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University of California: Engineering Immune Cells to Recognize and Kill Cancer

Immune cells are the body’s natural way of attacking infections and other invading pathogens. However, since cancer is not foreign (tumors are mutated versions of the body’s own cells), immune cells do not attack most cancer cells. Find out how scientists are using immune proteins to mobilize immune cells to fight cancer with Michael Fischbach, …

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Science Magazine: Tiny bubbles help heal broken bones

Repairing big bones breaks has been a challenge. Now researchers have used gene therapy to improve bone grafts in pigs. The new research “has huge clinical significance,” says David Kulber, who directs the Center for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, and who was not part of the study. …

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Why It’s Almost Impossible to Run a Two-Hour Marathon

Today, three elite runners backed by a small army of scientists will attempt an audacious assault on the boundaries of the possible by trying to run a marathon in less than two hours. One of the world’s finest distance runners came so close to achieving the greatest feats of athleticism in history: a sub-two-hour marathon. …

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Boston University School of Medicine: Daily Consumption of Sugary Beverages Affect the Brain

Data from the Framingham Heart Study has shown that people who more frequently consume sugary beverages such as sodas and fruit juices are more likely to have poorer memory, smaller brain volumes and smaller hippocampal volumes, an area of the brain important for memory. Click here for further reading.  

The Economist: Gene editing and the future of doping in sport

What if you could hack your DNA to run faster, jump higher or become stronger? The Economist investigates what has been smoldering as a theoretical possibility for the last decade – namely – the concept of gene doping. The advanced medical technology that could help athletes recover from injuries, but could also be used by …

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Nature Video: Immunology wars | Monoclonal antibodies

Our immune systems are at war with cancer. This animation by Nature, reveals how monoclonal antibodies can act as valuable reinforcements to shore up our defenses – and help battle cancer.  

Nature Video: Immunology wars: A billion antibodies

Our bodies can create billions of antibodies to fight off billions of potential diseases. But how do our immune systems turn a limited number of genes into such an incredible diversity of antibody proteins?  

TED-Ed: How the food you eat affects your gut – Shilpa Ravella

The bacteria in our guts can break down food the body can’t digest, produce important nutrients, regulate the immune system, and protect against harmful germs. And while we can’t control all the factors that go into maintaining a healthy gut microbiome, we can manipulate the balance of our microbes by paying attention to what we …

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Harvard University: Unraveling the mysteries of aging

A research team led by David Sinclair at Harvard have made a discovery that could lead to a revolutionary drug that actually reverses aging, improves DNA repair and could even help NASA get its astronauts to Mars. The treatment with the NAD precursor NMN mitigates age-related DNA damage in mice and averts DNA damage from …

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Science Magazine: Promising malaria vaccine disables key parasite genes

Crippling just three of the malaria parasite’s 5000 genes could create a powerful, safe vaccine against a disease that sickens nearly 200 million people each year, according to a new study.  

Nature: Inside Alzheimer’s disease

Our understanding of Alzheimer’s disease has come along way in the last century. In this animation, Nature Neuroscience takes us inside the brain to explore the cells, molecules and mechanisms involved in the onset and progression of this devastating condition – from the latest advances to the remaining gaps in our scientific knowledge.  

Reactions: How Does Alcohol Get You Drunk?

Reactions’ latest episode explains the chemistry behind its effects – drunkenness, frequent bathroom breaks and occasionally poor decision-making.  

Cambridge University: Human Embryo Research: Opening the “Black Box”

Cambridge research that will enable scientists to grow and study embryos in the lab for almost two weeks has been named as the People’s Choice for Science magazine’s ‘Breakthrough of the Year 2016’. Professor Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz at the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience has developed a new technique that allows embryos to develop in …

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MIT: Light-based therapy for Alzheimer’s disease

Researchers in Li-Huei Tsai’s laboratory at the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory have shown that disrupted gamma waves in the brains of mice with Alzheimer’s disease can be corrected by a unique non-invasive technique using flickering light.  

Motherboard: Living With Future Prosthetics

In this episode of Humans+, we meet Nicky Ashwell to learn about the technology behind her bionic hand and what the prosthetics of the future could look like.  

BBC Stories: This invention helped me write again

When Emma Lawton was 29 she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. As a graphic designer, drawing is a huge part of her life but over the past three years the tremor in her hands has grown more pronounced stopping her from writing and drawing straight lines. Enter Haiyan Zhang and her invention that is changing …

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IEEE Spectrum: Watch Six of the Coolest Surgical Robots in Action

Robotically-assisted surgery was initially thought overcome the limitations of pre-existing minimally-invasive surgical procedures and to enhance the capabilities of surgeons performing open surgery. Today’s surgical robots does extend a surgeon’s capacities; filtering out hand tremors and allow maneuvers that even the best surgeon couldn’t pull off with laparoscopic surgery’s typical long-handled tools. But as pointed …

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MIT: Ultra-long-term drug delivery

Researchers at MIT and Brigham and Women’s Hospital have developed a new drug capsule that remains in the stomach for up to two weeks after being swallowed, gradually releasing its drug payload. This type of drug delivery could potentially assist in eliminating diseases such as malaria.  

DNews: Coffee Can Break Your DNA!

Recent studies have found that habitual coffee drinking actually affects our DNA. But how exactly? Well, it’s complicated. “Coffee is one of the most consumed beverages worldwide and one of the primary sources of caffeine intake. Given its important health and economic impact, the underlying genetics of its consumption has been widely studied. Despite these …

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SciShow: Why Do We Stretch in the Morning?

Humans (and our pets) frequently instinctively stretch as soon as we wake up. But why? What is happening in our bodies when we stretch and yawn to wake ourselves up?  

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