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Regrowing our own body parts

April 30th, 2017 at 9:53 am » Comments Off

The ability to regenerate body parts has always been a fascinating prospect, inspiring characters like Wolverine who can instantly heal themselves and regrow body parts they’ve lost — and now regeneration has inspired scientific research. Many species in the animal kingdom can regenerate: arthropods (like scorpions) can regrow appendages, some annelids (like worms) can regenerate […]



Human head transplant less than a year away

April 28th, 2017 at 3:56 am » Comments Off

By this time next year, if all goes according to plan, the world’s first human head transplant will have taken place, Italian surgeon Sergio Canavero has revealed. In early 2015, Canavero made headlines around the world when he announced that he would perform the ground-breaking surgery within two years. Now, he has revealed in an […]



Researchers grow heart tissue on spinach leaves

April 8th, 2017 at 10:00 am » Comments Off

In this sequence, a spinach leaf is stripped of its plant cells, a process called decellularization, using a detergent. The process leaves behind the leaf’s vasculature. Researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) were able to culture beating human heart cells on such decelluralized leaves. Credit: Worcester Polytechnic Institute Researchers face a fundamental challenge as they […]



Humans Can Now “Print” Genetic Code and Engineer Life

March 10th, 2017 at 10:00 am » Comments Off

We have learned how to manipulate the code of life. Why this hasn’t received more attention is beyond me. Synthetic Biology is a multidisciplinary field that often defies definition. Yet despite its complexity, it is a remarkably easy field to apply once you’ve learned the science behind it. From a computer, you can input your […]



Scientists are planning to replace antibiotics

January 18th, 2017 at 3:47 pm » Comments Off

When you use something so much, your body becomes accustomed to it, and it no longer has the same effect that it once did. This is exactly what’s happening with antibiotics. Our bodies are becoming immune to their effects and building an antibiotic resistance. Statistics show that at least 2 million people are infected every […]



The human body’s 79th organ?

January 10th, 2017 at 11:12 am » Comments Off

To the 78 organs that make up the human body, a group of scientists says we should add one more: the mesentery. Located in our abdominal cavity, the mesentery is a belt of tissue that holds our intestines in place. While anatomists knew it was there, it was always thought to be composed of several different […]



AI will generate new cancer drugs

January 4th, 2017 at 1:45 pm » Comments Off

Scientists at the Pharmaceutical Artificial Intelligence (pharma.AI) group of Insilico Medicine, Inc, today announced the publication of a seminal paper demonstrating the application of generative adversarial autoencoders (AAEs) to generating new molecular fingerprints on demand.



Scientists can identify unique “breathprint” of diseases

January 3rd, 2017 at 4:19 pm » Comments Off

A team of international researchers recently unveiled a nano array that can identify the chemical signatures of 17 different diseases, possibly bringing us closer to the day when doctors might be able to use a medical tricorder a la Star Trek to instantly diagnose a patient’s conditions.



Hospitals could soon have ‘Biofabricated’ human tissue 3D printed

December 7th, 2016 at 11:48 am » Comments Off

  In the hospitals of the future, your doctor may walk out with your charts and back in with a new body part for you to try on. At least, that appears to be the future the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane, Australia has in mind. The institution is in the process of constructing a “biofabrication” room […]



London doctors have printed the world’s first 3D heart model

November 22nd, 2016 at 11:27 am » Comments Off

London doctors have made the headlines this week as they become the first medical staff ever to use a 3D printed heart model to improve surgical procedures and predict any dangers such as serious changes to a person’s heartbeat. It works by taking images from a CMR (cardiovascular magnetic resonance) scan and creating an exact […]



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