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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

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

Ethicists Say Go Slow On Gene-editing CRISPR, Ponder What It Means To Be Human

Ethicists have renewed the call for caution in handling gene-editing CRISPR, which has the potential not only to cure congenital and other serious illnesses but also can make permanent changes in human genome that can be heritable by a person's offspring.

Biotech February 18, 2017

Surgeons Use Laser To Examine Brain Cancers And How Much Tissue To Cut

Surgeons use a laser-based microscope to examine brain cancers and help them achieve maximum removal of cancerous cells. The technique, developed in 2008, will help doctors make fast and accurate decisions.

Biotech February 25, 2017

Can Artificial Intelligence Help Extend Life Span? Researchers Turn To AI To Uncover Aging Biomarkers

By using artificial intelligence, Insilico Medicine and Gachon University will collaborate on how best to research aging. The high-end techniques provided by Insilico Medicine will examine how to slow down the natural process.

Biotech February 6, 2017

Nanoparticles For Medicine: Breakthrough Screening Method Makes Selection Viable And Easy

The challenges involved in selecting the right and biocompatible nanoparticles for medicinal use have been solved by a team of researchers from the universities of Geneva and Fribourg. They devised a new screening method offering safety, cost efficiency, and speed.

Biotech February 4, 2017

Cancer Detection 2017: Breath Test May Prove Useful In Sniffing Out Upper Gastrointestinal Cancer

Doctors may soon be able to detect stomach cancer or esophageal cancer through a simple breath test, a new study in the United Kingdom revealed. Experts believe this breath test could also reduce the number of unnecessary endoscopies.

Biotech February 1, 2017

Gene Delivery Therapy Using Supercharged Adeno-Associated Virus Restores Hearing And Balance In Deaf Mice

A new gene delivery therapy using supercharged adeno-associated virus restored hearing and balance in deaf mice, offering hope to about 30 million people in the United States suffering from hearing loss. How does the treatment work?

Biotech January 30, 2017

Even After Death, Not All Cells Die: Study

A new study published in the journal Royal Society Open Biology looked into the gene expression of recently deceased animals and found that some cells are still active up to 96 hours postmortem.

Biotech January 28, 2017

Human-Animal Hybrid: Scientists Grow Human Cells Inside Pig Embryos

Scientists injected pig embryos with human stem cells to produce animal embryos that contain human cells. What are the dangers and potential benefits of this technology?

Biotech January 27, 2017

George And Amal Clooney Expecting Twins Thanks To IVF: Here's The Science Behind In Vitro Fertilization

George and Amal Clooney are expecting twins, a boy and a girl, to complete their family. Learn the basic science behind the artificial reproductive technology that made this possible.

Biotech January 29, 2017

Mouse Pancreas Grown In Bodies Of Rats Helped Reverse Diabetes

Using stem cells, researchers grew mouse pancreas in bodies of rats and later transplanted the organ into diabetic mouse. The technique offers hope of reversing diabetes and alleviating shortage of donated organs for transplant patients.

Biotech January 26, 2017

3D Bioprinter Can Print Functional Human Skin

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid researchers have developed a 3D printer that uses special bioink to print functional human skin. What are the two main potential applications of this technology?

Biotech January 25, 2017

Researchers Build 3D Bioprinter Prototype To Create Functional Human Skin: What Is 3D Bioprinting?

Spanish scientists have developed a 3D bio-printer capable of generating human skin, which is being hailed as the first living human organ created by bioprinting. The development has pushed bioprinting into the limelight as a significant technology.

Biotech January 26, 2017

Scripps Researchers Create First Stable Semisynthetic Organism In The Lab

By aligning both natural and man-made bases in the genetic code of single-celled bacteria, biologists at the Scripps Research Institute led by Floyd Romesberg developed the first ever stable semi-synthetic organism.

Biotech January 26, 2017

‘Designer Life’ Soon? Scientists Create First Stable Semi-Synthetic Organism

Scientists have announced the development of the first semi-synthetic organism using an expanded genetic code. The modified E. coli bacterium has been able to maintain an unnatural base pair, fueling hopes of new drug applications in the future.

Biotech January 25, 2017

High-Tech ‘Smart Needle’ Developed To Make Brain Surgery Safer

For a lot of people, brain surgery is a necessary treatment option. Researchers from the University of Adelaide are aiming to make brain surgeries safer by developing a high-tech 'smart needle' to aid surgeons during the procedure.

Biotech January 23, 2017

Researchers Turn To ‘Superhemophobic’ Titanium To Address Blood Clotting, Infection In Medical Implants

Blood clots and infections have been plaguing medical implants for years. According to researchers, turning medical devices like stents and catheters to become blood-repellent may hold the solution to issues with implants.

Biotech January 22, 2017

Customizable Soft Robot Fits Around Heart To Help It Beat

A customizable soft robot has been jointly developed by Harvard University and Boston Children’s Hospital to support heart patients and improve heartbeat, working with a silicon sleeve fit around the organ to function like artificial muscles.

Biotech January 20, 2017

Patient Consent No Longer Required In Further Blood, DNA Research

Samples like blood or DNA will no longer require consent for further research, according to the final rule the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and other Common Rule agencies issued on Jan. 18.

Biotech January 19, 2017

Controversial IVF Technique Produces ‘Three-Parent’ Baby In Ukraine

The pronuclear transfer technique, also called “three-person IVF,” is a world first that recently produced a baby girl for an infertile couple in Ukraine.

Biotech January 19, 2017

Researchers Reprogram Embryonic Stem Cells To Expand Their Potential

New research outlines the totipotent stem cells and their behavior in the first stage of the developmental process in embryos. The study, carried out on mice, could significantly impact the medical perspective on the stem cells' regenerative capacities.

Biotech January 16, 2017

Can Cryonics Bring Frozen Bodies Back To Life? Scientists Doubt It

Scientists are doubtful of the scientific merits of cryonics. As researchers continue to experiment on defeating mortality, more questions pop up on the preservation science’s plausibility.

Biotech January 15, 2017

Retina Tissue From Stem Cells Tested On Mice, Now Offers Hope After Vision Loss

New stem cell research using retina tissue offers hope for people who suffer from vision loss. Mice models gained the ability to see light after the procedure.

Biotech January 13, 2017

External Layer Of Human Heart Successfully Regenerated Using Stem Cells

Regenerating the cells around the external surface of the human heart is now possible according to new research. Perfected, the method could be used in helping heart attack patients to recover.

Biotech January 13, 2017

Blood-Testing Company Theranos To Lay Off 41 Percent Of Employees

Theranos has announced that it will lay off 155 employees, or 41 percent of its workers. What are the plans of the embattled blood-testing company?

Biotech January 7, 2017

Researchers Turn To Fat Cells To Heal Wounds Without Scarring

What if wounds could heal without scarring? Researchers want to turn that into reality and they’re actually a step closer after learning how to leverage fat cells in the wound-healing process.

Biotech January 7, 2017

New Software Simplifies CRISPR Methodology For Gene Editing

Researchers at the Karolinska Institutet and University of Gothenburg in Sweden recently generated the software called Green Listed to facilitate the use of CRISPR-Cas9, making information texts and films available for free non-profit and academic use.

Biotech January 5, 2017

Stem Cell Research: How Scientists Grew Stomach Tissue In A Lab

Researchers have successfully developed a tissue-engineered human stomach in a laboratory using stem cells. The resulting organ can be used to understand various diseases in the digestive system, as well as develop better treatment for them.

Biotech January 6, 2017

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