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15th January 2018

New method to map miniature brain circuits

Scientists have developed a new technique to map electrical circuits in the brain far more comprehensively than ever before.

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12th January 2018

Accelerating the production of stem cells through automation: "A giant leap in regenerative medicine"

The FDA has approved the use of an automated bioreactor-based platform that can produce billions of stem cells in days, instead of months.

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21st December 2017

Baby born after embryo frozen 25 years ago

In a landmark for IVF treatment, a baby girl in the U.S. has reportedly been born after being frozen as an embryo for almost 25 years.

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21st December 2017

First gene therapy for an inherited condition approved in U.S.

The FDA has approved Luxturna – the first gene therapy for an inherited condition in the U.S. – for patients with a form of vision loss.

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14th December 2017

Gene therapy for haemophilia A: "Mind-blowing results"

British doctors have used a new form of gene therapy to treat haemophilia A, a genetic defect that leads to excess bleeding.

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12th December 2017

Major breakthrough in Huntington's disease

University College London reports that a genetic error responsible for Huntington's disease has been corrected in human patients for the first time.

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4th December 2017

Inhibition of common enzyme can extend longevity

A common enzyme found in all mammals, including humans, can extend the lifespan of flies and worms.

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4th December 2017

3D printer uses living bacteria for ink

Researchers in Switzerland have developed a 3D printer that uses living matter for ink, which offers unique properties not found in "dead matter" such as plastics or metals.

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16th November 2017

Gene variant may cause obesity

Experiments have shown that variants in a gene called ankyrin-B, carried by millions of Americans, could cause cells to store fat, potentially leading to obesity.

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15th November 2017

The first "digital pill" is approved by the FDA

The FDA has approved "Abilify MyCite", the first drug in the U.S. with a digital ingestion tracking system. This can record when the medication was taken, via a sensor embedded in the pill.

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11th November 2017

New drug 'melts away' fat inside arteries

UK scientists report that a single dose of the drug Trodusquemine can "melt away" fat inside mouse arteries.

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8th November 2017

Old human cells rejuvenated in aging breakthrough

A new way to rejuvenate old cells has been discovered, making them not only look younger, but start to behave more like young cells.

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7th November 2017

Brain device boosts learning in monkeys by 40%

Scientists have developed a non-invasive cap that stimulates parts of the brain via electrical currents and is shown to improve the learning abilities of macaques. In the future, this technology could be used by humans.

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3rd November 2017

Four genes linked to pancreatic cancer

Researchers have identified four genes responsible for how long patients survive with pancreatic cancer.

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29th October 2017

New and improved version of CRISPR for more precise genetic engineering

An improved version of the genetic engineering technique known as CRISPR has been published, which can repair even smaller segments of a human genome.

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12th October 2017

Scientists find way to genetically boost nutritional value of corn

Scientists have enhanced the nutritional value of corn, the largest commodity crop grown on Earth, by inserting a bacterial gene from E. coli.

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27th September 2017

After 15 years in a vegetative state, nerve implant restores consciousness

A man in a vegetative state for 15 years after a car accident is reported to have shown signs of consciousness when neurosurgeons implanted a nerve stimulator.

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25th September 2017

Artificial intelligence for human age-reversal

Molecular researchers from the University of Copenhagen have joined forces with an artificial intelligence company to fight premature aging.

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31st August 2017

Nanomachines drill into cancer cells and kill them in 60 seconds

Motorised molecules have been used to drill holes in the membranes of individual cells, and show promise for either bringing therapeutic agents into the cells or directly inducing the cells to die.

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30th August 2017

Nanoparticle-drug combo has potential to treat obesity and diabetes

In a potential breakthrough for the treatment of obesity and diabetes, scientists have found a way to deliver a drug directly to stored white fat cells to turn them into more easily burned brown fat cells.

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10th August 2017

Youthful plasticity restored to brains of aging mice

Manipulating a single gene can restore brain plasticity in aging mice, scientists in the U.S. report. The breakthrough could one day be replicated in humans.

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2nd August 2017

CRISPR removes disease from human embryos for the first time

For the first time, scientists have used the CRISPR system in human embryos to "delete" faulty DNA responsible for a hereditary heart condition.

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27th July 2017

Brain stem cells found to control aging

Researchers have discovered that stem cells in the brain's hypothalamus govern how fast aging occurs in the body.

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26th July 2017

The last surviving species on Earth may be tardigrades

Tardigrade micro-animals may be one of the most resilient lifeforms on Earth, able to withstand global mass extinctions due to astrophysical events, such as supernovae, gamma-ray bursts, large asteroid impacts, and passing-by stars.

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19th July 2017

Wearable electronics on skin can provide long-term health monitoring

Researchers have made a "breathable" nanoscale mesh with an electronic sensor that can be worn on the skin for a week without discomfort, and could potentially monitor a person's health continuously for long periods.

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18th July 2017

Genetically modified bananas high in pro-vitamin A developed

Researchers have announced the development of a GM banana with higher levels of pro-vitamin A, which could improve the nutritional content of bananas in Africa.

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13th July 2017

The first ever movie encoded in DNA

Scientists at Harvard have used the CRISPR gene-editing system to store a GIF animation in the DNA of bacteria.

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3rd July 2017

Select memories can be erased, leaving others intact

A study of snail neurons, published in Current Biology, suggests memories that trigger anxiety and PTSD could be "erased" without affecting normal memory of past events.

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