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Building the safe genes toolkit

Building the safe genes toolkit

Jul 31, 2017 United States
DARPA created the Safe Genes program to gain a fundamental understanding of how gene editing technologies function; devise means to safely, responsibly, and predictably harness them for beneficial ends; and address potential health and security concerns related to their accidental or intentional misuse.
$1 million to fund bioelectronic medicine research in diabetes

$1 million to fund bioelectronic medicine research in diabetes

Jul 18, 2017 1 United States
The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research received a $1 million gift from The Knapp Family Foundation to launch a four-year research program that uses bioelectronic medicine to treat the disease.
A bioengineered upgrade for organoids

A bioengineered upgrade for organoids

Jun 21, 2017 Austria
Scientists for the first time combine organoids with bioengineering. Using small microfilaments, they show improved tissue architecture that mimics human brain development more accurately and allows more targeted studies of brain development and its malfunctions.
Nano fiber feels forces and hears sounds made by cells

Nano fiber feels forces and hears sounds made by cells

Jun 14, 2017 United States
Engineers have developed a miniature device that's sensitive enough to feel the forces generated by swimming bacteria and hear the beating of heart muscle cells.
A noninvasive method for deep brain stimulation

A noninvasive method for deep brain stimulation

Jun 7, 2017 3 United States
Researchers have come up with a way to stimulate regions deep within the brain using electrodes placed on the scalp.
CRISPR gene editing can cause hundreds of unintended mutations

CRISPR gene editing can cause hundreds of unintended mutations

Jun 1, 2017 United States
As CRISPR-Cas9 starts to move into clinical trials, a new study has found that the gene-editing technology can introduce hundreds of unintended mutations into the genome.