New handheld skin printer helps burns victims recover faster and aces trials

New handheld skin printer helps burns victims recover faster and aces trials

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Serious burns leave scars, but new stem cell technologies and delivery systems could make those injuries a thing of the past.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from our XPotential Academy, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Today, there are all...

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US researchers just grew a beating mini human heart in a dish

US researchers just grew a beating mini human heart in a dish

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF On the one hand being able to grow new human organs on demand will help alleviate transplant issues, on the other it will help accelerate the development and testing of new drugs and treatments.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof...

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Controversial Pig-Monkey chimeras born in China for first time

Controversial Pig-Monkey chimeras born in China for first time

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Today there is a huge shortage of human donor organs so researchers are trying to create Human-Animal chimeras to help save lives.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. While some scientists are trying to find new ways to 3D...

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Researchers successfully grow mini human livers from stem cells for first time

Researchers successfully grow mini human livers from stem cells for first time

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF People who are in need of organ transplants often have to wait for someone else to pass away, this latest breakthrough would mean breaking that cycle.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Have you ever wanted to grow...

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A decade after the first person was cured of HIV, another is in remission

A decade after the first person was cured of HIV, another is in remission

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The HIV and AIDS epidemics have claimed the lives of millions of people, and now there may be a cure, but there’s a big catch.   News has emerged from the UK that a man has been in remission from HIV for a year and...

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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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