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    1. Acquisition of Spin-out Company Bioptigen to Bring Duke Imaging Technology to New Markets

      Acquisition of Spin-out Company Bioptigen to Bring Duke Imaging Technology to New Markets

      In June 2015, microscopy and imaging systems company Leica Microsystems acquired Bioptigen Inc., a company born from Duke's Pratt School of Engineering. Formed in 2004, Bioptigen has become a leader in optical coherence tomography (OCT), an imaging technique that uses light to capture extremely high-resolution, three-dimensional pictures of the eye. Bioptigen was the brainchild of Duke’s Michael J. Fitzpatrick Professor of Engineering Joseph Izatt and CEO Eric Buckland. Since its launch, the company secured more than 60 issued patents in OCT technology, many of which were licensed from intellectual property developed by Izatt, his students, and collaborators at ...

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    2. Scientists Identify Genetic Cues for a Big Heart

      Scientists Identify Genetic Cues for a Big Heart

      Bigger isn’t always better, even when it comes to the body’s most vital organs. An enlarged or thickened cardiac muscle can actually force the heart to work harder to pump blood throughout the body, weakening the organ until it eventually wears out. Despite the disastrous consequences of oversized organs, researchers have just begun to uncover the circuitry of signals that govern growth. What they do know comes in large part from genes of the tiny fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster. Over the years, biologists have deleted or suppressed tens of thousands of genes in the fly genome, aptly naming ...

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