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FDA Sets New Rules For Stem Cell Treatments

The FDA has set new rules to keep a check on regenerative medicine and stem cell therapy. The move will also crack down rogue clinics that provide questionable regenerative treatments.

Biotech

Boy With Rare Disease Gets Genetically Altered Skin

Genetically altered skin has saved a child from dying of a rare disease called junctional epidermolysis bullosa. The genetic affliction causes the skin to become as delicate as a butterfly’s wings.

Biotech November 10, 2017

New Editing Technique Could Life-Saving Treatment For Thousands Of Diseases

Harvard University scientists have come up with two breakthrough finds using the CRISPR-Cas9 technology. The techniques can be used in the future for curing or treating various diseases.

Biotech October 27, 2017

Arizona Researcher Experiments With EpiPen-Like Injection That Delays The Effects Of Rattlesnake Bite

A University of Arizona doctor is developing a therapy that can delay the effects of a snake bite. It’ll be applied like an EpiPen injection, buying the snakebite victim an extra hour to delay the damaging effects of the venom.

Biotech October 16, 2017

Curing Blindness Through Gene Therapy Might Soon Be Allowed By The FDA

Patients whose blindness is a result of an RPE65 gene might soon consider Luxturna, a form of gene therapy that improves vision. Its approval will soon be deliberated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Biotech October 10, 2017

This Skin Patch Melts Fat In Mice (No, You Can't Use It Yet)

The new medicated skin patch promotes fat browning in mice and holds promise in burning unwanted fat deposits such as love handles. It may also treat diabetes and obesity.

Biotech September 16, 2017

New Camera Designed To Track Endoscopes Can See Through The Human Body

Scientists developed a new camera that can detect light passing through tissues such as those from the illuminated tip of medical tools. The device is designed to track endoscope inside the human body.

Biotech September 4, 2017

New Technique Using Artificially Produced Sperm Could Overcome Genetic Male Infertility: Study

Collaborative efforts of researchers from London and Japan led to the development of healthy sperm in infertile mice. Could this be the answer to genetic infertility among human males?

Biotech August 19, 2017

Xenotransplantation: Pig Organs May Soon Be Transplanted Into Humans

Pig organs without the potentially dangerous and deadly animal retroviruses may soon be available for human transplant patients. Researchers removed a barrier to xenotransplantation using the gene-editing tool CRISPR.

Biotech August 11, 2017

FDA Warns Fertility Doctor To Stop Marketing 3-Parent Baby IVF Technique

John Zhang used an IVF technique to help a Jordanian couple bear a three-parent baby boy, but the procedure is not yet approved in the United States. The FDA told the fertility doctor to stop marketing the procedure.

Biotech August 8, 2017

Nanotechnology Device Can Heal Damaged Tissues With A Single Touch

The technology Tissue Nanotransfection can repair injured legs with just one touch. Treatment takes less than a second and does not have any known side effects. Here's how it works.

Biotech August 8, 2017

Scientists Successfully Use CRISPR-Edited Skin Grafts To Treat Type-2 Diabetes And Obesity

Scientists grafted genetically edited human skin cells to treat type-2 diabetes and prevent obesity in mice. The removable patches could be a viable replacement for insulin shots.

Biotech August 6, 2017

Scientists Successfully Use CRISPR To Snip Genetic Defect From Human Embryo

Hereditary diseases may soon be a thing of the past. Scientists from OHSU successfully corrected a faulty gene that leads to fatal heart disease using CRISPR.

Biotech August 5, 2017

This 3D-Printed Silicone Heart Beats Like A Real Human Heart

Researchers have developed an artificial heart that is similar to a human heart in form and function. Though the silicone heart still has its limitations, the team's development shows a different way of creating artificial hearts.

Biotech July 15, 2017

Gene Editing-Technique Can Help Identify CRISPR Mistakes

CRISPR is a significant gene editing tool that allows for the editing or manipulation of the genetic code, but it still has its flaws. CHAMP is the new development that can help CRISPR to be more accurate.

Biotech July 2, 2017

Blue-Green Algae And Light Could Help Improve Cardiac Function: Study

Researchers discover that photosynthetic bacteria could help improve heart functions when injected in beating hearts. Cyanobacteria exposed to light produce enough oxygen to keep the heart beating.

