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Are undiscovered antibiotics ‘silently waiting’ in our own bodies? Researchers scour microbiome for helpful genes

Shelly Fan | 
[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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AI has a problem with generalization. Human brains may offer a solution.

Shelly Fan | 
Unconstrained by evolution, AI has the potential to churn through vast amounts of data to surpass our puny, fatty central ...
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Viewpoint: There’s reason for optimism about AI’s ability to diagnose illnesses—but there’s also a lot of hype

Edd Gent | 
Medicine is one of the hottest fields when it comes to applying AI to real-world problems, in particular using deep learning systems to ...
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Merging man and machine: Tiny DNA nanomachines control biology, fight cancer

Shelly Fan | 
Chemistry isn’t king when it comes to governing our bodies; physical forces are similarly powerful. The problem is how to ...
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Robots gain ‘sense of tactile touch’ through light-based nervous system

Shelly Fan | 
This month, a team led by Dr. Rob Shepard at Cornell University [gave robots an artificial nervous system], with a seriously ...
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Viewpoint: Before we ‘summon the demon’ of AI, we need a global consensus on ethics

Shelly Fan | 
The potential threats of AI are many, and most people agree that ethical AI that benefits humanity as a whole ...
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Uncovering cancer’s history: CRISPR turns cells into ‘molecular recorders’ to track cell changes

Shelly Fan | 
Cancer’s impenetrable secrets partly rely on its mysterious molecular history. As cells turn to the dark side, a whirlwind of ...
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AI has the power to advance healthcare. Here’s why it hasn’t yet ‘moved the needle’

Shelly Fan | 
The promise of AI to solve our health and wellness woes almost seems inevitable. From DeepMind’s algorithms that match or ...
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‘Sputnik 2.0’: China wants to lead the world in CRISPR research

Marc Prosser | 
China is seeing an explosion in CRISPR-based animal studies and embracing the gene-editing technology with unrivaled zest and zeal—so much ...
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Powerful CAR-T duo uses artificial ‘claws’ to grab and destroy HIV

Shelly Fan | 
Lengtigen, a biotech company based in Gaithersburg, MD, teamed up with researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in ...
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Are you ‘icked out’ by human-monkey chimeras? Here’s why scientists have taken this controversial step

Shelly Fan | 
[July 31], news broke that a prominent stem cell researcher is making human-monkey chimeras in a secretive lab in China ...
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3 ways neuroscience and AI can work together to help us understand how we think

Shelly Fan | 
The meteoric success of deep learning showcases how insights from neuroscience—memory, learning, decision-making, vision—can be distilled into algorithms that bestow ...
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New era in prosthetic limbs promises to restore sense of touch by melding ‘biology with machine’

Shelly Fan | 
Building smart mind-controlled robotic limbs isn’t enough; the next frontier is restoring sensation in offline body parts. To truly meld ...
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‘From quackery to established science’: Here’s what’s going on with promising anti-aging research

Shelly Fan | 
It’s hard to pinpoint the exact moment anti-aging research morphed from quackery to an established science. Some say it’s 1939, ...
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3 advantage of editing RNA with CRISPR, including this: It’s easier to erase mistakes

Shelly Fan | 
Rather than targeting DNA, a team at MIT repurposed CRISPR to edit single letters in RNA, the messengers that carry ...
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Putting CAR-T cancer therapy ‘on a leash’ could halt deadly runaway immune reactions

Shelly Fan | 
Unlike traditional chemicals, CAR-T cells are living drugs that further proliferate inside the body. While great for replenishing their cancer-killing ...
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‘Tremendous ethical challenge’: What if lab-grown brains are capable of developing consciousness?

Shelly Fan | 
At what point does electro-chemical activity in dissected brain-like tissue become conscious? Yes, I’m talking about the classic sci-fi “brain ...
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Cloned mini-brains could boost research into autism, other disorders

Shelly Fan | 
An army of free-floating minibrain clones are heading your way!  No, that’s not the premise of a classic sci-fi brain-in-jars ...
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Like it or not, the ‘Pandora’s box’ of gene-edited babies has been opened

Edd Gent | 
Denis Rebrikov is the head of a genome-editing laboratory at the Kulakov National Medical Research Center for Obstetrics, Russia’s largest ...
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Milk without cows? Biotech startup recreates dairy proteins in the lab

Lab-grown meat is getting a lot of attention along with plant-based meat substitutes. Technology is driving the industry toward providing ...
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Lab-grown patch could be the solution for repairing damaged heart tissue

Vanessa Bates Ramirez | 
Restoring damaged heart tissue has proved difficult if not impossible, but a research team from Imperial College London has a ...
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Million dollar question: Is the microbiome the key to diagnosing, fighting chronic disease?

Shelly Fan | 
What if the solution to our health problems is already inside our bodies? The human body is replete with billions ...
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Redefining artificial intelligence: It could work more like a ‘search engine’ than a human brain

Thomas Hornigold | 
With respect to AI, [engineer Eric] Drexler believes our view of an artificial intelligence as a single “agent” that acts ...
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Why the US military and Elon Musk have jumped on the ‘cyborg hypetrain’

Shelly Fan | 
When Elon Musk and DARPA both hop aboard the cyborg hypetrain, you know brain-machine interfaces (BMIs) are about to achieve ...
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Brain simulations could reveal how ‘self’ emerges from ‘seemingly random chattering among millions of neurons’

Shelly Fan | 
“Do we have a chance of ever understanding brain function without brain simulations?” So asked the Human Brain Project (HBP), the brainchild ...
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‘Safe Genes’ and the search for a CRISPR undo button

Shelly Fan | 
Just half a decade after CRISPR’s discovery, DARPA initiated the Safe Genes program: a collaboration between seven of the world’s leading gene ...
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Using AI to understand biological vision is another step toward engineering artificial brains

Shelly Fan | 
[Recently,] two studies independently tapped into the power of [artificial neural networks] to solve a 70-year-old neuroscience mystery: how does ...
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3D printed organs: We’re closer to solving the problem of how to supply them with blood

Edd Gent | 
We’re tantalizingly close to growing organs in the lab, but the biggest remaining challenge has been creating the fine networks ...
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