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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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4th November 2018

The Earth BioGenome Project is launched

The Earth BioGenome Project – a 10-year effort to sequence the genomes of all 1.5 million known animal, plant, protozoan and fungal species (eukaryotes) – was officially launched this week.

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3rd November 2018

World's largest neuromorphic supercomputer is operational

The world's largest neuromorphic supercomputer, the million-core 'SpiNNaker' machine, has been switched on by the University of Manchester, England.

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28th October 2018

Future "superhumans" predicted in Stephen Hawking's final essays

In this book, Stephen Hawking leaves us with his final thoughts on the universe's biggest questions. He makes predictions on the future of humanity, including a race of "superhumans" that could emerge as people choose to upgrade themselves.

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26th October 2018

New drug combination doubles lifespan of worms

The life-extending effects of a new drug combination are among the greatest yet seen for any study of adult animals. These findings could one day translate into treatments that delay aging in humans.

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22nd October 2018

Hi-tech glasses change focus at the touch of a button

A Japanese company has developed next-generation eyewear that can change focus – from far to near and back again – simply by touching a button in the frame.

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12th October 2018

Complex 3D printing of human cells

Researchers have developed a method to 3D print cells to create human tissue such as ligaments and tendons, which could greatly improve a patient's recovery. In the future, their technique could lead to 3D printing of whole organs.

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30th September 2018

First human oesophageal tissue grown entirely from pluripotent stem cells

Human oesophageal "organoids" – grown from a person's own cells – could help in the treatment of various diseases including oesophageal cancer and gastro-oesophageal reflux.

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22nd September 2018

Skeletal stem cells identified in humans

For the first time, human skeletal stem cells that become bone, cartilage, or stroma cells have been isolated from fetal and adult bones.

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12th September 2018

Researchers identify molecule with anti-aging effects on vascular system

A molecule produced during fasting or calorie restriction has anti-aging effects on the vascular system, which could reduce the occurrence and severity of human diseases related to blood vessels, according to a new study.

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10th September 2018

New cancer vaccine is 100% effective in mouse model

A new experimental cancer vaccine, when administered in conjunction with other therapies, could boost the immune system's ability to fight aggressive tumours.

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9th September 2018

New "powered clothing" can enhance physical abilities

A startup company seeks to improve quality of life through quality of motion, fusing apparel with discreet robotics to create "powered clothing".

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5th September 2018

Nanobot swarming behaviour demonstrated by Chinese scientists

Researchers in Hong Kong report a new way of controlling nanobots, using swarm behaviours to do complex tasks in minimally invasive surgeries.

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