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2nd December 2022

Shocking decline in human sperm counts

A new study finds that human sperm counts fell by 62% in the last 50 years – possibly due to poor diets, combined with a toxic soup of "forever chemicals" in our air and water.

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17th November 2022

Lab-grown meat approved by FDA for first time

After a rigorous evaluation, UPSIDE Foods has become the first company to gain regulatory approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a cellular agriculture product grown from animal cells.

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11th November 2022

New antibiotic achieves success in clinical trial

QPX9003, a new antibiotic for Gram-negative bacteria, has achieved success in a Phase I clinical trial.

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8th November 2022

Lab-grown blood cells transfused into people

The world's first clinical trial of laboratory grown red blood cells transfused into humans has begun in the UK.

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29th October 2022

World's largest government grant for cellular agriculture

The Dutch government has confirmed that it will allocate €60 million to support an ecosystem around cellular agriculture.

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10th October 2022

Coffee drinking linked to longer lifespan

A new study finds that drinking two to three cups of ground, instant, or decaffeinated coffee each day is associated with a longer lifespan and lower risk of cardiovascular disease compared with avoiding coffee.

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1st October 2022

New drug slows progression of Alzheimer's

A breakthrough in treating Alzheimer's disease is reported by pharmaceutical companies Eisai and Biogen, using a new drug called lecanemab, which is designed to remove beta-amyloid proteins from the brain.

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23rd September 2022

Climate extremes, viruses, social unrest ... war? We desperately need a Plan B

A guest piece by Richard Fox.

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13th September 2022

Gene-edited tomato can fight cancer and heart disease

U.S. regulators have approved a new purple tomato, genetically engineered to be packed with antioxidants and anthocyanins. The fruit will go on sale in 2023.

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4th September 2022

Gene editing of soybean boosts yield by 20%

Multiple gene editing of soybean can improve photosynthesis and boost crop yields by 20%, according to a study by the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

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17th August 2022

Scientists plan "de-extinction" of Tasmanian tiger

The last known thylacine, also called the Tasmanian tiger, died at Australia's Hobart Zoo in 1936. Now, a team of scientists believe they can resurrect the extinct species within 10 years, using stem cells and gene editing technology.

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14th August 2022

Bioengineered cornea restores vision

A bioengineered cornea made from pig's skin is shown to restore vision to blind people. It can be mass produced and stored for up to two years, unlike donated human corneas that are scarce and must be used within two weeks.

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8th August 2022

Progress towards a pan-coronavirus vaccine

Researchers have shown that a specific area of the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein is a promising target for a pan-coronavirus vaccine that could offer protection against new variants, as well as common colds.

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29th July 2022

AI visualises every protein known to science

DeepMind's AlphaFold program has uncovered the structures of more than 200 million proteins – essentially all of those known to science.

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25th July 2022

Lab-grown sausages to go on sale in 2025

Meatable has become the latest company to reveal a new cultured food product – lab-grown sausages, which could offer a more sustainable and ethical choice for consumers in the near future.

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23rd July 2022

Possible cure for haemophilia B

A potential cure for haemophilia B has been announced by British doctors, which corrects the genetic defect associated with the condition.

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16th June 2022

New drug for hair loss approved by FDA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Olumiant, a drug that restores hair growth and can be used as a treatment for alopecia areata.

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10th June 2022

Whole human genome sequencing for $100

Ultima Genomics, a biotech company in California, has emerged from stealth mode with a new high-throughput, low-cost sequencing platform that it claims can deliver a $100 genome.

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28th May 2022

World's smallest remote-controlled walking robot

The world's smallest remote-controlled walking robot, measuring just half a millimetre wide, has been demonstrated by Northwestern University. Its potential applications include the clearing of blocked arteries.

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16th May 2022

Dead eyes brought back to life

Scientists have revived light-sensing neuron cells in organ donor eyes and restored communication between them as part of a series of discoveries that could transform research into the brain-vision system.

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12th May 2022

Future pandemic risks are increasing

COVID-19 may prove to be just the first in a series of pandemics throughout the 21st century – unless humans drastically improve their relationship with animals and the natural world.

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8th April 2022

Age of skin cells reversed by 30 years

Researchers at the UK's Babraham Institute have rejuvenated a 53-year-old woman's skin cells, so they are the equivalent of a 23-year-old's.

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10th March 2022

Aging reversed in middle-aged and elderly mice

A new cellular rejuvenation therapy created at the Salk Institute can reverse aspects of aging in mice, without causing cancer or other health problems.

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26th February 2022

New therapy kills cancer without harming normal cells

A new therapy called CINDELA (Cancer-Specific InDel Attacker) has been reported by scientists in South Korea, which uses CRISPR-Cas9 to kill cancer cells without harming normal tissues.

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25th February 2022

The first controlled study of caloric restriction in humans

Scientists have published the first controlled study of caloric restriction in humans. This has confirmed its anti-aging and other health benefits and also identified a key protein that could be harnessed to extend health in humans.

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20th February 2022

Changing diet can add more than a decade to life expectancy

A new model, available as an online calculator, estimates the impact of dietary changes on life expectancy.

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27th January 2022

Scientists regrow frog's missing leg

Scientists at Tufts University and Harvard have regrown the missing legs of adult frogs, which are naturally unable to regenerate limbs, using a five-drug cocktail applied in a silicone wearable bioreactor.

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26th January 2022

Human brain signals in record-breaking resolution

High-resolution recordings of electrical signals from the surface of the brain could improve neurosurgeons' ability to remove brain tumours and treat epilepsy, and could open new possibilities for medium- and longer- term brain-computer interfaces.

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25th January 2022

First molecular electronics chip

A new biosensor chip can observe direct electrical measurements of single-molecule interactions. This could enable faster and cheaper DNA sequencing, disease surveillance, and precision medicine on portable devices.

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