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French researchers restore the youth of cells taken from 100 year old people

November 19th, 2015 at 10:47 am » Comments Off

Scientists in France were able to restore the youth of cells taken from people 100 years of age and older. They reprogrammed them to stem cells stage, demonstrating that aging is in fact reversible.

Biotechnology startup will begin testing CRISPR gene editing on humans in 2017

November 6th, 2015 at 12:35 pm » Comments Off

Editas CEO Katrine Bosley Editas Medicine, a biotechnology startup, will begin tests of a powerful new form of gene repair in humans within two years. Speaking this week at the EmTech conference in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Editas CEO Katrine Bosley said the company hopes to start a clinical trial in 2017 to treat a rare form […]

3D printed thyroid gland implanted into mice

November 5th, 2015 at 6:51 pm » Comments Off

With new advancements happening on a regular basis in the world of bioprinting, it’s hard to determine just which company is furthest ahead.  Is it Organovo, the publicly traded company already working to create 3D printed mini kidneys with Australian researchers? Or is it one of the many research institutions making advancements in 3D printing ear drums, blood […]

Human heart can now be 3D printed using biological materials

October 28th, 2015 at 2:53 pm » Comments Off

All 3D printed innovations have something in common: they are only producing inorganic, plastic-based material. What about organic materials, such as human organs? Wouldn’t it be great if new organs could be printed out and used in surgical operations to save people’s lives? (Video)

‘Matrix’-like brain training to speed up physical therapy possible in the future

October 28th, 2015 at 2:42 pm » Comments Off

It’s no easy task to learn to walk again after a traumatic accident. One of the hardest things for motor-impaired patients is to generate the correct brain signals to help them recover efficiently.

Researchers develop new test that detects all viruses that infect people and animals

October 23rd, 2015 at 5:58 pm » Comments Off

There are some 320,000 unique mammalian viruses, according to estimates by virologists, and likely exponentially more existing on the planet today. Determining an accurate number would require billions more dollars and a great deal more manpower than is currently given to the study of viruses. Though a handful of viruses live in and on our bodies at […]

Paralyzed man first to walk using brain power alone

October 14th, 2015 at 9:13 pm » Comments Off

A paralyzed man is able to move using his brainpower thanks to a  ‘neural-bypass procedure’ that has been heralded a world first. Neurosurgeons achieved the world first by transmitting signals from the 26-year-old American’s brain to electrodes placed around both knees.

BioBots low-cost 3-D printer can make human organs and bones

August 28th, 2015 at 6:30 pm » Comments Off

At a Drexel University lab in Philadelphia, a desktop 3-D printer is printing miniature samples of bones. In Toronto, another researcher is using the same printer to make living tumors for drug testing. It looks like an ordinary 3-D printer, but instead of plastic, it squirts out living cells.  

New discovery of vessels linking the brain to the immune system

August 14th, 2015 at 7:18 pm » Comments Off

New research has found that the brain is directly connected to the immune system by vessels previously thought not to exist. The finding means the textbooks will have to be rewritten.  

Scientists grow human mini-brains that are giving big insights into autism

July 31st, 2015 at 9:37 am » Comments Off

Scientists first grew mini-hearts in a lab. Then they 3D printed skin. Now scientists have taken “body on a chip” to a whole new level.

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