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How the snail's shell got its coil

How the snail's shell got its coil

Successfully applying CRISPR gene editing technology to molluscs for the first time, researchers have now made snails with mutations in a gene called Lsdia1, which had previously been suggested - but not conclusively proven - to be involved in snail shell coiling; snails without a functional copy of Lsdia1 produce offspring with shells that coil to the left, showing that this single gene is responsible for rightwardcoiling.
Global Biotechnology Insights
May 17, 2019
World's first wearable kidney is the goal

World's first wearable kidney is the goal

The artificial wearable kidney would reduce the need for hospital visits and decrease health care costs because dialysis could take place during a patient's regular routine.
Global Biotechnology Insights
May 15, 2019
Low-cost, high-tech synthetic biology for the classroom

Low-cost, high-tech synthetic biology for the classroom

How can high school students learn about a technology as complex and abstract as CRISPR? It's simple: just add water.
Global Biotechnology Insights
May 13, 2019
Machine learning overtakes humans in predicting death or heart attack

Machine learning overtakes humans in predicting death or heart attack

Machine learning is overtaking humans in predicting death or heart attack. Doctors use risk scores to make treatment decisions. But these scores are based on just a handful of variables and often have modest accuracy in individual patients. Through repetition and adjustment, machine learning can exploit large amounts of data and identify complex patterns that may not be evident to humans.
Global Biotechnology Insights
May 10, 2019
Vagus nerve stimulation trial, phenomenal stroke treatment results

Vagus nerve stimulation trial, phenomenal stroke treatment results

The trial focuses on a technique called vagus nerve stimulation, which involves the implantation of a device — similar to a pacemaker — placed under the skin in the chest cavity, with the combination of rehabilitation therapy sessions over the course of six weeks.
Global Biotechnology Insights
May 8, 2019
Drugs that block CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing

Drugs that block CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing

New tool identifies compounds that inhibit CRISPR-Cas enzymes, enabling more precise and efficient CRISPR technologies
Global Biotechnology Insights
May 6, 2019
Deadly box jellyfish antidote discovered using CRISPR genome editing

Deadly box jellyfish antidote discovered using CRISPR genome editing

Researchers have discovered an antidote to the deadly sting delivered by the most venomous creature on earth - the Australian box jellyfish.
Global Biotechnology Insights
May 3, 2019
IDTechEx TV3D organ bioprinting gets breath of fresh air

3D organ bioprinting gets breath of fresh air

Bioengineers have cleared a major hurdle on the path to 3D printing replacement organs with a breakthrough technique for bioprinting tissues.
Global Biotechnology Insights
May 1, 2019
IDTechEx TVHighlights from the IDTechEx Show!

Highlights from the IDTechEx Show!

IDTechEx CEO, Raghu Das discusses trends in flexible electronics, stretchable electronics, structural electronics, internet of things, sensors, wearables, healthcare, electric vehicles, energy storage, graphene, 3d printing and printed electronics in the opening cornerstone presentation at the IDTechEx Show! Europe 2019.
Global Biotechnology Insights
May 1, 2019
IDTechEx present forums on biosensors and electronic skin patches

IDTechEx present forums on biosensors and electronic skin patches

On 4-6 June, IDTechEx will host six half-day business intelligence forums covering the latest in stretchable and flexible electronics, biosensors, electronic skin patches, 5G and RFID.
Global Biotechnology Insights
May 1, 2019
A biosynthetic dual-core cell computer

A biosynthetic dual-core cell computer

Researchers have integrated two CRISPR-Cas9-based core processors into human cells. This represents a huge step towards creating powerful biocomputers.