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Google’s DeepMind AI Can Predict Life-Threatening Kidney Illness 48 Hours In Advance

Artificial intelligence can now predict a particularly deadly kidney condition known as acute kidney injury. The algorithm, developed by Google's DeepMind, give doctors more time to mitigate the adverse effects of AKI.

Biotech August 1, 2019

LOOK: Robotic Arm Named After Luke Skywalker Lets Users 'Feel'

Prosthetic limbs can help amputees move around, but it does not give them the sensations that human limbs do. Now, engineers at the University of Utah created a robotic arm that allows amputees to 'feel.'

Biotech July 25, 2019

Pentagon Ordered To Investigate Conspiracy Theory That Government Experiments Weaponized Ticks

New Jersey Rep. Chris Smith cited books and articles that claim government facilities did experiments to turn ticks into bioweapons. The Department of Defense is investigating if the insects escaped the labs.

Biotech July 18, 2019

Researchers Successfully Eliminate HIV From Mice Genome Using CRISPR

Is a cure for HIV in the horizon? Scientists take a huge step forward by successfully removing HIV from the genomes of infected mice with the help of gene-editing tool CRISPR.

Biotech July 3, 2019

Researchers 3D Print Wearable Mesh That Can Function As Flexible Medical Braces

MIT engineers developed a 3D-printed mesh that can be used as an ankle or a knee brace. The material is flexible enough to allow comfort and movement, but stiff enough to prevent further injuries.

Biotech June 20, 2019

New Gene-Editing Technique Can Alter Genome Without Cutting DNA

Researchers developed a CRISPR system that eliminated the need to cut the genome to insert new DNA sequences. Called CAST, the new system can enable safer and more accurate gene-editing.

Biotech June 15, 2019

China's Twin CRISPR Babies May Have Shorter Life Span Because Of Mutation

When scientist He Jiankui genetically modified twin babies in 2018, it was to give them protection from HIV. Now, it's revealed that he may have shaved off years from their lives in the process.

Biotech June 4, 2019

Scientists Created A Living Organism With An Entirely Synthetic Genome

Is this the next step for artificial life? By streamlining and rebuilding the E. coli genetic code, scientists have created the first-ever organism with a genome that is completely human-made.

Biotech May 18, 2019

Microscope Can Diagnose And Treat Skin Cancer, Other Diseases Without Cutting Skin

Doctors develop a special microscope that's a diagnostic and treatment instrument in one. Ultra-precise and sensitive, this new device from the University of British Columbia is so cutting-edge that it doesn't even need to cut the skin to perform surgery.

Biotech May 18, 2019

Can Brain Implants Treat Drug Addicts? Chinese Doctors Use Eye Deep Brain Stimulation For Opioid Addiction Treatment

Imagine a magical machine that can switch off addiction in the brain. That machine is what Chinese researchers are using to treat methamphetamine and opioid addiction in patients for the first time ever.

Biotech May 9, 2019

New Technique To Regenerate Severely Damaged Lungs Makes Transplant Possible

About 80 percent of donated lungs are damaged, making it unviable for organ transplantation. A new technique showed that donor lungs can be rehabilitated and repaired outside the human body for at least 36 hours prior to the operation.

Biotech May 8, 2019

New Imaging Technique That Uses Nanotechnology Helps Scientists Look At DNA Like Never Before

Scientists have discovered a new form of technology that allowed them to study DNA more closely. Researchers from Bionano Genomics in San Diego called it nanochannel technology.

Biotech April 29, 2019

New Technology That Transforms Brain Signals Into Speech May Give Voice To People With Parkinson's, Throat Cancer

Scientists use artificial intelligence to translate brain activity directly into speech. By creating a new system that turns signals into recognizable speech, they give new life to patients who lost their voice.

Biotech April 25, 2019

Researchers Create Model That Simulates Each And Every Atom In A Single Human Gene

Scientists at Los Alamos National laboratory utilized the Trinity Supercomputer to create the first billion-atom biomolecular simulation. It's the sixth fastest computer in the entire world.

Biotech April 25, 2019

Less Invasive Platform With Nanomaterial May Help Heal Damage After Heart Attack

A new, less invasive platform that uses nanomaterial may help heal damage in patients post-heart attack, a landmark study revealed. Researchers hope that a clinical trial could be underway.

