February 2022- Volume 18, Issue 2

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Editor's Focus

Aloe Vera Plant growth in farm

Aloe vera may soothe bladder pain

Aloe vera may soothe bladder pain

An upcoming clinical trial will test the effectiveness of a highly concentrated aloe vera pill to relieve the painful bladder symptoms associated with interstitial cystitis.
Leishmania mexicana parasites in the promastigote stage

A live parasite vaccine for deadly leishmaniasis

A live parasite vaccine for deadly leishmaniasis

A GLP-grade non-replicative Leishmania major parasite protects hamsters from lethal leishmaniasis infection, setting the stage for human clinical trials and the first potential vaccine for leishmaniasis.

Infectious Disease

Blood cells and bacterium
Smart watch Displaying Apps Icons

Biometric data from smartwatches might predict COVID-19

Biometric data from smartwatches might predict COVID-19

A bioengineer mines the biometric data from smartwatches and smartphones to find digital biomarkers for respiratory infections like COVID-19.

Bioengineering

Actin (green) forms long, tube-like structures in the cell.

Researchers use actin to develop synthetic condensates

Researchers use actin to develop synthetic condensates

Cell membranes act as containers for cell contents. Synthetic cells need them too. Researchers developed a new vessel that uses an unusual border: actin.
A person with dark hair is wearing a white dress shirt and working in a lab.

Engineers developed a blood brain barrier on a chip

Engineers developed a blood brain barrier on a chip

When a research question can’t be answered using the tools available, bioengineer Kiana Aran makes new tools. Recently, she developed a new type of brain-on-a-chip to answer questions about the blood brain barrier.

Women's Health

Female reproductive system and hands

Anti-Müllerian hormone may be the next big thing in women’s health

Anti-Müllerian hormone may be the next big thing in women’s health

A hormone only discussed among specialized scientists is making a big splash in the ovarian health field. It may soon become a household name.
Cow on Meadow

What cows can tell us about aging eggs

What cows can tell us about aging eggs

Aging is the ultimate Achilles heel. But researchers used cows to understand how mammals age and to look for a way to slow the effects of time.

Immunotherapy

Interleukin 13 binds to the IL-13-receptor

The race to develop more effective IL-2 cancer therapies

The race to develop more effective IL-2 cancer therapies

Immunotherapy was a game-changer for the cancer field, but immunotherapies using cytokines like IL-2 often cause severe side effects. Researchers are developing a newly engineered blueprint to improve the therapeutic efficacy and safety of IL-2 and other cytokines.
Learn about immune checkpoints and how scientists use them to develop new anticancer therapeutics

Explained: How do checkpoint inhibitors work?

Explained: How do checkpoint inhibitors work?

Scientists fight against cancer progression using checkpoint inhibitor drugs.
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