7 Microfluidic Highlights of 2017

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In this list, we take a look at 7 promising microfluidic developments from the past year.

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The War on Plastics: Is It Too Little Too Late?

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With UK Prime Minister Theresa May announcing today that UK supermarkets must have a plastic free aisle as part of her government’s 25-year environmental improvement plan, it is the latest in a line of reforms seeking to reduce the harmful plastic contamination that has become a worldwide scourge.

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The Viral Genome: Moving Beyond Reading Code – Why Not Rewrite It?

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Researchers have discovered how to read, decode, and manipulate previously ‘hidden’ viral code. This could open up new opportunities in drug delivery and gene therapy.

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Anti-Inflammatory Pill Could Make Vaccines More Effective for the Elderly
Anti-Inflammatory Pill Could Make Vaccines More Effective for the Elderly
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By identifying why skin immunity declines in old age, a UCL-led research team has found that an anti-inflammatory pill could help make vaccines more effective for elderly people.

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Combination Chemotherapy Could Significantly Improve Deadly Brain Tumor Treatment
Combination Chemotherapy Could Significantly Improve Deadly Brain Tumor Treatment
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A team led by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators has found that adding the chemotherapy drug hydroxyurea to the current chemotherapy protocol for glioblastoma significantly increased survival in animal models.

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Could New Treatment Strategy Overcome Drug Resistance in Testicular Cancer?
Could New Treatment Strategy Overcome Drug Resistance in Testicular Cancer?
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In a new study, scientists show that a targeted drug blocking the action of a cancer-driving protein can kill testicular cancer cells and, alongside chemotherapy, could reverse drug resistance.

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Potential Drug Target: Cryo-EM Uncovers Protein Modifying Complex
Potential Drug Target: Cryo-EM Uncovers Protein Modifying Complex
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Scientists have revealed the atomic-level structure of a molecular complex responsible for modifying proteins, possibly paving the way for the development of new medications for cancer and a host of other diseases.

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Researchers Uncover Muscle Growth Inhibitor Activation Mechanism Aiding ALS Treatment Efforts
Researchers Uncover Muscle Growth Inhibitor Activation Mechanism Aiding ALS Treatment Efforts
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Researchers at the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine are part of an international team that has identified how the inactive or latent form of GDF8, a signaling protein also known as myostatin responsible for limiting muscle, is activated.

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New Research Could Significantly Accelerate Drug Discovery
New Research Could Significantly Accelerate Drug Discovery
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Scientists have developed a suite of computer programs that cull through data on structure and genomic sequencing to identify the features that distinguish one enzyme from similar enzymes. This research has the potential to significantly accelerate drug discovery, allowing scientists to develop more effective drugs, more quickly.

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