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How to grow functioning human muscles from stem cells

May 17th, 2018 at 10:43 am » Comments Off

… 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 […]



Why a faecal transplant could save your life

April 27th, 2018 at 9:46 am » Comments Off

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 […]



Trillions and trillions of viruses fall from the sky each day

April 16th, 2018 at 11:07 am » Comments Off

Viruses attached to a fragment of a bacterial cell wall. “Viruses modulate the function and evolution of all living things,” scientists wrote last year. “But to what extent remains a mystery.”



This Silicon Valley startup has quietly raised $500 million to help diagnose cancer using controllers

March 30th, 2018 at 10:21 am » Comments Off

Health and Commerce Since its debut six years ago, Redwood City-based startup Auris Health has quietly raised $500 million to develop a series of tools designed to innovate surgical robotics technology. The company’s latest product, Monarch, is a controller-operated robotic camera that allows physicians to visualize the inside of the human body. The technology, which […]



Life… UNLIMITED: Beating ageing is set to become the biggest business in the world, say tycoons

March 28th, 2018 at 10:12 am » Comments Off

Silicon Valley billionaires are investing in slowing the ageing process They include PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos Investor Jim Mellon is leading the anti-ageing race on this side of the Atlantic



In surprise result, gene therapy reverses blinding eye disease

March 15th, 2018 at 10:53 am » Comments Off

 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 […]



Workbench for virus design

February 23rd, 2018 at 10:56 am » Comments Off

ETH researchers have developed a technology platform that allows them to systematically modify and customise bacteriophages. This technology is a step towards making phage therapies a powerful tool for combating dangerous pathogens.



Celularity placental stem cell treatments for cancer, longevity

February 19th, 2018 at 12:10 pm » Comments Off

A startup that wants to use stem cells to keep us living longer just raised $250 million Celularity is a New Jersey-based startup co-founded by X-Prize founder Dr. Peter Diamandis and ex-Celgene executive Dr. Bob Hariri.



Edible electronics tattooed on your food could help track your health

February 16th, 2018 at 3:24 pm » Comments Off

The development of organic circuits that can be transferred onto food and pills paves the way for a new era of biomonitoring.



Where do you go when you die? The increasing signs that human consciousness remains after death

February 12th, 2018 at 12:11 pm » Comments Off

Clinically, we understand death to mean the state that takes hold after our hearts stop beating. Blood circulation comes to a halt, we don’t breathe, our brains shut down—and that’s what divides the states we occupy from one moment (alive) to the next (dead).



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