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Researchers collaborate on inexpensive DNA sequencing method

Rapid, accurate genetic sequencing soon may be within reach of every doctor's office if recent research from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Columbia University's School of Engineering and Applied Science can be commercialized effectively. The team has demonstrated a potentially low-cost, reliable way to obtain the complete DNA sequences of any individual using a sort of molecular ticker-tape reader, potentially enabling easy detection of disease markers in a patient's DNA.

Posted: Oct 3rd, 2012

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Nanotechnology against aging

A team of Spanish scientists has developed an intelligent nanodevice that lays the foundations for the future development of new therapies against aging. The device consists of nanoparticles that can selectively release drugs in aged human cells.

Posted: Oct 3rd, 2012

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EU Commission adopts the Communication on the Second Regulatory Review on Nanomaterials

On October 3, 2012, the Commission adopted the Communication on the Second Regulatory Review on Nanomaterials. It describes the Commission's plans to improve EU law and its application to ensure their safe use and is accompanied by a Staff Working Paper on nanomaterial types and uses, including safety aspects, which gives a detailed overview of available information on nanomaterials on the market, including their benefits and risks.

Posted: Oct 3rd, 2012

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Repairing bones with nanomaterials

The EU-funded ' Intelligent nanocomposite for bone tissue repair and regeneration' (Nanobiocom) project succeeded in developing a new intelligent material to satisfy the challenges presented by reconstruction of large defects.

Posted: Oct 2nd, 2012

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Novel DNA architecture for nanotechnology

Nanoscientists are looking into the opportunity of using DNA molecules in self-assembling and self-directing processes at the nano-scale level. For this purpose, they are investigating the construction of novel base-pairs and the ability of DNA molecules to transport electrons over long distances through the oxidation of guanines.

Posted: Oct 2nd, 2012

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Researchers find ordered atoms in glass materials

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory have discovered the underlying order in metallic glasses, which may hold the key to the ability to create new high-tech alloys with specific properties.

Posted: Oct 2nd, 2012

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Light at atomic dimensions

Physicists of the University of Würzburg have succeeded in concentrating light in an inconceivably small area. They took advantage of an effect that also occurs when coffee is spilled.

Posted: Oct 2nd, 2012

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Unforgeable quantum credit cards in sight

A team of physicists at Max-Planck-Institute of Quantum Optics, Harvard University, and California Institute of Technology develops a scheme for noise tolerant and yet safely encrypted quantum tokens.

Posted: Oct 2nd, 2012

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MRI images transplanted islet cells with help of positively charged nanoparticles

In a study to investigate the detection by MRI of six kinds of positively-charged magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles designed to help monitor transplanted islet cells, a team of Japanese researchers found that the charged nanoparticles they developed transduced into cells and could be visualized by MRI while three kinds of commercially available nanoparticles used for controls could not.

Posted: Oct 1st, 2012

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