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Don’t bug out: Spider-like microbots will get under your skin … in a good way

August 20th, 2018 at 10:22 am » Comments Off

It might sound like the beginning of a nightmare, but researchers are developing a line of small, insect-inspired robots that could one day crawl into your body and help fix broken bits. They’re suspicious in their squishiness. Soft, flexible, and shaped like spiders. But their creators think future versions could be designed to perform tasks […]



America’s hottest export? Sperm

August 19th, 2018 at 4:47 pm » Comments Off

Sperm from the US and Denmark dominate the market because those countries currently have the most supply, experts say. Ella Rasmussen’s doctors started to prod her about children when she turned 30. She was single, suffered from endometriosis, and contemplated a hysterectomy. After several years, the nudges took hold. Because she wasn’t a good candidate […]



This company embeds microchips in its employees, and they love it

August 19th, 2018 at 7:58 am » Comments Off

Last August, 50 employees at Three Square Market got RFID chips in their hands. Now 80 have them. When Patrick McMullan wants a Diet Dr Pepper while he’s at work, he pays for it with a wave of his hand. McMullan has a microchip implanted between his thumb and forefinger, and the vending machine immediately […]



Drink that! An edible water orb

August 15th, 2018 at 9:49 am » Comments Off

Using reverse spherification, a biotech researcher in Bengaluru is making edible water orbs. Bengaluru-based biotechnology researcher Richard Gomes, who has created an “edible water orb” from natural materials, has a modest disclaimer: the technique used by his team is not unique or even particularly new; it’s used in many biotech labs to hold delicate cells […]



Inside the very big, very controversial business of dog cloning

August 12th, 2018 at 10:47 am » Comments Off

Recently born clones share an incubator. Barbra Streisand is not alone. At a South Korean laboratory, a once-disgraced doctor is replicating hundreds of deceased pets for the rich and famous. It’s made for more than a few questions of bioethics. The surgeon is a showman. Scrubbed in and surrounded by his surgical team, a lavalier […]



Gene editing technique allows silkworms to produce spider silk

August 9th, 2018 at 7:26 am » Comments Off

An analysis of transformed cocoons. Morphology of the WT-1, FibH+/-, FibH-/-, WT-2, MaSp1+/-, and MaSp1+/+ cocoons. Scale bar represents 1 cm. Credit: Jun Xu A team of researchers affiliated with several institutions in China has succeeded in using a gene editing technique to get silkworms to produce spider silk. In their paper published in Proceedings […]



Exoskeletons debut at Ford factories

August 8th, 2018 at 10:55 am » Comments Off

Staff will now be augmented by exoskeletons in Ford factories across the world. Following successful trials, Ford will now offer employees the use of exoskeletons to reduce the strain of factory work. Despite the emergence of Industry 4.0, smart factories, sensors, and data analytics, much of the heavy-duty operations of today’s industrial and manufacturing still […]



Designer babies on horizon as ethics council gives green light to genetically edited embryos

July 22nd, 2018 at 9:35 am » Comments Off

Designer babies are on the horizon after an influential group of scientists concluded that it could be ‘morally permissible’ to genetically engineer human embryos. In a new report which opens the door to a change in the law, the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, said that DNA editing could become an option for parents wanting to […]



Scientists just found a novel, cheap way to use CRISPR gene editing to fight cancer

July 18th, 2018 at 10:15 am » Comments Off

Immunotherapy Holds Big Promise for Beating Cancer CRISPR is by all accounts a fascinating technology. Its headline feature is that it can literally be used to slice, dice, and otherwise manipulate the body’s genetic code—functions that could carry staggering implications for treating everything from inherited disorders to cancer to HIV/AIDS one day. Now, new (though […]



Scientists can 3D print human heart tissue now. The future is here

July 10th, 2018 at 10:41 am » Comments Off

Long term, the goal of 3D bioprinting is to be able to 3D print fully functioning organs which can be used to replace the failing biological organs of humans in need of a transplant. That may still be years off, but Chicago-based biotech startup Biolife4D this week announced a major new milestone: Its ability to […]



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