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CRISPR Has An Off Switch: Researchers Identify Anti-CRISPR Proteins To Inactivate Gene Editing System

CRISPR holds a lot of promise but there’s definitely room for improvement. Researchers have identified anti-CRISPR proteins that can act as an off switch for the gene editing system, making it safer to use.

Biotech December 31, 2016

Researchers Develop Heat-Activated Penile Implant That Can Restore Sexual Function In ED Sufferers

A newly developed penile implant offers better relief for men suffering from erectile dysfunction. The device works by expanding the size of the penis using a heat-activated exoskeleton made from nitinol.

Biotech December 30, 2016

This Breathalyzer Can Diagnose 17 Diseases With Just One Puff From A Patient

Diagnosing illnesses can sometimes take a lot of time and money. But a new type of breathalyzer, developed by researchers in Israel, can now determine a person's illness simply by getting a quick read of their breath.

Biotech December 29, 2016

FDA Warns Against Hacking Medical Devices Like Artificial Pacemakers: New Cybersecurity Guidelines Set

The threat of hacking comes with the many technological advancements of late, and medical devices are not an exception. The FDA now issues stricter guidelines when it comes to the privacy of medical facilities and medical device users.

Biotech December 31, 2016

Experimental Therapy For Rare, Incurable Disease Prader-Willi Syndrome Looks Promising, Says Study

A mice model for Prader-Willi Syndrome displayed better growth and survival when drugs were used to activate a set of silenced genes in maternal chromosome, reports a recent study. With the help of the treatment, about 15 percent of the mice survived into adulthood without serious side effects.

Biotech December 31, 2016

Researchers Develop Vaccine Nanodiscs To Deliver Personalized Treatment For Colon Cancer, Melanoma

A personalized treatment for melanoma and colon cancer using vaccine nanodiscs has been devised by a group of researchers at the University of Michigan. The investigators achieved success not only in killing melanoma and colon cancer tumors in mice but also in preventing any future recurrence of the cancers.

Biotech December 29, 2016

Synthetic Stem Cells Found Comparable To Natural Stem Cells In Therapeutic Benefits But With Reduced Risks

Stem cell treatments involve some serious health risks for the patients and are very expensive. A new alternative developed for patients with health problems may be a game-changer as a team of researchers has developed synthetic stem cells, which prove to be as efficient as the regular ones.

Biotech December 30, 2016

Obesity-Associated Protein’s Role In Leukemia Development Discovered, Highlights Potential For More Effective Therapies

Protein generally associated with obesity was found to inhibit patients' reaction to leukemia treatment and contribute to the severity of the disease. Further research will document how this information can be used in increasing patients' response to treatment.

Biotech December 27, 2016

Researchers Carry Out Live Cell Imaging With Just A Smartphone

New research has proposed a cheaper alternative to the expensive scientific equipment necessary for the observation of cell dynamics and behavior. The new method uses smartphones and it is significantly cheaper.

Biotech December 24, 2016

Researchers Develop New Way To See Proteins In Motion

A new imaging technique helping to see proteins in live motion has been developed. Researchers at the UT Southwestern Medical Center made this stride by applying electric field pulses and X-ray beams on the protein strands.

Biotech December 20, 2016

Cancer Can Spread Even Before Tumors Develop: Here’s How

Researchers from two renowned universities have found independently that breast cancer metastases could be caused as a result of spreading of early stage cancer cells. The turning off of the tumor suppressor p38 and switching on of HER2 oncogene could be assisting the dissemination, report the studies.

Biotech December 18, 2016

Alternative Pacemaker Therapy: First Functional Pacemaker Cells Developed From Human Stem Cells

Scientists at McEwen Centre, Toronto, Canada created the first ever biological functional pacemaker cells from human stem cells. The biological pacemakers could be the future replacements of the electronic ones.

Biotech December 18, 2016

Lab-On-A-Chip Technique Simplifies Detecting Cancer DNA Biomarkers, Enables Development Of Viable Diagnostic Tests

Lab-on-a-chip or LOC technique is an innovative technique that helps in detecting cancer at an early stage and facilitates the development of feasible diagnostic tests. It requires low volume of fluids and improves portability, consistency and pace of lab processes.

