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Handheld spectral analyzer turns smartphone into diagnostic tool

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed technology that enables a smartphone to perform lab-grade medical diagnostic tests that typically require...

DNA sequencing and big data open a new frontier in the hunt for new...

Discovering new viruses has historically been biased towards people and animals that exhibit symptoms of disease – like a cough, fever or skin blister....

Biosensors light up cellular signaling processes

Researchers at the University of California, Riverside have converted a naturally occurring fluorescent protein from corals into a biosensor that can be used to...

Tackling disease in three dimensions-supercomputers help decode RNA structure

A cure for cancer, HIV and other stubborn diseases has evaded the brightest minds for generations. But with supercomputers – computing systems that can...

Metal-free MRI contrast agent could be safer for some patients

To enhance the visibility of organs as they are scanned with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), patients are usually injected with a compound known as...

New system makes fast, customized antibiotic treatments possible

A diagnostic system developed at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology enables rapid and accurate customization of the antibiotic to the patient. The system makes...

Chronic flu patients could be an early warning system for future outbreaks

People with weakened immune systems might help scientists get a jump on the flu virus. Some flu virus mutations popped up again and again...

Getting a Bigger Picture with Superresolution Microscopy

Superresolution microscopy techniques allow researchers to observe objects tens of nanometers in size on or inside cells. But the methods can only keep an...

Zapping the Brain at Certain Times Improves Memory

Zapping the brain with just a bit of electricity at the right time may help to improve memory function in some people, according to...

Producing Radioisotopes for Medical Imaging, Disease Treatment

The before and after images are stunning: A prostate cancer patient riddled with metastatic tumors that disappear after just three, potent treatments. "Two patients...