Research News

January 05, 2016

Traveling Salesman Uncorks Synthetic Biology Bottleneck

Researchers have created a computer program that will open a challenging field in synthetic biology to the entire world. In the past decade, billions of dollars have been spent on technology that can quickly and inexpensively read and write DNA to synthesize and manipulate polypeptides and proteins [...]

January 04, 2016

CRISPR Treats Genetic Disorder in Adult Mammal

Researchers have used CRISPR to treat an adult mouse model of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. This marks the first time that CRISPR has successfully treated a genetic disease inside a fully developed living mammal with a strategy that has the potential to be translated to human therapy. Researchers [...]

November 23, 2015

An Eagle-Eye, Real-Time View of Neural Activity

Researchers have devised a way to watch the details of your neurons at work. Every second of every day, the 100 billion neurons in your brain are capable of firing off a burst of electricity called an action potential up to 100 times per second. For neurologists trying to study how this [...]

October 28, 2015

Trying a New Pulse for Pain Relief

For people with incurable chronic pain, a small device that periodically stimulates the spinal cord with a small electric pulse can bring much needed relief. But the implantable devices don’t work for everyone. And when they do work, only about 60 percent of patients experience a halving of pain [...]

October 26, 2015

CRISPR Brings Precise Control to Gene Expression

Researchers have demonstrated the exceptional specificity of a new way to switch sequences of the human genome on or off without editing the underlying genetic code. Originally discovered as an antiviral system in bacteria, CRISPR/Cas9 is one of the hottest topics in genetic research today. By [...]

October 15, 2015

Duke Launches Autism Research App with Global Reach

A team of researchers, engineers and software developers from Duke University and the Duke Medical Center has introduced a free iOS app to learn more about autism in young children living around the world. Beginning Thursday, a ResearchKit app called “Autism & Beyond” is being offered from the [...]

September 23, 2015

Joel Collier: Nudging Immunological Responses

Joel Collier will join the faculty in Duke University’s Department of Biomedical Engineering in the spring semester of 2016. With a long history of designing self-assembling synthetic peptides and proteins, Collier will bring his foundation in basic science to Duke with the hopes of making an [...]

September 21, 2015

Protein Structures Assemble and Disassemble On Command

Scientists have deciphered the genetic code that instructs proteins to either self-assemble or disassemble in response to environmental stimuli, such as changes in temperature, salinity or acidity. The discovery provides a new platform for drug delivery systems and an entirely different view of [...]

September 08, 2015

BME Alumni to Provide Entrepreneurial Advice

Duke Biomedical Engineering is launching a new seminar series focused on entrepreneurship this fall. Featuring three Duke alumni who have gone on to start successful businesses, the lectures will give attendees the opportunity to learn from those who got their start in exactly the same spot. The [...]

August 28, 2015

Duke Engineers and Clinicians Create Medical Devices Together

Four new projects and two renewal projects will receive nearly $800,000 for research through the 2015 Coulter-Duke Translational Partnership grant. The funding, which begins on September 1, marks the 10th year of the program. This year’s new recipients are developing non-invasive methods of [...]

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