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In surprise result, gene therapy reverses blinding eye disease

March 15th, 2018 at 10:53 am » Comments Off

 Dr. Robert MacLaren and colleagues at Britain’s Oxford Eye Hospital perform a gene therapy experiment. Patients who took part say the experimental, approach improved their vision. An experimental therapy for a blinding eye disease showed early – and surprising – promise when it improved the vision of patients in an early trial that was only […]

BrainQ aims to cure stroke and spinal cord injuries through mind-reader tech

March 6th, 2018 at 2:14 am » Comments Off

Israel-based BrainQ is a new neurotech startup hoping to take on brain-computer interface (BCI) companies like Braintree founder Bryan Johnson’s Kernel and Silicon Valley billionaire Elon Musk’s Neuralink.

Stanford researchers develop stretchable, touch-sensitive electronics

March 5th, 2018 at 11:23 am » Comments Off

Stanford researchers have set the stage for an evolution in electronics by taking the concept of ‘artificial skin’ to the next level, demonstrating not only a stretchable circuitry that can feel the touch of a ladybug, but a manufacturing process to mass produce this circuitry.

New CRISPR method takes on Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

March 5th, 2018 at 11:10 am » Comments Off

The advance of CRISPR gene editing technology, which uses an RNA strand to guide an enzyme called Cas9 to cut a specific portion of DNA, has raised concerns and sparked debate as people envision a not-so-distant future populated by bioengineered super-crops, genetically flawless pets, and customized babies. While the method could be used for these […]

Chinese doctors are using modified T-Cells to treat advanced forms of cancer

March 1st, 2018 at 10:46 am » Comments Off

Shixiu Wu, president of the Hangzhou Cancer Hospital, has started treating patients with advanced forms of cancer with modified T-cells. Despite his success, others worry China’s lack of tight research regulations could be putting patients at risk.

Doctors in China lead race to treat cancer by editing genes

February 26th, 2018 at 12:17 pm » Comments Off

Shaorong Deng gets an experimental treatment for cancer of the esophagus that uses his own immune system cells. They have been genetically modified with the gene-editing technique known as CRISPR.

Workbench for virus design

February 23rd, 2018 at 10:56 am » Comments Off

ETH researchers have developed a technology platform that allows them to systematically modify and customise bacteriophages. This technology is a step towards making phage therapies a powerful tool for combating dangerous pathogens.

Scientists grow full sized, beating human hearts from stem cells

February 22nd, 2018 at 10:48 am » Comments Off

It’s the closest we’ve come to growing transplantable hearts in the lab Of the 4,000 Americans waiting for heart transplants, only 2,500 will receive new hearts in the next year. Even for those lucky enough to get a transplant, the biggest risk is the their bodies will reject the new heart and launch a massive […]

New DNA nanorobots successfully target and kill off cancerous tumors

February 19th, 2018 at 11:54 am » Comments Off

Science fiction no more — in an article out today in Nature Biotechnology, scientists were able to show tiny autonomous bots have the potential to function as intelligent delivery vehicles to cure cancer in mice.

Biomedicine: Self-Healing, Recyclable Electronic Skin

February 13th, 2018 at 11:31 am » Comments Off

A section of the electronic skin developed by scientists at the University of Colorado Boulder. Biomedicine just took another leap forward. University of Colorado Boulder scientists created so-called electronic skin—e-skin for short. The e-skin is a thin, semi-transparent material that can act like your skin through measuring temperature, pressure, humidity and air flow. The new […]

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