Diabetics have to endure constant injections on a daily basis, but this new device could make staying alive easier.
- Insulin breaks down in the stomach, so diabetics haven't had the option of taking insulin in a pill.
- A new device whose design is inspired by tortoises can be swallowed and inject diabetics with insulin from the inside.
- Though it's still a prototype, the device is an exciting development for delivering insulin and other drugs.
Chemo is our best response to cancer so far. A novel new therapy could render it obsolete.
- Researchers at Northwestern have discovered a genetic "kill code" that might enable the destruction of cancer cells.
- This novel new therapy "downstream" of chemo might destroy cancer cells without affecting the body's immune system.
- While no animal trials have been conducted, this potential therapy could signal the demise of chemotherapy.
Microbes screened with a new microfluidic process might be used in power generation or environmental cleanup.
Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office
January 11, 2019
Living in extreme conditions requires creative adaptations. For certain species of bacteria that exist in oxygen-deprived environments, this means finding a way to breathe that doesn't involve oxygen. These hardy microbes, which can be found deep within mines, at the bottom of lakes, and even in the human gut, have evolved a unique form of breathing that involves excreting and pumping out electrons. In other words, these microbes can actually produce electricity.
They're fun, so why not? Well, maybe because they're often inscrutable.
As costs go down and the benefits become more clear, can we afford not to eat lab-grown meat?
- Just a few years ago, the price of a lab-grown hamburger had five figures.
- Today, that price has gone down to just $11.
- Even if it's cheap, tastes the same, and preserves the environment, will people actually eat meat grown in a lab?
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