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
US Army to develop artificial human skin and powdered blood
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Blood has to be stored carefully, and skin is in short supply but new developments would mean they’re available anywhere, anytime   Researchers, doctors and bio-technicians at the US Army Institute of Surgical Research are working on new, more efficient ways to administer blood... Read more
Scientists have 3D printed functioning artificial human skin
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to print artificial human skin, on demand will change the lives of burns victims and reduce the need for animal testing   A few months after Stanford University announced it had created the world’s first artificial skin substitute, now researchers in Spain... Read more
New brain reading computer lets paralysed patients communicate by thought
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Many people take the ability to communicate for granted, but millions of people aren’t as fortunate, but new computing systems are breaking down the walls   Those crazy researchers at Stanford University have done it again – not content building virtual reality avatars with three... Read more
eSight’s new glasses give sight back to the legally blind
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Millions of people are legally classified as blind, and in the past blind meant blind forever, but today new technology is restoring sight like never before   Over the past few years there have been a range of significant developments, from gene editing to... Read more
New stem cell therapy freezes Multiple Sclerosis in its tracks
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Multiple Sclerosis is a debilitating disease that affects hundreds of thousands of people worldwide, but new therapies and treatments are bringing new hope to the people affected by it   A new multiple sclerosis treatment that “resets” the human immune system has been found to... Read more
New ‘Cyborg’ brain implants could help paralysed people walk again
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In the future we’ll communicate with machines and other people using a form of telepathy, these new glassy carbon sensors just moved us another inch forward   Over the past few years advances in the field of Brain Machine Interfaces (BMI’s), which are essentially... Read more
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
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