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Bringing lab-on-a-chip to a surgery near you

If doctors were able to conduct efficient genetic analysis at the point of care, using inexpensive, portable equipment, it would revolutionise disease detection and treatment. European researchers are close to enabling this revolution.

Posted: Dec 1st, 2008

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Gap Awards to move nanotechnology from the lab to market

Judith Sheft, associate vice president for technology development at NJIT, has been awarded funds from the New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology to assist faculty researchers with the most promising patentable inventions with funding grants of up to $50,000. The money, known as Gap grants, is designed to help bridge the chasm between an interesting idea and a commercial product.

Posted: Dec 1st, 2008

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Scientists induce chirality in pre-biological molecules

The creation of chirality from the elementary building blocks of matter is one of the great mysteries of the origin of life. Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory have discovered a way to induce this handedness in pre-biological molecules.

Posted: Nov 29th, 2008

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Soft-matter nanotechnology to create artificial life forms

Owe Orwar, Professor of Physical Chemistry at Chalmers, has received a SEK 25 million (approximately $3 million) research grant from the European Research Council for a nanoscience program entitled 'Soft-Matter Nanotechnology to Create Artificial Life Forms'.

Posted: Nov 29th, 2008

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The 2008 Alberta Nanotech Showcase opened

The two-day event brings together Alberta's small-tech researchers, companies and special-purpose agencies and organizations, to share and exchange timely information on their work, their businesses, special programs and initiatives, challenges and opportunities.

Posted: Nov 28th, 2008

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Food safety implications of nanotechnology on agenda of World Health Organization and FAO

Given the increased global interest in the use of nanotechnology and concerns on the potential food safety implications, FAO and WHO have planned to convene a joint Expert Meeting which aims to identify knowledge gaps including issues on food safety, review current risk assessment procedures, consequently support further food safety research and develop global guidance on adequate and accurate methodologies to assess potential food safety risks that may arise from nanoparticles.

Posted: Nov 28th, 2008

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