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