Tension helps heart cells develop normally in the lab, according to Stanford engineers
Scientists have discovered that getting stem cells to mimic normal adult heart cells – a critical step for eventually using them to test drugs – requires tension and a specific shape.
Stanford biologists crack centuries-old mystery of how cell growth triggers cell division
Researchers in Jan Skotheim's lab have discovered a previously unknown mechanism that controls how large cells grow, an insight that could one day provide insight into attacking diseases such as cancer.
Stanford team re-engineers virus to deliver therapies to cells
Researchers stripped a virus of its infectious machinery and turned its benign core into a delivery vehicle that can target sick cells while leaving healthy tissue alone.
Stanford scientists produce cancer drug from rare plant in lab to benefit human health
Stanford scientists produced a common cancer drug – previously only available from an endangered plant – in a common laboratory plant. This work could lead to a more stable supply of the drug and allow scientists to manipulate that drug to make it even safer and more effective.
Most sensors designed to measure head impacts in sports produce inaccurate data, Stanford bioengineers find
As scientists zero in on the skull motions that can cause concussions, David Camarillo's lab has found that many commercially available sensors worn by athletes to gather this data are prone to significant error.
Biomedical innovation takes off in India, with Stanford roots
A program that blends India's frugal mindset with Stanford's entrepreneurial atmosphere has generated low-cost solutions to high-tech medical needs.
Stanford researchers find surprising level of tick-borne disease risk on local trails
Study reveals mysterious pathogen in higher concentrations than thought in trailside ticks in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Stanford scientists devise method for rescuing genetic material from formaldehyde-treated tissue samples
Formaldehyde is excellent for preserving cellular structures, but it makes it difficult to pull genetic information from tissue samples. Eric Kool and colleagues have developed a catalyst that saves RNA, which could lead to better patient outcomes.
California's new vaccination law serves as a national model for children's health, Stanford scholars say
Stanford legal experts say that California's controversial new vaccination law – one of the strictest in the nation – may serve as a model for other states at a time when vaccination rates are low by historical standards.
Shallow fracking raises questions for water, new Stanford research shows
Stanford scientist's investigations show that drinking water sources may be threatened by thousands of shallow oil and gas wells mined with the controversial process of hydraulic fracturing.