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Making Every Cell Matter

October 31, 2016 A new method for encapsulating single cells within tunable microgels could boost efficacy of cell-based therapies and tissue engineering (CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts) – Alginate hydrogels – which are derived from the polysaccharide found in brown seaweed – have emerged as an effective material for manipulating cells and tissues due to their biocompatibility and

Functional Heart Muscle Regenerated in Decellularized Human Hearts

Mon, 03/14/2016 - 12:00pm Massachusetts General Hospital A partially recellularized human whole-heart cardiac scaffold, reseeded with human cardiomyocytes derived from induced pluripotent stem cells, being cultured in a bioreactor that delivers a nutrient solution and replicates some of the environmental conditions around a living heart. (Credit: Bernhard Jank, M.D./Ott Lab/ Center for Regenerative Medicin/, Massachusetts General

Electrifying invention can save young lives

New device produces nitric oxide from an electric spark, making treatment affordable and easy for those with persistent pulmonary hypertension July 8, 2015 | Harvard Gazette By Sue McGreevey, Massachusetts General Hospital Public Affairs An electric spark from an iridium electrode generates therapeutic nitric oxide from the air in a lightweight, portable device designed by Massachusetts

Is Boston Children’s Hospital on its way to curing genetic deafness?

Jul 8, 2015, 1:08pm EDT Jessica Bartlett Boston Business Journal COURTESY/ POCKAFWYE VIA CREATIVE COMMONS ​Researchers used gene therapy to restore hearing in mice with a genetic form of… more Researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School have used gene therapy to restore hearing in mice with a genetic form of deafness. The

Beyond Average – New platforms genetically barcode tens of thousands of cells at a time

By STEPHANIE DUTCHEN May 21, 2015  “We’re really excited by the questions that this technology is now opening up for us.” Allon Klein, Marc Kirschner and David Weitz describe inDrop sequencing.  Imagine someone hands you a smoothie and asks you to identify everything that went into it. You might be able to discern a hint

Regenerative Medicine: Cas9 Approach And Activating Genes On Demand

By News Staff Science 2.0| March 4th 2015 05:12 P Gene expression, the process by which our DNA provides the recipe used to direct the synthesis of proteins and other molecules, is how we develop and survive. To-date, science has made breathtaking progress, studying one single gene at a time, but a new approach developed

Drug-Releasing Contact Lens Effectively Treats Glaucoma

Red Orbit, by Ranjini Raghunath ~ December 10, 2013 A contact lens that slowly releases drugs into the eye to treat glaucoma has been developed by researchers at MIT, Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. The lenses provide a sort of ‘hands free’ alternative to medicated eye drops or more expensive treatments such as

One Step Closer to Artificial Livers

Mon, 2013-06-03 10:16 - Source: MIT, reprinted by BioScience Technology MIT researchers have generated mature liver cells from induced pluripotent stem cells. In this image, the cell nuclei are stained blue. The green stain identifies liver cells, and the red stain identifies cells that are actively dividing. (Source: MIT/Nature Chemical Biology, 2013/Shan et al.) Prometheus,

Sensory Hair Cells Regenerated, Hearing Restored in Noise-Damaged Mammal Ear

Jan. 9, 2013 - Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary “Hair cells are the primary receptor cells for sound and are responsible for the sense of hearing,” explains Dr. Edge. “We show that hair cells can be generated in a damaged cochlea and that hair cell replacement leads to an improvement in hearing.” Hearing loss is a