Biotech April 24, 2019

Two Cancer Patients In The US Receive Gene-Editing CRISPR Treatment

Two cancer patients in the United States have been treated using the powerful gene-editing tool called CRISPR. Scientists confirmed that a U.S. CRISPR study is already underway.

Biotech April 17, 2019

11-Year-Old Autistic Boy Danny Bullen Speaks First Full Sentence Hours After Stem Cell Treatment

Human embryonic stem cell proved to be beneficial to an 11-year-old boy who is non-verbal and autistic. Danny Bullen’s family said he should undergo the treatment for two or three times to achieve optimal results.

Biotech April 16, 2019

Do You Have Privacy Concerns About DNA Test Kits? Here's What You Need to Know

Separating fact from fiction in the home DNA testing industry.

Biotech April 11, 2019

Medical Staples Designed To Mimic Porcupine Quills Could Result In Better Healing

The future might not see surgeons and doctors using usual medical staples to stitch up wounds. A team of Harvard researchers are working on an new prototype based on the barbs of porcupine quills.

Biotech April 11, 2019

3D-Printed Implants May Save Athletes From Career-Ending Injuries In The Future

Through the use of 3D-printing technology and osteochondral tissue engineering, bioscientists were able to produce a cartilage-to-bone scaffold that can be implanted into injured body parts. This can benefit athletes and ordinary people.

Biotech April 3, 2019

Genetic Mutation Causes Former Teacher Jo Cameron To Feel No Pain Or Anxiety

A Scottish woman felt no pain or fear several surgeries later due to a previously unknown gene mutation. Researchers said the FAAH-OUT gene was responsible for regulating pain signals, mood, and memory.

Biotech March 30, 2019

Melanin Pigments In Human Skin May Be Used To Make Bionic Implant

The melanin in human skin may be harnessed to create bionic implants, a new landmark study revealed. Scientists were able to do this through a process used in metallurgy.

Biotech March 29, 2019

Video Game Therapy Helps Stroke Survivors Regain Arm Movement

Scientists in Illinois have designed a new video game that helps stroke survivors regain arm movement. This inexpensive and wearable treatment is hope for patients, researchers said.

Biotech March 21, 2019

Scientists Develop Wireless Sensors That Monitor NICU Babies

Researchers from Northwestern University have developed wireless sensors for preterm babies. The team, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Save the Children, plans to conduct more trials later this year.

Biotech March 1, 2019

A Single CRISPR Treatment Can Show Significant Benefits In Mice With DMD

A team of researchers found that a single CRISPR therapy corrected DMD in mice for a year. They hope that their study will pave the way for the development of an effective treatment for humans.

Biotech February 20, 2019

Investigation Shows CRISPR Researcher He Jiankui's Work On First Gene-Edited Babies Broke The Law

Chinese CRISPR Scientist He Jiankui was found to have illegally edited the genes of the babies. Law authorities said he and others involved will be dealt with accordingly.

Biotech January 21, 2019

Scientists Having Hard Time Keeping Track Of Patients Who Have Undergone Gene-Editing Treatments In China

While gene therapy is yet in its early stages, scientists need to keep tabs of patients who have received gene-editing treatments. However, scientists in China were not keeping track of patients who had the experimental gene therapy that may trigger health problems later on in life.

Biotech December 30, 2018

Chinese Scientist He Jiankui Who Claimed He Edited Babies' Genes Is Missing

The Chinese scientist who used CRISPR gene-editing tool to edit the DNA of twin babies is missing. Is he detained by China’s government? Pictured is He Jiankui at the Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing in Hong Kong.

Biotech December 4, 2018

China Halts Work Of Scientist He Jiankui Who Claimed He Used CRISPR To Edit Babies' Genes

China on Thursday ordered to stop the work that led to the birth of gene-edited twins. Chinese Vice Minister of Science and Technology Xu Nanping described the work as illegal and unacceptable.

Biotech November 30, 2018

Rice University Professor Michael Deem Under Investigation For Role In Birth Of Gene-Edited Babies

Rice University has launched an investigation to see if one of its professors had a hand in the controversial project that led to the birth of the world's first gene-edited babies. Who is Michael Deem?

