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Biocomplexity Institute

Sloppy shipping of human retina leads IU researchers to discover new treatment path for eye disease

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Sloppy shipping of a donated human retina to an Indiana University researcher studying a leading cause of vision loss has inadvertently helped uncover a previously undetected mechanism causing the disease. The discovery has led researchers to urge review of how millions of dollars are spent investigating the cause of a type of age-related macular degeneration called choroidal neovascularization. Full Story >>

Biocomplexity researchers announce multi-scale model of early embryonic development in vertebrates


Scientists at Indiana University's Biocomplexity Institute have developed a computational model for the intricate cellular dance that occurs during the earliest stages of animal development when embryonic segments called somites form. Somites eventually give rise to the internal scaffolding of life: For common earthworms that scaffolding is 100 or so body segments; in humans it's a segmented mass of cell layers in the early embryo that leads to the formation of muscles, vertebrae, limbs, ribs and the tailbone. Full Story >>

Open lecture affords public a view of cooperation, evolution during Dec. 3-5 Biocomplexity event

Rick Michod

An annual workshop of Indiana University's Biocomplexity Institute, this year titled Biocomplexity XI: "The Evolution of Cooperation: Paradoxes of Collectivity & Individuality," will include a guest public lecture by Richard Michod, a University of Arizona professor who is head of UA's Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department. Full Story >>

Cell simulation workshop draws international cast of researchers to IU Bloomington


Researchers from around the world searching for the most accurate ways to capture how cells behave -- from adhesion and clustering to growth, division and death -- are at Indiana University Bloomington this summer to perfect their use of two of the most widely accepted tools for simulating cellular interactions. Full Story >>

IU Biocomplexity event goes public with timely 'Legacy of Frankenstein' talk Thursday

David Stocum

If "surgical manipulation of body parts . . . resurrection of life . . . the ethical consequences of engaging powers we've yet to morally know how to use" reads like a lead-in for a Halloween movie marathon then the public can expect much more next week when biologist David Stocum presents on the seasonally-timed topic of "The Legacy of Frankenstein: Regenerative Biology and Medicine." Full Story >>

Biosensors at the bedside

A new company, SpheroSense Technologies Inc., founded by scientists at IU Bloomington, aims to become the leader in continuous-monitoring devices for research, medical and safety applications based on a new type of miniature optical device. Unlike most existing technologies, this biosensor can detect small molecules, drugs, proteins, viruses, DNA and RNA, and it can be manufactured inexpensively enough to be disposable after delivering results in minutes. The combination of flexibility, compact size, high-speed detection and low price will make the new biosensor ideal for clinical, laboratory and industrial applications, including in a physician's office. Full Story >>