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Explaining consciousness: These 2 brain networks show how we turn experiences into memories

Vanessa Ramirez | 
One of the most recent studies showed a clear relationship between two brain networks critical to consciousness. In a paper ...
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Custom 3D printed bone implants could revolutionize reconstructive surgery

Marc Prosser | 
Become partially android for a couple of years while your body heals itself. It may sound far-fetched, but for patients ...
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Plummeting prices for genetic sequencing open ‘Pandora’s box of ethical concerns’

Edd Gent | 
The speed at which the price of genetic sequencing has fallen has been astonishing, from $50,000 a decade ago to roughly $600 today ...
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Common form of inherited blindness shows ‘massive improvements’ with experimental gene therapy

Shelly Fan | 
This month, K.L. became one of the first patients to receive a new experimental gene therapy for children with a ...
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We’re better at fighting epidemics because of advances in genetic sequencing, synthetic biology and a willingness to collaborate

Shelly Fan | 
It’s impossible not to draw parallels between SARS and the new coronavirus outbreak, COVID-19, that’s been ravaging China and spreading ...
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Targeting super bacteria with artificial intelligence yields ‘powerful’ discovery

Jason Dorrier | 
We’re now facing the emergence of strains of super bacteria resistant to one or more antibiotics and an aging arsenal ...
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Smartphone as a ‘mood predictor’? This study wants to know if phone-captured data can predict depression

Shelly Fan | 
With digital health, anyone with a wrist wearable or smartphone could potentially contribute in the largest studies ever attempted by ...
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‘Serious trouble’ for the natural world. Can synthetic biology protect it by redesigning insects and saving threatened species?

Peter Rejcek | 
A paper in the journal PLOS Pathogens described how they synthetically engineered mosquitoes to stop the spread of dengue fever, a viral tropical disease ...
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‘It takes a world’: Initiative urges global collaboration to help us understand the human brain

Shelly Fan | 
First envisioned in 2016 through a series of discussions on the “grand challenges” in neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University, the International ...
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‘Mini-computers’ found in our neurons could be key to developing more powerful AI networks

Shelly Fan | 
With just their input cables, human neurons can perform difficult logic calculations previously only seen in entire neural networks. To ...
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Forecasting: 2020 could bring major advances in gene therapies and pig-to-human organ transplants

Shelly Fan | 
Here are two stories in biotech we’re keeping our eyes on. Although successes likely won’t come to fruition this year ...
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Neuroscience had a ‘transformative’ decade, giving us brain-computer interfaces, new research tools

Shelly Fan | 
I rarely use the words transformative or breakthrough for neuroscience findings. The brain is complex, noisy, chaotic, and often unpredictable ...
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Why it’s so difficult for human embryos to survive CRISPR gene editing

Shelly Fan | 
CRISPR may one day wipe out devastating genetic diseases throughout entire family lines, or even the human race. But to ...
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Does AI represent our best bet for extending human lives?

Peter Rejeck | 
Co-founder and CEO [of Insilico Medicine] Alex Zhavoronkov said he believes there is no greater goal in healthcare today—or, really, ...
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Computer simulation suggests we aren’t even close to designing better babies

Shelly Fan | 
It’s difficult to talk about genetic selection without the umbrella of morality or ethics. Yet like all scientific advancements, it ...
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Virtual reality gets more realistic: Vibrating synthetic skin simulates touch

Edd Gent | 
While they’re still struggling to gain commercial traction, the latest VR headsets are able to transport people to impressive virtual ...
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Can you hack your sleep cycle for a better night’s rest?

Edd Gent | 
Sleep has become the latest frontier in the life-hackers’ battle for self-improvement. But how easy is to to rewire how you ...
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Artificial lungs grown in ‘hijacked’ mouse embryo could pave way for human transplants

Shelly Fan | 
Vaping aside, as dangerous air quality becomes increasingly prevalent in cities around the globe, the risk of serious lung disease ...
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Trio of gene therapies seeks to reverse age-related diseases to make us ‘healthy, youthful later in life’

Shelly Fan | 
The legendary synthetic biologist Dr. George Church and team at the Wyss Institute at Harvard University took a first step towards ...
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AI ethics can’t come from human medicine: Principles that guide doctors would ‘make no sense’ to a machine

Edd Gent | 
The four core principles of medical ethics are respect for autonomy (patients should have control over how they are treated), ...
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How synthetic biology will allow us to redesign humans ‘from the ground up’

Jason Dorrier | 
Just as physics and chemistry have given humans power over the world of the inanimate, biology is giving us the ...
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If we find alien life, how will we protect it from our own ‘microbial stowaways’?

Bharat Bharat, José Morey | 
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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‘Scientific fight of the century’: Two theories of consciousness are going head-to-head

Shelly Fan | 
Here’s something you don’t hear every day: two theories of consciousness are about to face off in the scientific fight ...
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4 innovations—including stronger gene-editing skills—that would allow us to rewrite genomes from the ground up

Edd Gent | 
The ability to read genomes has transformed our understanding of biology. Being able to write them would give us unprecedented ...
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Astonishing efficiency, unlimited storage: What makes the human brain so powerful?

Shelly Fan | 
[A] team from Washington University in St. Louis combined neural recordings from rats with computer modeling to uncover one of the ...
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Artificial intelligence can determine your ‘brain age’ by analyzing MRI scans

Shelly Fan | 
Delaying “brain age” may sound like the latest quick-fix gimmick on a late-night infomercial, but the science underlying the concept ...
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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 ...