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  • By turning advanced cameras to capture legless larvae in action, scientists have gained a new understanding of their ability to leap through the air, including an ability to form what they call a "transient leg."​
  • ​There are already a number of inexpensive new devices that allow doctors in developing nations to image patients' retinas. In order to get a better look at what's going on, though, an optical coherence tomography (OCT) scanner is required – and a cheaper one of those has now also been developed.
  • 3D printing organs is going through some teething issues. Now researchers have found a surprisingly simple answer to the complex problem of printing detailed vascular networks, and shown it off with a dramatic model of a breathing lung that passes oxygen into surrounding blood vessels.
  • The CRISPR gene-editing system is incredibly accurate, but it’s not unusual for it to be a little bit off target sometimes. Now, biomedical engineers at Duke University have created an RNA “lock” that can apparently make the system far more precise, and it works with all kinds of CRISPR variations.
  • ​Electronic devices typically have to be manufactured with existing rectangular or cylindrical batteries in mind – but what might be possible if that weren't the case? Scientists recently created proof-of-concept 3D-printed batteries, paving the way for batteries that could be made in any shape.
  • The brain is a complex tangle of neurons that allow us to process lots of different stimuli at once. A Duke University team has found evidence that individual neurons can process multiple signals simultaneously, by rapidly alternating between them.
  • Researchers have recently revealed the results from a Phase 1 trial investigating the efficacy of an experimental treatment using a genetically modified poliovirus to attack a lethal form of brain cancer. The results are mildly promising but don’t suggest this will be a magic bullet of a treatment.
  • A team from Duke University has used the CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing technique to switch off certain genes in mice to reduce cholesterol levels, marking the first time CRISPR has been used to silence genes – without making edits – in adult animals.
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    According to a recent study from North Carolina's Duke University, moving our eyes causes our eardrums to move, too. The scientists say that the finding may lead to a new understanding of hearing disorders, such as the difficulty that some people have with following a conversation in a crowded room.
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    In 2015, a Duke University team made a world-first breakthrough, growing functioning human muscle tissue in a lab using cells from muscle biopsies called myogenic precursors. Now the research has leapt forward with working muscle being successfully grown from scratch using pluripotent stem cells.
  • ​Are human beings the only animals that will help other members of their species out, even if they don't know them? Not according to Jingzhi Tan, a postdoctoral associate in evolutionary anthropology at Duke University. He has observed wild bonobos being nice to bonobos that they don't know.
  • Scientists have known for some time that ethanol can kill cancer cells, but several limitations held it back from becoming broadly used. A team recently developed a new type of ethanol solution that can effectively treat a variety of tumors, offering a new, safe, and cheap form of treatment.