Llamas Lead the Way in Finding a COVID-19 Treatment
Nov06

Llamas Lead the Way in Finding a COVID-19 Treatment

In Brief Llamas may present a unique solution to eliminating the COVID-19 pandemic. This is due to the extraordinary antibodies they produce. These animals generate antibodies that are much smaller than what is created by their human and other animal counterparts. From these antibodies, even smaller biological soldiers can be generated in the lab: so-called “nanobodies.” Nanobodies have astounding properties that make them a strong...

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Going From “iSmoke” to No Smoking With Wearables
Oct26

Going From “iSmoke” to No Smoking With Wearables

IN BRIEF Mobile technologies to help smokers quit have gained popularity over the years as the technology behind them continues to improve. The combined power of health-tracking sensors, wearable monitors and smartphones is helping people track their smoking habits and counter their addictions. These technologies can be used to encourage those who wish to quit while at the same time, countering the urge to smoke. Researchers are...

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Viral Telephone: How COVID-19 Spread from Animals to Humans
Oct06

Viral Telephone: How COVID-19 Spread from Animals to Humans

In Brief: Some scientists are investigating the emergence of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.  Mutations are a natural result of viral replication. One way to think of a virus mutating is a long game of telephone. Discovering the origins of the novel coronavirus could actually help us prevent a future virus from spiraling into a pandemic.   Let’s be honest, who doesn’t want to move on from the COVID-19 pandemic? 2020...

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A Mysterious Sea Creature Surfaces in the Search for Spinal Cord Injury Treatments
Aug25

A Mysterious Sea Creature Surfaces in the Search for Spinal Cord Injury Treatments

Spinal cord injuries are much more common than one might expect. As a result, finding a cure would be life changing for millions of Americans. Dr. Michael E. Selzer has been studying this topic for nearly 40 years. He provides insight on how a cure could be developed by looking at an animal capable of repairing its own spinal cord. The sea lamprey, a species of deep sea fish, is capable of regenerating a severed or broken spine. By looking at its genome, scientists hope to one day discover a method to apply the lamprey’s healing capabilities to humans

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Man’s Best Friends May Help Us Manage Pain In People
Aug05

Man’s Best Friends May Help Us Manage Pain In People

In Brief Phantom limb pain (PLP) is a neuropathic pain felt by amputees. Companion animals may serve as good models for understanding PLP. Research is currently being conducted utilizing the connections between animals and humans to combat neuropathic pain and manage PLP According to the National Limb Loss Resource Center, 185,000 Americans have limbs amputated each year. This means, on average, between 300 to 500 appendages are...

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Printers and Organs: How 3-D Bioprinting Might End the Organ Donor Crisis
Jun30

Printers and Organs: How 3-D Bioprinting Might End the Organ Donor Crisis

In Brief Organ donation shortages are a critical issue around the world. 3-D bioprinting is a recent technology with great potential, particularly with the advancement of biomodeling. Ethical and legal considerations will need to accompany the progression of bioprinting techniques. On average, 20 Americans die each day due to challenges surrounding organ availability. Around the world, people with the economic means will even buy...

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