Biotech November 28, 2018

Human Images From World's First Total-Body Scanner Unveiled

Human images from world's first total-body scanner unveiled

Biotech November 19, 2018

Stimulating The Spinal Cord With Pulse Generator Can Help Injured People Walk Again: Study

A new technique has given hope to people who have been paralyzed due to spinal cord injury. By sending electrical signals to parts of the spinal cord responsible for movement, three patients were able to walk again.

Biotech November 1, 2018

Swarms Of Tiny Magnetic Nanobots Could Be Used To Treat Blood Clots In The Near Future

Scientists have found a way to control swarms of nanobots that will be used to treat blood clots in humans. They expect to enter clinical trials with human patients in five years.

Biotech September 5, 2018

21-Year-Old Girl Becomes Youngest Recipient Of Face Transplant In The US

Katie Stubblefield became the youngest person to receive a full face transplant in the United States. Hers was the first total face transplant at Cleveland Clinic and the 40th all over the world.

Biotech August 15, 2018

Artificial Pancreas Could Help Type 2 Diabetes Patients Manage Blood Sugar Levels

For certain diabetics, frequent hospital visits are common, but there might be a way to reduce trips to the doctor. An artificial pancreas just showed encouraging results among type 2 diabetics when it comes to managing blood sugar levels.

Biotech June 27, 2018

New Biological Weapons Could Emerge From Today’s Technology: Here’s How That Might Happen

Scientists can now easily recreate viruses or make bacteria more dangerous, a new report commissioned by the U.S. Department of Defense revealed. The report named and classified a number of biological weapons that could be created from today’s technology.

Biotech June 20, 2018

CRISPR Gene Editing Could Cause Cancer According To Separate Studies

Two individual studies conducted by separate teams of researchers found that breakthrough CRISPR gene editing technology could boost the risk of cancer in humans. Specifically, the teams looked into how the protein called p35 responded to the newly edited DNAs.

Biotech June 12, 2018

Artificial Human Prion Responsible For Fatal Brain Disorders Grown In The Lab

Researchers created an artificial human prion through a laboratory experiment with proteins from E. coli bacteria. The synthetic human prion offered experts more understanding on how to combat infectious and fatal brain disorders.

Biotech June 7, 2018

Scientists Create The Very First 3D-Printed Human Corneas

Two researchers at Newcastle University created the world’s first 3D-printed human corneas. They were able to take cornea stem cells along with bio-ink to create 3D circular corneas.

Biotech May 30, 2018

Scientists Are Editing Rice Genes To Make Them Produce More

Scientists have created the perfect rice plant that is not only slightly more vulnerable to environmental factors but able to produce up to 31 percent more grain. Ethical questions on gene editing remain, however.

Biotech May 29, 2018

FDA Approves AI Algorithm To Help Doctors Diagnose Fractures Faster

On Thursday, May 24, the FDA approved an AI-based software to detect wrist fractures. The software called OsteoDetect uses artificial intelligence to help doctors make a diagnosis faster.

Biotech May 28, 2018

Smart Pill Could Soon Be Used To Detect Health Problems From Inside The Gut

The ingestible bacterial-electronic sensor developed by MIT engineers can relay signals to a smartphone from inside your stomach. The technology is the first of its kind because it uses a combination of synthetic biology and electronics to detect health issues.

Biotech May 25, 2018

Robots Growing Organs From Stem Cells: The New 'Secret Weapon' Against Disease

Scientists from the University of Washington developed a system that uses robots to grow human organs from stem cells. The automated process, which also tasks the robots to analyze the organoids, was described as the new 'secret weapon' against disease.

Biotech May 22, 2018

New 3D Handheld Printer Can Heal Deep Wounds At A Faster Rate

Researchers from the University of Toronto have created a new device that heals deep wounds in two minutes. The device is considered to be a better alternative than the regular procedure for treating severe wounds.

Biotech May 7, 2018

Scientists Just Found A Way To Make Mice Resistant To Obesity

NAMPT is the enzyme responsible for efficiently storing fat, a new research proved. So, can we simply get rid of it to make us resistant to obesity?

Biotech May 5, 2018

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