News Roundup: A High School Lab Hero, Lab-Grown Limbs, and More

Our top news stories include the story of a science teacher who is a lab hero for her school, a robot pill that delivers medicine using tiny sugar needles, and the development of limbs grown in the lab. Each week we post interesting news and information relating to metrology, pipetting, research, and more which you can find on our Industry News page.

Here are the most recent highlights:

Passion for hands-on science lands woman Teacher of the Year: TTE's search for a Lab Hero is underway! We're looking for a role model that goes above and beyond expectations in the lab, and we continue to accept nominations for those that deserve recognition for their work. In the spirit of this search, we thought we would share this story about a science teacher who became teacher of the year in her district for her inspiring work with hands-on learning. She has inspired the students in her classes to take an interest in science and enjoy learning. You can read the full story here. If you know of someone who has been an inspiration in such a manner, nominate him/her today to be our Lab Hero!

You could soon be taking a robot pill that delivers drugs using sugar needles: A Swiss pharmaceutical company has partnered with a US biotech startup to develop a robotic pill that replaces vaccines by using sugar needles to directly deliver medicine. The new pill would be taken like a normal pill, but tiny needles would deliver the medicine directly into the intestine. Studies will continue over the next two years, but the companies hope to make the pill a reality soon. The Next Web has the scoop.

How to calibrate pipettes: If you haven't seen our video on how to calibrate pipettes, now is your chance! This in-depth video walks through the steps to proper pipette calibration so that you can perform the procedure yourself. You can find the video here.

For the first time, scientists create a lab-grown limb: Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital have successfully created a lab-grown limb of a rat with functioning vascular and muscle tissue. The first of its kind, this new development may soon allow for human limb transplant surgery using a patient's own biological material. As CNET reports, limbs have previously been difficult to replicate in such a manner due to the complexity that comes from containing multiple tissue types, but researchers hope that this will lead to muscle regeneration with human cells, then continuing with bone, cartilage and connective tissue.

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