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CRISPR halted muscular dystrophy in dogs. Are humans next?

September 11th, 2018 at 8:49 am » Comments Off

ABOUT TEN YEARS ago, British veterinarians discovered an unlucky family of King Charles Spaniels whose male pups sometimes came down with a mysterious set of maladies before their first birthday. They grew clumsy and weak, and they often choked on their own tongues. To blame was a mutation on their X chromosomes, in a gene […]



Artificial retinas made of this ultra-thin super material could help millions see again

September 10th, 2018 at 10:11 am » Comments Off

TRULY SUPER. There’s a reason researchers call graphene a “super material.” Even though it’s just a single layer of carbon atoms thick, it’s super strong, super flexible, and super light. It also conducts electricity, and is biodegradable. Now an international team of researchers has found a way to use the super material: to create artificial […]



Researchers 3D print prototype “BionicEye”

September 7th, 2018 at 10:48 am » Comments Off

Researchers at the University of Minnesota have 3D printed a light receptive array, consisting of silver particles and semiconducting polymers, on a glass hemispherical surface. The printed material can convert light to electricity, and the researchers hope that it could one day, with more research, end up serving as a bionic eye.



A potential boom is coming in anti-aging drugs

September 5th, 2018 at 9:21 am » Comments Off

As the average age in developed economies rises in the coming years and decades, one of the next big economic disruptions may be in anti-aging medicines, according to a report by Citi. Why it matters: Already, the anti-aging market is about $200 billion, and the new boom could be in drugs that slow, reverse or […]



Genetically engineered bacteria paint microscopic masterpieces

September 3rd, 2018 at 10:11 am » Comments Off

Scientists have used genetically engineered bacteria to recreate a masterpiece at a microscopic scale. By engineering E. coli bacteria to respond to light, they’ve guided the bacteria like tiny drones toward patterns that depict Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. It’s not artistic recognition they’re after. Rather, the researchers want to show that these engineered organisms […]



CDC uses HP bioprinters to speed up testing for new antibiotics

September 1st, 2018 at 10:43 am » Comments Off

The pilot will help test effectiveness against superbugs. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention is turning to some bleeding edge tech in its bid to stamp out drug-resistant ‘superbug’ bacteria. It’s buying a slew of HP bioprinters (the D300e you see above) as part of a pilot program that could speed up the testing […]



The future of medicine may land within five to 10 years, CRISPR inventor says

August 28th, 2018 at 8:41 am » Comments Off

A pioneer of the Crispr gene-editing technology that’s taken Wall Street by storm says the field is probably five to 10 years away from having an approved therapy for patients. Biochemist Jennifer Doudna, who runs the Doudna Lab at the University of California at Berkeley, says major questions remain about the safety and effectiveness of […]



The high-stakes race to create the world’s first artificial heart

August 26th, 2018 at 10:10 am » Comments Off

World-famous Houston surgeon Bud Frazier spent decades developing a revolutionary device that could save millions of lives. In this exclusive excerpt from ‘Ticker: The Quest to Create an Artificial Heart,’ he attempts to implant it in a human for the first The kids fell in love with him first. Back in the late eighties, Craig […]



Five emerging technology trends that will blur the lines between human and machine

August 24th, 2018 at 9:24 am » Comments Off

The 35 must-watch technologies represented on the Gartner Inc. Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies, 2018 revealed five distinct emerging technology trends that will blur the lines between humans and machines. Emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI), play a critical role in enabling companies to be ubiquitous, always available, and connected to business ecosystems to […]



A new way to ‘freeze’ water could help transform organ preservation

August 21st, 2018 at 9:30 am » Comments Off

Freezing can be a great way of preserving assorted foodstuffs or biological tissues and organs, but it’s not without its risks. The formation of sharp ice crystals can damage cell membranes, while the defrosting process comes with its own potential dangers. Scientists from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), the original and largest teaching hospital at Harvard […]



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