Exciting work from my Department of Biomedical Engineering colleagues, Danni Wang and Steve Leigh, over in the Molecular Biophotonics lab at Stony Brook University, on the development of advanced microscopy tools for in vivo imaging during brain tumor resection.
This another that I only recently read, but a fascinating read. A decade after the completion of the human genome project, start-up companies are using computer networking know-how to increase sequencing throughput in a race to inexpensive genome sequencing.
The promise is that low-cost gene sequencing will lead to a new era of personalized medicine, yielding new approaches for treating cancers and other serious diseases. The arrival of such cures has been glacial, however, although the human genome was originally sequenced more than a decade ago.
Now that is changing, in large part because of the same semiconductor industry manufacturing trends that opened up consumer devices like the PC and the smartphone: exponential increases in processing power and transistor density are accompanied by costs that fall at an accelerating rate.
As a result, both new understanding and new medicines will arrive at a quickening pace, according to the biologists and computer scientists.
Source: The New York Times
I’m not sure adding touchscreens to everything qualifies as “good design,” but I’m glad that medical device companies are finally considering form in addition to function.
There’s a “gold rush” in the medical field to create a new device to treat chronic hypertension in minutes. How do you stand out? Look to touch screens.
A real-time, portable gene sequencing device that can by run off laptop USB.
If there are portable, diminutive devices designed to quickly diagnose infertility, HIV, melanoma and malaria, then why not to sequence DNA as well? Sure enough, UK-based Oxford Nanopore Technologies recently debuted the MinION, a new sequencer that’s the size of a USB memory stick. READ MORE…
This video has been making the rounds in biotech circles, and it demonstrates the promising future of muscle innervation controlled mechatronic prostheses with sensory feedback. Pretty exciting.
Physiatrist and engineer Todd Kuiken is building a prosthetic arm that connects with the human nervous system — improving motion, control and even feeling. Onstage, patient Amanda Kitts helps demonstrate this next-gen robotic arm.
Jörg C. Gerlach has invented a way to:
- harvest stem cells from the healthy skin of burn victims
- put them into a solution
- spray those skin stem cells back onto the burns
- and regenerate healthy skin in a matter of days
The Skin Gun (by NationalGeographic)
Thank you kottke.