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Same-sex mouse parents give birth via gene editing

October 21st, 2018 at 10:35 am » Comments Off

Scientists delivered pups with genetic material from two moms and two dads. But only pups with two moms survived to have babies themselves. BIRDS DO IT, bees do it—even laboratory mice do it. But with science in the mix, actually creating new life may not always require a male and a female. Using gene editing […]

The probiotic that kills antibiotic-resistant bacteria

October 20th, 2018 at 9:16 am » Comments Off

Infection with the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus can cause many health problems, including sepsis. Certain strains of this bacterium are resistant to antibiotics, so they are particularly dangerous. However, researchers discover that a probiotic bacterium can destroy this superbug. Researchers are now investigating the potential of a probiotic bacterium in treating MRSA infections. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus […]

Scientists grow human retinas and illuminate eye disease targets

October 20th, 2018 at 12:42 am » Comments Off

Retinal organoid at 291 days. Red and green cone cells are green in the photo, while blue cone cells are blue. Scientists were able to grow human retinas from stem cells for 1 year, allowing them to mimic human fetal development of retinas and closely observe how color-detecting cells form. Why it matters: The information […]

A stretchy stick-on patch can take blood pressure readings from deep inside your body

October 13th, 2018 at 9:44 am » Comments Off

The flexible stamp can collect data that usually requires bulky, invasive equipment. The last time you had your blood pressure checked, it was probably at a doctor’s office with a bulky cuff wrapped around your arm. One day soon, perhaps, you will just need a simple stick-on patch on your neck, no bigger than a […]

The ‘game-changing’ technique to create babies from skin cells just stepped forward

October 6th, 2018 at 11:31 am » Comments Off

Scientists in Japan made progress recently in the quest to combat infertility, creating the precursor to a human egg cell in a dish from nothing but a woman’s blood cells. The research is an important step toward what scientists call a “game-changing” technology that has the potential to transform reproduction. The primitive reproductive cell the […]

CRISPR gene editing creates cocaine-proof mice, aims to crack addiction puzzle

October 5th, 2018 at 10:31 am » Comments Off

Gene editing has already given us malaria-resistant mosquitoes and heat-resistant cows. Now, researchers from the University of Chicago may have topped both of those feats with their latest creation: Cocaine-resistant mice. Using the CRISPR-based gene-editing platform to modify the DNA of skin cells, researchers Xiaoyang Wu and Ming Xu have been able not only to […]

Japan’s new solar-powered “Second Skin” device revolutionizes wearable tech

October 2nd, 2018 at 11:18 am » Comments Off

It looks more like a band-aid than a watch. Advances in wearable tech have been pretty impressive lately, but the device described in a new Nature study blows the competition out of the water. While the Apple Watch is now equipped with an FDA-approved EKG sensor and companies like Samsung are going out of their […]

Two people with paralysis walk again using an implanted device

October 1st, 2018 at 10:36 am » Comments Off

‘It was like watching fireworks, but from the inside’ After Kelly Thomas’ truck flipped with her inside of it in 2014, she was told that she probably would never walk again. Now, with help from a spinal cord implant that she’s nicknamed “Junior,” Thomas is able to walk on her own. Thomas and Jeff Marquis, […]

Scientists just made human egg cells from human blood for the first time

September 29th, 2018 at 9:50 am » Comments Off

It’s the first step toward being able to mass produce human eggs using other people’s body tissues or blood. Scientists in Japan have used human blood to successfully create immature human egg cells in a lab for the first time, according to new research published Thursday in Science. The work is a major breakthrough in […]

Scientists grow full-sized, beating humanity hearts from stem cells

September 25th, 2018 at 10:35 am » Comments Off

It’s the closest we’ve come to growing transplantable hearts in the lab. Of the 4,000 Americans waiting for heart transplants, only 2,500 will receive new hearts in the next year. Even for those lucky enough to get a transplant, the biggest risk is the their bodies will reject the new heart and launch a massive […]

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