors

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

A team led by Assistant Professor Zev Bryant builds molecular motors to further the study of cell function.

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Drew Endy discusses what bioengineers should be vibrating about

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

At TEDx Stanford, the associate professor of bioengineering talks about where genetic engineering should be going.

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Stanford bioengineers make it easier to see inner workings of the brain

Friday, June 20, 2014

Stanford team has improved on technique for peering into the intact brain, making it more reliable and safer. The results could help scientists unravel the inner connections of how thoughts, memories or diseases arise.

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Stanford scientists tie social behavior to activity in specific brain circuit in mice

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The new findings could throw light on psychiatric disorders marked by impaired social interaction such as autism, social anxiety, schizophrenia and depression.

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Stanford bioengineers invent a way to speed up drug discovery

Thursday, June 19, 2014

New technique can be used in living cells to track a key family of proteins that regulate health or cause disease.

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Stanford bioengineers improve on football mouthguard that senses head impacts

Thursday, June 19, 2014

A device developed by Stanford bioengineers could one day provide real-time measurements of the head impacts received by football players. The research could also help characterize the forces applied in more common head traumas, such as car accidents and falls.

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New Stanford blood test identifies heart-transplant rejection earlier than biopsy can

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Noninvasive test detects donor DNA in a recipient's blood when a transplanted heart is being rejected.

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Bioengineering and chemical engineering building at Stanford named for gifts from Ram and Vijay Shriram

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

$61 million in support from university trustee and his wife names the Shriram Center for Bioengineering & Chemical Engineering and endows the departmental chair.

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Shocking Stanford video reveals the surprising truth about cell wall growth

Monday, May 12, 2014

Researchers use new techniques to document how cells can conceal growth, then suddenly swell like raisins into grapes; study is a ‘paradigm shift’ in understanding osmotic shock that may lead to new strategies for fighting bacterial disease.

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Stanford bioengineers study how form and function unite to create the dynamic architecture of life

Friday, May 9, 2014

Studying the proteins that build and maintain cells helps to reveal the molecular underpinnings of disease and health, and suggests new ways to bioengineer organisms for medicinal or industrial tasks.

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Stanford bioengineers develop ‘molecular stethoscope’ that uses RNA to track the dynamics of fetal development and disease

Thursday, May 1, 2014

This new technique, which tracks RNA levels in blood samples, offers more information than DNA analysis. It's like having a video rather than a snapshot to help figure out what the body is doing, and why.

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Three Stanford Engineering professors are elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Daphne Koller, Stephen Quake and Mendel Rosenblum to become members of one of the country's oldest and most prestigious honorary learned societies.

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Stanford team makes switching off brain cells with light as easy as switching them on

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Karl Deisseroth team's improved “off” switch is expected to give researchers a better understanding of the brain circuits involved in behavior, thinking and emotion.

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Stanford scientists create circuit board modeled on the human brain

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Stanford bioengineers have developed faster, more energy-efficient microchips based on the human brain – 9,000 times faster and using significantly less power than a typical PC. This offers greater possibilities for advances in robotics and a new way of understanding the brain. For instance, a chip as fast and efficient as the human brain could drive prosthetic limbs that have the speed and complexity of our own actions.

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