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11th April 2021

Monkey uses brain implants to play Pong

Neuralink, which Elon Musk co-founded in 2016, has revealed a macaque with chips embedded on each side of its brain, playing a mind-controlled version of the 1972 video game, Pong.

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10th April 2021

"Neutrobots" deliver cancer drugs to the brain

Researchers in China have designed a new bio-hybrid microbot, able to cross the blood-brain barrier and deliver drugs directly to brain tumours.

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3rd April 2021

Artificial life can grow and divide normally

A breakthrough in synthetic biology could shed new light on mechanisms controlling the most basic processes of life.

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2nd April 2021

First high-bandwidth wireless brain-computer interface for humans

Researchers have created a brain-computer interface (BCI) with 200 electrodes providing 48 megabits per second (Mbit/s) of neural signals.

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15th March 2021

Engineers design "lunar ark" to save Earth's species

An ambitious project designed by a University of Arizona team aims to preserve humankind – and animal-kind, plant-kind and fungi-kind – in the event of a global crisis.

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12th March 2021

"Camera-in-a-pill" helps to spot cancer

The NHS in England has begun trials of a new miniature camera device that a patient can swallow, to check if they have bowel cancer, as an alternative to traditional colonoscopy.

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3rd March 2021

Nanoparticle cuts cholesterol by 57%

Scientists have used lipid nanoparticles to deliver CRISPR genome editing into mouse livers, resulting in a 57% reduction of cholesterol levels.

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1st March 2021

Hydrogel could repair heart attack damage

Researchers have developed an injectable hydrogel that could help repair and prevent further damage to the heart muscle after a heart attack.

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26th February 2021

Holographic touchscreens could improve public hygiene

Two companies from Japan have partnered to develop a new holographic display system that could eliminate the need to touch physical surfaces in public environments.

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22nd February 2021

First cloning of endangered American animal

Scientists in the U.S. have successfully cloned an endangered black-footed ferret, using DNA from an identical animal frozen since 1988.

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15th February 2021

Green tea compound may help fight cancer

An antioxidant found in green tea may increase levels of p53, a natural anti-cancer protein, known as the "guardian of the genome" for its ability to repair DNA damage or destroy cancerous cells.

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3rd February 2021

Brain stem cells could improve AI

Scientists have begun working on a project that will see human brain stem cells used to power artificial intelligence and could bring about a revolution in computing.

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2nd February 2021

Guinea worm disease close to being eradicated

Guinea worm cases in humans fell by 50% in 2020, according to the Carter Center. The disease could be eradicated worldwide by 2030.

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28th January 2021

Wireless brain linkage gets DARPA funding

A new DARPA-funded project aims to create non-invasive, head-worn devices with two-way brain links. As well as helping blind patients to perceive the world around them, it could lead to wireless control of external devices and might even augment a healthy user's vision.

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12th January 2021

A potential vaccine for multiple sclerosis

A potential mRNA vaccine for multiple sclerosis (MS) has been announced by a collaboration including BioNTech, with a study in mice showing great promise for improving symptoms and stopping disease progression.

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7th January 2021

Gene-editing method shows promise for premature aging syndrome

Scientists have fixed a genetic mutation in mice with progeria, a rapid aging disease. The treatment could one day be used in humans who would otherwise die in childhood.

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20th December 2020

Lab-made milk could replace dairy cows

A new startup company is creating lab-made dairy that it claims is indistinguishable from natural dairy.

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15th December 2020

Thymus built from human stem cells

A human thymus rebuilt using stem cells and a bioengineered scaffold has been demonstrated by researchers in London.

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7th December 2020

Radishes grown in space for first time

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station have collected the first harvest of radishes grown on the station.

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