Year - 2013 Blog

Making Crystals Out of DNA & Nanoparticles

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A Northwestern University research team has engineered the first near-perfect single crystal out of nanoparticles and DNA, using the same structure favored by nature.  “Single crystals are the backbone of many things we rely on -- diamonds for beauty as well as industrial applications, sapphires for lasers and silicon for electronics,” said nanoscientist Chad A. Mirkin. “The precise placement of atoms within a well-defined lattice defines these high-quality crystals.

New Method of Diagnosing Cancer Through Bodily Fluids

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A group of scientists from UCLA and Harvard University, have established a technique to measure physical properties of individual cells in body fluids.  The technique has the ability to diagnose cancer with precision.  The method, which uses a deformability cytometer to analyze individual cells, could decrease the need for more cumbersome assays and  reduce costs, while improving accuracy over current tests.

Build Your Own Centrifuge For $200.00 (DIYbio) Project Called OpenFuge

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Starting up a lab but don’t have the budget to buy new?  No worries!  Here’s a cool do it yourself (DIY) centrifuge project called OpenFuge that instructs amateurs on how to build a 9,000 RPM centrifuge for $200.00.  The easy to do build your own centrifuge was first discovered on and has circled the web in high demand.   The OpenFuge is a relatively low-cost open-source centrifuge for DIY Biolabs and biohackers. It primarily uses commercial off the shelf parts with a few custom electronics.

Bionic Brain Implants To Treat Mental Health Disorders

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Researchers are emerging the first bionic implant to aid mental disorders.  Within the next three years Professor Xu-Feng Huang and his researchers from the University of Wollongong in Australia will lead the development of a bionic implant which will alleviate the symptoms of schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is a mental condition that affects about 1% of the world’s population.