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Infographic: A Brain Implant Stops Tumor Growth in Rats
The new, implantable device converts ultrasound waves into electrical energy inside the brain, interfering with tumor cell division.
Infographic: A Brain Implant Stops Tumor Growth in Rats
Infographic: A Brain Implant Stops Tumor Growth in Rats

The new, implantable device converts ultrasound waves into electrical energy inside the brain, interfering with tumor cell division.

The new, implantable device converts ultrasound waves into electrical energy inside the brain, interfering with tumor cell division.

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Render of cancer cells
Implantable Device Zaps Cancer Cells Using Electric Fields
Holly Barker | Dec 12, 2022 | 3 min read
A wireless brain implant inhibits tumor growth in rats, overcoming many design flaws of current devices used to treat glioblastoma.
A portrait shot of Beryl Benacerraf, who wears a black shirt and gold necklace and smiles into the camera, on a bluish gray background.
Obstetrics “Giant” Beryl Benacerraf Dies at 73
Katherine Irving | Oct 26, 2022 | 2 min read
Benacerraf pioneered the use of ultrasound to diagnose fetal syndromes.
An adhesive patch designed by researchers at MIT on a blue background
Small Wearable Patch Performs Continuous Ultrasound
Catherine Offord | Jul 29, 2022 | 2 min read
A device designed by researchers at MIT can image the wearer’s internal organs for up to 48 hours, even as that person exercises, so long as they stay wired up to imaging equipment.
Histological stain of motor neurons in purple and green
Researchers Use Ultrasound to Control Neurons in Mice
Natalia Mesa, PhD | Feb 9, 2022 | 4 min read
A study shows “sonogenetics” could be a useful new tool in neuroscience and other fields.
brain scan showing uptake of tratuzumab into tumor (arrow)
Sound Waves Aid Brain Tumor Treatment
Ruth Williams | Oct 13, 2021 | 3 min read
In a small clinical study, focusing ultrasound beams on tumors in patients’ brains helped open the blood-brain barrier to facilitate drug delivery.
an illustration of a person's head with the thalamus highlighted
Brain Stimulation Tested to Awaken Coma Patients
Shawna Williams | Feb 5, 2021 | 4 min read
Two out of three people who received noninvasive ultrasound appear to have gained some level of consciousness, according to preliminary trial results.
Ecuadorian Cactus Absorbs Ultrasound, Enticing Bats to Flowers
Emily Makowski | Jan 17, 2020 | 4 min read
Many plants reflect ultrasonic waves, thereby attracting the pollinators, but one cactus takes a different approach.
Image of the Day: It’s a Shark!
Carolyn Wilke | Jan 8, 2019 | 1 min read
A newly developed underwater ultrasound reveals a fetal shark swimming between the two uteri of its mother.
Image of the Day: Whale Shark Sonogram
Ashley Yeager | Nov 2, 2018 | 1 min read
Scuba diving alongside the fish, scientists used ultrasound equipment to image females’ reproductive organs.
Ultrasound Opens Blood-Brain Barrier in Alzheimer’s Patients
Ashley Yeager | Jul 26, 2018 | 2 min read
A Phase 1 clinical trial shows the noninvasive technique is safe and could aid in the delivery treatments to the brain.
A Noninvasive Way to Control Individual Brain Regions
Catherine Offord | Jul 13, 2018 | 2 min read
Researchers use a combination of ultrasound waves, genetic engineering, and synthetic drugs to switch specific neurons on and off in mice.
Ultrasound Fires Up the Auditory Cortex—Even Though Animals Can’t Hear It
Abby Olena, PhD | May 24, 2018 | 4 min read
Researchers have been using ultrasound to control brain activity, but studies in mice and guinea pigs show it also stimulates the auditory system, presenting a confounder for direct neural stimulation.
Getting Drugs Past the Blood-Brain Barrier
Amanda B. Keener | Nov 1, 2017 | 10+ min read
To treat neurological disease, researchers develop techniques to bypass or trick the guardian of the central nervous system.
Infographic: Breaking into the Brain
Amanda B. Keener | Oct 31, 2017 | 2 min read
The blood-brain barrier is a collection of specialized cells and proteins that control the movement of molecules from the blood to the central nervous system.
Bubbles for Broken Bones
Ruth Williams | Sep 1, 2017 | 3 min read
Ultrasound-stimulated microbubbles enable gene delivery to fix fractures.
Infographic: Ultrasound-Stimulated Microbubbles Fix Fractures
Ruth Williams | Aug 31, 2017 | 1 min read
The new technique helped pig tibias heal in just eight weeks.
Zika and Birth Defects
Catherine Offord | Mar 8, 2016 | 2 min read
A study provides stronger evidence for the causal link between Zika infection and microcephaly, and warns of a host of other birth defects associated with the virus.
Stimulating Neurons with Sound
Kate Yandell | Sep 15, 2015 | 3 min read
Researchers present sonogenetics, a technique to activate select Caenorhabditis elegans neurons with ultrasound waves.
Mums Tell Dads to Care
Dan Cossins | Jan 8, 2013 | 3 min read
Mouse mothers emit ultrasound vocalizations and odor cues to stimulate otherwise uninterested fathers to provide parental care to their pups.
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