Researchers believe we have a maximum biological age
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF New research suggests humans have a maximum biological age, and that living longer will only be possible with the help of technology   Researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine believe that they have discovered that humans have a maximum lifespan, even though... Read more
New micro-rocket will one day travel round your body fighting disease
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Miniaturised rockets that can travel around your body at will, tracking and tackling disease, repairing tissue and looking for the early signs of cancer would usher in a healthcare revolution   In the 1980’s one of the decade’s most popular films was one called “Innerspace”... Read more
Scientists have developed the world’s first working artificial womb
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In an age when we can create motherless and fatherless embryos, and where artificial humans are on the horizon, one day artificial wombs could be commonplace   In what’s considered a landmark experiment, researchers in the US and the UK have managed grow human embryos to... Read more
DARPA’s new P3 program aims to stop all pandemics dead within 60 days
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The increasing threat from bio-terrorism, and the resurgence of new global pandemics such as Ebola, have shown how out dated today’s state of the art vaccine procedures are, DARPA’s new P3 program aims to re-dress the balance   Over the past several years DARPA... Read more
New gene therapy technique cures deafness in mice
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Millions of people around the world suffer from deafness, now scientists might be zero’ing in on a new cure that could change their lives forever   In 2015, a team at Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) and Harvard Medical School (HMS) reported restoring the hearing in genetically... Read more
Scientists grow the world’s first human pig chimera
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Over the next few decades self-driving cars could cause a shortage of donor organs, Chimera’s could provide doctors and patients with alternatives   Sometimes it’s hard to help but wonder what scientists would do with their time if they didn’t have stem cells to... Read more
Scientists might have found a way to turn Parkinsons on and off
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF From Parkinsons to Alzheimers, there are millions of people suffering from brain related disorders, now a new field of medicine, called Neuromodulation might let doctors turn these conditions on and off, for good   Dr. Andres Lozano at the University of Toronto is one... Read more
World first as scientists use two new DNA letters to create new “alien” life form
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Life’s DNA has always been coded using just four letters, but now researchers have added two new letters and it opens the door to a whole new world of alien lifeforms never seen before   Ever since life gained a foothold on this fragile... Read more
World first as scientists use synthetic stem cells to repair a damaged heart
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Traditional stem cell therapies can often lead to cancer down the line, but NC State’s new “generic” synthetic stem cells eliminate that risk and will bring stem cell therapy to millions more people who need it   Hearts are having a busy time in... Read more
Scientists have grown a human stomach in a petri dish
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The more organs scientists can create outside of the human body the greater the benefits to human healthcare, this latest breakthrough takes us another step closer to realising the potential of regenerative medicine   When scientists want to understand how a drug works, they... Read more
New breakthrough will make scars and wrinkles a thing of the past
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Many people have scar tissue, and everyone, one day gets wrinkles, now both of those human frailties could be a thing of the past   There are a few of reasons that scar tissue looks different than regular skin – it lacks hair follicles and... Read more
Researchers discover the brain helps kill bacteria and boost antibiotics
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF It’s a well known fact that bacterial resistance to antibiotics has reached crisis levels, now a new breakthrough could give antibiotics a well needed boost   It turns out that our brain might control much more than just our thoughts and physical actions. Announced this... Read more
Soldiers digital twins let US Army 3D print replacement body parts in battle
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Thousands of soldiers are injured in battle every year, now the US Army is scanning, digitising and creating digital twins of its soldiers that will let field medics 3D print new body parts in the field that could save their lives   The US... Read more
Hacking pacemakers and medical implants gets harder as FDA issues new cybersecurity guidelines
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF More and more implanted medical devices are becoming connected devices and this exposes them to cyberattacks, the FDA’s new cybersecurity guidance hopes to curtail, and prevent deaths that might result from an attack on people’s IMD’s   You have a pace maker. It’s hacked.... Read more
Revolutionary new SkinGun fires stem cells to heal burns without scarring
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Many people with secondary or third degree burns find that their lives are changed forever, now a new stem cell treatment looks like it can heal them without leaving scars   Every year over 486,000 Amercians suffer burns with over 40,000 being hospitalised and... Read more
Scientists create a hive mind between two rats on different continents
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As scientists continue to push the boundaries of brain computer interfaces we’re getting closer to creating a human hive mind   Recently a team in the US managed to prove that they could use a matrix style technology to upload knowledge directly to the... Read more
New Ebola vaccine provides 100% protection from the deadly, indiscriminate disease
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Ebola has one of the highest mortality rates of any known virus and in the summer of 2016 it killed nearly 12,000 people – now we have a vaccine that’s 100% effective   Earlier this year the President of Sierra Leone called my brother-in-law,... Read more
Scientists turn CRISPR into a genetic chainsaw to solve the antibiotics crisis
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Antibiotic resistance is growing to epidemic proportions but now scientists have shown that they can kill infectious bacteria with a new “Genetic chainsaw”   About 10 years ago, Rodolphe Barrangou, a transplanted Frenchman with a Ph.D. in genomics from North Carolina State University (NCSU), chose... Read more
In a world first scientists have reversed ageing in mice
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As more scientists treat age as a disease, not as an inevitability, we are discovering more ways to turn back the biological clock, one day these treatments might be applied to humans   Scientists in America have used cellular reprogramming to reverse the ageing... Read more
Scientists win €3 million in funding to 3D print a living human brain
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The brain is, arguably, one of the last great mysteries left for mankind to unravel but doing so needs a combination of approaches, ranging from computer simulations to direct manipulation and observation   The Meso-Brain consortium, which is run out of Aston University in the UK,... Read more
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