The Foldscope is a fully functional microscope that can be laser- or die-cut out of paper for about 50 cents.
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When humans go into space, the reduced gravity can weaken the heart's ability to pump hard in response to a crisis. Stanford student researchers are developing a simple device to monitor an astronaut's heart function, and have flown in near-zero gravity to show that it works.
The human heart was not meant to pump in space.
Early astronauts in the Apollo program performed every conceivable physical test to ensure that they were each at the pinnacle of human fitness. And yet, when they returned to Earth after just a few days in space, they felt dizzy when standing and tests showed that each beat of their heart pumped less blood than it had before the mission.
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Shedding a light on pain: A technique developed by Stanford bioengineers could lead to new treatments
Stanford researchers have developed mice whose sensitivity to pain can be dialed up or down by shining light on their paws. The research could help scientists understand and eventually treat chronic pain in humans.
The mice in Scott Delp's lab, unlike their human counterparts, can get pain relief from the glow of a yellow light.
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Join us for a Bio-X Poster Session on March 3, 2014.
Posters will be presented by Bio-X Fellows, Travel Awardees, Bio-X Affiliates and Bio-X Interdisciplinary Initiatives Seed Grant Awardees. The Bio-X poster session offers and excellent venue for informal discussion with colleagues from both academia and industry.
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Vanessa Lopez-Pajares, PhD
A LncRNA-transcription factor network regulates epidermal regeneration
Howard Chang, MD, PhD
How stem cells forget
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Our brains have billions of neurons grouped into different regions. These regions often work alone but sometimes must join forces. How do regions communicate selectively?
Stanford researchers may have solved a riddle about the inner workings of the brain, which consists of billions of neurons, organized into many different regions, with each region primarily responsible for different tasks.
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Recording the neural activity of monkeys as they plan to reach, or just react, will help engineers design better brain-controlled prosthetic limbs.
Ready, set, go.
Sometimes that’s how our brains work. When we anticipate a physical act, such as reaching for the keys we noticed on the table, the neurons that control the task adopt a state of readiness, like sprinters bent into a crouch.
Other times, however, our neurons must simply react, such as if someone were to toss us the keys without gesturing first, to prepare us to catch.
How do the neurons in the brain control planned versus unplanned arm movements?
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Stanford BioX fellow Joel Sadler describes how his team designed the JaipurKnee prosthetic, an affordable knee joint for amputees.
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Stanford scientists genetically engineer versions of myosin proteins that transport biological materials in cells to illuminate design features that keep these protein motors on track.
Inside our cells, proteins known as myosins can act as a delivery service for biological materials. To better understand how molecular motors move, Stanford bioengineers have built experimental versions of the proteins, changing the way these transporters get around.
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Bioengineering professor joins an elite group honored by the Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Law Association
Stanford bioengineer Stephen Quake has been named Inventor of the Year by the Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Law Association for discovering ingenious ways to extract information from DNA.
Quake, the Lee Otterson Professor in the Stanford School of Engineering, has pioneered the analysis of DNA fragments that spill out of dead cells. He has devised ways techniques to fish these fragments out of the bloodstream and use them as clues to diagnose a variety of ailments, including cancer.
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