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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

Regenerative Tooth Fillings Could Make Root Canals Obsolete

Could this be the end of root canals? An award-winning, new regenerative tooth filling helps teeth heal themselves using stem cells, making the dreaded root canal treatments obsolete.

Biotech July 5, 2016

New 3D Printing Technique Helps Create Jaw Prosthesis For Cancer Survivor

A revolutionary 3D printing technique developed by scientists from Indiana University has changed both the field of medicine and the life of a cancer survivor named Shirley Anderson. Here is his story.

Biotech July 4, 2016

Injectable Biomaterial Could Be Used To Manipulate Organ Behavior

Finally, an implantable material that is small in size, electrically functional and soft like body tissue! Researchers believe the newly developed material holds a lot of promise, especially in providing treatment at the cellular level.

Biotech July 3, 2016

Unexpected Findings Reveal How Cancer Spreads, Insights Could Lead To New Tumor-Blocking Treatments

A breakthrough research reveals how cancer spreads and how to stop it. The unexpected findings could lead to new medications and treatments that could prevent the growth of secondary tumors.

Biotech June 24, 2016

Federal Panel Approves First Human Clinical Trial For Controversial Gene-Editing Tool CRISPR

The first human clinical trial using CRISPR/Cas9 gets approval from the National Institutes of Health. The approved proposal will use the gene-editing tool to target three different types of cancer.

Biotech June 22, 2016

Genetically Modified Malaria-Fighting Mosquitoes Endorsed By Bill Gates

Bill Gates endorses the use of the promising but controversial gene-editing tools to develop genetically modified, malaria-fighting mosquitoes. These gene-edited mosquitoes are already flying in labs and could potentially eradicate malaria.

Biotech June 18, 2016

Can Charlie Sheen-Endorsed LELO HEX Condoms Be A Game Changer In STD Prevention?

The 'condom of the future' is here and Charlie Sheen is endorsing it. Will the innovative LELO HEX condom be a game changer in sexual health and help prevent HIV?

Biotech June 16, 2016

HIV Diagnostic Kit Wins Inventors Prize In Europe

Inventors of SAMBA, an HIV diagnostic kit, won a coveted prize in the European Inventor Award. The revolutionary device can also be used to detect hepatitis B in just 2 hours.

Biotech June 11, 2016

This App Can Help Lung Cancer Patients Live Longer

In a clinical trial, lung cancer patients who used an app developed by an Israel-based company lived seven months longer than patients who only received standard care. How does this app boost survival?

Biotech June 10, 2016

Man Awaiting Transplant Survived More Than A Year Using Artificial Heart In A Backpack

A 25-year-old man in Michigan was able to survive for 555 days without a heart through the help of an artificial heart that was stored in a backpack. The device helped keep oxygenated blood circulating throughout his body.

Biotech June 9, 2016

Successful Test For 3-Parent Babies Means Human Trials Might Begin By Late 2017

Successful preclinical trials in the UK for three-parent babies through mitochondrial donation may make the technique available by 2017. The researchers are awaiting approval from the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority to move forward with their study.

Biotech June 9, 2016

Gene Editing Promising But Potentially Dangerous: Scientists

A new report concludes that while gene editing promises great advancements, it can also be potentially dangerous. The panel of scientists concludes that it's too early to release genetically altered organisms such as insects, plants and animals into the environment.

Biotech June 9, 2016

The Battle Over The Synthetic Human Genome

The creation of a completely synthetic human genome may soon be within the reach of genetic scientists. Will this development yield greater developments in medicine or a new age of eugenics?

Biotech June 5, 2016

New RNA-Snipping CRISPR Gene-Editing System May Help Treat Huntington's And Other Diseases

Researchers have developed a way to use CRISPR to target the RNA in cells instead of DNA. If this technique proves successful, it could lead to better methods to modify the proteins in cells, or even eliminate cancer cells.

Biotech June 5, 2016

Scientists Announce Plans To Create Synthetic Human Genome In The Lab

A synthetic human genome project is on its way as scientists unveil their plans to help in human health and agricultural sectors in the most ethical way possible.

Biotech June 3, 2016

BioMarin To Halt Development Of $680M Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Drug

BioMarin will no longer continue developing Kyndrisa after reports of negative reviews by the European Medicines Agency surfaced. The biotech company, however, will pursue next generation antisense oligonucleotides research.

Biotech June 1, 2016

More Efficient CRISPR Gene Editing May Potentially Help Cure Diseases

Researchers have developed a new gene editing tool that is more efficient and easier to use. CRISPR-EZ addresses the issue of target RNA accuracy and embryo viability in IVF transgenic mice.

Biotech May 29, 2016

Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Newest Weapon In War On Zika

The Zika virus is a danger to people around Latin America and the Caribbean. But has it met its match in the same mosquitoes that spread the virus?

Biotech May 25, 2016

Scientists Want To Create Part-Human Part-Animal Chimeras To Find Cure For Diseases

A new study by the University of California, Davis explores the potential of developing human-animal chimeras to benefit disease research. Bioethicists, however, say such experiments could end up damaging people's sense of humanity.

Biotech May 23, 2016

New Study Finds GMOs Safe: Why Skeptics Are Not Convinced

A major study has confirmed that GMOs are safe for consumption for both humans and animals. However, skeptics are not easily convinced, with some saying that the recent findings are influenced by biotech companies.

Biotech May 23, 2016

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