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The first transparent 3D-printed skull has just been implanted

July 21st, 2016 at 11:49 am » Comments Off

Surgeons in Holland implanted a transparent plastic skull in a woman whose skull has never stopped growing. The rare bone disease that was wrecking her vision and destroying her life has been been bested by a simple 3D printer. The team of surgeons, led by Dr. Bon Verweij at the University Medical Center in Utrecht, […]



Woman from Texas is the first to undergo Optogenetic Therapy

June 23rd, 2016 at 2:33 pm » Comments Off

A blind woman in Texas is now the first person to undergo therapy based on a technology called optogenetics. The therapy will create light-sensing cells in one of her eyes and enable her to see again. Doctors don’t yet know if it worked, but the implications of an optogenetics trial could be significant for patients suffering […]



Scientists performed the first trials of a ‘universal cancer vaccine’

June 14th, 2016 at 3:30 pm » Comments Off

Scientists just took a big, “positive” step towards developing what could be the first ‘universal cancer vaccine’. The results from early trials in humans and research in mice, have just been published. They suggest that the new technique could be used to activate patients’ immune systems against any type of tumour, no matter where it is […]



Can a dead brain person be brought to life?

June 6th, 2016 at 11:04 am » Comments Off

The IRB at Anupam Hospital in India has approved Bioquark to recruit 20 patients who have been classed as clinically brain dead. The company is wanting to revive brain function and use brain and spinal cord stimulation, bioactive molecules and stem cells. Within just 15 days it is in hope that the results will be […]



Smart contact lens monitors diabetes and delivers drugs

May 31st, 2016 at 9:58 am » Comments Off

Researchers have made a smart contact lens that could be used to monitor diabetes and dispense drugs on-demand. The system includes cool-looking eyeglasses that wirelessly power and communicate with the circuit-lined, drug-releasing lens that a patient could wear for up to a month.



Microscopic robots get tiny practical engines

May 12th, 2016 at 1:02 pm » Comments Off

Making machines smaller and smaller is becoming easier and easier to the point we can now make working machines that are only the size of complex molecules. The problem is making them work. Researchers have tried various power an propulsion systems, but they lack  speed, strength and control. However, with the creation of tiny engines, […]



Permission has been granted to a biotech company allowing them to attempt to reactive the brains of brain dead patients using stem cells

May 11th, 2016 at 4:11 pm » Comments Off

An institutional Review Board has given ethical permission to stimulate the brains of  20 brain dead patients to see if people can be partly revived. The highly controversial study, ReAnimaproject, which will start next year in India, will stimulate the nervous system in order to restore the brain.



New immunotherapy leaves 93 percent of advanced leukemia patients in remission

May 2nd, 2016 at 11:31 am » Comments Off

29 patients with advanced type leukemia that were resistant to multiple other forms of therapy had their genes genetically engineered. Of those 29 patients 27 of them went into remission after receiving the treatment making this new immunotherapy a strong candidate for curing cancer.



Gene therapy against human aging successful

April 27th, 2016 at 7:00 am » Comments Off

Elizabeth Parrish, CEO of Bioviva USA Inc, has undergone a gene therapy, created by her own company that has reversed 20 years of telomere shortening. This makes Parrish the first human to be successfully rejuvenated by gene therapy. Telomere score is calculated according to telomere length of white blood cells (T-lymphocytes). This result is based on […]



The age of the computer chip brain implant

April 21st, 2016 at 8:05 am » Comments Off

Though he was left paralyzed from the neck down, Ian Burkhart can now play Guitar Hero with his thoughts. A computer chip in his brain enables him to play along to the rhythm of the songs, a process detailed in a paper published on April 13th.  



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