Biotech December 17, 2016

UK Becomes First Country To License IVF Treatment For 3-Parent Babies

Britain's fertility regulator has approved to license three-parent baby fertility treatment. Babies conceived through mitochondrial transfer could be born as early as next year.

Biotech December 15, 2016

Researchers Take Inspiration From Ancient Japanese Art Of Flower Arrangement To Create ‘Artificial Brains’ For Personalized Cancer Treatment

Inspired by the Japanese art of flower arrangement, researchers were able to develop a method for creating 'artificial brains’ for personalized brain cancer treatment. Having an authentic model of a patient's brain would help determine which drug combination would work best on the patient’s tumor.

Biotech December 7, 2016

Here’s How Fertilized Egg Cells Protect Genomic Integrity In Embryos Within The First 24 Hours Of Fertilization

The fertilized eggs don’t just participate in the reprogramming process of male DNA but also closely monitor and protect the genetic integrity of the material. That being the case, there are possibilities that the fertilization taking place in vitro may not undergo such processes as efficiently as in natural conditions.

Biotech December 7, 2016

3D-Printed Heart On A Chip May Be The Future Of Personalized Medical Care

Scientists created a 3D-printed heart on a chip, featuring sensors. The breakthrough could help replacing scientific research on animals.

Biotech October 26, 2016

Insulin Pump Vulnerable To Cyberattack: Hackers May Exploit Device To Overdose Diabetic Patients With Insulin, J&J Warns

Johnson & Johnson's Animas OneTouch Ping insulin pump is vulnerable to hacking because it uses encrypted communications system. What can diabetic patients do to prevent hackers from exploiting their medical device and possibly overdosing them with insulin?

Biotech October 5, 2016

Researchers Develop Alternative To Blood Sugar Testing: Glucose-Sensing Contact Lenses, Anyone?

Researchers have come up with glucose-sensing contact lenses to check sugar levels in body. The contact lenses could be effective non-invasive alternatives to current blood sugar testing devices.

Biotech October 5, 2016

Japanese Biologist Yoshinori Ohsumi Wins Nobel Prize For Cell Recycling

Yoshinori Ohsumi researched autophagy and discovered the cellular degradation and recycling system present in yeast. His discovery led to a new cellular approach in treating diseases such as cancer, type 2 diabetes and neurological conditions.

Biotech October 3, 2016

FDA Approves First Artificial Pancreas For Type 1 Diabetes Patients To Monitor Blood Sugar, Deliver Insulin

The FDA gave its approval to Medtronic's MiniMed 670G, the first automated insulin delivery system for type 1 diabetes patients. The artificial pancreas could automatically monitor and regulate blood sugar levels.

Biotech September 28, 2016

First Three-Parent Baby Born In Mexico: Here's How A Fertility Doctor Made It Possible

Through mitochondrial transfer, a fertility doctor made possible the birth of a three-parent baby. The procedure was performed because the mother carries genes for Leigh syndrome.

Biotech September 28, 2016

Temporary Nanoparticle Tattoo Shows Promise In Controlling Chronic Disease

Temporary tattoo using nanoparticles could help treat autoimmune diseases, reports a recent study. When antioxidant carbon nanoparticles attached to polyethylene glycol are injected under the skin, they deactivate T lymphocyte and help treat chronic diseases.

Biotech September 26, 2016

Order A Daddy: Tinder-Style App Allows Women To Pick Sperm Donor

The new smartphone app 'order a daddy' allows women to browse for and choose sperm donors who could become father of their child. Women can also use the app to pay for sperm samples.

Biotech September 26, 2016

Swedish Scientist May Be First In The World To Edit Healthy Human Embryo Genes

Editing the genes of healthy human embryos is considered highly controversial. However, a scientist in Sweden announced that he is trying to edit such genes for research, according to NPR.

Biotech September 23, 2016

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative To Spend $3 Billion To Cure Diseases: What Are The Plans In Store?

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative announced a new program, the Chan Zuckerberg Science that aims to bring together health professionals and engineers in creating new tools to help cure diseases. Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg hopes that the world is free from diseases by the end of the century.

