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How to grow functioning human muscles from stem cells

May 17th, 2018 at 10:43 am » Comments Off

… and microscale robot exoskeleton muscles from graphene and glass. A cross section of a muscle fiber grown from induced pluripotent stem cells, showing muscle cells (green), cell nuclei (blue), and the surrounding support matrix for the cells (credit: Duke University) Biomedical engineers at Duke University have grown the first functioning human skeletal muscle from […]



Japan approves first trials of stem cell-based heart treatment

May 17th, 2018 at 10:16 am » Comments Off

iPS procedure raises hopes for alternative to donations and artificial organs TOKYO — Japan is set to host the world’s first clinical trials involving the use of induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells to treat heart failure. A special health ministry panel on Wednesday gave Osaka University the green light to carry out the study, pending […]



What Is Bioprinting?

May 11th, 2018 at 10:14 am » Comments Off

Bioprinted materials can be used to repair damaged organs. Bioprinting, a type of 3D printing, uses cells and other biological materials as “inks” to fabricate 3D biological structures. Bioprinted materials have the potential to repair damaged organs, cells, and tissues in the human body. In the future, bioprinting may be used to build entire organs […]



Gene editing for good

May 1st, 2018 at 9:52 am » Comments Off

How CRISPR could transform global development. Today, more people are living healthy, productive lives than ever before. This good news may come as a surprise, but there is plenty of evidence for it. Since the early 1990s, global child mortality has been cut in half. There have been massive reductions in cases of tuberculosis, malaria, […]



End of ageing and cancer? Scientists unveil structure of the ‘immortality’ enzyme telomerase

April 29th, 2018 at 9:36 am » Comments Off

  Making a drug is like trying to pick a lock at the molecular level. There are two ways in which you can proceed. You can try thousands of different keys at random, hopefully finding one that fits. The pharmaceutical industry does this all the time – sometimes screening hundreds of thousands of compounds to […]



Why a faecal transplant could save your life

April 27th, 2018 at 9:46 am » Comments Off

The faecal transplant, also known as trans-poo-sion, surely has the title of medicine’s most disgusting procedure. It is pretty much what you are imagining – part of a faecal stool is taken from one person and given to another. The purpose is to introduce new beneficial microbes to the receiving patient’s digestive system. And it […]



No more painful fillings! This dental breakthrough fixes cavities “naturally” using peptides

April 25th, 2018 at 8:09 am » Comments Off

Scientists have developed a method for filling cavities by mimicking nature. The sound of the dentist’s drill could be a thing of the past with news that scientists have created a way to fix tooth cavities without the need for painful fillings.



Tiny ‘hearing’ device is 100,000 times thinner than your eardrum

April 4th, 2018 at 8:14 am » Comments Off

It can detect signals at frequencies higher and lower than our own ears, too.



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.



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