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Location-broadcasting chips

The September issue highlights magnetic microdevices that broadcast their position within the body.

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  • News and Views |

    Causing nanoscale vibrations in bone-marrow stromal cells embedded in a soft collagen gel induces the cells to undergo osteogenic differentiation and mineralization via mechanosensitive signalling pathways.

    • Jeroen Eyckmans
    •  & Christopher S. Chen
  • News and Views |

    A dendrimer that depletes bioavailable copper as a result of its internal make-up displays powerful anticancer activity in mice, and no observable adverse effects.

    • Zhenbin Lyu
    •  & Ling Peng
  • News and Views |

    Laser light emitted by fluorescently stained human tissue inside a laser cavity can be used to diagnose cancer.

    • Matjaž Humar
  • Comment |

    Interventional healthcare will evolve from an artisanal craft based on the individual experiences, preferences and traditions of physicians into a discipline that relies on objective decision-making on the basis of large-scale data from heterogeneous sources.

    • Lena Maier-Hein
    • , Swaroop S. Vedula
    • , Stefanie Speidel
    • , Nassir Navab
    • , Ron Kikinis
    • , Adrian Park
    • , Matthias Eisenmann
    • , Hubertus Feussner
    • , Germain Forestier
    • , Stamatia Giannarou
    • , Makoto Hashizume
    • , Darko Katic
    • , Hannes Kenngott
    • , Michael Kranzfelder
    • , Anand Malpani
    • , Keno März
    • , Thomas Neumuth
    • , Nicolas Padoy
    • , Carla Pugh
    • , Nicolai Schoch
    • , Danail Stoyanov
    • , Russell Taylor
    • , Martin Wagner
    • , Gregory D. Hager
    •  & Pierre Jannin
  • News and Views |

    Microchips embedding a magnetic sensor and a radiofrequency transmitter can be localized in the body of a mouse at submillimetre resolution when under a magnetic field.

    • Yong Lin Kong
    •  & Giovanni Traverso


  • Advances in the isolation of cancer biomarkers in blood and in imaging probes will make a difference in the early detection of cancer.
  • Engineering and materials-science advances drive the miniaturization and long-term and safe operation of bioelectronic devices for diagnostics or therapy.
  • The accelerating power of machine learning in diagnosing disease and in sorting and classifying health data will empower physicians and speed-up decision making in the clinic.
  • Strategies that increase the functional durability of implanted biomaterials suggest that retention of function might be more important than retention of the biomaterial itself.

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