Healing touch, Regenerative Medicine breakthrough reprograms skin cells
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Tissue Nanotransference technology could help us heal organs quickly, and on demand, and put an end to the need for immunosuppressant drugs and the rejection of transplants   This week scientists from Ohio State University announced a “breakthrough” in Regenerative medicine, the field of... Read more
Scientists have built the world’s first biological ‘teleporter’
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We have reached the point where we can digitise life itself, albeit at a micro scale, and that opens up a whole host of new opportunities, from being able to create bespoke synthetic organisms to teleporting life across the universe   The chance of... Read more
Scientists found a way to selectively erase memories forever
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Imagine being able to forget memories at the flick of a switch, and now imagine the impact that would have on your life, good or bad. As scientists unravel the mysteries of the brain one day this will become science fact.   One thing... Read more
Cream that creates suntans without the sun also reduces cancer risk
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Lots of people like having a natural looking tan, but with over 100,000 cases of skin cancer a year, noone likes the sun’s nefarious side effects, but now scientists have created a way to tan that doesn’t need the Sun   If you’re like... Read more
A simple blood test detects cancer years earlier than previously possible
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF A new blood test will, one day, let doctors detect cancer years earlier than ever before, and earlier detection means earlier treatment and better chances of survival for those who have the disease   Scientists from the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre and Grail,... Read more
Scientists are creating next generation vaccines that are contagious
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The way that we vaccinate people today is, arguably, outmoded, but the next generation of vaccines that are being produced could be contagious and that could change health, and healthcare, forever   What if you never got ill again? Ever. I’m not talking about... Read more
Indian regulators green light two companies to bring people back from the dead
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF New technology is pushing the boundaries on life extension, and now death, and there are an increasing number of voices that think death is no longer inevitable   There’s a saying, “In life only two things are certain – death and taxes,” and while... Read more
Scientists have used a new breakthrough treatment to wake up coma patients
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF When patients fall into comas the effects on them, and their loved ones can be fatal or at best catastrophic, but a new breakthrough treatment has managed to wake up long term comatose patients   Sometimes when people experience a severe brain injury, or... Read more
Promising ‘Genetic Chainsaw in a pill’ could solve the world’s antibiotic crisis
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Bacteria’s stellar ability to rapidly evolve to overcome today’s most potent antibiotics puts tens of millions of lives at high risk, but now scientists are designing new genetics based antibiotic treatments that could kill off bacteria’s natural advantage   Even since Alexander Fleming stumbled... Read more
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
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