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Proteins trapped in glass could yield new medicinal advances

August 7th, 2019 at 11:49 am » Comments Off

The protein, captured in an extremely thin piece of glass — around 50 nanometres in diameter, is sliced up, atom by atom, with the help of an electrical field. It is then analysed through Atom Probe Tomography, and the 3D structure is recreated on a computer. Credit: Small: Volume 15, Issue 24, Atom Probe Tomography […]



Elon Musk unveils Neuralink’s plans for brain-reading ‘threads’ and a robot to insert them

July 30th, 2019 at 12:25 pm » Comments Off

Not for humans yet The proposed future technology Neuralink intends to make, a module that sits outside the head and wirelessly receives information from threads embedded in the brain. Photo: Neuralink Elon Musk’s Neuralink, the secretive company developing brain-machine interfaces, showed off some of the technology it has been developing to the public for the […]



South Korean tech breakthrough could change biofuels forever

July 25th, 2019 at 11:33 am » Comments Off

  Researchers in South Korea have made a major breakthrough in using bacteria to sustainably and efficiently produce biofuels. The team of scientists from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) report that they have developed a new kind of engineered microorganisms that are capable of producing greater volumes of the fatty acids […]



New mind-controlled robot arm first to work without brain implant

July 15th, 2019 at 11:54 am » Comments Off

  Just strap on the EEG cap and start thinking. If you want to control a robot with your mind — and really, who doesn’t? — you currently have two options. You can get a brain implant, in which case your control over the robot will be smooth and continuous. Or you can skip the […]



The Pentagon has a laser that can identify people from a distance—by their heartbeat

July 12th, 2019 at 3:19 am » Comments Off

The Jetson prototype can pick up on a unique cardiac signature from 200 meters away, even through clothes. Everyone’s heart is different. Like the iris or fingerprint, our unique cardiac signature can be used as a way to tell us apart. Crucially, it can be done from a distance. It’s that last point that has […]



Scientists created bacteria with a synthetic genome. Is this artificial life?

June 3rd, 2019 at 11:23 am » Comments Off

  A colored scanning electron micrograph of the bacteria E. coli. Scientists in Britain created bacteria with “recoded” DNA. In a milestone for synthetic biology, colonies of E. coli thrive with DNA constructed from scratch by humans, not nature. Scientists have created a living organism whose DNA is entirely human-made — perhaps a new form […]



This DIY biohacker is under investigation

May 26th, 2019 at 2:52 am » Comments Off

Josiah Zayner rose to internet fame after performing various biohacking stunts on himself — including a livestreamed attempt to edit his own genes using CRISPR. Those antics are coming to haunt Zayner. Now, the California Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) is investigating a “complaint of unlicensed practice of medicine” filed against him — a strange […]



New video shows 3D printed lung “breathing”

May 16th, 2019 at 11:14 am » Comments Off

  First Breaths Scientists just took a major step forward towards 3D printed organs — with a new lung-like system full of air sacs can expand and contract, filling the same biological role as our lungs do by pumping oxygen into blood. Bioprinted organs could someday help people who are waiting and sometimes dying on […]



Should athletes be allowed to enhance their genes?

May 5th, 2019 at 11:16 am » Comments Off

  So-called gene doping is banned in sports, but some philosophers argue that it’s the way of the future Scientists first developed gene therapy techniques in the 1990s, exploring ways to treat disease by modifying malfunctioning cells. In 1997, a team at John Hopkins University edited genes to create what the media called “Schwarzenegger mice,” […]



Cause of cancer is written into DNA of tumors, scientists find, creating a ‘black box’ for origin of disease

April 22nd, 2019 at 12:08 pm » Comments Off

Cancer causes the genetic code of DNA to change and the alterations can now be read The cause of cancer is written into the DNA of tumors, scientists have discovered, in a breakthrough which could finally show how much disease is attributable to factors like air pollution or pesticides. Until now the roots of many […]



‘Smart’ pajamas could monitor and help improve sleep

April 20th, 2019 at 11:01 am » Comments Off

Ordinary-looking pajamas are transformed into “smart” ones with five strategically placed sensors that measure heartbeat, respiration and posture. If you’ve ever dreamed about getting a good night’s sleep, your answer may someday lie in data generated by your sleepwear. Researchers have developed pajamas embedded with self-powered sensors that provide unobtrusive and continuous monitoring of heartbeat, […]



Pharma company hacks tequila bacteria to produce THC

April 10th, 2019 at 11:32 am » Comments Off

Farmako, a pharmaceutical cannabis company based in Frankfurt, Germany recently registered a patent for a gene-editing process that turns tequila bacteria into cannabinoids, Futurism reports. The genetically modified bacterium is called Zymomonas cannabinoidis, a gene-edited version of Zymomonas mobilis, which is used to produce tequila. By feeding on sugar, the bacterium produces biosynthetic cannabinoids such […]



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