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Feb 21, 2018

DNA data storage system is on the rise — find out how to store yours

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Scientists from the University of Washington and Microsoft are improving their system for preserving digital data in strands of synthetic DNA — and they’re giving you the chance to participate.

The UW-Microsoft team laid out the method in a research paper published this week in Nature Biotechnology.

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Feb 20, 2018

Add-on clip turns smartphone into fully operational microscope

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, biotech/medical, mobile phones, nanotechnology

Australian researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP) have developed a 3D printable ‘clip-on’ that can turn any smartphone into a fully functional microscope.

Reported in the research journal Scientific Reports, the smartphone microscope is powerful enough to visualise specimens as small as 1/200th of a millimetre, including microscopic organisms, animal and plant cells, blood cells, cell nuclei and more.

The clip-on technology is unique in that it requires no external power or light source to work yet offers high-powered microscopic performance in a robust and mobile handheld package.

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Feb 20, 2018

Researchers Have Created a New Camera Capable of Seeing Through the Human Body

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For many years doctors have been able to get a look inside a person’s body using X-ray scans, or placing a tiny camera inside the body. But those tools provide a limited view and can only reveal so much. A recently developed camera, however, may give doctors the ability to see everything happening in the human body, no matter where it is.

The camera was developed by researchers from the University of Edinburgh, and it’s meant to work while paired with an endoscope — a long, slender piece of equipment that usually has a camera, sensors, and lights at its tip.

Light emitted by the endoscope typically scatters when it comes into contact with structures within the body, such as body tissue, but the new camera is able to pick up on it thanks to the photon detectors inside of it. The camera is able to detect light sources behind as much as 20 centimeters (7.9 inches) of bodily tissue.

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Feb 20, 2018

DNA designer bodies are no longer the stuff of science fiction

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, futurism

Entrepreneur Juan Enriquez has outlined a future where we will be able to survive in extreme environments and even hack our memory thanks to DNA manipulation.

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Feb 19, 2018

Electronic skin animates heartbeat on the back of your hand

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A flexible e-skin containing a few hundred micro LEDs can display your vital signs or messages from your doctor.

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Feb 19, 2018

AHA names 2017’s top advances in heart disease and stroke research

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The AHA names the top 10 heart disease and stroke research advances of 2017, including new drugs, guidelines, research, and a gene therapy.

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Feb 19, 2018

Breakthroughs in Targeted Cancer Therapies to Fight Tumors

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

New targeted cancer therapies have emerged to fight tumors, and scientists have much more in the pipeline.


Summary: New targeted cancer therapies have been highlighted this month as emerging technologies to fight tumors, and scientists have much more in the pipeline. [This article first appeared on LongevityFacts. Author: Brady Hartman. ]

Targeted cancer therapies – the most famous of which are immunotherapies such as CAR T-cell therapy – are the current focus of excitement in cancer treatment. New therapies and developments in the immunotherapy field prompted the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to update their guidance on targeted cancer therapies a little over a week ago. As the NCI says.

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Feb 19, 2018

Breakthrough cancer immunotherapy treatments to be ‘curative’ by 2025 says prominent research head

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Summary: Cancer immunotherapy treatments and other approaches to cure nearly all cancers within 8 years says Dr. Gilliland, a prominent cancer research head. [This article first appeared on LongevityFacts. Author: Brady Hartman. ]

Gary Gilliland, M.D., Ph.D. is the President and Director, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and in an opinion piece published at the beginning of this month, writes.

“I’ve gone on record to say that by 2025, cancer researchers will have developed curative therapeutic approaches for most if not all cancers.”

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Feb 19, 2018

Team paves the way for immunotherapy to treat aggressive colon tumors

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Team paves the way for cancer immunotherapy demonstrating a novel technique that attacked tumors and inhibited cancers from spreading.


Summary: Team paves the way for cancer immunotherapy with a novel technique that attacked tumors and inhibited cancers from spreading. [This article first appeared on LongevityFacts. Author: Brady Hartman. ]

While cancer immunotherapy is a powerful treatment for some types of tumors, up until now, it hasn’t worked well on colon cancer.

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Feb 19, 2018

New blood test predicts autism with 92 percent accuracy

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

Scientists have designed a test they believe is the first of its kind. Using blood and urine samples, the test correctly identified autism in children.

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