These Are the First X-Rays of a Living Cell

To get a super-detailed X-ray view inside a cell—right down to the individual molecules—scientists dunk the cell they're looking at in preservative chemicals. That not only kills the cell, it changes its internal structure ever so slightly, meaning researchers aren't getting an exact look at the cell's natural state.… » 2/27/14 7:30pm 2/27/14 7:30pm

Scientists Can Print Synthetic Tissue Using Just Water and Oil

3D printing isn't all about making guns and toys—some researchers are using it to make real medical advances. Now, a team of researchers from the University of Oxford has managed to create a 3D printer that can produce synthetic tissue using just water and oil. » 4/05/13 7:23am 4/05/13 7:23am

Scientists Clear Path to the Fountain of Eternal Youth

Researchers at Johns Hopkins have discovered an efficient and totally safe method to turn adult blood cells "all the way back to the way [they were] when that person was a 6-day-old embryo." The discovery could be the key to cure the incurable—from heart attacks to severed spinal cord to cancer—and open the door, some… » 8/23/12 2:00pm 8/23/12 2:00pm

New Drug Can Treat Almost Any Viral Infection by Killing the Body's…

A new broad-spectrum treatment for viruses could be as effective as antibiotics fighting bacteria, MIT researchers report. The method uses cells' own defense systems to induce invaded cells to commit suicide, preventing the spread of the virus. In lab tests, the new drug completely cured mice that had been infected… » 8/10/11 2:57pm 8/10/11 2:57pm