Scientists two headed ‘Franken-Rat’ paves the way for human head transplant trials
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Scientists have been performing head transplants on animals for decades, and now a Chinese team want to move to human trials by the end of the year   Following hot on the heels of the creation of a Human-Animal hybrid “animal,” a team of... Read more
The FDA begins “Humans on Chips” trials to replace animal testing
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Bit by bit animal testing is slowly being replaced by new more modern methods, the FDA’s new “Humans on Chips” collaboration will accelerate its demise and make drug testing cheaper, faster and safer   A future without animal testing has taken a step closer... Read more
DARPA splurges $50million to help spies upload information to their brains ‘Matrix’ style
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF You think that it’s inevitable that the machines will come for your job, but as we get closer to being able to upload knowledge to our brains “Matrix” style, the tables could be about to turn…   Being a spy, or a solider for... Read more
AI has learnt to predict heart attacks more accurately than doctors
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Every year millions of people die from heart disease and this new system could save thousands, perhaps tens of thousands of extra lives   Every year an estimated 20 million people die from heart disease, but now, hot on the heels of an artificial intelligence... Read more
Artificial womb gives new meaning to Lamb in a Bag
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Hundreds of thousands of babies are born prematurely and, one day, this breakthrough will offer parents new hope, it could also signal the beginning of humanity’s ability to create huge Star Wars like clone armies…   In February a team of researchers from the... Read more
Scientists discover that a virus might be triggering Coeliac disease
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Coeliac disease affects millions of people around the world, and in extreme cases cause a lot of pain and distress and this discovery could pave the way for new cures and treatments   Coeliac disease, which is bought about by an intolerance to Gluten,... Read more
3D printed cartilage breakthrough offers millions of suffers new hope
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Cartilage is unique in that it doesn’t grow back, leaving Arthritis patients, and cancer and injury victims with no option but surgery, now though 3D bioprinting offers them all new hope   Loosing a part of your body, such as an ear, knee or... Read more
Second anti-aging pill that extends lifespans by a quarter heads to human trials
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF A bacterium found on Easter Island is the source of a drug that extends life in lab animals, and researchers want to know if it could do the same for humans, but research and regulatory hurdles may make the road ahead a long one... Read more
New spinal chord treatment lets paralysed man walk again for the first time
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Put simply paralysis may no longer be a life sentence   In the past paralysis meant just that, and it was forever. But now we are witnessing amazing breakthroughs in treating, and curing, paralysis that include the development of artificial neurons and cyborg implants, to brain chips and... Read more
World first as scientists turn your DNA into a disease fighting computer
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The world’s first DNA computer just broke cover, and it could revolutionise healthcare by detecting disease the instant it appears and helping turn bacteria into complex, disease fighting drugs factories   In the past we were told that we were made up of DNA,... Read more
Healthcare breakthrough turns bacteria into cyborgs and drug factories
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF When bad bacteria multiply people get sick, but now scientists are getting closer to being able to just “switch” them off and it could lead to a healthcare revolution   For some time now many experts have believed that one of the ways we... Read more
Promising anti-aging treatment that extends lifespans by a third heads for human trials
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Anti-aging research has been going through a renaissance over the past few years, and now scientists plan on starting the first human trials   Over the past few years there has been more investment, and more interest in anti-ageing technologies, and while some scientists... Read more
Lifting the curtain on NeuraLink, Elon Musk’s adventure to connect humans and machines
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As artificial intelligence gets better at out performing humans visionary entrepreneurs like Elon Musk want to make sure humanity isn’t left on the sidelines, a footnote in an AI history book   Earlier this week wannabe Mars explorer, Tesla and SpaceX CEO, founder and... Read more
Stem cell breakthrough paves the way for mass produced artificial blood
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Hundreds of millions of people each year need some form of blood transfusion and supplies are always stressed, this latest breakthrough could let doctors produce any type of blood on demand and save countless lives   Researchers at the University of Bristol (UB) have made... Read more
Solar powered artificial skin gives prosthetics a sense of touch
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Many amputees complain of “Phantom limb” syndrome but now a new breakthrough could help them finally feel again, for real   UK researchers have developed a synthetic skin for prosthetic limbs that can generate power and return the sense of touch to amputees. Researchers... Read more
Gene therapy successfully cures two babies of cancer
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF New gene therapy treatments could spell the end of painful and exhausting chemotherapy treatments, and give patients new hope, but there’s a long road ahead still   Just think of living in a world where people don’t have to go in for chemotherapy treatment... Read more
A cure for millions as gene therapy cures patient with Sickle Cell disease
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Sickle cell disease is a painful and debilitating disease that affects millions of people worldwide, but everything seems to indicate researchers have found a cure   In the first success of its kind, a teenage boy with Sickle Cell disease, an inherited, painful disease,... Read more
Cryonics breakthrough could one day end transplant waiting lists
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Freezing objects is easy, defrosting them so they’re alive, or functional, is the hard part but now we’ve just made a giant leap forward   Recently we’ve seen breakthroughs in suspended animation, which one day might allow humanity to travel across galaxies and live... Read more
Scientists discover a giant  neuron around the brain that could explain conciousness
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF One of life’s mysteries is why life exists in the first place, and the mystery of consciousness comes a close second, but the latter might be about to be solved   Consciousness has long baffled, well, everyone. Let’s face it – noone really knows... Read more
The Terminator bought to life, researchers want to put artificial human skin onto robots
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Robots with human skin are nothing new, at least in sci-fi terms, but we now have the technology and a reason to make it happen…   This week researchers Pierre-Alexis Mouthuy and Andrew Carr from the University of Oxford announced that they believe robots... Read more
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