Biotech June 16, 2017

Small Study Finds Fatal Flaw In Gene Editing Tool CRISPR

The CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing technique may lead to unwanted genetic mutations, warns a new study. Researchers sequenced the whole genome of mice previously treated with CRISPR gene editing for genetic blindness and found it caused unpredicted changes in their DNA.

Biotech May 31, 2017

How To Beat Cancer? CRISPR Stares Into Its Eyes Then Snips Out The Bad Genes

Scientists used the CRISPR tool to replace cancer-causing fusion genes with cancer-fighting genes in mice. This experiment could pave the way for the gene-editing tool to be used against cancer in the future.

Biotech May 5, 2017

Cure For HIV May Already Exist: Here's How CRISPR Gene-Editing Technology Can Kill AIDS-Causing Virus

In experiments with mice, researchers found that the gene editing technology CRISPR works for active and dormant forms of HIV. How does treatment with this controversial technique differ from currently available drugs?

Biotech May 4, 2017

Researchers Create Artificial Womb That Can Help Premature Babies: What Are The Ethical Implications?

Aspiring to one day help premature babies, researchers developed an artificial womb that perfectly mimics the uterus. Fellow scientists welcome the successfully tested device but wonder about its potential ethical concerns.

Biotech April 26, 2017

Artificial Womb That Grows Tiny Lambs To Maturity Could Soon Help Premature Babies

Artificial womb that can sustain tiny lambs offers new hope for premature babies. The new device perfectly mimics the conditions inside the uterus.

Biotech April 26, 2017

Artificial Womb May Prevent Developmental Problems In Preterm Babies

An artificial womb tested on lambs offers hope of preventing developmental problems that may arise due to preterm birth. What makes it a better alternative to incubators and ventilators?

Biotech April 28, 2017

Scientists Discover New Types Of Blood Cells In Human Immune System

Scientists discovered six new dendritic and four new monocyte cell subtypes in a new study. Wellcome organization funded the research and this is the first major discovery from its Human Cell Atlas initiative.

Biotech April 23, 2017

Mayo Clinic Helps Paralyzed Man Move Legs Via Spinal Cord Stimulator

Following an implant surgery, a man that had sustained a spinal cord injury was able to move his paralyzed legs and eventually stand up again. The technique is called epidural stimulation and, combined with physical therapy, produced pioneering results.

Biotech April 4, 2017

Microchip That Can Track What Employees Do Gets Implanted Into Hands Of Sweden Company Workers

Swedish company Epicenter offers to implant its employees with a microchip that allows them to open doors and operate printers with the wave of the hand. The technology comes with privacy concerns, so why do people want to get chipped?

Biotech April 4, 2017

Organ-On-A-Chip: Scientists Recreate Menstrual Cycle In 3D To Aid In Drug Testing

Researchers developed a 3D model of the female reproductive system using organ-on-a-chip technology. The device called EVATAR replicates the complete menstrual cycle and has managed to even produce hormones and release an egg.

Biotech March 29, 2017

Cutting-Edge Brain Implant Restores Mobility In Quadriplegic Man Using Thought-Controlled Prosthetics

Experimental neuroprosthetics could help quadriplegia patients recover some motor functions. This novel technology uses a brain implant that controls electronic sensors embedded in the limbs and signals them to move paralyzed muscles.

Biotech March 29, 2017

Spinach Leaves Turned Into Beating Human Heart Tissue Offer Hope Amid Organ Donor Crisis

Scientists turned a spinach leaf into a beating human heart muscle. The proof-of-concept work may eventually lead to biomedical solutions that can help alleviate shortage of donated organs.

Biotech March 28, 2017

Scientists Successfully Turn Spinach Leaf Into Heart Tissue

A team of scientists successfully transform a simple spinach leaf into heart tissue. The interdisciplinary team’s success could solve bioengineering’s long-standing human tissue regeneration problem.

Biotech March 27, 2017

Immortal Stem Cells Allow Scientists To Produce Unlimited Supply Of Blood

Scientists developed a technique to produce unlimited supply of red blood cells using immortal stem cells. What are immortal stem cells and how do they work to produce billions of red blood cells?

