Uzbekistan uses genetic testing to discover the next Olympians

Uzbekistan uses genetic testing to discover the next Olympians

Uzbekistan hunts for natural born winners To spot future olympians it’s common practice to wait to see if youngsters are actually good at any given activity but the central Asian country of Uzbekistan is testing the genes of children as young as 10 to try and find future champion athletes. The nation...

Read more
Team GB cyclists get ready to unveil their seven percent advantage at Rio 2016

Team GB cyclists get ready to unveil their seven percent advantage at Rio 2016

Olympic teams used to look for marginal gains but now new technology gains appear to be anything but marginal Update Team GB win gold and set new World Record of 3:50:570, a time that “shocked the world of cycling” Great Britain’s cyclists are pursuing Olympic gold in Rio...

Read more
Science meets technology at Team USA’s training camp

Science meets technology at Team USA’s training camp

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Everything inside Team USA’s olympic training camp screams technology.   Outside it was a beautiful spring day with Pikes Peak looming majestically to the west, but as Desiree Linden pounded out miles on a treadmill in a hermetically sealed room at the Olympic Training Center...

Read more
Rio 2016 introduces tests to hunt for genetically modified athletes

Rio 2016 introduces tests to hunt for genetically modified athletes

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In the not so distant future drugs cheats will give way to gene cheats, and WADA plans on catching them all – eventually.   Mention Erythropoietin to most people on the street and they won’t have any idea what you’re talking about. It took over...

Read more
Olympians are electrocuting their brains to improve performance

Olympians are electrocuting their brains to improve performance

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Mental preparation for the Olympic games has always been a crucial part of a sports persons training, now Olympians have turned to neuroscience to gain an edge.   If you see Michael Tinsley, a silver medalist in the 400 meter hurdles, wearing some crazy- looking headphones,...

Read more
Human on a chip development signals the end of animal testing

Human on a chip development signals the end of animal testing

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Noone will be sad to see the back of animal testing.   Before a new drug or medical treatment can be let loose on human beings, it has to go through a rigorous set of tests to make sure it’s safe – tests that unfortunately...

Read more
Scientists have grown a brain in a jar

Scientists have grown a brain in a jar

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Once the stuff of science fiction movies scientists have managed to grow a (small) brain in a jar.   Scientists in Singapore have successfully grown functioning midbrain tissue – a feat that may bring researchers a step closer to finding a cure for brain diseases...

Read more
China trials a CRISPR vaccine for Cancer on humans

China trials a CRISPR vaccine for Cancer on humans

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Researchers around the world are racing to be first to create a viable cure for Cancer, now a team in China might beat the US to the punch.   Medicine, and the way that we treat disease, is changing and nowhere is that more self...

Read more
Scientists develop “Stem cell fillings” that trigger teeth to repair themselves

Scientists develop “Stem cell fillings” that trigger teeth to repair themselves

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Never visit the dentists again and eat all the sweet stuff you like. Marvellous!   Scientists in the UK have developed a new Biomaterial that can be inserted into teeth, via a traditional dentists filling, that can repair and regenerate dentin – the hard, bone like material...

Read more
Scientists develop Matrix style technology capable of ‘uploading knowledge’ to your brain

Scientists develop Matrix style technology capable of ‘uploading knowledge’ to your brain

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF A lifetime of education might one day be condensed into minutes.   Scientists believe they may have taken the first steps towards making Matrix-style ‘instant learning’ a reality.     A team of researchers from HRL Laboratories in California conducted experiments in which they studied the brain...

Read more
HIV defeats revolutionary gene editing technology CRISPR

HIV defeats revolutionary gene editing technology CRISPR

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Questions are appearing over CRISPR’s ability to cure HIV.   HIV can defeat efforts to cripple it with CRISPR gene editing technology, researchers say and furthermore the very act of editing which involves snipping at the virus’s genome may actually introduce mutations that help it to...

Read more
Scientists turn to gene editing to reverse blindness in humans

Scientists turn to gene editing to reverse blindness in humans

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Scientists are using the revolutionary gene editing technology CRISPR, dubbed the “Genesis Engine,” to treat, cure, and reverse a whole range of medical conditions that range from Cancer and HIV to blindness and inherited syndromes and the results so far are staggering.   Hailed as...

Read more