Every year, the Wellcome Trust rounds up the best biomedical images of the last twelve months as part of its Image Awards. This year, the pictures are a reminder of just how beautiful biology can be.
In the not-too-distant future, patients with damaged hearts or livers might receive tissue patches grown in a lab. This week, researchers announced an important development toward that goal: A biodegradable scaffold that allows strips of beating heart tissue to snap together like Velcro.
Doctors have been trying to find simpler and more convenient ways of giving patients drugs for years. Now a team of researchers at North Carolina State University has just developed a device that’s about as hassle free as can be: It looks like a bandaid, and it releases drugs automatically when the skin flexes and…
You are looking at freshly-made human neurons, or brain cells. But they used to be common skin cells. And their existence could change how we treat Alzheimers.
If you discover ants in your apartment, your first reaction is probably to stomp em’ fast. But maybe you’re averse to violence and would prefer to peacefully relocate your six-legged housemates. Now, there’s a robotic arm capable of doing just that.
Yep, you heard that one correctly. In what could be a major step forward for personalized medicine, researchers have perfected a technique for growing miniature balls of cortical tissue—the key working tissue in the human brain—in a dish.
Get y0ur T-1000 jokes ready, because we're one step closer to liquid metal-powered people. As a team of Chinese biomedical engineers recently used an alloy to close the gap between severed sciatic nerves in frogs. In effect, it made electronic circuits out of nerves—and it worked.
Scientists at the Vienna University of Technology have developed a brand new method for positioning molecules in space with micrometer precision. They call it "3D-photografting," and it uses laser beams to place microscopic chemical structures in the nooks and crannies of a macromolecular meshwork known as hydrogel.
The marine animal Crassicorophium bonellii looks like a shrimp, but it acts more like a spider. The creature uses its legs to spin silk that's both incredibly hard and super sticky... and could be of great medical use to humans.
Parasitic worm colonies are known to invade and castrate a tiny California horn snail, spawning thousands of tiny soldiers that take up 25% of the snail's body weight. These tiny warriors could actually revolutionize how we fight infections in humans.
Next time your Wiimote accidentally gets thrown into your LCD TV, don't fret too much—chemicals found in the broken TV sets could be used to fight infections in the human body.
Splice, opening Friday, deals with the abuse of science and the ways in which genetic engineering could go horribly wrong. But it's not an anti-science film, insists director Vincenzo Natali, who talked to us at Wondercon.
Measuring just three-inches, that strange plastic doohickey the woman is holding there can detect 3,000 different viruses in under a day. This bio-detector could end up saving your life, in other words.
Neurologists have built an ultrasound device which uses focused sound waves to destroy stroke-causing blood clots in brains. The procedure is non-invasive—requiring no drugs or surgery—and is already being tested on patients.