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14th January 2020

World's first "living robots"

Scientists have taken living cells scraped from frog embryos and assembled them into entirely new life-forms. These tiny "xenobots" can move around and even heal themselves if damaged.

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14th January 2020

Liver storage time increased from 12 hours to one week

A new machine can repair human livers and keep them alive outside the body for up to a week. This breakthrough may increase the number of available organs for transplantation, saving the lives of many patients.

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14th January 2020

Record fall in U.S. cancer death rate

The American Cancer Society reports a 2.2% drop in the cancer death rate between 2016 and 2017, the largest single-year decline in mortality for this disease ever recorded in the United States.

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10th January 2020

Longevity breakthrough: 500% increase in nematode lifespan

Scientists have identified synergistic cellular pathways that extend lifespan fivefold in C. elegans, a nematode worm used as a model in aging and longevity research.

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7th January 2020

Deep Genomics raises $40 million in series B financing

Deep Genomics – a leading artificial intelligence (AI) therapeutics company – has announced the closing of its Series B round with $40 million in new investment.

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21st December 2019

Nearly half of U.S. predicted to have obesity by 2030

About half of the adult U.S. population will have obesity and about a quarter will have severe obesity by 2030, according to a new study by Harvard University.

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19th December 2019

Genetic 'clock' predicts lifespan in vertebrates

Using the human genome, researchers have found that the 'natural' lifespan of humans is 38 years.

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6th December 2019

New treatment reduces pancreatic cancer cells by 90%

Scientists report that a molecule known as PJ34 triggers the self-destruction of pancreatic cancer cells, with a reduction of 90% in mouse models.

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6th December 2019

Artificial neurons developed to cure chronic diseases

Scientists report the creation of artificial neurons that reproduce the electrical properties of biological neurons onto semiconductor chips.

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21st November 2019

Humans put in suspended animation for the first time

It sounds like science fiction, but humans were recently put into a form of suspended animation for the first time.

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5th November 2019

Link found between neural activity and human longevity

Researchers at Harvard have identified a link between neural activity and human longevity. Neural excitation is linked to a shorter lifespan, while suppression of overactivity appears to extend lifespan.

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27th October 2019

World's smallest image sensor is just half a millimetre wide

A product by OmniVision has won the Guinness World Record for "Smallest Image Sensor Commercially Available" with a size of 0.575 mm x 0.575 mm.

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3rd October 2019

Lifespan of fruit flies extended by 48%

By combining three drugs into a single treatment, researchers have extended the lifespan of Drosophila by 48%.

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30th September 2019

AI identifies genes linked to heart failure

The use of artificial intelligence (AI) to analyse MRI images could pave the way to earlier identification of people at risk of heart failure and to the development of new treatments.

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25th September 2019

AI-discovered therapy announced by Deep Genomics

Canadian company Deep Genomics has announced that its AI-based drug discovery platform has identified both a target and drug candidate for Wilson's disease.

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23rd September 2019

Alzheimer's symptoms reversed by head-worn device using electromagnetic waves

A clinical trial has shown reversal of Alzheimer's symptoms after just two months using a wearable head device. Electromagnetic waves emitted by the device appear to penetrate the brain to break up plaque deposits.

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21st September 2019

New anti-aging drug combo shows promise in humans

Scientists report the use of "senolytics" – a new class of drug with potential anti-aging benefits – to remove senescent cells from human patients.

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17th September 2019

CRISPR removes antibiotic resistance gene from bacterium

Using CRISPR, researchers in the U.S. have engineered a plasmid to remove an antibiotic resistance gene from a common hospital superbug.

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12th September 2019

Report warns of brain hacking technology

By 2040, neural interfaces could treat a wide range of physical and mental ailments – as well as being used for gaming, fitness and other areas. However, this technology poses risks to privacy and security, according to a new report.

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7th September 2019

AI creates new drug compounds in just 21 days

Insilico Medicine reports the creation, via artificial intelligence, of six new drug compounds in 21 days, with a lead candidate tested and showing positive results in mice.

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