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CRISPR halted muscular dystrophy in dogs. Are humans next?

September 11th, 2018 at 8:49 am » Comments Off

ABOUT TEN YEARS ago, British veterinarians discovered an unlucky family of King Charles Spaniels whose male pups sometimes came down with a mysterious set of maladies before their first birthday. They grew clumsy and weak, and they often choked on their own tongues. To blame was a mutation on their X chromosomes, in a gene […]



Artificial retinas made of this ultra-thin super material could help millions see again

September 10th, 2018 at 10:11 am » Comments Off

TRULY SUPER. There’s a reason researchers call graphene a “super material.” Even though it’s just a single layer of carbon atoms thick, it’s super strong, super flexible, and super light. It also conducts electricity, and is biodegradable. Now an international team of researchers has found a way to use the super material: to create artificial […]



Researchers 3D print prototype “BionicEye”

September 7th, 2018 at 10:48 am » Comments Off

Researchers at the University of Minnesota have 3D printed a light receptive array, consisting of silver particles and semiconducting polymers, on a glass hemispherical surface. The printed material can convert light to electricity, and the researchers hope that it could one day, with more research, end up serving as a bionic eye.



VR is helping amputees feel their prosthetics as if they belonged to their bodies

September 2nd, 2018 at 9:38 am » Comments Off

Researchers at EPFL developed a system that combines virtual reality with artificial tactile sensations to help amputees feel their prosthetics as if they are a part of their body. Via Mashable



The future of medicine may land within five to 10 years, CRISPR inventor says

August 28th, 2018 at 8:41 am » Comments Off

A pioneer of the Crispr gene-editing technology that’s taken Wall Street by storm says the field is probably five to 10 years away from having an approved therapy for patients. Biochemist Jennifer Doudna, who runs the Doudna Lab at the University of California at Berkeley, says major questions remain about the safety and effectiveness of […]



The high-stakes race to create the world’s first artificial heart

August 26th, 2018 at 10:10 am » Comments Off

World-famous Houston surgeon Bud Frazier spent decades developing a revolutionary device that could save millions of lives. In this exclusive excerpt from ‘Ticker: The Quest to Create an Artificial Heart,’ he attempts to implant it in a human for the first The kids fell in love with him first. Back in the late eighties, Craig […]



3D-printed nerve stem cells could help patch up spinal cord injuries

August 14th, 2018 at 9:16 am » Comments Off

A 3D-printed device, loaded with neuronal stem cells, that can be implanted into an injured spinal cord to help “bridge” the damage, Spinal injuries can be like downed power lines – even if everything on either side of the injury is perfectly functional, the break can effectively shut down the whole system. Now, researchers at […]



Robots grow mini-organs from human stem cells

July 29th, 2018 at 10:34 am » Comments Off

An automated system that uses robots has been designed to rapidly produce human mini-organs derived from stem cells. Researchers at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle developed the new system. The advance promises to greatly expand the use of mini-organs in basic research and drug discovery, according to Benjamin Freedman, assistant professor […]



Designer babies on horizon as ethics council gives green light to genetically edited embryos

July 22nd, 2018 at 9:35 am » Comments Off

Designer babies are on the horizon after an influential group of scientists concluded that it could be ‘morally permissible’ to genetically engineer human embryos. In a new report which opens the door to a change in the law, the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, said that DNA editing could become an option for parents wanting to […]



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 […]



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