First-ever study of triple gene combinations could help predict risk of disease

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Like a giant game of Jenga, researchers reveal critical combinations of blocks that can cause a cell system to collapse MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (04/20/2018) — We inherit many traits from our parents including the color of our eyes and hair. Unfortunately, we also inherit risk factors for certain diseases such as cancer, heart disease, […]

New research outlines future for developing oral medicines that work more efficiently

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University of Minnesota and The Dow Chemical Company tackle one of the biggest challenges in health care MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (04/18/2018) — Researchers at the University of Minnesota and The Dow Chemical Company have joined forces to tackle one of the biggest challenges in health care—how to get life-saving medicines to work faster and […]

University of Minnesota hosts world’s largest medical devices conference April 9-12

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Conference includes exhibit of real human hearts, research lab tours, and live surgery broadcasts Media Note: Mechanical Engineering professor Art Erdman, medical devices expert and chair of the conference, is available for interviews. Media wishing to attend should contact Jenny Holden, Conference Administrator, rampi002@umn.edu or Rhonda Zurn at rzurn@umn.edu. Who: More than 1,300 […]

Chad Myers: Exploring genetic connections in breast cancer

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Researchers use unique computational method to fight cancer About 30,000 human genes, made up of about 3 billion base pairs, encode proteins to build cells and enable them to function. Researchers rely on a process called a genome-wide association study, or GWAS, to troll through the tremendous data sets that represent human […]

David Odde and Paolo Provenzano: Predicting cancer cell movement

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Biomedical engineering faculty study how tumor cells move in patients Engineers in many fields develop mathematical models to simulate real-world events or predict future conditions. Two familiar examples are models to forecast tomorrow’s weather, and flight simulators to mimic the response of an airplane to the actions of a pilot at the […]

Efi Kokkoli: Tiny technology treats big disease

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Professor taps DNA nanotechnology to fight cancer Cancer researchers have been intrigued recently by the promise of manufacturing nontoxic DNA nanoparticles a fraction the size of a human cell as vehicles to carry drugs into cancer cells. But constructing nanoparticles of the right size and shape with an affinity for cancer cells […]

Taking aim at cancer

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CSE researchers are engineering new ways to treat cancer Engineers have long played a role in fighting cancer. They have developed imaging technologies to detect tumors, electron microscopes to see the disease at a cellular or microscopic level, and the software necessary to analyze the genetics that may lie at the root […]

Can stem cells mend our mightiest muscle?

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Biomedical engineering researchers are developing a heart patch to heal scars after a heart attack Regenerative medicine is the physiological equivalent of turning back the clock—by replacing diseased or damaged organs and tissues with healthy, proliferating cells that can restore normal function. At the core of many approaches to regenerative medicine are […]

Researchers 3D print lifelike artificial organ models

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Organ models could improve surgical outcomes in thousands of patients worldwide MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (12/06/2017) — A team of researchers led by the University of Minnesota has 3D printed lifelike artificial organ models that mimic the exact anatomical structure, mechanical properties, and look and feel of real organs. These patient-specific organ models, […]

Researchers develop graphene nano ‘tweezers’ that can grab individual biomolecules

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Discovery could lead to revolutionary handheld disease diagnostic system MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (12/04/2017) — Researchers from the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering have found yet another remarkable use for the wonder material graphene—tiny electronic “tweezers” that can grab biomolecules floating in water with incredible efficiency. This capability could lead to […]