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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

A New Study Claiming Cellphones Were Responsible For The Rise In Brain Tumors In England, Dismissed By Experts

A new study that was published in the Journal of Environmental and Public Health claimed cell phones were responsible for the rise of brain tumors in England. This study was dismissed by experts for lack of evidence.

Biotech May 3, 2018

CRISPR Gene Editing Technology Reduces Blood Cholesterol Levels In Animal Study

Using a new delivery technique, Biomedical engineers at Duke University reduced blood cholesterol levels in mice. The result became the first time researchers delivered CRISPR/Cas9 repressors for targeted therapeutic gene silencing in adult animal models.

Biotech April 29, 2018

Preterm Babies Possibly Mistaking Mothers’ Uterus As Hostile Host During Preterm Labor

A new study published on April 25, suggested that preterm labor is caused by the premature awakening of the fetal immune system. The result of the study is significant in the future development of preterm labor treatments.

Biotech April 26, 2018

Scientists Discover New Type Of Human DNA That Defies The Science Of Double Helix

Scientists discovered a new type of DNA that provided new information on gene structure and function. I-motifs are a four-strand twisted knot that is not exactly the shape of the double helix.

Biotech April 24, 2018

Scientists Discover Over 100 New Genes That Are Responsible For Hair Color

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.

Biotech April 18, 2018

Biochemists Develop Small, Transparent Patch To Detect Food Contamination

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

Journal Retracts Paper That Said CRISPR Is Dangerous

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

New Class Of Synthetized Natural Antibiotic Kills Superbugs, Lessens Severity Of Infection

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

Toxic Chemicals: What Are Nerve Agents And What Do They Do?

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

Experimental Male Oral Contraceptive Shows Promise In Clinical Trial

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

A Company Is Giving People Chance To Upload Brain As Backup, But First They Have To Die

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

University Hospital Faces Lawsuits Over Embryo Storage Malfunctions

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

This 3D-Printed Smartphone Case Can Measure Blood Pressure, But Is It Accurate Enough?

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

DARPA Wants To Slow Biological Time On The Battlefield To Save Injured Soldiers

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

Exoskeletons From Japan Now Available In The US To Help People Learn How To Walk Again

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

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