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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

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

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