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Drug Kinetics – News and Features

Two researchers at a whiteboard.

Physicists Propose Path to Faster, More Flexible Soft Robots

Physicists have revealed a microscopic phenomenon that could greatly improve the performance of soft devices, like flexible robots or microscopic capsules for drug delivery.
A scientist pipetting into a test tube.

Study Sheds Light on Preventing PXR-Associated Drug Resistance

Scientists at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital uncovered a route to blocking activity of protein notorious for eliminating drugs, offering a potential boon to cancer therapy.
Double helix structure of DNA.

Designing Peptoids That Mimic Nature’s Helices

Nature is filled with extraordinarily precise molecular shapes that fit together like a hand in glove. Proteins, for example, can assemble into a wide variety of well-defined shapes that grant them their function.
An individual holding up a piece of hair that has come out of their head.

Microneedle Patch Offers Hope for Alopecia Areata Treatment

Researchers developed a potential new treatment for alopecia areata, an autoimmune disorder causing hair loss. The new microneedle patch delivers immune-regulating molecules that can teach T cells not to attack hair follicles, helping hair regrow.
The crystal structure of a lattice.

“Better Than Graphene” Material May Improve Implantable Technology

The atomically thin version of boron, borophene, has been made chiral to enable it to interact in unique ways with biological units.
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Circadian Rhythms Impact Drug Effectiveness

Using tiny, engineered livers derived from human patients, researchers found that more than 300 liver genes are under circadian control. These circadian variations affect how much of a drug is available and how effectively the body can break it down.
Schematic representation of SemaCyte microcarriers including optical barcodes.
Industry Insight

Tackling Unmet Drug Screening Needs

In this interview, Jeroen Verheyen tells us about Semarion, its SemaCyte technology and how it can help to address unmet drug screening needs.
A close up of a patients hand attached to a tube feeding medicine.

New Closed-Loop Drug Delivery System Could Improve Chemotherapy

To make chemotherapy dosing more accurate, MIT engineers have come up with a way to continuously measure how much drug is in the patient’s system during the hours-long infusion.
A sketch of the spine on a clipboard.

Spinal Cord Injury Alters Neuronal Activity and Triggers Fat Tissue Leakage in Mice

Spinal cord injuries result in a cascade of abnormal activity in neurons, causing fat tissue compounds to leak and pool in the liver and other organs.

Researchers Create Artificial Cells That Closely Resemble Living Cells

Ronit Freeman and her lab use innovative approaches to build functional cells, bridging the gap between synthetic and living materials.