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 […]
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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 […]
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 […]
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.
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
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.
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.
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 […]
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.
New research has shown that a 3D-printed scaffolding could restore function to mice that had their ovaries removed. The scientists presented their research last week at the annual Endocrine Society meeting in Boston. The mice they were testing gave birth to healthy pups. Hopefully, in the future, this procedure can restore functionality to women who have […]