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Dec. 22, 2011

Researchers create living 'neon signs' composed of millions of glowing bacteria
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In an example of life imitating art, biologists and bioengineers at University of California, San Diego, have created a living neon sign composed of millions of bacterial cells that periodically fluoresce in unison like blinking light bulbs. Their achievement, detailed in the journal Nature, involved attaching a fluorescent protein to the biological clocks of the bacteria, synchronizing the clocks of the thousands of bacteria within a colony, then synchronizing thousands of the blinking bacterial colonies to glow on and off in unison. More

Printing bones in 3-D
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Researchers at Washington State University tweaked a commercial 3-D printer to create three-dimensional structures made from a bone-like material. When incubated in the lab with immature bone cells, the printed bone helped support growth of a new network of bone cells. Preliminary tests in rats and rabbits also look promising, according to lead scientist Susmita Bose, co-author and professor in WSU's School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering. It's possible that doctors will be able to custom order replacement bone tissue in a few years, said Bose, in a release from the university. "If a doctor has a CT scan of a defect, we can convert it to a CAD file and make the scaffold according to the defect," Bose said. More

Chinese doctors find way to detect liver cancer earlier
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A simple test using just one milliliter of a patient's blood can tell whether the patient has liver cancer — even if the tumor is less than two centimeters in diameter, new medical research in Shanghai shows. Doctors at the Zhongshan Hospital, a major medical institution affiliated with Fudan University, have found that seven microRNAs, or ribonucleic acid molecules, are strongly related to liver problems. This discovery can raise the accuracy of tests for early-stage liver cancer to almost 90 percent. Each test will cost a patient only about 100 yuan, said Dr. Fan Jia, vice president of the hospital and one of the country's leading liver surgeons. More

University research creates new companies and generates patent applications
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An AUTM survey report has found that university research conducted in 2010 led to 651 new companies, an increase of 9.2 percent over 2009 and 12,281 new patent applications, a 46.8 percent increase. Scheduled for release at the end of 2011, the "AUTM U.S. Licensing Activity Survey: FY 2010" is the 20th report issued by the association "to share quantitative information about and real-world examples of licensing activities at U.S. universities, hospitals and research institutions." More

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Canadian-developed HIV vaccine approved for human testing
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Researchers at the University of Western Ontario announced that they are beginning clinical trials for the first HIV vaccine being developed in Canada, using a groundbreaking technique that relies on the entire virus. Preliminary toxicology tests show that the vaccine, SAV001, can produce strong immune responses, said the team lead by Dr. Chil-Yong Kang, a professor of virology at UWO's medical school. More

Illinois college research and development spending leads Midwest
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Illinois leads the Midwest in research and development expenditures at universities and colleges, but the state could benefit from additional diversity in the source of funds, according to the December installment of the Illinois Innovation Index. The index, which was launched in September 2011, tackles a new subject each month. December's version used 2009 data from the National Science Foundation and other sources to compile information on R&D spending at Illinois universities. More

Low-density lipoprotein treatment breakthrough
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A novel breakthrough advance in fighting low-density lipoprotein or "bad" cholesterol in the body has been announced by investigators from the University of Leicester and University of California Los Angeles. The universities have filed two patents in order to develop targeted medications designed to lower levels of LDL. LDL is frequently associated to medical conditions, such as stroke, heart disease and clogged arteries. More

Better World Project
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AUTM launched the Better World Project in 2005 to promote public understanding of how academic research and technology transfer benefits you, your community and millions of people around the world. The project draws from years of case studies and news from AUTM's members — the professionals who make academic technology transfer happen. The Better World Report shares the surprising and inspiring stories behind innovations that have changed the way we live. It's a must-read for people interested in research and discovery, technology transfer or economic development as well as anyone who has wondered: "Where did that come from?" More

AUTM | Webinars
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To attend an upcoming webinar, click on the 'Register Now' link to be taken to the online registration form. Once the webinar has been recorded, you'll receive notification, and will able to access it here, under the 'Purchased Webinars' section. More

The University of Queensland's research scoops Innovation Awards (NewsMaker)

APL discovery gives advance warning of catastrophic failure in lithium-ion batteries (Newswise)

New report shows USC startups raised more than $380 million in the past 3 years (PRNewswire via USC Stevens Institute for Innovation)

Ultradian Diagnostics partners with University at Albany NanoCollege to ramp up research and pilot prototyping (Nanowerk News)




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