Second Sight’s bionic eye helps restore a woman’s sight

Second Sight’s bionic eye helps restore a woman’s sight

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Neuroprosthetics provides individuals with crippling or debilitating conditions, whatever their origin, with the opportunity to regain sensations and capabilities, such as sight and hearing, that would otherwise be impossible.   Over the past several years, people with degenerative eye diseases could recover some their vision...

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Scientists lay out plans to build an artificial human genome by 2036

Scientists lay out plans to build an artificial human genome by 2036

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF When scientists can create artificial genomes they will be able to create new designer organisms, and humans, with entirely new, engineered properties and abilities.   Scientists have put forward plans for a follow up to the Human Genome Project (HGP) with a proposal to create...

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New genetic discovery will one day help humans regenerate damaged spinal chords

New genetic discovery will one day help humans regenerate damaged spinal chords

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The ability to regrow, repair and replace damaged parts of our bodies using Regenerative Medicine could help humans live longer, healthier lives – and it could potentially help us live forever.   One of the reasons why there are so many scientists today focusing on...

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Harvard puts a 3D printed Heart on a Chip to make drug testing safer

Harvard puts a 3D printed Heart on a Chip to make drug testing safer

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Organs-on-chips pave the way for faster, safer, animal free drug testing and will contribute to a healthcare revolution.   Harvard University researchers have made the first entirely 3D printed organ-on-a-chip with integrated sensing. Built by a fully automated, digital manufacturing procedure, the 3D printed “Heart on a...

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Scientists are creating a detailed map of all 35 trillion cells in the human body

Scientists are creating a detailed map of all 35 trillion cells in the human body

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The Human Cell Atlas will exponentially accelerate our understanding of disease and “the Human Condition.”   Last week in at a meeting in London, convened by the Broad Institute of MIT, Harvard University, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and the Wellcome Trust, a group of international scientists...

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Top scientists met in secret to discuss creating the first artificial humans

Top scientists met in secret to discuss creating the first artificial humans

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Synthetic biology opens the door for custom designed humans whose only parents are a computer.   Scientists can already produce viable artificial human eggs and sperm but earlier this month they took everything one step further when an invite only group of about 150 experts convened...

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Scientists may have identified the genes responsible for ageing

Scientists may have identified the genes responsible for ageing

Researchers have discovered a link between a protein and aging A protein found within the powerhouse of a cell could be the key to holding back the march of time, research by scientists at The University of Nottingham has shown and the discovery could offer a new target for drugs that...

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World first as a brain chip implant helps paralyzed man feel again

World first as a brain chip implant helps paralyzed man feel again

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In a world first scientists have helped a paralyzed man experience the sense of touch in his mind-controlled robotic arm.   The cutting edge experiment, a collaboration between the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, implanted electrodes smaller than a grain of...

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Scientists use brain controlled DNA nanobots to release drugs inside roaches

Scientists use brain controlled DNA nanobots to release drugs inside roaches

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Mind controlled DNA nanobots, next generation medicine delivery and glowing cockroaches what’s not to like…   It sounds like sci fi but it isn’t and one day it will usher in a new era in medicine.     A team of Israeli scientists have developed a product that...

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Day of reckoning as UK scientists eliminate HIV from “Patient X”

Day of reckoning as UK scientists eliminate HIV from “Patient X”

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF A British man could become the first person in the world to be cured of HIV using a new therapy designed by a team of scientists from five UK universities.   Around the world there are thousands of researchers and scientists trying to find a cure...

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Scientists discover a way to 3D print bone on the fly

Scientists discover a way to 3D print bone on the fly

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Doctors will be able to treat people with broken, or missing bones faster than ever before.   If you shatter a bone in the future, a 3D printer and some special ink could be your best medicine. Researchers have created what they call “hyperelastic bone”...

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World first as virtual reality helps legally blind man see for the first time

World first as virtual reality helps legally blind man see for the first time

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF An unlikely union – VR and a blind man – makes history.   A solitary plinth stands in the center of a dark room. It is surrounded by glowing computer screens of various sizes. Each of these screens is a portal to a different experience, a different...

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Worlds first designer baby is born in Mexico and has three parents

Worlds first designer baby is born in Mexico and has three parents

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Now that we have access to advanced gene editing techniques, such as CRISPR, it is inevitable that we will progressively use these technologies to edit the human genome and create genetically altered human beings.   The world’s first baby to be born from a new...

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New Graphene breakthrough reverses paralysis

New Graphene breakthrough reverses paralysis

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Proven in the labs Texas-PEG has already restored motor function in injured lab rats.   It isn’t the first time that we’re read about new breakthroughs that have repaired, and reversed serious paralysis but now Graphene, the super material that seems to have almost limitless...

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New medical breakthrough restarts hearts with light

New medical breakthrough restarts hearts with light

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Researchers have jump started hearts with light paving the way to get rid of electrical defibrillators for good.   Current treatments for arrhythmia, a dangerous irregular heartbeat, involve administering an intense burst of electricity from a defibrillator in times of cardiac arrest, but these pulses...

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Researchers cut HIV genes out of living cells using CRISPR

Researchers cut HIV genes out of living cells using CRISPR

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF One day researchers hope they can do the same in Humans.   In a world first, scientists led by Kamel Khalili, director of the Comprehensive NeuroAIDS Center at Temple University, report in the journal Gene Therapy that they have for the first time successfully eliminated...

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Babies from artificial eggs, researchers herald the end of mum and dad

Babies from artificial eggs, researchers herald the end of mum and dad

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Researchers have shown for the first time that future generations won’t need a mum or dad.   Depending on the circles you travel in it’s always been touted that men need women in order to have children but that women don’t necessarily need men, but...

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Monkeys write 12 words a minute to help the paralysed communicate

Monkeys write 12 words a minute to help the paralysed communicate

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Researchers are moving closer to helping fully paralysed people communicate just by thought alone.   “To be or not to be. That is the question.” That also happens to be the text that Monkey “J” typed out using a brain implant that he was using...

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An AI upgrade for your brain, Elon Musk teases the Neural Lace

An AI upgrade for your brain, Elon Musk teases the Neural Lace

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Worried that AI’s one day could make us their pets Elon Musk is teasing a new brain-hacking tech.   There’s no doubting that Elon Musk is one busy guy. Whether he’s trying to land on Mars with SpaceX, running Tesla, buying SolarCity, investing in the future of...

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NASA MinION ushers in a new era of space healthcare

NASA MinION ushers in a new era of space healthcare

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF NASA successfully sequences DNA in space, ushering in better healthcare for astronauts and a new era in space biology.   For the first time ever, DNA was successfully sequenced in microgravity as part of the Biomolecule Sequencer experiment performed by NASA astronaut Kate Rubins this weekend...

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