Biotech March 25, 2017

Facial Recognition Software Helps In Diagnosing Rare Genetic Disease

Researchers have created a facial recognition software capable of diagnosing DiGeorge syndrome, a rare genetic disease. The disease was difficult to diagnose, being different among distinct populations.

Biotech March 25, 2017

First Blood Test To Accurately Diagnose Depression And Schizophrenia Developed

Current diagnostic tools are limited to behavior observations and verbal communication, making it difficult to differentiate between depression and schizophrenia in their early stages. This is the first physiological test to detect both conditions.

Biotech March 20, 2017

Growing Human Tissues On Apples: Regenerative Medicine Gets A Leg Up From Biohacking Advancements

Marking a new advancement in biohacking to add traction in regenerative medicine, scientists at the University of Ottawa have grown human tissues on apples. It shows plant kingdom offers affordable open source materials vis-à-vis costly organic methods.

Biotech March 20, 2017

Simple Blood Test Could Detect Autism In Early Childhood

A blood test uses an algorithm to measure metabolite concentrations and is 98 percent effective in identifying patients with autism. This method not only detects the disease, but can also predict where it belongs on the autism spectrum.

Biotech March 17, 2017

Controversial IVF Treatment Approved: Newcastle University To Create First '3-Parent Baby' In The UK

The UK could see its first ‘three-parent baby’ by the end of the year. Regulators licensed Newcastle University to perform the controversial IVF technique, which gives women with mitochondrial disease a chance at having a healthy baby.

Biotech March 17, 2017

Court Documents Reveal Ghostwritten Studies, Questions On Monsanto Weed Killer’s Safety

Court filings in a federal mass litigation of farmers versus Monsanto reveal allegedly ghostwritten reports vouching for glyphosate's safety. The chemical is the active ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup weed killer products.

Biotech March 15, 2017

Scientists Create 5 New Synthetic Yeast Chromosomes: Are We Closer To Creating ‘Designer’ Organisms?

An international team announced that they have constructed and integrated five new synthetic chromosomes into baker's yeast. Here are the next steps and prospects toward creating "designer" organisms in the future.

Biotech March 10, 2017

New Breathalyzer That Measures Fat-Loss Is Now Available In Seattle

A breathalyzer that measures fat loss is now available in Seattle. The device’s ability to detect the burning of fats helps to monitor the effectiveness of a nutrition and fitness regimen.

Biotech March 5, 2017

Artificial Embryo: How Researchers Engineer Life In A Petri Dish

The world’s first embryo grown in a lab offers groundbreaking insight into early embryonic development, with unparalleled potential in reproductive medicine. This breakthrough may pave the way for advancements in IVF and stem cell therapy.

Biotech March 3, 2017

Smart Condom Tracks Performance, Warns Against STIs: Another Privacy Threat On Hand?

The world's first smart condom that can record intercourse variables and possibly detect STIs is set to be released some time in 2017. Is there a potential privacy threat to this bedroom wearable?

Biotech March 3, 2017

How To Unfreeze Cryopreserved Organs: New Technology Thaws Heart, Kidneys With Minimal Risk Of Tissue Damage

A major scientific breakthrough promises to revolutionize cryopreservation and make organs readily available to patients. The technology minimizes the damage associated with unfreezing cryopreserved tissue.

Biotech March 2, 2017

Tool For Mapping RNA-DNA Interactions Developed: Converting Gene Sequences Into Functions Made Easy

A new tool that maps out interactions between RNA and DNA molecules has been developed. MARGI works by providing a full account of RNA molecules that interact with DNA and their locations in bulk.

Biotech February 27, 2017

Brain-Computer Interface Allows Speedy Typing For People With Paralysis

Researchers record high communication performance by people with paralysis with the use of a brain-computer interface. Results show higher typing speeds compared to previous studies.

Biotech February 24, 2017

Broad Institute Wins Patent To CRISPR: Here's Why It Matters

Broad Institute retains the lucrative rights to gene-editing technique CRISPR after a U.S. patent office’s ruling found no 'interference' on the patent. On the losing side is the University of California, Berkeley, considered as the home of this particular technology.

Biotech February 16, 2017

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