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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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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.  

TED: What you need to know about CRISPR | Ellen Jorgensen

Should we bring back the wooly mammoth? Or edit a human embryo? Or wipe out an entire species that we consider harmful? The genome-editing technology CRISPR has made extraordinary questions like these legitimate — but how does it work? Scientist and community lab advocate Ellen Jorgensen is on a mission to explain the myths and …

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Harvard University: 3D-printed heart-on-a-chip with integrated sensors

Harvard University researchers have made the first entirely 3D-printed organ-on-a-chip with integrated sensing. Built by a fully automated, digital manufacturing procedure, the 3D-printed heart-on-a-chip can be quickly fabricated and customized, allowing researchers to easily collect reliable data for short-term and long-term studies.  

Science Magazine: Print-on-demand bone could quickly mend major injuries

Material is flexible, cheap, and easy to produce. If you shatter a bone in the future, a 3D printer and some special ink could be your best medicine. Researchers have created what they call “hyperelastic bone” that can be manufactured on demand and works almost as well as the real thing, at least in monkeys …

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TED: A new way to heal hearts without surgery | Franz Freudenthal

At the intersection of medical invention and indigenous culture, pediatric cardiologist Franz Freudenthal mends holes in the hearts of children across the world, using a device born from traditional Bolivian loom weaving. “The most complex problems in our time,” he says, “can be solved with simple techniques, if we are able to dream.”  

Flex Robotic System is a robot for minimally invasive surgery

The Flex Robotic System is developed by Howie Choset, a professor of Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute. It is designed for minimally invasive surgeries in the throat area, the system allows surgeons to navigate to the surgical site via robot and then perform surgery in a more traditional laparoscopic way.  

Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell: Genetic Engineering Will Change Everything Forever – CRISPR

Designer babies, the end of diseases, genetically modified humans that never age. Outrageous things that used to be science fiction are suddenly becoming reality. The only thing we know for sure is that things will change irreversibly.  

Milken Institute: This Changes Everything: How Technology Is Revolutionizing Medicine

Moderator Michael Milken, Chairman, Milken Institute Speakers Vadim Backman, Walter Dill Scott Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University Elizabeth Blackburn, Nobel Laureate; President, Salk Institute Juan Enriquez, Managing Director, Excel Venture Management Jack Gilbert, Professor of Surgery and Director, Microbiome Center, University of Chicago Nina Tandon, CEO and Co-Founder, EpiBone; Co-Author, “Super Cells: Building With …

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Formlabs: The Shirley Technique: A Cancer Survivor Receives a New Jaw

After Shirley Anderson lost his jaw to cancer, Dr. Travis Bellicchi took on the challenge of creating a prosthesis — with groundbreaking results. Both Shirley Anderson’s life and the medical field have been changed forever.

TED: How to read the genome and build a human being | Riccardo Sabatini

Secrets, disease and beauty are all written in the human genome, the complete set of genetic instructions needed to build a human being. Now, as scientist and entrepreneur Riccardo Sabatini shows us, we have the power to read this complex code, predicting things like height, eye color, age and even facial structure — all from …

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TED: This tiny particle could roam your body to find tumors | Sangeeta Bhatia

What if we could find cancerous tumors years before they can harm us — without expensive screening facilities or even steady electricity? Physician, bioengineer and entrepreneur Sangeeta Bhatia leads a multidisciplinary lab that searches for novel ways to understand, diagnose and treat human disease. Her target: the two-thirds of deaths due to cancer that she …

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TED: We can reprogram life. How to do it wisely | Juan Enriquez

For four billion years, what lived and died on Earth depended on two principles: natural selection and random mutation. Then humans came along and changed everything — hybridizing plants, breeding animals, altering the environment and even purposefully evolving ourselves. Juan Enriquez provides five guidelines for a future where this ability to program life rapidly accelerates. …

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TED: Gene editing can now change an entire species — forever | Jennifer Kahn

CRISPR gene drives allow scientists to change sequences of DNA and guarantee that the resulting edited genetic trait is inherited by future generations, opening up the possibility of altering entire species forever. More than anything, this technology has led to questions: How will this new power affect humanity? What are we going to use it …

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MIT: Ingestible origami robot Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Researchers at MIT, the University of Sheffield, and the Tokyo Institute of Technology have demonstrated a tiny origami robot that can unfold itself from a swallowed capsule and, steered by external magnetic fields, crawl across the stomach wall to remove a swallowed button battery or patch a wound.

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