#BioEngineering

Pill-shaped biosensor keeps track of gut metabolites in real time

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Looking to keep track of your gut health in real-time? A new pill-shaped biosensor may be able to help. The sensor, which is about the size of a pea, can measure metabolites in the gastrointestinal tract and send the data to a wearable device. The hope is that...

NHS set to roll out Blood test to detect 50 types of cancer

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NHS England is set to roll out a simple blood test that can detect more than 50 types of cancer. The test is able to pick up on 50 types of cancer before any clinical signs or symptoms of the disease and will be part of a new...

Model life-size human heart 3D-printed out of cardiac tissue-like material

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Imagine you are a doctor about to perform open-heart surgery on someone. Would it help if you could do a test-run before the operation with a perfect replica of their heart? A team of engineers specialising in 3D printing have pioneered a new technique to allow for surgeons...

The first Artificial Cartilage Gel Strong Enough for Knees

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Knee cartilage performs an important role in our bodies, acting as both a barrier to protect our joints from harm and a soft cushion. This amazing biological substance has proved difficult to replace. However, a breakthrough from bio-engineers at Duke University is set to change that. The team...

3D printed tissues could keep athletes on track

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Bio-engineers from Rice University and the University of Maryland have shown off their first success at engineering scaffolds which can act like osteochondral tissue. Problems with osteochondral tissue - the hard bone beneath a compressible layer of cartilage - can lead to painful injuries and disabling arthritis. Their...

AI learns to detect tumours in microscopy images

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A team Japanese researchers have been able to spot different cancer within microsoptic images using deep-learning AI techniques. The new technique could lead to better cancer treatments. The technique used 'phase-contrast microscopy images' - a technique that reveals cellular structures that are not visible with a simple microscope....