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Grant to Rice fast-tracks cell-sorting advances

Mike Williams Nov 14, 2014

A Rice University professor shooting cells down a track for analysis sees a need for speed, and the government agrees. Jacob Robinson, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, has won a prestigious Young Faculty Award from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to pursue technology that will greatly speed the process of cell sorting, an essential task for synthetic biologists.

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Pitkow receives funding for brain research

Rice Aug 01, 2014

Most neurological disorders affect multiple aspects of behavior, indicating they are likely to be brain-wide phenomena. Scientists from Rice University, Baylor College of Medicine, the University of Rochester, and the University of Minnesota are embarking on new research that will lead to a better understanding of information processing in the brain, and how failures in networks across the brain may result in disease.

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Electric brain stimulation alleviates some disorders

Greg Flakus, Jun 10, 2014

Modern medicine relies mainly on drugs to cure or alleviate disorders, but for some conditions doctors apply electrical stimulation. The pacemaker, for example, helps weak hearts maintain a steady beat. Scientists are now using electrical pulses in the brain to relieve symptoms of Parkinson's disease. With such advances, electrical stimulation may soon be used for a variety of other conditions.

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