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New Patents 2012

March 12, 2013

David Geho, Lance Liotta, Alessandra Luchini, and Emanuel Petricoin Smart Hydrogel Particles for Biomarker Harvesting Ancha Baranova, Konstantin Shakhbozov, and Mikhail Skoblov RET Finger Protein 2 (RFP2) Promoter Kenneth J. Hintz Information Request Generator Qiliang Li, Dimitris E. Ioannou, Yang Yang, and Xiaoxiao Zhu Nanowire Field Effect Junction Diode Siddarth Sundaresan, Albert V. Davydov, Yong

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Gene therapy and its potential to further personalized medicine is one of the hot topics in medicine today. Gene therapy derives its name from the idea that DNA can be used to alter or correct part of the genetic strand, affecting an individual’s cells to treat or prevent disease. One of the challenges facing doctors and researchers pursuing this line of inquiry is how to deliver the therapeutic small interfering RNA (siRNA) to the appropriate site in the body. Mason biologist Ancha Baranova’s latest patent provides such a delivery system.

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Have you ever been on your cellular phone and heard the echo of the conversation you are having? That may be a result of the so-called “ping-pong effect,” and Mason electrical engineer Brian Mark has two patents that would help make this problem less likely to happen.

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Through online portal, Mason instructional design and technology professor Nada Dabbagh hopes to make technology less intimidating to teachers.

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Seeking and Destroying HIV

February 28, 2012

New invention by Mason researcher Yuntao Wu shows promise in attacking AIDS virus.

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Cracking Bacteria’s Armor

February 21, 2012

Killing bacteria is central to Monique van Hoek’s research, as she and her team have developed new antimicrobial peptides, or small chains of amino acids, that are able to disrupt the protective coating that surrounds bacteria.

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This tool, consisting of nanoparticles, captures, concentrates, and preserves cancer and other disease markers in a single step. The nanoparticles are added to blood or urine to catch these disease biomarkers, similar to how a lobster trap catches lobsters. Funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) supported the research.

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Getting the Bugs Out

March 15, 2011

There are more than 400 types of viruses, or malware, that can infect wireless devices, such as cell phones. Some are able to send copies of text messages sent from a phone to other devices. Meanwhile, others can turn a cell phone into an eavesdropping device by surreptitiously turning it on so voices and other sounds can be picked up and transmitted elsewhere. Because of their ability to accept downloaded software, smartphones, like Blackberries and Symbian phones, are most susceptible.

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As a respected researcher whose knowledge is sought in certain scientific circles, Phil Yang has work that has him traveling often on Washington, D.C., area roads. In other words, he knows traffic.

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New Patents

March 15, 2011

Guido Cervone, Menas Kafatos, Domenico Napoletani, and Ramesh Singh Wavelet Maxima Curves of Surface Latent Heat Flux Domenico Napoletani, Timothy Sauer, and Danielle Struppa Dissipative Functional Microarrays for Classification Mark Krekeler, Stephen Elmore, and Cynthia Tselepis Radioactive Material Sequestration Steven Carlo, Eva Maya, Arthur Snow, and Richard Pong Fabrication of Polymer Nonlinear Elements for Optical

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