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11th July 2019

Two new antibiotics are effective against resistance

The discovery of a new molecule and subsequent creation of two entirely new antibiotics could help in the fight against antimicrobial resistance.

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8th July 2019

Veritas Genetics cuts price of whole genome sequencing by 40% to $600

Veritas Genetics made headlines in 2016 by breaking the $1,000 barrier for whole genome sequencing. Now, the company is set to disrupt the genetic testing industry once again.

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5th July 2019

Breakthrough achieved with non-invasive brain-computer interface

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have demonstrated the first non-invasive, mind-controlled robotic arm with smooth and continuous control.

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4th July 2019

New way to direct stem cells to heart tissue

Scientists have reported a new way to direct stem cells to heart tissue, using a designer adhesin protein.

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4th June 2019

Microrobots deliver stem cells to targeted tissue

Previous research has demonstrated tiny robots, or microrobots, guided through blood vessels by magnetic fields to deliver drug therapies. Now a new study has achieved the same feat while carrying stem cells.

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9th May 2019

Phage therapy treats patient with drug-resistant bacterial infection

A British teenager is the first patient to receive a genetically modified phage therapy to treat a drug-resistant infection.

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7th May 2019

Researchers identify key process linked to plaque formation in blood vessels

Researchers have determined how "bad cholesterol" enters artery walls, causing plaque that narrows blood vessels and leads to heart attacks and strokes.

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28th April 2019

CRISPR accuracy increased 50-fold

Biomedical engineers have developed a new technique for improving the accuracy of CRISPR genome editing by an average of 50-fold.

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25th April 2019

Synthetic speech generated from brain recordings

New technology developed at the University of California San Francisco is a stepping-stone to a "neural speech prosthesis", researchers say.

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25th April 2019

Scientists create first billion-atom biomolecular simulation

Detailed models can reveal new insight into the 3-D structures of genes and the role of 3-D organisation in gene function.

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17th April 2019

Pig brains partially revived after death

Circulation and cellular activity were restored in a pig's brain four hours after its death, Yale scientists report today in the journal Nature.

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16th April 2019

New cancer drug targets can accelerate path to precision medicine

Researchers have discovered thousands of genes essential for cancer's survival and ranked which ones show the most promise as drug targets for developing new treatments.

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15th April 2019

First 3D-printed heart using patient's own cells

In a major medical breakthrough, researchers have "printed" the world's first 3D vascularised engineered heart using a patient's own cells and biological materials.

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8th April 2019

Enzyme-blocking molecule extends worm lifespan by 45%

The discovery of a new life-extension pathway in roundworms could provide a better, faster way to study aging.

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16th March 2019

Marathon records predicted for 21st century

Using a statistical model for world record progressions, researchers predict that 1:58.05 is likely the fastest time that any human will be able to run a marathon. The sub-two hour mark could be reached by 2032.

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14th March 2019

A step closer to resurrecting the woolly mammoth

A team of Japanese and Russian scientists report that cell nuclei from woolly mammoth remains showed biological activity when transplanted into mouse cells.

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9th March 2019

New optical imaging system could spot tiny tumours

Researchers have demonstrated a new optical imaging system that could enable the discovery of tiny tumours, as small as 200 cells in size, deep within the body.

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7th March 2019

A step closer to an HIV cure

Second and third cases of sustained remission from HIV have been reported, 12 years after the 'Berlin Patient.'

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3rd March 2019

Nanoparticle injections create infrared vision

Scientists report the creation of mice with infrared vision, using nanoparticles injected into their eyes. The treatment could one day work in humans.

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26th February 2019

Gene therapy cures deafness in mice

Scientists have created a new gene therapy to restore hearing in an adult mouse model of DFNB9 deafness.

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25th February 2019

Synthetic DNA expands genetic alphabet from four to eight

Scientists have announced a new form of DNA composed of four natural and four unnatural nucleobases. The benefits of such an eight-base DNA system may include an enhanced ability to store digital data, as well as insights into what may be possible in the search for extraterrestrial life.

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20th February 2019

New startup wants to extend the human lifespan to 200 years

A new venture capital fund, which has already raised $100m, seeks to invest in companies that aim to extend the period of healthy human life.

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13th February 2019

Top scientists form academy to boost longevity research

A new nonprofit, the Academy for Health and Lifespan Research (AHLR), has been founded by a group of 16 experts on aging and longevity.

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30th January 2019

Brain signals converted directly into speech

In a scientific first, neuroengineers from Columbia University have developed a system that translates thought into intelligible, recognisable speech.

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28th January 2019

Axolotl genome could lead to human body regeneration

The complete axolotl genome has been sequenced by the University of Kentucky.

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25th January 2019

AI dramatically cuts time to process chest X-rays

A new algorithm could help to clear a backlog of chest radiographs, by cutting the time required for an expert analysis from 11 days to less than three.

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18th January 2019

New study shows smoking accelerates aging

Researchers have used AI to show that smoking accelerates aging.

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12th January 2019

Bioengineering of rice could boost grain yield by 27%

A new bioengineering approach for boosting photosynthesis in rice plants could increase grain yield by up to 27%, according to a study published in the journal Molecular Plant.

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22nd December 2018

World's first lab-grown sirloin steak

An Israeli startup has become the first company to produce a slaughter-free sirloin steak, grown in the laboratory.

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9th December 2018

The 100,000 Genomes Project is completed

This week, the pioneering 100,000 Genomes Project officially reached its goal.

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3rd December 2018

Future devices for cancer treatment could zap tumours in less than a second

New machines, which could see human clinical trials in the 2020s, will reduce the side effects of radiation therapy by vastly shrinking the length of a typical session.

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24th November 2018

Scientists identify genes linked to kidney disease

In a breakthrough described as "hugely important", 35 genes for chronic kidney disease (CKD) – which affects 10% of the global population – have been discovered.

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12th November 2018

Nanobots propelled through eye tissue

For the first time, scientists have developed nano-scale vehicles that can move through dense tissue like the vitreous humour of the eye.

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