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Feb. 2, 2012

Genes linked to cancer could be easier to detect with liquid lasers    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Using a liquid laser, University of Michigan researchers have developed a better way to detect the slight genetic mutations that might predispose a person to a particular type of cancer or other diseases. Their results are published in the current edition of the German journal Angewandte Chemie. This work could advance understanding of the genetic basis of diseases. It also has applications in personalized medicine, which aims to target drugs and other therapies to individual patients based on a thorough knowledge of their genetic information. More

14 universities and 1 technological institute in Chile will enhance technology transfer capabilities
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CORFO announced the results of the call "Strengthening Transfer and Licensing Offices Single-mode" with an investment of nearly $4 million. The contest sought "promote, universities and technology centers in the country, the creation and use of intellectual property policies, conflicts of interest, transfer and commercialization for R&D project results of these institutions," as reported in "Governments of Mexico and Chile are looking to improve technology transfer capabilities in its universities and research centers." Each university, with the support of AUTM, have a term of 18 months to implement their projects. More

Compact X-ray technology holds promise for medical imaging
Diagnostic Imaging    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A little more than three years ago, a group of physicists at the University of California Los Angeles made a rather startling discovery: Peeling sticky tape in a vacuum will result in the generation of X-rays. Now, a company called Tribogenics is partnering with UCLA in order to turn this principle of X-ray production — called triboluminescence — into simple, compact X-ray sources, some potentially as small as a USB flash drive. More

Quantum dots to enhance solar cells
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Researchers at the University of Buffalo have successfully embedded quantum dots into a traditional semiconductor solar cell. These are not to replace the semiconductor already there, but to allow the panel to absorb infrared light as well as the visible it already captures. Previous efforts to add quantum dots to solar cells have failed because the dots were a place for electrons to get lost. The photoelectric effect causes light to knock electrons off of their atoms, and possibly be used as electricity. More

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Michigan State University nanotechnology spinoff to market portable biohazard detection
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A new company formed around Michigan State University nanotechnology promises to move speedy detection of deadly pathogens and toxins from the laboratory directly to the field. Food contamination and other biohazards present a growing public health concern, but laboratory analysis consumes precious time. The company, nanoRETE, will develop and commercialize an inexpensive test for handheld biosensors to detect a broad range of threats such as E.coli, Salmonella, anthrax and tuberculosis. More

Researchers develop novel protein nanoclusters to help advance drug delivery
The A to Z of Nanotechnology    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A research team comprising Keith P. Johnston, Thomas M. Truskett and Jennifer Maynard from the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin has developed a novel protein formulation strategy to develop advanced drug delivery systems for treating arthritis, cancer and infectious diseases easily, efficiently and safely. More

Low-level electrical stimulation may make you smarter
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Researchers at Oxford University have found that low-level electrical stimulation to parts of the brain can improve learning and cognitive function and increase academic performance. Roi Cohen Kadosh, a cognitive neuroscience scientist at Oxford University's Department of Experimental Psychology, and a team of researchers have studied about 120 volunteers, looking at their performance in mathematics both before and after what is known as Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation. More

Minnesota partnership researchers close in on drug to fight fungal infections    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Researchers from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., are another step closer to developing a drug to combat fungal infections — one of the major problems confronting patients with compromised immune systems. The Minnesota Partnership for Biotechnology and Medical Genomics has awarded Mayo biochemist Zhiguo Zhang, Ph.D., and University medicinal chemist Michael Walters, Ph.D., a commercialization grant of $621,934 for the first year of a two-year period. The research team will use the grant for additional studies that will move their drug discovery toward the marketplace. More

How to Market your Technologies with the AUTM GTP
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Noon – 1:00 p.m. EST | Feb. 7
Learn about AUTM's Global Technology Portal in a free webinar titled, How to Market Your Technologies with the AUTM GTP. What's the GTP? It's AUTM's exciting, new tool for showcasing academic technologies available for licensing.

AUTM Annual Meeting only 6 weeks away — Register today
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Featuring a dynamic format, nonstop dealmaking opportunities and world-class education, the AUTM 2012 Annual Meeting takes place March 14-17 at the Anaheim Marriott, Anaheim, Calif., USA. Register now.

Purdue pursues patents regardless of price (The Purdue Exponent)

Baosteel strip continuous casting technology enters the stage of industrialization (SteelGuru)

Ultrasound male contraceptive, overlooked for decades, confirmed to work (EurekAlert)

Microbubbles set to make algae harvesting easier (BioEnergy News)




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