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The Segway’s inventor has a new project : Manufacturing human organs

June 30th, 2020 at 1:34 pm » Comments Off

  Dean Kamen, who invented the Segway almost 20 years ago, is still busy inventing. Now, at the age of 69, he is working on the most ambitious project of his career: manufacturing organs When the FDA approves lab-grown human organs for patients, Dean Kamen wants to be ready to mass-produce them This past January, […]



Coronavirus: Experts warn of bioterrorism after pandemic

May 26th, 2020 at 9:39 am » Comments Off

The Council of Europe has warned of a potential increase in the use of biological weapons, like viruses or bacterias, in a post-coronavirus world. Terrorists would not forget “lessons learned” during the pandemic. Security experts from the Council of Europe have warned that the global coronavirus outbreak may increase the use of biological weapons by […]



Crumpled graphene makes ultra-sensitive cancer DNA detector

April 3rd, 2020 at 11:22 am » Comments Off

Graphene-based biosensors could usher in an era of liquid biopsy, detecting DNA cancer markers circulating in a patient’s blood or serum. But current designs need a lot of DNA. In a new study, crumpling graphene makes it more than ten thousand times more sensitive to DNA by creating electrical “hot spots,” researchers at the University […]



Old human cells rejuvenated with stem cell technology

April 2nd, 2020 at 11:20 am » Comments Off

Old human cells can become more youthful by coaxing them to briefly express proteins used to make induced pluripotent cells, Stanford researchers and their colleagues have found. The finding may have implications for aging research. Old human cells return to a more youthful and vigorous state after being induced to briefly express a panel of […]



YC startup Felix wants to replace antibiotics with programmable viruses

April 2nd, 2020 at 11:17 am » Comments Off

Right now the world is at war. But this is no ordinary war. It’s a fight with an organism so small we can only detect it through use of a microscope — and if we don’t stop it, it could kill millions of us in the next several decades. No, I’m not talking about COVID-19, […]



If we can make animals smarter, should we?

March 19th, 2020 at 10:13 am » Comments Off

In science fiction stories, research can accidentally create superintelligent animal species. As the ability to alter animals’ brains grows, some say we should be wary of fiction becoming reality. This article appears in VICE Magazine’s Stupid Issue, which is dedicated to the entertaining, goofy, and just plain dumb. It features stories celebrating ridiculous ideas, trends, […]



5 incredible synthetic biology holy grails that could change the world

March 3rd, 2020 at 11:59 am » Comments Off

Investors are still waiting for next-generation biotech to deliver on its enormous promise and potential, but just one of these Holy Grails would make the wait worth it.  Biotechnology has come a long way since 1978, when Herbert Boyer successfully demonstrated that human insulin could be produced from bacteria engineered with recombinant DNA. The breakthrough […]



3D Printing humans: A quick review of 3D Bioprinters

February 13th, 2020 at 12:58 pm » Comments Off

It was only a matter of time before the iconic scene from 1997’s The Fifth Element became a reality. In the film Milla Jovovich’s character, Leeloo, is entirely rebuilt using her dead hand as a template. The resurrection is performed by a surgical robot that collects slices of heterogeneous tissue, generated from a yellow bio-ink, […]



Amazon is working to develop biometric scanners to link handprints to credit cards, allowing shoppers to buy with the swipe of their palm

January 24th, 2020 at 12:49 pm » Comments Off

Amazon is working with credit card companies to create terminals to allow users to pay for items with biometric data from their handprint. The online retailer previously patented such technology, which had been presumed to be used at its Whole Food stores Amazon currently allows shoppers at its Amazon Go grocery store to pay for […]



The major discoveries that could transform the world in the next decade

January 2nd, 2020 at 12:20 pm » Comments Off

Here’s what scientists are really excited about. The last decade ushered in some truly revolutionary advances in science, from the discovery of the Higgs boson to the use of CRISPR for Sci-Fi esque gene editing. But what are some of the biggest breakthroughs still to come? Live Science asked several experts in their field what […]



Lab-grown meat also creates an unexpected benefit: Ethical zebra burgers

November 4th, 2019 at 1:57 pm » Comments Off

“What are the odds that these animals contain the tastiest, most nutritionally rich food offerings?” The term “cultivated meat” is industry’s preferred language for the admittedly unappetizing-sounding “lab-grown meat,” and it has the potential to actually change the world. This lab-grown meat could reduce the various impacts of raising animals for slaughter, which is the […]



Mini brains grown in the laboratory produce brainwaves. Now what?

October 20th, 2019 at 1:08 pm » Comments Off

It’s hard to study the human brain. It is the most complex in the animal kingdom with its massive collection of neurons, 80-100 billion to be exact, three times more than chimpanzees. Research relating our brains to the brains of mice and monkeys can only go so far. And because of this complexity, scientists often […]



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