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Scientists discover protective Alzheimer’s gene and develop rapid drug-testing platform

July 21st, 2020 at 2:31 pm » Comments Off

  PET scan of a human brain with Alzheimer’s disease. A gene has been discovered that can naturally suppress the signs of Alzheimer’s Disease in human brain cells, in research led by Queen Mary University of London. The scientists have also developed a new rapid drug-screening system for treatments that could potentially delay or prevent […]



Mini human livers grown from stem cells successfully implanted into rats

June 18th, 2020 at 11:48 am » Comments Off

Miniature human livers can be grown from stem cells and implanted into rats – and hopefully, one day humans  Imagine needing a liver transplant, and instead of waiting for a donor, a new one could be grown from your own skin cells. Scientists have now taken quite a big step towards that future, by successfully […]



Reprogrammed skin cells inserted in brain help Parkinson’s patient regain function – study

June 1st, 2020 at 11:05 am » Comments Off

REUTERS – Skin cells reprogrammed to produce the neurotransmitter dopamine and inserted deep into the brain of a 69-year-old man with Parkinson’s disease have allowed him to tie his shoes again and resume swimming and biking, researchers reported in The New England Journal of Medicine on Wednesday. The experimental treatment, initiated two years ago and […]



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 […]



Scientists build “first living robots” from frog stem cells

January 29th, 2020 at 12:14 pm » Comments Off

  “It’s a new class of artifact: a living, programmable organism.” A team of researchers have built what they claim to be the first living robots. The “xenobots,” they say, can move, pick up objects, and even heal themselves after being cut. The team is hoping the biological machines could one day be used to […]



Japan approves scientist’s plan to create world’s first Humanimals

November 1st, 2019 at 11:33 am » Comments Off

  For the first time, a government is supporting a plan to create animal embryos with human cells and bring them to term, resulting in a type of humanimal known as a human-animal chimera. According to Nature, a committee from Japan’s science ministry signed off on a request by researchers to grow human pancreases in […]



Scientists create a device that can mass-produce human embryoids

October 4th, 2019 at 12:22 am » Comments Off

  These human embryo-like structures (top) were synthesized from human stem cells; they’ve been stained to illustrate different cell types. Images (bottom) of the “embryoids” in the new device that was invented to make them. Yi Zheng/University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Scientists have invented a device that can quickly produce large numbers of living entities that […]



Mini-brains grown in a lab have human-like brain activity

September 10th, 2019 at 3:29 am » Comments Off

A new study promises new paths to research mental illness, but raises questions about whether so-called organoids could develop consciousness Alysson Muotri was dumbfounded when the pea-sized blobs of human brain cells that he was growing in the lab started emitting electrical pulses. He initially thought the electrodes he was using were malfunctioning. Muotri was […]



Cambridge scientists reverse ageing process in rat brain stem cells

September 9th, 2019 at 11:34 am » Comments Off

Aged rat brain stem cells grown on a soft surface (right) show more healthy, vigorous growth than similar aged brain stem cells grown on a stiff surface (left) New research reveals how increasing brain stiffness as we age causes brain stem cell dysfunction, and demonstrates new ways to reverse older stem cells to a younger, […]



‘Extraordinary’ breakthroughs in anti-Aging research ‘will happen faster than people think’

September 3rd, 2019 at 11:58 am » Comments Off

People 50 and older have a lot to look forward to, according to Juvenescence’s Greg Bailey—mainly that we won’t be aging as fast or poorly as our parents. “Science fiction has become science,” said the UK-based anti-aging biotech’s CEO about the company’s completing its $100 million Series B round of financing last week. “I think […]



This Lab-grown patch could repair your heart after a heart attack

June 28th, 2019 at 11:15 am » Comments Off

   Patches could help repair damaged hearts. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the US for both men and women. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 735,00 Americans have a heart attack each year, and 610,000 die of heart disease. Those who survive heart attacks remain at serious risk […]



Dentists are asking parents not to throw their kids’ baby teeth, here’s why

June 9th, 2019 at 11:39 am » Comments Off

Do you remember the strange thrill of losing a tooth when you were a child? On the one hand, you had the distressing feeling of seeing blood and feeling it pop out. At the same time, you knew something exciting was going to happen when you put it under your pillow. If you were lucky, […]



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