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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World first as surgeons use a robot to operate inside the eye

World first as surgeons use a robot to operate inside the eye

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The world’s first robot assisted eye surgery paves the way for surgeries that were previously impossible.   British surgeons have successfully performed the world’s first robotic operation inside the eye, potentially revolutionising the way such conditions are treated. The procedure was carried out at John...

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New breakthrough helps drug addicts forget they were addicted

New breakthrough helps drug addicts forget they were addicted

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Scientists have found a new chemical that could help drug addicts forget they were ever addicted.   In the cult-classic “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” Jim Carrey’s character tries to overcome a painful breakup by erasing his memory and eleven years after the science fiction...

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Researchers find evidence that ancestors memories are passed down in DNA

Researchers find evidence that ancestors memories are passed down in DNA

Researchers have shown for the first time that our ancestors memories can be passed down in DNA

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China launches worlds first unhackable Quantum communications satellite

China launches worlds first unhackable Quantum communications satellite

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF China recently launched the world’s first quantum satellite, heralding in a new era of ultra-secure communications.   “The satellite is designed to establish ultra-secure quantum communications by transmitting uncrackable keys from space to the ground,” Xinhua, China’s state news agency, wrote after the equipment was...

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Robot surgeon STAR bests its human counterparts in world first

Robot surgeon STAR bests its human counterparts in world first

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF One step for a robot, one giant leap for robot kind.   In a recent study Oxford University and others estimated that between 35% and 45% of all of todays’ jobs would be automated by AI, robots and, or, software robots (bots) within the next...

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