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CRISPR's growing pains

CRISPR's growing pains

Jul 17, 2018 United States
In the six years since its inception, CRISPR gene editing has experienced ups and downs, from giddy excitement over the technology's potential to cure genetic diseases to patent disputes, ethical considerations and cancer scares.
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Computer models could replace animal testing

Computer models could replace animal testing

Jul 16, 2018 United States
A study suggests that advanced algorithms working from large chemical databases can predict a new chemical's toxicity better than standard animal tests. The computer-based approach could replace many animal tests commonly used during consumer product testing. It could also evaluate more chemicals than animal testing, a change that could lead to wider safety assessments.
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US clinical trial for diabetic patients with hypoglycemia unawareness

US clinical trial for diabetic patients with hypoglycemia unawareness

Jul 13, 2018 United States
Sernova Corp has begun in its regenerative medicine US clinical trial for diabetic patients with hypoglycemia unawareness. Sernova's initial clinical evaluation of the prevascularized Cell Pouch demonstrated biocompatibility and safety of the Cell Pouch as well as viability and vascularization of its transplanted insulin-producing islets, a first in world achievement in a prevascularized implantable medical device.
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Smart bandages monitor and tailor treatment for chronic wounds

Smart bandages monitor and tailor treatment for chronic wounds

Jul 11, 2018 United States
A team of engineers has developed a prototype bandage designed to actively monitor the condition of chronic wounds and deliver appropriate drug treatments to improve the chances of healing. While the lab-tested bandages remain to be assessed in a clinical context, the research is aimed at transforming bandaging from a traditionally passive treatment into a more active paradigm to address a persistent and difficult medical challenge.
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Brain stimulation decreases intent to commit assault

Brain stimulation decreases intent to commit assault

Jul 10, 2018 United States
Research shows that using minimally invasive electrical currents on the prefrontal cortex can reduce the desire to carry out physical and sexual assault and increase the perception that such violence is morally wrong.
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Artificial neural network recognizes 'molecular handwriting'

Artificial neural network recognizes 'molecular handwriting'

Jul 9, 2018 United States
Researchers have developed an artificial neural network made out of DNA that can solve a classic machine learning problem: correctly identifying handwritten numbers. The work is a significant step in demonstrating the capacity to program artificial intelligence into synthetic biomolecular circuits.
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Towards a 3D printed human heart

Towards a 3D printed human heart

Jul 6, 2018 United States
BIOLIFE4D has announced it has successfully demonstrated its ability to 3D bioprint human cardiac tissue - specifically, a human cardiac patch.
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Artificial ovary for fertility preservation

Artificial ovary for fertility preservation

Jul 5, 2018 Europe
An artificial ovary for fertility preservation without the risk of reintroducing malignancy. Important steps in the development of an artificial ovary have been successfully completed by one of the world's leading groups in fertility preservation.
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Machine learning algorithm can tell how smart you are

Machine learning algorithm can tell how smart you are

Jul 4, 2018 United States
If you've ever lied about your IQ to seem more intelligent, it's time to fess up. Scientists can now tell how smart you are just by looking at a scan of your brain. Actually, to be more precise, the scientists themselves aren't looking at your brain scan; a machine-learning algorithm they've developed is.
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Skin patches: the advantages of the ultimate wearable

Skin patches: the advantages of the ultimate wearable

Jul 3, 2018
Electronic skin patches could well be described as the ultimate wearable electronic devices. IDTechEx's latest market research report covers the entire product ecosystem for smart skin patches.
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Personalized deep learning equips robots for autism therapy

Personalized deep learning equips robots for autism therapy

Jul 3, 2018 United States
Children with autism spectrum conditions often have trouble recognizing the emotional states of people around them — distinguishing a happy face from a fearful face, for instance. To remedy this, some therapists use a kid-friendly robot to demonstrate those emotions and to engage the children in imitating the emotions and responding to them in appropriate ways.