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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 […]

FDA approves first cannabis-based drug

June 27th, 2018 at 9:47 am » Comments Off

Epidiolex treats two types of epileptic syndromes The drug is expected to become available in the fall (CNN) — The US Food and Drug Administration approved a cannabis-based drug for the first time, the agency said Monday. Epidiolex was recommended for approval by an advisory committee in April, and the agency had until this week […]

New eyedrops could repair corneas, make glasses unnecessary

June 26th, 2018 at 8:26 am » Comments Off

“This is a new concept for correcting refractory problems.” A Shaare Zedek Medical Center and Bar-Ilan University ophthalmologist has invented and patented “nanodrops” which – when placed on pigs’ corneas – have produced improvements in short-sightedness and long-sightedness. If they improve vision in humans when clinical testing is carried out later this year, the nanoparticle […]

Inside the controversial new surgery to transplant human wombs

June 23rd, 2018 at 8:14 am » Comments Off

Pioneering surgeons have made it possible to transplant a human uterus that can bear children, offering hope to millions of women who never thought they could give birth. On September 4, 2014, in Gothenburg, Sweden, his 36-year-old expectant mother lay on an operating table, suffering from preeclampsia—a pregnancy complication associated with high blood pressure. The […]

A cancer blockbuster gets approved in China. Will the floodgates now open?

June 21st, 2018 at 10:33 am » Comments Off

Bristol-Myers Squibb announced today that its pioneering cancer immunotherapy drug Opdivo has been approved for sale in China. Opdivo targets a protein called PD-1, which is effectively a braking signal in the immune system. Cancer cells are incredibly wily when it comes to evading the body’s own natural defenses, and one of the ways they […]

Gastric bypass “surgery in a pill” points to inspired new treatment for diabetes

June 15th, 2018 at 9:39 am » Comments Off

While gastric-bypass, or bariatric, surgery can be a very successful weight-loss treatment option for those suffering from obesity, it has also been seen to be extraordinarily effective in reversing type 2 diabetes. An exciting new study from a team at Brigham and Women’s Hospital has now demonstrated an oral agent that can potentially mimic the […]

Ultrasound-powered nanorobots clear bacteria and toxins from blood

June 13th, 2018 at 1:31 am » Comments Off

The U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency aims to create a broad-spectrum detoxification robotic platform. MRSA bacterium captured by a hybrid cell membrane-coated nanorobot (colored scanning electron microscope image and black and white image below) (credit: Esteban-Fernández de Ávila/Science Robotics) Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed tiny ultrasound-powered nanorobots that can swim […]

Magnetic ‘metal seed’ that destroys brain tumours in ten minutes invented by British scientists

June 11th, 2018 at 9:44 am » Comments Off

Deadly brain tumours could be heated up by MRI scanners until they die in groundbreaking treatment Deadly brain tumours could be removed in just ten minutes with a groundbreaking new treatment which uses MRI scanners to heat up cancer cells until they die. The new therapy, developed by University College London, involves injecting a tiny […]

A new laser eye surgery fixes your vision without any gnarly eyeball slicing

June 10th, 2018 at 8:32 am » Comments Off

As someone who wears glasses, the idea of corrective laser eye surgery is certainly tempting. But then you start reading about how the invasive surgery is actually performed, along with some of (admittedly rare) risks, and suddenly glasses don’t seem so bad. Things could change, however, thanks to research coming out of Columbia University. Researchers […]

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