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A cell phone–based microscope can identify mutations in tumor tissue and image products of DNA sequencing reactions.

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Next Generation: Biocompatible Microdevices

By | January 6, 2017

A new fabrication strategy enables scientists to manufacture fully biocompatible, implantable medical devices. 

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Next Generation: Toward Synthetic Neural Tissue

By | April 1, 2016

Scientists produce a tissue-like material containing hundreds of light-activated compartments that transmits an electrical signal when illuminated.

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Next Generation: Designer Cells Treat Psoriasis

By | December 16, 2015

Engineered cells detect early biomarkers of a psoriasis flare-up in mice and release compounds to soothe or prevent the skin reaction.

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Next Generation: Nano Sunblock

By | September 28, 2015

A new nanoparticle-based sunblock is effective, long-lasting, and may eliminate absorption of potentially harmful chemicals into the skin and bloodstream, a mouse study shows.

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Next Generation: Smart Insulin Patch

By | June 22, 2015

A microneedle patch automatically releases insulin in response to high glucose levels.

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Next Generation: Precision Blood Rinsing

By | November 25, 2014

A microfluidic device can safely remove glycerol from thawed red blood cells in minutes, potentially making frozen blood more feasible for routine transfusions.

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image: Next Generation: Freeze-Dried Gene Networks

Next Generation: Freeze-Dried Gene Networks

By | October 23, 2014

Researchers devise a way to preserve bits of paper containing synthetic gene networks, which can be easily stored and widely distributed. Rehydrated, transcription and translation “come to life.”

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Next Generation: Fat-Targeted Gene Knockdown

By | October 5, 2014

A small peptide helps a silencing construct home in on the adipocytes of obese mice.

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Next Generation: Blood-Cleansing Device

By | September 14, 2014

An external device that mimics the structure of a spleen can cleanse the blood of rats with acute sepsis, ridding the fluid of pathogens and toxins.

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