Dozens of new genes were discovered, giving scientists an idea of how hair color is determined. Before the discovery, scientists only knew about the existence of 13 genes that determine hair color.
A tiny test patch called the Sentinel Wrap has been developed to determine if food is still safe to eat. This new technology is considered to be more reliable than the expiry dates stamped on food products.
Biotech April 10, 2018
A controversial paper that claimed the gene-editing software CRISPR is dangerous retracted its claims that had caused panic. The software is seen as a major stepping stone in fighting diseases.
Biotech April 2, 2018
A natural antibiotic called teixobactin, when synthesized, can be used to fight drug-resistant superbugs like MRSA and VRE. These groundbreaking results provide a new perspective on the impact of the use and misuse of antibiotics to treat human diseases.
Biotech March 24, 2018
The alleged poisoning of a former Russian spy in Wiltshire, England that was exposed by British MP Theresa May once again brings the use of nerve agents to international attention. What exactly are nerve agents and what do they do?
Biotech March 20, 2018
For 28 days, 100 men had been asked to take a daily dose of birth control pills. Only a few complained about minor side effects, suggesting the experimental drug is safe for everyday use.
Biotech March 19, 2018
Nectome, a new startup is launching with the idea of giving people a chance to backup their mind. Problems with the process arise when it's revealed that people have to die before it can be accomplished.
Biotech March 14, 2018
More than a thousand eggs and embryos have been destroyed as University Hospitals Fertility Center experienced an equipment malfunction. Over the weekend, three lawsuits have been filed and more are coming while the institution investigates the mysterious incident.
Biotech March 13, 2018
A 3D-printed smartphone case that is capable of measuring blood pressure has the potential to save lives. However, before it may be considered a 'game-changer' in medical technology, it will first have to prove the accuracy of its readings.
Biotech March 8, 2018
US agency DARPA created the Biostasis program to prolong the time that is crucial for an injured soldier on the battlefield to get treatment. It has been inspired by the microscopic organism tardigrade to develop the process.
Biotech March 6, 2018
Japanese robotics firm Cyberdyne created a joint venture with Brooks Rehabilitation to bring the HAL exoskeleton to the United States. The robotic suit will look to help patients with spinal cord injuries learn how to walk again.
Biotech March 4, 2018
Google's AI is extending to medical diagnostic technologies. A new algorithm by Google will soon be capable of detecting heart diseases through the scanning images of a person’s retina.
Biotech February 21, 2018
DNA nanorobots are the latest weapon against the scourge of cancer, as researchers were able to program them to kill human breast cancer tumors in mice. What's next for the breakthrough technology?
Biotech February 13, 2018
For the first time, researchers grow human eggs from the earliest stage to a point these are ready to be fertilized. How can the technology help girls with childhood cancer?
Biotech February 9, 2018
CRISPR has been touted as the next step for human evolution, but a new paper may cast doubt on its effectiveness. Due to immune responses, the gene editing tool may not work on most humans.
Biotech January 9, 2018
A new artificial intelligence system developed by researchers from an Oxford University hospital can help diagnose heart disease and lung cancer. Know how it can be helpful for NHS hospitals.
Biotech January 4, 2018
Climate change may cause the extinction of cacao plants, which in turn means the extinction of chocolate. But scientists are trying to prevent the catastrophe through gene editing.
Biotech January 2, 2018
A CRISPR system that lacks scissors to cut DNA strands can change the gene's behavior without making direct modifications on the DNA. How does this modified gene editing tool work?
Biotech December 9, 2017
Using CRISPR-Cas, researchers modified the gut bacteria Escherichia coli so these can record interactions within their environment. How can this impact works that seek to find treatment for conditions such as Parkinson's disease?
Biotech November 24, 2017
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 November 18, 2017
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 can sustain tiny lambs offers new hope for premature babies. The new device perfectly mimics the conditions inside the uterus.
Biotech April 26, 2017
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 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
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
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
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
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