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Tech news: September

This month's top tech news stories

Precise isolation of circulating tumour cells

A novel hydrodynamic structure has been proposed to achieve one-step and label-free isolation of circulating tumour cells (CTCs) and cell-leukocyte fusion cells (CFCs) from whole blood.

Non-invasive imaging

Scientists have identified visual changes in the bone marrow caused by acute myeloid leukaemia. The imaging technique used is now being tested in hospitals to see if it could help predict whether different treatments will be effective in individual patients.

One fat cell subtype responds to insulin stimulation

Scientists have discovered that there are three different subtypes of mature fat cells in white adipose tissue and that it is only one of these – AdipoPLIN – that responds to insulin.

CRISPR treatment for blood diseases

A collaborative team of researchers has presented preliminary data showing that a CRISPR-based gene-editing therapy for inherited blood disorders is safe and effective.

Brain cancer liquid biopsy

Early detection of brain cancer has moved one step closer, according to new research.

Jab in the arm, or puff up the nose?

A team of researchers affiliated with multiple institutions in the US and UK has found that administering the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine intranasally to infected hamsters and monkeys reduced viral loads in nasal swabs, suggesting reduced shedding.

Facemask that can detect COVID-19

Engineers at MIT and Harvard University have designed a novel facemask that can diagnose the wearer with COVID-19 within about 90 minutes.

Under the microscope: Escape rooms

This month: Escape rooms

Tech news: July

This month's top tech news stories

Decreased testing could lead to STI surge

Screening and testing for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the US decreased by 63% for men and 59% for women during the early months of the pandemic.

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