Category:Biological Engineering

August 12th, 2014

Using Mice as Individualized Test Labs for Cancer Patients

By Douglas Clark | Comments (0)

Some cancer patients are turning to mice that are grafted with tumor tissue and become living labs for individual patients.

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July 28th, 2014

Women in Chemical Technology: Nancy Chang

By Douglas Clark | Comments (0)
This entry is part 13 of 13 in the series Women in Chemical Technology

Nancy Chang left her home in Taiwan at age 19 and set off for America to study. With the decision to study biology, she took the first step in a long journey that led to a highly successful career in biotechnology.

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July 23rd, 2014

Human Platelets Generated in Vitro

By Douglas Clark | Comments (0)
Blood cells

Researchers have successfully created a bioreactor that generates human platelets in vitro, potentially addressing blood transfusion needs worldwide.

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June 11th, 2014

Personalized Cancer “Vaccine” Passes Major Hurdle

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DNA helix

New immunotherapy treatment uses genetics of patient’s own tumor to fight cancer.

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June 2nd, 2014

Generating Human Blood Vessels with 3D Printing

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Researchers at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) in Boston are making progress in manufacturing blood vessels through 3D bioprinting.

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May 8th, 2014

Purdue University wins YCOSST P3 Award

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AIChE's Lucy Alexander presented the Purdue University team with the YCOSST P3 award.

Purdue’s Biowall entry took home the prize, with an ingenious design that improves indoor air quality thanks, in part, to plants’ ability to purify air.

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April 29th, 2014

Bioconversion of Methane

By Martin Bergstedt | Comments (0)

Developing biological processes that yield bio-fuels that that are devoid of oxygen moieties, and thus don’t need to be upgraded, is some of the current work that is going on at Calysta Energy, as reported by their CTO, Dr. Josh Silverman.

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April 23rd, 2014

Electrochemical Processes for Bio-Oil Deoxygenation

By Martin Bergstedt | Comments (0)

Biomass fast pyrolysis yields oxygen rich (hydrogen deficient) hydrocarbons of inferior fuel quality. They contain upwards of 40 dry-weight % oxygen, whereas petroleum contains around 1%, so these bio-oils must be upgraded to be rightfully considered a replacement for liquid fossil fuels. Jack Ferrell of NREL’s National bioenergy Center spoke at the Spring Meeting about their program to develop electrochemical hydrodeoxygenation processes.

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April 21st, 2014

Membrane Catalytic Reactors for Healthy Eating!

By Martin Bergstedt | Comments (0)

Because of the limitations inherent in current liquid hydrogenation technologies, the hydrodeoxygenation of pyrolysis bio-oils is proposed to be accomplished using a catalyzed membrane reactor. During preliminary trials with vegetable oils, an unexpected benefit was discovered in that the system yielded much less trans fats in the end product.

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April 9th, 2014

RCN Conference on Pan American Biofuels and Bioenergy Sustainability

By Idell Bryan | Comments (0)

The implications of large-scale biofuels and bioenergy production on environmental systems and social conditions are largely unknown. Yet despite this lack of fundamental sustainability knowledge, there currently is a rapid movement toward the development of biofuels and bioenergy production systems in the Pan American region, which will likely lead to […]

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