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The future of bioprinting

Bioengineer Mark Skylar-Scott dreams of the day when instead of receiving a donor heart, a patient could have one made using their own cells.

Targeted cell control

A new method for prompting cells to create specific proteins can more accurately focus on which cells make the proteins and when. Given the diverse purposes of proteins in the body, this could lead to advances in medical treatments and research, among other applications.

A rapid-response vaccine could stop pandemics

James Swartz has spent a dozen years refining an underappreciated biotech technique into a radical new vaccine approach that could quickly protect billions of people from the next COVID-19-level pandemic.

Injectable gels could release medicines over time

Injecting patients with a gel that would dissolve over several months could replace the need to administer daily or weekly shots. But to make this possible, researchers first had to create a Jello-like substance that could defy one of the fundamental laws of nature.

Microlab tests for COVID-19 in 30 minutes

Using “lab on a chip” technology, Stanford engineers have created a microlab half the size of a credit card that can detect COVID-19 in just 30 minutes.

Scientists turn yeast cells into drug factories

Stanford engineers have genetically reprogrammed the cellular machinery of yeast to create microscopic factories that convert sugars and amino acids into plant-based drugs.