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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Brazil releases billions of genetically modified Mosquitos to combat Zika

Brazil releases billions of genetically modified Mosquitos to combat Zika

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There will always be questions about the viability and impact of releasing genetically modified organisms into our environment but with billions of mosquitos being released it might already be a moot point   Every Saturday morning, Maria do Carmo Tunussi goes door to door asking...

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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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New electronics breakthrough lets devices run for years without batteries

New electronics breakthrough lets devices run for years without batteries

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF New transistor design scavenges energy and paves the way for ultra low power electronics.   Transistors are found in almost every electronic device and now a new ultra low power transistor design from the engineers at the University of Cambridge that lets them operate by ‘scavenging’ energy...

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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 can now see molecules and objects clearer than ever before

Scientists can now see molecules and objects clearer than ever before

Discovery paves the way for new breakthroughs in materials, molecular science, semiconductors and much more A team of scientists from Complutense University have managed to bypass a theoretical limit on optical resolution, allowing them to see more sharply than ever before. Their results are published in a paper in the journal...

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Apples CEO Tim Cook speaks out the future of AI

Apples CEO Tim Cook speaks out the future of AI

Apples latest announcements on its plans for AI are, well, boring Pixar founder George Lucas might have given the world the word “Droid” before he sold the company to Apple’s Steve Jobs but now Apple CEO Tim Cook is making no secret of the fact that he wants the company to play...

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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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Baidu launches a medical chatbot to help Chinese doctors diagnose patients

Baidu launches a medical chatbot to help Chinese doctors diagnose patients

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Melody could one day replace your GP – once it’s matured.   The doctor will see you now. Chinese search engine company Baidu has announced the release of Melody – a chatbot powered by increasingly powerful artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities that lives inside the existing Baidu Doctor app...

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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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Dubai announces plans to put the entire Emirate onto the blockchain

Dubai announces plans to put the entire Emirate onto the blockchain

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Dubai wants to become less dependent on oil and the emirate is rapidly becoming one of the most progressive nations in the world.   Earlier this week, at an event hosted by the Dubai Future Foundation and the Smart Dubai Office, the Crown Prince of Dubai announced...

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Google and UK NHS team up to use AI to improve cancer treatment

Google and UK NHS team up to use AI to improve cancer treatment

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Machine learning could cut the time it takes to plan a patient’s radiotherapy treatment by hours. Working out how to zap a tumour with radiation is a laborious process for physicians and Google’s machine learning division, DeepMind, thinks AI can help ease the burden. When...

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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 programmable material breakthrough lets plastic flowers bloom

New programmable material breakthrough lets plastic flowers bloom

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Who needs to buy real flowers any longer when plastic ones are good enough?   Tick tock. Shape-shifting objects can now have their own version of a biological clock, thanks to a new material that transforms at a given time. Morphing materials are interesting because...

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Researchers have created synthetic artificial skin

Researchers have created synthetic artificial skin

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF New artificial skin can transmit different amounts of pressure, just like real skin.   Many of us take our sense of touch for granted, perhaps because we can never turn it off, but it’s surprisingly complex. An intricate network of nerves brings different types of...

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