Researchers develop label-free microscopic techniques to visualize extracellular vesicles in cancer

The Biophotonics Imaging Lab at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology has developed imaging techniques that investigate tissues without using any staining or labels. The researchers created a unique system using a laser source that can capture more information about a tissue compared to traditional imaging techniques. That system provides better visualization of […]

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Antidepressant harms baby neurons in lab-grown ‘mini-brains’

Researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health have demonstrated the use of stem-cell-derived “mini-brains” to detect harmful side effects of a common drug on the developing brain. Mini-brains are miniature human brain models, developed with human cells and barely visible to the human eye, whose cellular mechanisms mimic those of the developing human […]

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Height limits for ‘blade runners’ baseless, new study suggests

Before hitting the track to compete in an officially sanctioned race, some elite Paralympic sprinters must do something most runners would find incredibly unsettling: remove their legs and swap them out with ones that make them shorter. The unusual mandate results from a recent International Paralympic Committee rule change that lowered the Maximum Allowable Standing […]

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Ethnobotanical medicine is effective against the bacterium causing Lyme disease

Lyme disease, also called borreliosis, is the most common vector-borne disease in the Northern hemisphere. It is caused by the spirochete (corkscrew-shaped) bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and close relatives and mainly spread through the bite of infected ticks. Currently, more than 300,000 new cases are reported in the USA each year, compared to 65,000 in Europe, […]

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