Wastewater provides a planet-wide laboratory for the study of human health – BIOENGINEER.ORG

Of the many contemporary conveniences often taken for granted in developed countries, modern sanitation may be among the most important. A new study suggests that wastewater infrastructure may provide societal benefits far beyond the dramatic improvements in community hygiene. Of the many contemporary conveniences often taken for granted in developed countries, modern sanitation may be … Read more

First large-scale study of COVID-era birth data finds significant drop in cesarian, induced deliveries – BIOENGINEER.ORG

Premature births from cesarian (C-sections) and induced deliveries fell by 6.5% during the first month of the Covid-19 pandemic and remained consistently lower throughout – a likely result of fewer prenatal visits due to efforts to slow the spread of the virus, according to new research from Georgia Tech’s School of Economics. Premature births from … Read more

Scientists pinpoint what makes brain cells develop in a specific order – BIOENGINEER.ORG

Researchers have identified the complete series of 10 factors that regulate the development of brain cell types in the visual system of fruit flies — including in what order these neurons develop. The findings, published in Natureopen new avenues of research to understand how brain development evolved in different animals and hold clues for regenerative … Read more

Abundant ‘secret doors’ on human proteins could reshape drug discovery – BIOENGINEER.ORG

The number of potential therapeutic targets on the surfaces of human proteins is much greater than previously thought, according to the findings of a new study in the journal Nature. The number of potential therapeutic targets on the surfaces of human proteins is much greater than previously thought, according to the findings of a new … Read more

ACM Prize in Computing recognizes pioneer of robot learning – BIOENGINEER.ORG

ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, today named Pieter Abbeel the recipient of the 2021 ACM Prize in Computing for contributions to robot learning, including learning from demonstrations and deep reinforcement learning for robotic control. Abbeel pioneered teaching robots to learn from human demonstrations (“apprenticeship learning”) and through their own trial and error (“reinforcement learning”), … Read more

Researchers develop new model to detect and combat lung cancer recurrence – BIOENGINEER.ORG

Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is a devastating disease and the leading cause of American cancer deaths. Even patients suitable for tumor removal have a 50% mortality rate. But University of Missouri School of Medicine researchers have identified a process to study the actions and vulnerabilities of circulating tumor cells responsible for cancer recurrence in … Read more

How did visitors experience the domestic space in Pompeii? – BIOENGINEER.ORG

Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have used virtual reality and 3D eye-tracking technology to examine what drew the attention of visitors when entering the stunning environment of an ancient Roman house. The team recreated the House of Greek Epigrams in 3D and tracked the gaze of study participants as they viewed the home. Researchers … Read more

Researchers find a new way to measure flying baseballs – BIOENGINEER.ORG

PULLMAN, Wash. – As the Major League Baseball season gets underway, a burning question for many fans of the third most popular sport in the United States is how many homeruns they will see this season. PULLMAN, Wash. – As the Major League Baseball season gets underway, a burning question for many fans of the … Read more

Laser light, a dye and a nonsurgical implant could help overcome obesity – BIOENGINEER.ORG

When dieting and exercise aren’t enough, weight-loss surgery can be an effective obesity treatment. But people who do not want surgery have other options, including insertion of an appetite-suppressing balloon or other implant in the stomach. Now, researchers report in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces that they have augmented that procedure in laboratory animals by … Read more

Models and Mechanisms Network (RDMMN) – BIOENGINEER.ORG

SynGAP Research Fund & Rare Diseases Models and Mechanisms Network partner to co-fund two SYNGAP1 animal model studies in the labs of Dr. Graziella Di Cristo & Dr. Kurt Haas in Canada. SynGAP Research Fund & Rare Diseases Models and Mechanisms Network partner to co-fund two SYNGAP1 animal model studies in the labs of Dr. … Read more