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Harvard University uncovers DNA switch that controls genes for whole-body regeneration

March 20th, 2019 at 11:16 am » Comments Off

A piece of non-coding DNA may hold the key to how humans could regenerate body parts Humans may one day have the ability to regrow limbs after scientists at Harvard University uncovered the DNA switch that controls genes for whole-body regeneration. Some animals can achieve extraordinary feats of repair, such as salamanders which grow back […]

Scientists discover how to implant false memories

March 1st, 2019 at 12:03 pm » Comments Off

Implanting false memories could cure Alzheimer’s, PTSD, and depression. It could also make scapegoating easier, allow for witness tampering, or give those under a brutal dictatorship false patriotism. MIT researchers Steve Ramirez and Xu Liu recently made history when they successfully implanted a false memory into the mind of a mouse. The proof was a […]

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

February 19th, 2019 at 12:39 pm » Comments Off

  Heart tissue, seeded with induced cardiac cells, matures in a bioreactor that the researchers created.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 […]

Molecular machinery that makes potent antibiotic revealed after decades of research

February 3rd, 2019 at 11:10 am » Comments Off

Discovery by Rutgers and other scientists could lead to new antibiotics and anticancer drugs The 3D structure of McbBCD, an enzyme (protein) that makes the potent antibiotic microcin B17 from a smaller protein known as a peptide, as revealed by X-ray crystallography. The red spheres show chemical “cycles” formed by the enzyme that are required […]

We can now grow perfect human blood vessels in a lab

February 3rd, 2019 at 11:02 am » Comments Off

The latest game changer in diabetes research might not be a new drug or a therapy. Instead, it could be a system of human blood vessels virtually identical to the ones currently transporting blood throughout your body. What makes these blood vessels special is that they are the first ones grown in a lab — […]

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