Researchers from the University of Texas and the University of Wisconsin-Madison found small defensive molecules that serve much the same function in lampreys that antibodies serve in mammals can effectively deliver drugs in human beings. The key is the molecules' ability to carry drugs and home in on the connective tissue surrounding human cells to feed them, a place where drugs can accumulate and possibly produce a stronger effect when eventually absorbed into the cell.
Engineers and biomechanics specialists are employing techniques normally used for materials like steel and soft biological tissue to study ACL tears. They bring their expertise to a highly complex structure to recommend better surgical repair and ways to reduce ACL injuries.
Over the next decade, Exxon Mobil will work with 17 Energy Department laboratories and spend $100 million to research, develop and recyclable plastics and more energy-dense biofuels. Bill Farris, associate director of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, is excited about the potential to bring these technologies to commercial scale.
ASME recently sponsored a briefing on Capitol Hill in partnership with the House Manufacturing Caucus to highlight the challenges facing regenerative medicine. The briefing, titled “Organs on Demand: What’s Stopping Us from Made-to-Order Tissues and Organs,” brought together leaders in the field of regenerative medicine who are working to take this technology to the next level.
The amphibious transport dock ship USS Arlington and a Patriot surface-to-air missile battery will soon join the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group in the Middle East. The movement is part of a US buildup in the region as tensions with Iran intensify.
The USS John C. Stennis is nearing its new home port in Norfolk, Va., where it will undergo a midlife refueling and overhaul. The guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay is accompanying the Stennis in its to voyage to Norfolk prior to returning to San Diego.
US, Japanese, Indian and Philippine vessels teamed to challenge Chinese territorial claims in the South China Sea. "Professional engagements with our allies, partners and friends in the region are opportunities to build upon our existing, strong relationships," said Commander Andrew J. Klug, captain of the destroyer USS William P. Lawrence.
After a change in mission for stealth destroyers from land attack to ship hunting, the Navy is now considering removing the Advanced Gun System entirely from the DDG-1000 platform, according to Capt. Kevin Smith, DDG-1000 program manager at Program Executive Officer Ships. The AGS, designed specially for Zumwalt-class ships, has developed slowly.
The successful launch of an unarmed Trident II D5 missile off Cape Canaveral, Fla., marks the 172nd successful test of the missile type. The launch was carried out by the Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarine USS Rhode Island as part of Demonstration and Shakedown Operation 29.
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