Biotech September 24, 2016

MIT Machine Uses Radio Waves To Read Human Emotions

MIT's new device called EQ-Radio can read four human emotions using radio signals. It can be used as a lie detector but it has other potential applications in the the field of medicine and film industry.

Biotech September 21, 2016

Scientists Breed Live Mice Without Using Fertilized Eggs: Here's How They Tricked Nature

Scientists were able to breed live mice without using fertilized egg cell, challenging long-held dogma on how live mammals are produced. What are the potential applications of this breakthrough?

Biotech September 15, 2016

Scientists Develop New Sensor That Can Detect Bacterial Infections In 15 Minutes

Researchers in India and Canada have developed a device that can detect E. coli and other bacterial contamination in food and water sources. The new sensor can produce conclusive results in only 15 to 20 minutes.

Biotech September 7, 2016

Functional Human Liver Developed From Stem, Progenitor Cells

Stem cell therapy remains in a gray area but researchers are making headway in showing what it is capable of. In the future, human donors may even become obsolete as more organs are generated from stem cells.

Biotech September 1, 2016

Method Shrinks, Turns Mice See-Through To Facilitate Live Animal Studies

Mice are used a lot in labs to study drugs and treatment for humans. Researchers have come up with a way to shrink them and turn them transparent, facilitating not only research but limiting lab animal use as well.

Biotech August 23, 2016

FDA Approves First Cognitive Screening Test For Head Injury Patients

More than 2 million people in the United States are rushed to the emergency room over head injuries. Now, health regulators have approved a screening test that may be helpful in treating head injury patients.

Biotech August 23, 2016

FDA Approves Releasing Oxitec's Genetically Modified Mosquitoes In Florida To Fight Zika Virus

Federal health regulators gave their approval to a proposed field trial that would release genetically engineered mosquitoes in Florida. This is how Oxitec's mutant mosquitoes will help fight Zika.

Biotech August 6, 2016

Chinese Scientists To Perform First Ever CRISPR Gene-Editing Trial On Humans

For the first time, a team of Chinese scientists will use the CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing technique in a clinical trial on lung cancer patients. The clinical trial is expected to begin next month.

Biotech July 23, 2016

Cartilage Grown In Lab Could Help Younger Arthritis Patients

Lab-grown cartilage can help younger arthritis patients who are ineligible for total hip replacement surgeries. The semi-artificial cartilage contains the patient's own stem cells and is designed to reduce inflammation.

Biotech July 20, 2016

Cancer Immunotherapy Could Be Useful In HIV Treatment

A promising research shows possible, new treatment for HIV using gene immunotherapy. A group of potent antibodies used in cancer research could also help in the global fight against the HIV epidemic.

Biotech July 17, 2016

Feds Ban Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes From Running Lab For Two Years

Federal regulators banned Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes from running a medical laboratory for two years. They also revoked the certification of the blood-testing start-up's California laboratory.

Biotech July 9, 2016

Light-Guided Cyborg Stingray Powered By Living Rat Cells May Lead To Better Artificial Heart

The toenail-sized robotic stingray is powered by genetically-altered rat cells so that it follows a light source. How can this cyborg pave the way for better artificial hearts?

Biotech July 7, 2016

Vagus Nerve Stimulation May Reduce Symptoms Of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Stimulating the vagus nerve in rheumatoid arthritis patients could reduce the autoimmune disease's symptoms, a new study suggests. Findings could lead to new treatments for people who are currently using potent and costly drugs.

Biotech July 7, 2016

Womb Lining Scratch Could Double Pregnancy Success Rates But Doctors Urge Caution

Scratching the womb lining prior to conceiving could double the success rates of pregnancy and live births. While the quality of existing evidence is low, this could be a massive breakthrough in reproductive medicine when proven effective.

Biotech July 5, 2016

Combining Two Fertility Tests Could Improve IVF Success

A new study finds that combining two fertility tests can improve IVF success rates in women. Apart from examining the mitochondrial DNA, fertility experts can combine this with chromosomal screenings.

Biotech July 5, 2016

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