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Viewpoint: Doctors will never be replaced by intelligent machines, which lack ’empathy, common sense’

Is there a place for artificial intelligence (AI) in the field of medicine? Will doctors one day be replaced by ...
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Xeno-Skin: Genetically engineered pigs may be source of transplantable skin for humans

In a pathogen-free facility in Grafton, Massachusetts, a small town about 40 miles west of Boston, genetically engineered miniature pigs ...
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Artificial Intelligence lab OpenAI wants to develop technology ‘to save the world’. Will it also assist the US military?

Microsoft’s recent victory in landing a $10 billion Pentagon cloud-computing contract called JEDI could make life more complicated for one of the ...
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Genetic sequencing for everyone? UK trial program challenged as ‘ethically questionable’

Plans for the National Health Service to sequence the DNA of every baby born in the UK, starting with a ...
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Can computers develop human-like intelligence by imitating our own evolutionary path?

Evolutionary algorithms have been around for a long time. Traditionally, they’ve been used to solve specific problems. In each generation, ...
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If we find alien life, how will we protect it from our own ‘microbial stowaways’?

When we venture beyond the moon, we’ll be bringing trillions of microbial stowaways with us. Which complicates things. If we ...
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Viewpoint: AI can revolutionize drug development if we can learn to trust it

The pharmaceutical industry is facing a crisis is R&D. About 50% of late-stage clinical trials fail due to ineffective drug targets, ...
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Extraterrestrial babies? Scientists want to know how microgravity would affect human reproduction

The plane’s rapid descent created a microgravity environment in the cockpit and for a few seconds, [pilot Daniel] González felt ...
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Futurist Jamie Metzl: How genetic engineering could help us live longer

Jamie Metzl is a technology and healthcare futurist and geopolitical expert, novelist, entrepreneur, media commentator, and Senior Fellow of the Atlantic ...
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Podcast: CRISPR advances, HIV cures and a perfect predator for superbugs

Exploring the latest advances in medical biotechnology including CRISPR-based gene therapies, infection-fighting viruses and a cure for HIV. Plus reflections ...
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These gene-edited pigs could eliminate shortage of human organ transplants

It’s what’s inside this animal that matters. Her body has been made a little less pig-like, with four genetic modifications ...
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Ectogenesis: How artificial placentas could aid premature babies, upend entrenched abortion views

Survival rates are likely to be improved for infants born prematurely, and those requiring invasive treatments -- including surgery, cell ...
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Steak from protein powder: Next generation of lab-grown foods on the horizon

It may sound like science fiction, but in a few short years the family dinner table may be laden with ...
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Video: Futurist Jamie Metzl explores ‘Augmented Humanity’ and why it would be ‘insane’ not to embrace gene editing, other new technologies

There's something that feels a little scary about augmented humans and it's because we've seen all these films of these ...
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Why making healthy babies in space should be quite the adventure

Biologists sent brain organoids to the International Space Station to see how microgravity will affect developing babies ...
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Viewpoint: ‘Long-promised AI revolution’ in healthcare delayed by shortcomings, including systems that are easily misled

Today, hundreds of startup companies around the world are trying to apply deep learning to radiology. Yet the number of radiologists who ...
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Machines now read faster than we can. But do they understand the words?

In an April 2018 paper coauthored with collaborators from the University of Washington and DeepMind, the Google-owned artificial intelligence company, [computational linguist ...
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The frightening thing about military AI: It may be too easily fooled, ‘turned against it owners’

Last March, Chinese researchers announced an ingenious and potentially devastating attack against one of America’s most prized technological assets—a Tesla ...
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Have we already discovered life on Mars? And did we accidentally kill it?

In a recent opinion piece in Scientific American, former Viking Mars investigator Gil Levin fired up anew the argument over whether that ...
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Orange skin? That’s just one of the ways our bodies might evolve if we settle on Mars

Over time, we should expect a fair bit of evolutionary divergence between Mars settlers and the human population on Earth, ...
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Inherited learning appears to be real, through epigenetics. But we still aren’t sure how it happens

[S]ome researchers have found evidence that even some learned behaviors and physiological responses can be epigenetically inherited. None of the new ...
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Iron-carrying protein myoglobin improves growth, texture, color of lab-grown meat

A team of Tufts University-led researchers exploring the development of cultured meat found that the addition of the iron-carrying protein ...
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How NASA’s struggle with radiation-resistant microbe could help us understand infections

Bacteria have infiltrated sterile rooms NASA used to build space equipment. Studying what happens to them in outer space could ...
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Are undiscovered antibiotics ‘silently waiting’ in our own bodies? Researchers scour microbiome for helpful genes

[A] study led by Dr. Mohamed Donia from Princeton University pushed the dark microbiome world into the light by targeting the ...
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Can death be reversed? Scientists partially revive brains of dead pigs

Despite technological advances, biology and medicine still lack a coherent and principled understanding of what precisely defines birth and death—the ...
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How genetically engineered crops can help us colonize space

If we are serious about settling on other planets, we must grow food efficiently outside the safe environment of Earth ...
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Why this NASA engineer believes we’ve already found evidence of life on Mars

I was fortunate to have participated in that historic adventure as experimenter of the Labeled Release (LR) life detection experiment ...
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AI has a problem with generalization. Human brains may offer a solution.

Unconstrained by evolution, AI has the potential to churn through vast amounts of data to surpass our puny, fatty central ...