UK approves designer babies and the first will be born in 2017

UK approves designer babies and the first will be born in 2017

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF By authorising the creation of so called designer babies UK regulators are permitting doctors to use new gene therapy treatments to save, and change, lives, but without proper oversight we could quickly enter the wild west.   Last year the UK changed its laws in order...

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Promising HIV vaccine moves to human trials

Promising HIV vaccine moves to human trials

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF HIV is a stubborn virus and while scientists have managed to “rip” it out of patients noone has yet managed to create a vaccine for it, we’re hoping that is about to change   HIV is a stubborn disease but over the past year scientists...

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Accidental discovery pauses life and puts embryos into suspended animation

Accidental discovery pauses life and puts embryos into suspended animation

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to put embryos, cells, organisms and people into suspended animation could have a significant impact on anti-ageing, cancer treatments, IVF and space travel.   A new study by researchers at the University of California San Francisco published in Nature this week has shown, for...

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Scientists have created the worlds first artificial neuron

Scientists have created the worlds first artificial neuron

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Neurons play a crucial role in helping ensure our bodies run smoothly, but when they’re damaged, or degrade there can be dire consequences, from dementia to quadriplegia, this breakthrough might let us restore, or even enhance, neurological functions.   Researchers have built the world’s first...

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Scientists discover a way to delete fears from the brain

Scientists discover a way to delete fears from the brain

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Researchers are slowly unravelling the mysteries of the brain and how memories are formed, as we edge nearer to being able to delete memories from peoples minds we also get closer to knowing how to implant artificial memories too.   All of us have fears....

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The end of all disease by 2115, Zuckerberg shows off the team hoping to cure the world

The end of all disease by 2115, Zuckerberg shows off the team hoping to cure the world

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Many big moonshots fail not because of the technology but because of the lack of coordination and for, perhaps the first time ever, we now have both thanks to the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative   A while ago I wrote an article about how, given all...

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Scientists confirm our brains have unique fingerprints

Scientists confirm our brains have unique fingerprints

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Our brains are unique – even more so than our eyes, faces and fingerprints – but now it’s been confirmed this discovery will open the door for new neurological healthcare treatments as well as accelerate the rise of new brainwave biometric security technologies   People...

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Chinese researchers trial the worlds first cancer vaccine on humans

Chinese researchers trial the worlds first cancer vaccine on humans

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The CRISPR gene editing technique is being used to create everything from new forms of life that are resistant to every known virus on Earth to vaccines for cancer, it will, and is already, revolutionising life and wellbeing   In July this year a team...

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British girl who died of cancer wins right to be cryogenically frozen

British girl who died of cancer wins right to be cryogenically frozen

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In an age where we are making so many advances in healthcare it is increasingly conceivable that we may be able to bring people back from the dead which opens up a myriad of moral, ethical and religious questions about life and death.   A...

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Researchers 3D print body parts that work like the real thing

Researchers 3D print body parts that work like the real thing

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The ability to 3D print body parts, or parts of bodies, on demand changes the long term health and survivability prospects for every person on the planet. It will let us all live healthier, longer lives and is nothing less than revolutionary.   Using 3D...

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Researchers think our cellular powerhouses may be responsible for aging

Researchers think our cellular powerhouses may be responsible for aging

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Unravelling the mysteries of aging requires a multi-disciplinary approach, but as scientists gather more evidence the possibility of slowing, or reversing aging becomes more of a reality   Mitochondria — the structures within cells mostly known for converting nutrients into usable energy — may play...

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Australian researchers reproduce the effects of excercise with a pill

Australian researchers reproduce the effects of excercise with a pill

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Exercise has undisputed benefits when it comes to helping us live longer, healthier lives but for those people with chronic conditions, or for those who can’t exercise, a medical alternative would dramatically change their lives for the better.   Firstly, let me say this about...

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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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