Author: Kristin Houser

The FDA Puts the Brakes on A Major CRISPR Trial in Humans

You’ve heard it before: CRISPR has the potential to change our lives for the better. But first, we have to give it a chance. In December, gene-editing company CRISPR Therapeutics announced a partnership with biotech company Vertex to develop CTX001, the world’s first gene-based treatment for sickle cell disease (SCD). Now, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration […]

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This Aerial Robot Can Change Its Shape Mid-Flight

When you need a model for how to make something that flies, there’s no need to look to science fiction. Nature’s got plenty of examples. A pretty good one? Birds. Flying is kind of their thing (for most of them, anyway). So when researchers from the Étienne Jules Marey Institute of Movement Sciences (CNRS / […]

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The Cyborgs Are Here: Researchers Put Living Cells In A Robotic Finger

The line between humans and machines is blurring. Researchers from the University of Tokyo Institute of Industrial Science have now created a biohybrid robot — a robotic device that incorporates living tissue — that remained functional for more than a week. They published their study Wednesday in the journal Science Robotics. Video Credit: 2018 Shoji Takeuchi, Institute […]

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Millions of People Need New Corneas. Now We Can 3D Print Them.

Custom pizzas, coral reefs, space fabric — all are possible thanks to 3D printing. Next, the technique could give some people the gift of sight. Scientists from Newcastle University have developed a “bio-ink” that allowed them to successfully 3D print human corneas. On Wednesday, they published their proof-of-concept research in the journal Experimental Eye Research. The cornea is the outermost […]

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We Can Now Treat Sick Babies With Stem Cells Before They’re Even Born

Statistically, baby Elianna had little chance of survival. During an ultrasound, the doctor caring for Elianna’s mother, Nichelle Obar, realized the woman’s fetus suffered from a blood disorder called alpha thalassemia major. Usually, fetuses with the condition are stillborn or die shortly after birth. But now, against the odds, Elianna is now at home with her parents […]

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Expert: We’ll Find Alien Life in the Next 10 to 15 Years, but It Won’t Be Intelligent

Astronomy researcher Chris Impey says humanity has never been better equipped to find life beyond Earth, but he thinks that the life we discover will be microbial and not intelligent. However, he asserts that the identification of even the simplest extraterrestrial lifeforms would have major implications.

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