life sciences and healthcare News

Stanford researchers genetically engineer yeast to produce opioids

Thursday, August 13, 2015

It typically takes a year to produce hydrocodone from plants, but Christina Smolke and colleagues have genetically modified yeast to make it in just a few days. The technique could improve access to medicines in impoverished nations, and later be used to develop treatments for other diseases.

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NIST workshop at Stanford mulls ‘weights and measures’ for biotechnology

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Researchers from academia, industry and government launch effort to define standards for using bits and pieces of molecular biomachinery to create things such as vaccines, drugs and biosensors.

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Beth Pruitt elected a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Friday, April 10, 2015

In an interdisciplinary blend of engineering and medicine, Pruitt seeks to detect and measure the minute forces generated by living cells.

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Stanford team invents sensor that uses radio waves to detect subtle changes in pressure

Friday, October 10, 2014

Device is used to monitor brain pressure in lab mice as prelude to possible use with human patients; future applications of this pressure-sensing technology could lead to touch-sensitive “skin” for prosthetic devices.

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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 take a step toward developing a ‘universal’ flu vaccine

Monday, December 16, 2013

Stanford engineers are working to create a flu vaccine that could be produced more quickly and offer broader protection than what is available today.

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Stanford Bioengineering Assistant Professor Honored by White House

Monday, June 17, 2013

Drew Endy named an Open Science Champion of Change.

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Getting CLARITY: Hydrogel process developed at Stanford creates transparent brain

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Stanford bioengineers have transformed an intact, post-mortem mouse brain into a transparent three-dimensional structure that keeps all the fine wiring and molecular structures in place. Known as CLARITY, the technique stands to transform our understanding of the brain and indeed of any biological tissue.

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President Obama's new $100 million brain research initiative taps several Stanford scientists

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

The Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) project, which calls for initial federal funding of $100 million, will make use of several innovative technologies invented by Stanford scientists.

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Biological transistor enables computing within living cells

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

A team of Stanford University bioengineers has taken computing beyond mechanics and electronics into the living realm of biology. They have developed a biological transistor made from genetic material — DNA and RNA. The team calls its invention the “transcriptor.”

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A high-resolution endoscope as thin as a human hair

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Engineers at Stanford have developed a prototype single-fiber endoscope that improves the resolution of these much-sought-after instruments fourfold over existing designs. The advance could lead to an era of needle-thin, minimally invasive endoscopes able to view features out of reach of today’s instruments.

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Stanford scientist joins call for major brain research project

Monday, March 11, 2013

Stanford Professor Karl Deisseroth joins a super-team of scientists to propose the Brain Activity map, a collaborative initiative akin to the Human Genome Project, to better understand how the brain works.

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Fellowship student Paurakh Rajbhandary advancing medical imaging

Monday, February 4, 2013

Paurakh Rajbhandary, the Brion Founders Graduate Fellow in the School of Engineering, discusses how he is using his fellowship to study medical imaging.

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Graduate Fellow Christy Amwake tackles debilitating diseases

Monday, February 4, 2013

Christy Amwake, the Magda Hammam Fellow in the School of Engineering, discusses how her fellowship has freed her to study cures for debilitating diseases.

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The 30-year story behind one cancer drug

Monday, January 14, 2013

Vismodegib—also know by its brand name Erivedge—is the first class of drugs that treats inoperable basal cell carcinomas by inhibiting one of the key regulators in human development: the hedgehog molecular signaling pathway. Bioengineer Matthew Scott was a key player in the history of hedgehog gene research.

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Stanford researchers develop acrobatic space rovers to explore moons and asteroids

Sunday, December 30, 2012

An autonomous system for exploring the solar system's smaller members, such as moons and asteroids, could bring us closer to a human mission to Mars.

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Summer in Shanghai

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Michael Si spent a memorable summer in Shanghai with Stanford's China Internship Program developing new skills and making new friends.

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Bioengineers induce, relieve depression symptoms in mice using light

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Researchers at Stanford have pinpointed well-defined types of neurons within a specific brain region to directly tie them to the control of several symptoms of major depressive illness. Using optogenetics they can turn the symptoms on and off using light. The findings provided a much more detailed understanding of the brain circuitry of depression and could lead to concepts that help people suffering from depression.

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Team awarded grant to develop clean drinking water technology

Friday, December 7, 2012

Stanford undergraduate students receive prestigious federal recognition.

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Optogenetics illuminates pathways of motivation through brain, study shows

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Researchers Karl Deisseroth and Melissa Warden led a team that used optogenetics to identify the pathways in our brains that prompt us to act. Their findings could help explain how these pathways become dysfunctional in people suffering from major depression.

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A leap forward in brain-controlled computer cursors

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Stanford researchers have designed the fastest, most accurate algorithm yet for brain-implantable prosthetic systems that can help disabled people maneuver computer cursors with their thoughts. The algorithm’s speed, accuracy and natural movement approach those of a real arm, doubling performance of existing algorithms.

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Researchers develop light-based 'remote control' for proteins inside cells

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Scientists at Stanford have developed an intracellular remote control: a simple way to activate and track proteins, the busiest of cellular machines, using beams of light.

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Bioengineer Prakash wins Gates Foundation global health “Explorations” grant

Thursday, November 1, 2012

The $100,000 award goes to develop and field test an ultra-low-cost paper microscope designed for disease diagnostics.

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Stanford researchers measure impact of football concussions

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Preventing concussions in football requires first knowing what types of hits cause them. Stanford scientists have developed technologies that will help unlock that mystery.

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Identification of microbes in healthy lungs sheds light on cystic fibrosis in new study

Thursday, September 27, 2012

New research from the Stanford School of Medicine and of Engineering and the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital shows that healthy lungs play host to a diverse community of microbes in marked contrast to the bacteria found in the lungs of cystic fibrosis patients. The findings could have wide implications for treatment of cystic fibrosis and other lung diseases.

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