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The making of Mojo, AR contact lenses that give your eyes superpowers

January 18th, 2020 at 6:05 pm » Comments Off

Using a display the size of a grain of sand to project images onto the retina, this startup could help everyone from firefighters to people with poor vision. When I looked into the user interface of Mojo Vision’s augmented reality contact lenses, I didn’t see anything at first except the real world in front of […]



Scientists have created an artificial retina implant that could restore vision to million

January 18th, 2020 at 5:59 pm » Comments Off

Scientists have developed a retinal implant that can restore lost vision in rats, and are planning to trial the procedure in humans later this year. The implant, which converts light into an electrical signal that stimulates retinal neurons, could give hope to millions who experience retinal degeneration – including retinitis pigmentosa – in which photoreceptor […]



Scientists use stem cells from frogs to build first living robots

January 16th, 2020 at 1:14 pm » Comments Off

Researchers foresee myriad benefits for humanity, but also acknowledge ethical issues Be warned. If the rise of the robots comes to pass, the apocalypse may be a more squelchy affair than science fiction writers have prepared us for. Researchers in the US have created the first living machines by assembling cells from African clawed frogs […]



Artificial lifeforms designed by supercomputers are fully programmable

January 14th, 2020 at 11:20 am » Comments Off

This living organism was designed by a supercomputer and assembled in the labSam Kriegman, UVM Robots are made to mimic living creatures, and as smart as they’re becoming, we can still look at them and understand that they aren’t “living” in any real sense. But that line is now beginning to blur. Researchers at the […]



Scientists successfully turn breast cancer cells into fat to stop them from spreading

December 27th, 2019 at 3:56 am » Comments Off

Researchers have been able to coax human breast cancer cells to turn into fat cells in a new proof-of-concept study in mice. To achieve this feat, the team exploited a weird pathway that metastasising cancer cells have; their results are just a first step, but it’s a truly promising approach.



Israeli scientists find way to treat pancreatic cancer in 14 days

December 12th, 2019 at 12:17 pm » Comments Off

Cancerous cells forming a lump in the pancreatic tissue The tumor in one mouse that was injected with human cancer cells completely disappeared. A new treatment developed by Tel Aviv University could induce the destruction of pancreatic cancer cells, eradicating the number of cancerous cells by up to 90% after two weeks of daily injections […]



A new CRISPR technique could fix almost all genetic diseases possible

November 30th, 2019 at 1:35 pm » Comments Off

A new method, called “prime editing,” could, in principle, correct around 89 percent of the mutations that cause inherited human disease. A less error-prone DNA editing method could correct many more harmful mutations than was previously possible. Andrew Anzalone was restless. It was late fall of 2017. The year was winding down, and so was […]



Exclusive: Humans placed in suspended animation for the first time

November 26th, 2019 at 1:46 pm » Comments Off

Doctors have placed humans in suspended animation for the first time, as part of a trial in the US that aims to make it possible to fix traumatic injuries that would otherwise cause death. Samuel Tisherman, at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, told New Scientist that his team of medics had placed at […]



Engineer finds way to pull diseases from blood using magnets

November 19th, 2019 at 12:06 pm » Comments Off

“IN THEORY, YOU CAN GO AFTER ALMOST ANYTHING. POISONS, PATHOGENS, VIRUSES, BACTERIA…” A British engineer has found a way to filter unwanted cells from blood using magnets — and his tool could be used in clinical trials as soon as next year. Thanks to existing research, biochemical scientist George Frodsham knew it was possible to […]



CRISPR enzyme programmed to kill viruses in human cells

November 10th, 2019 at 5:15 pm » Comments Off

Researchers harness Cas13 as an antiviral and diagnostic for RNA-based viruses Researchers have now turned a CRISPR RNA-cutting enzyme into an antiviral that can be programmed to detect and destroy RNA-based viruses in human cells. Many of the world’s most common or deadly human pathogens are RNA-based viruses — Ebola, Zika and flu, for example […]



Nanoparticle tech reduces celiac disease symptoms by 90%

November 6th, 2019 at 12:53 pm » Comments Off

People with celiac disease have two options in life, neither of which is ideal. Because their immune systems can’t tolerate gluten, they can choose to never eat the many delicious foods containing it. Boring. Or they can devour all the cake, bread, and beer they want — but resign themselves to abdominal pain, diarrhea, and […]



Hacking Humans : Search & replace gene editing is here

November 1st, 2019 at 11:21 am » Comments Off

The introduction of CRISPR changed the world of genetic engineering by allowing researchers to “cut and paste” DNA. But the process can introduce errors that produce unpredictable results. A recently published report in the journal Nature by David Liu, a Harvard university biologist, describes a new process that is more like a “search and replace” […]



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