Nanofibres coming of age

Feature: Nanofibres have potential applications in a broad range of products and with the maturing of the electrospinning manufacturing process some are already commercially viable. The greatest potential for electrospun nanofibres is in composite materials and multi-component constructions. By Dr Barry Park, Professor Bob Stevens, Dr Gabriela Juárez Martínez. 21 April 2014

Nottingham University develops hydrogel for growing heart tissue from stem cells
A multidisciplinary team at Nottingham University has developed a new hydrogel that could simplify the production of stem cells and their differentiation into specific tissues for use in regenerative medicine. 15 April 2014

Leukaemia cells grown with and without the new chemicalsNew method to keep leukaemia stem cells in culture will help drug discovery
Two new chemical compounds that can keep alive cultures of leukemic stem cells have been discovered by a team from Université de Montréal and Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital in Quebec, Canada.

Call for clearer direction on use of whole-genome sequencing for newborn screening
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The tiny pressure sensor on a finger tipInjectable pressure sensor detects full bladders for people suffering neurological disease
A small pressure sensor developed by SINTEF in Norway can help people suffering from a neurological disease that affects control of the bladder and can lead to a life threatening situation (image below left). 4 April 2014

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