Research News

February 08, 2016

West, Hawkins, Johnson Elected to the National Academy of Engineering

Jennifer West, the Fitzpatrick Family University Professor of Engineering at Duke University, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE)—one of the highest professional distinctions for engineers. Also among the 80 new members announced by the NAE today are Kristina Johnson, [...]

February 04, 2016

How Gut Inflammation Sparks Colon Cancer

Chronic inflammation in the gut increases the risk of colon cancer by as much as 500 percent, and now Duke University researchers think they know why. Their new study points to a biomarker in the cellular machinery that could not only serve as an early warning of colon cancer, but potentially be [...]

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 [...]

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