Researchers 3D printed a working spinal chord implant in 1.6 seconds

Researchers 3D printed a working spinal chord implant in 1.6 seconds

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Today if you break your spine, you’re paralysed, but paralysis is increasingly no longer for life.   3D Bio-Printing, an offshoot of its better known cousin 3D Printing, lets scientists manufacture everything from real bones, cartilage, corneas and kidneys, to hearts, ovaries, skin, and teeth, by laying...

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A lab grown brain just spontaneously started producing its own brain waves

A lab grown brain just spontaneously started producing its own brain waves

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF While we are becoming increasingly adept at growing brains, we still don’t know much about them.   Researchers are doing a lot with brains – whether it’s growing them in jars, or even 3D printing them, but now a team of neuroscientists from the University...

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Researchers 3D print human corneas in world first

Researchers 3D print human corneas in world first

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Tens of millions of people a year go blind because of a lack of donor corneas, this work will, literally, give them a new outlook on life.   There are so many parts of the human body now that can be 3D printed that it’s...

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FDA approves first spray on skin treatment for burns

FDA approves first spray on skin treatment for burns

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Treating third degree burns today often involves skin grafts and more pain for the patient, spray on skin will put an end to that misery.   Over the past couple of years we’ve gotten increasingly good at 3D printing human skin and making artificial skin...

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World first as scientists just turn human blood cells into human eggs

World first as scientists just turn human blood cells into human eggs

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Biology keeps surprising us, and scientists are finding amazing new ways to treat infertility and create new life.   Scientists at Kyoto University in Japan have announced they’ve made significant progress in the quest to combat infertility by creating the precursor to a human egg cell in a...

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Novoheart has grown real, miniature hearts in jars that beat like the real thing

Novoheart has grown real, miniature hearts in jars that beat like the real thing

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Trying to demonstrate that new drugs don’t have any negative impacts on a patients heart is difficult, but this new technology provides research organisations with a fast, cheap way to test their new drugs without the risks.   Beating rhythmically and suspended in a jar,...

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World’s first stem cell bone tissue transplant is a success

World’s first stem cell bone tissue transplant is a success

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF When patients loose part of a bone, for example, to Cancer, often there is no way to get the bones to grow or fuse together again resulting in amputation, this breakthrough will prevent that.   Medical history was made at Emek Medical Center in Afula...

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Indian regulators green light two companies to bring people back from the dead

Indian regulators green light two companies to bring people back from the dead

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF New technology is pushing the boundaries on life extension, and now death, and there are an increasing number of voices that think death is no longer inevitable.   There’s a saying, “In life only two things are certain – death and taxes,” and while the...

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3D printed cartilage breakthrough offers millions of suffers new hope

3D printed cartilage breakthrough offers millions of suffers new hope

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Cartilage is unique in that it doesn’t grow back, leaving Arthritis patients, and cancer and injury victims with no option but surgery, now though 3D bioprinting offers them all new hope.   Loosing a part of your body, such as an ear, knee or a...

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Stem cell breakthrough paves the way for mass produced artificial blood

Stem cell breakthrough paves the way for mass produced artificial blood

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Hundreds of millions of people each year need some form of blood transfusion and supplies are always stressed, this latest breakthrough could let doctors produce any type of blood on demand and save countless lives.   Researchers at the University of Bristol (UB) have made a...

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New stem cell therapy freezes Multiple Sclerosis in its tracks

New stem cell therapy freezes Multiple Sclerosis in its tracks

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Multiple Sclerosis is a debilitating disease that affects hundreds of thousands of people worldwide, but new therapies and treatments are bringing new hope to the people affected by it.   A new multiple sclerosis treatment that “resets” the human immune system has been found to “freeze”...

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Scientists have developed the world’s first working artificial womb

Scientists have developed the world’s first working artificial womb

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In an age when we can create motherless and fatherless embryos, and where artificial humans are on the horizon, one day artificial wombs could be commonplace.   In what’s considered a landmark experiment, researchers in the US and the UK have managed grow human embryos to 14...

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Scientists grow the world’s first human pig chimera

Scientists grow the world’s first human pig chimera

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Over the next few decades self-driving cars could cause a shortage of donor organs, Chimera’s could provide doctors and patients with alternatives.   Sometimes it’s hard to help but wonder what scientists would do with their time if they didn’t have stem cells to experiment...

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World first as scientists use synthetic stem cells to repair a damaged heart

World first as scientists use synthetic stem cells to repair a damaged heart

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Traditional stem cell therapies can often lead to cancer down the line, but NC State’s new “generic” synthetic stem cells eliminate that risk and will bring stem cell therapy to millions more people who need it   Hearts are having a busy time in the...

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Scientists have grown a human stomach in a petri dish

Scientists have grown a human stomach in a petri dish

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The more organs scientists can create outside of the human body the greater the benefits to human healthcare, this latest breakthrough takes us another step closer to realising the potential of regenerative medicine.   When scientists want to understand how a drug works, they often...

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Revolutionary new SkinGun fires stem cells to heal burns without scarring

Revolutionary new SkinGun fires stem cells to heal burns without scarring

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Many people with secondary or third degree burns find that their lives are changed forever, now a new stem cell treatment looks like it can heal them without leaving scars.   Every year over 486,000 Amercians suffer burns with over 40,000 being hospitalised and while...

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In a world first scientists have reversed ageing in mice

In a world first scientists have reversed ageing in mice

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As more scientists treat age as a disease, not as an inevitability, we are discovering more ways to turn back the biological clock, one day these treatments might be applied to humans.   Scientists in America have used cellular reprogramming to reverse the ageing process...

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Scientists win €3 million in funding to 3D print a living human brain

Scientists win €3 million in funding to 3D print a living human brain

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The brain is, arguably, one of the last great mysteries left for mankind to unravel but doing so needs a combination of approaches, ranging from computer simulations to direct manipulation and observation.   The Meso-Brain consortium, which is run out of Aston University in the UK, has...

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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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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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