Tech & Engineering
The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) has named 83 academic inventors to its 2022 class of NAI Senior Members. Among these are University of Texas at San Antonio faculty members Amanda Fernandez, Thomas Forsthuber and Eugene John. NAI Senior Members are active faculty members, scientists and administrators from NAI Member Institutions who have demonstrated remarkable innovation producing technologies that have brought or aspire to bring real impact on the welfare of society. They also have growing success in patents, licensing and commercialization.
A nationwide study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the first to show that immunity against severe COVID-19 disease begins to wane 4 months after receipt of the third dose of an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna). Waning immunity was observed during both the Delta and Omicron variant waves in similar fashion to how mRNA vaccine effectiveness wanes after a second dose. Although protection decreased with time, a third dose was still highly effective at preventing severe illness with COVID-19.
Researchers at the Del Monte Institute for Neuroscience at the University of Rochester may have found an explanation in a new study that suggests that circuitry in the brain responsible for motivation and pleasure is impacted when someone experiences pain.
- PLoS ONE
Researchers at UC Davis and Rice University have discovered that lactic acid bacteria uses a hybrid metabolism, combining respiration with fermentation. The discovery could lead to healthier, tastier fermented foods.
- National Science Foundation, Office of Naval Research
“We showed, for the first time, that spray-induced gene silencing can control late blight,” said Ramesh Vetukuri, a plant pathologist at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences who was involved with this research. “Our study is also the first to indicate that P. infestans sporangia can take up dsRNA from the surroundings and that it efficiently suppresses the expression of target genes.”
- Svenska Forskningsrådet Formas, Svenska Forskningsrådet Formas, Swedish Research Council, NKJ-SNS-Dialogue Biocontrol Network, Carl Tryggers Stiftelse för Vetenskaplig Forskning, Crafoord Foundation, Partnerskap Alnarp, Partnerskap Alnarp, Partnerskap Alnarp, Alnarp Stipendiekommitténs, Scottish Government Rural and Environment Science and Analytical Services Division
Researchers from SUTD developed a microsize-gap multiple-shot electroporation (M2E) device that could improve the effectiveness of delivering cancer drugs at a lower cost, globally.
- ACS Omega