Archive for the ‘Lab’ Category

Scanning Babies’ Fingerprints Could Save Lives Through Vaccination Tracking

A health official in Benin, Africa scans a baby's fingerprints for the vaccination database.
Source: Sunpreet Arora

Each year 2.5 million children die worldwide because they do not receive life-saving vaccinations at the appropriate time. Anil Jain, Michigan State University professor, is developing a fingerprint-based recognition method to track vaccination schedules for infants and toddlers, which will increase immunization coverage and save lives. To increase coverage, the vaccines must be recorded and [...]

Simulations Provided Early Alert To Deadly Potential Of Ebola

The Network Dynamics and Simulation Science Laboratory at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute modeled the rate of infections and how interventions would affect the rate. Source: Virginia Bioinformatics Institute/CDC

The Ebola epidemic could claim hundreds of thousands of lives and infect more than 1.4 million people by the end of January, according to a statistical forecast released this week by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC forecast supports the drastically higher projections released earlier by a group of scientists, including [...]

Supersensitive Nanodevice Can Detect Extremely Early Cancers

From left, Taylor Bono, Dr. Yongbin Lin, Mollye Sanders and Savannah Kaye discuss the supersensitive nanoprobe sensor they have been developing in a lab in UAH's Optics Building. Source: Michael Mercier / UAH

Extremely early detection of cancers and other diseases is on the horizon with a supersensitive nanodevice being developed at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) in collaboration with The Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN) in Greensboro, NC. The device is ready for packaging into a lunchbox-size unit that ultimately may use a [...]

Chemists Recruit Anthrax To Deliver Cancer Drugs


Bacillus anthracis bacteria have very efficient machinery for injecting toxic proteins into cells, leading to the potentially deadly infection known as anthrax. A team of MIT researchers has now hijacked that delivery system for a different purpose: administering cancer drugs. “Anthrax toxin is a professional at delivering large enzymes into cells,” says Bradley Pentelute, the [...]

Possible New Treatment For Soft Tissue Bone Formation In Burn Victims May Hold Promise For Blast Injured

Lead author Navy Cmdr. (Dr.) Jonathan Forsberg.
Source: US Navy photo.

A possible new treatment for stopping bone growth in soft tissue following third-degree burns may also prove to be beneficial to combat troops suffering high energy orthopaedic trauma or blast injuries, according to an article to appear in Science Translational Medicine.  Navy Cmdr. (Dr.) Jonathan Forsberg, associate professor of Surgery at the F. Edward Hebert [...]