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Nanoshells could deliver more chemo with fewer side effectsNanoshells could deliver more chemo with fewer side effects
In vitro study verifies method for remotely triggering release of cancer drugs
Researchers investigating ways to deliver high doses of cancer-killing drugs inside tumors have shown they can use a laser and light-activated gold nanoparticles to remotely trigger the release of approved cancer drugs inside cancer cells in laboratory cultures. (November 8, 2017)


Chromosome organization emerges from 1-D patternsChromosome organization emerges from 1-D patterns
Rice, Baylor College of Medicine use epigenetic marks to predict how DNA folds
The DNA in a human cell is 2 yards long and wraps around millions of bead-like histone proteins to fit inside the cell’s nucleus. Researchers at Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine showed that examining the chemical state of these proteins makes it possible to predict how an entire DNA chromosome will fold. (October 31, 2017)


Nanotube fiber antennas as capable as copperNanotube fiber antennas as capable as copper
Rice University researchers show their flexible fibers work well but weigh much less
Fibers made of carbon nanotubes configured as wireless antennas can be as good as copper antennas but 20 times lighter, according to Rice University researchers. The antennas may offer practical advantages for aerospace applications and wearable electronics where weight and flexibility are factors. (October 23, 2017)


Discovery lights path for Alzheimer’s researchDiscovery lights path for Alzheimer’s research
Rice, Miami researchers identify binding site on amyloid beta peptide, learn to modify its structure
 A probe invented at Rice University that lights up when it binds to a misfolded amyloid beta peptide — the kind suspected of causing Alzheimer’s disease — has identified a specific binding site on the protein that could facilitate better drugs to treat the disease. (October 19, 2017)


Need for speed makes genome editing efficient, if not betterNeed for speed makes genome editing efficient, if not better
Rice scientists’ model may help reveal CRISPR-Cas9 mechanisms
Rice University researchers have developed a computational model to quantify the mechanism by which CRISPR-Cas9 proteins find their genome-editing targets. (October 17, 2017)


Long nanotubes make strong fibersLong nanotubes make strong fibers
Rice researchers advance characterization, purification of nanotube wires and films
To make continuous, strong and conductive carbon nanotube fibers, it’s best to start with long nanotubes, according to scientists at Rice University. (October 16, 2017)


Rice U. study: Vibrating nanoparticles interactRice U. study: Vibrating nanoparticles interact
Rice U. study: Vibrating nanoparticles interact
Like a tuning fork struck with a mallet, tiny gold nanodisks can be made to vibrate at resonant frequencies when struck by light. In new research, Rice University researchers showed they can selectively alter those vibrational frequencies by gathering different-sized nanodisks into groups. (October 16, 2017)


Rice U. lab surprised by ultraflat magnetsRice U. lab surprised by ultraflat magnets
Researchers create atom-thick alloys with unanticipated magnetic properties
Substituting atoms in the process of making two-dimensional alloys not only allows them to be customized for applications but also can make them magnetic, according to Rice University scientists and their collaborators. (October 11, 2017)

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