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The coronavirus isn’t alive. That’s why it’s so hard to kill.

March 28th, 2020 at 10:06 am » Comments Off

This novel coronavirus is a sneaky variety similar to those that have been responsible for the most destructive outbreaks of the last 100 years. Viruses have spent billions of years perfecting the art of surviving without living – a frighteningly effective strategy that makes them a potent threat in today’s world. That’s especially true of […]



High-speed microscope captures fleeting brain signals

March 26th, 2020 at 10:50 am » Comments Off

When a neuron fires, calcium flows into the cell in a wave that sweeps along the cell body. Images of this infragranular neuron were obtained three times per second by two-dimensional scanning with a Bessel focus. Redder structures are deeper in the mouse cortex. (UC Berkeley images by Na Ji) Electrical and chemical signals flash […]



The next challenge for getting to Mars: What happens to the human body in space

March 24th, 2020 at 12:57 pm » Comments Off

From NASA’s Moon to Mars program to Elon Musk’s ambitious plan to send a million people to Mars by 2050, the race is on to get human feet on the red planet. With increasingly sophisticated rockets and robotics, the technological challenges standing in the way of this goal are fast being eroded. But there might […]



Teva to send US millions of malaria pills with potential to help COVID-19

March 21st, 2020 at 11:04 am » Comments Off

Hydroxychloroquine one of several drugs cited in recent days as being possibly effective against coronavirus; Israeli firm says it will provide as many as possible at no cost Israeli generic drug giant Teva announced Friday that it will provide ten million doses of its anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine, which could potentially prove effective in fighting the […]



Breast milk compound found to dissolve tumors in human trials

March 7th, 2020 at 11:33 am » Comments Off

Hamlet Pharma Labs researching a breast milk compound which kills cancer Swedish scientists from the University of Lund have found promising results from researching the effects of a compound found in breast milk – a substance nicknamed Hamlet (Human Alpha-Lactalbumin Made LEthal To Tumor Cells) – on bladder cancer patients. In the early trials, those […]



We are nearing ‘longevity escape velocity’ — where science can extend your life for more than a year for every year you are alive

March 4th, 2020 at 11:31 am » Comments Off

Technological convergence in 8 areas is taking direct aim at the limits of human lifespan  By Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler Technology hasn’t just improved our lives; it’s also extended them — considerably. For most of history, humans lived about 25 years. Real acceleration emerged at the turn of the 20th century, when everything […]



You’re likely to get the Coronavirus

March 4th, 2020 at 11:27 am » Comments Off

Most cases are not life-threatening, which is also what makes the virus a historic challenge to contain. In May 1997, a 3-year-old boy developed what at first seemed like the common cold. When his symptoms—sore throat, fever, and cough—persisted for six days, he was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Hong Kong. There his […]



Experimental study speeds up bone healing with 2 common medications

March 2nd, 2020 at 12:20 pm » Comments Off

In rat experiments the duo of drugs increased levels of circulating stem cells and sped up healing of a spinal fracture A new proof-of-concept study has found a combination of two drugs, already approved by the FDA for other uses, may boost the release of stem cells from bone marrow and accelerate the healing of […]



Powerful antibiotics discovered using AI

February 28th, 2020 at 1:21 am » Comments Off

Escherichia coli bacteria, coloured green, in a scanning electron micrograph. A pioneering machine-learning approach has identified powerful new types of antibiotic from a pool of more than 100 million molecules — including one that works against a wide range of bacteria, including tuberculosis and strains considered untreatable.



AI-formulated medicine to be tested on humans for the first time

February 25th, 2020 at 1:36 pm » Comments Off

It took less than a year to develop the drug, which is designed to treat OCD. A drug designed entirely by artificial intelligence is about to enter clinical human trials for the first time. The drug, which is intended to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder, was discovered using AI systems from Oxford-based biotech company Exscientia. While it […]



Move over, pot: Psychedelic companies are about to go public

February 20th, 2020 at 12:56 pm » Comments Off

The first companies developing medical treatments from psychedelic drugs like LSD, ketamine and the active ingredient in magic mushrooms are gearing up to list on Canadian stock exchanges. Mind Medicine Inc., which is undertaking clinical trials of psychedelic-based drugs, intends to list on Toronto’s NEO Exchange by the first week of March, said JR Rahn, […]



Replacement blood vessels may be woven from bio-yarn

February 19th, 2020 at 12:31 pm » Comments Off

  Blood vessels made from the yarn should reportedly be tolerated by all patients When a damaged blood vessel has to be replaced, it’s important that the replacement be well-tolerated by the body. And while bioprinted blood vessels are one possibility, French scientists are now working on weaving the things out of collagen yarn. Led […]



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