‘Mindwriting’: Paralyzed clinical trial patient with brain implant able to ‘type’ words by thinking about writing by hand

‘Mindwriting’: Paralyzed clinical trial patient with brain implant able to ‘type’ words by thinking about writing by hand

Call it “mindwriting.” The combination of mental effort and state-of-the-art technology have allowed a man with spinal injury and immobilized ...
Breathing in CRISPR enzymes to treat infectious diseases, like the flu or COVID? It might soon be possible

Breathing in CRISPR enzymes to treat infectious diseases, like the flu or COVID? It might soon be possible

A team of investigators from the Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University has developed a CRISPR-based treatment to stop ...
Mapping overthinking: Athletes who ‘choke’ under pressure activate areas of the brain involved in long-term thinking

Mapping overthinking: Athletes who ‘choke’ under pressure activate areas of the brain involved in long-term thinking

Are penalty shots a soccer player’s dream or nightmare? Penalties can go either way, which makes them exciting to watch, ...
Using 3D printing to create algae-based novel, environmentally-friendly ‘living materials’, from skin to bio-garments

Using 3D printing to create algae-based novel, environmentally-friendly ‘living materials’, from skin to bio-garments

[A] solution that can help save our environment and change the world is 3D printing, which has been used in ...
400,000 people – that’s how many die from malaria each year. Here’s how gene editing and gene drives could prevent those deaths

400,000 people – that’s how many die from malaria each year. Here’s how gene editing and gene drives could prevent those deaths

The estimated number of malaria deaths stood at 409,000 in 2019. There is an urgent need to find new ways ...
Video: Synthetic life? Scientists have created xenobots that move, remember, heal and work together in groups

Video: Synthetic life? Scientists have created xenobots that move, remember, heal and work together in groups

Biologists and computer scientists from Tufts University and the University of Vermont have created novel, tiny self-healing living machines from ...
Sex differences: Stress during pregnancy affects babies’ physical and mental health — but males and females are impacted differently

Sex differences: Stress during pregnancy affects babies’ physical and mental health — but males and females are impacted differently

In a new longitudinal study where individuals are followed over a course of 45 years, [researcher Jill] Goldstein and her ...
Fighting gut inflammation? Limiting alcohol, sugar, processed foods and animal-based proteins could be key

Fighting gut inflammation? Limiting alcohol, sugar, processed foods and animal-based proteins could be key

Reporting their findings in the journal Gut, [a team of researchers at the University of Groningen and University Medical Centre ...
What are the biological roots of psychosis? Studying mice offers a window into understanding human hallucinations

What are the biological roots of psychosis? Studying mice offers a window into understanding human hallucinations

Psychosis occurs when a person loses touch with reality. During a psychotic episode people may become delusional — acquire false ...
A golden age of gene therapy is now in sight

A golden age of gene therapy is now in sight

To date, just two in vivo gene therapies have been approved in the United States. Both are for what [Duke ...
Regrowing brain tissue? With the help of gene therapy, stroke victims can recover motor function

Regrowing brain tissue? With the help of gene therapy, stroke victims can recover motor function

Most stroke victims don’t receive treatment fast enough to prevent brain damage, but scientists at the Ohio State University Wexner ...
‘Broken heart syndrome’: High stress, emotional situations can kill you

‘Broken heart syndrome’: High stress, emotional situations can kill you

[Takotsubo syndrome, or TTS,] is characterised by a sudden temporary weakening of the heart muscles that causes the left ventricle ...
What’s your biological age? There’s a genetic clock that could tell you

What’s your biological age? There’s a genetic clock that could tell you

Biological age isn’t as simple as counting the number of birthday candles you’ve blown out like your chronological age. Rather, ...
Critics say gene drives could lead to species extinction. Scientists have developed a brake system

Critics say gene drives could lead to species extinction. Scientists have developed a brake system

By exerting control over the degree of spread, those who unleash gene drives may realize the benefits promised by gene ...
The placebo effect and pain reduction: Brain imaging helps explain how it works

The placebo effect and pain reduction: Brain imaging helps explain how it works

Does the placebo [effect] change the way a person constructs the experience of pain, or is it changing the way ...
Obesity contributor? Fructose — a commonly used sweetener — disrupts our immune system, study shows

Obesity contributor? Fructose — a commonly used sweetener — disrupts our immune system, study shows

Fructose is a type of simple sugar that makes up 50% of table sugar. It is found in sugary drinks ...
Organs on a chip? Device tracks Parkinson’s disease by modeling how the gut microbiome interacts with the brain, liver, and colon

Organs on a chip? Device tracks Parkinson’s disease by modeling how the gut microbiome interacts with the brain, liver, and colon

[B]acteria living in our gut can influence some neurological diseases. To help researchers better understand how this gut-brain axis communicates, ...
One a day keeps the doctor away? Eating apples appears to boost brain function

One a day keeps the doctor away? Eating apples appears to boost brain function

Given that apples are one of the most widely consumed fruits in the world, [researchers Tara Louise] Walker, [Gerd] Kempermann ...
How COVID is revolutionizing vaccine development and production

How COVID is revolutionizing vaccine development and production

According to Charles Christy, head of commercial solutions, Ibex Dedicate, Lonza, the response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been driving ...
Antidepressant paroxetine could halt osteoarthritis and degenerative cartilage damage

Antidepressant paroxetine could halt osteoarthritis and degenerative cartilage damage

Research headed by scientists at Penn State College of Medicine has found that the antidepressant paroxetine can halt the progression ...
There are 400 children worldwide with progeria, a rapid-aging disease. Now there’s a potential treatment

There are 400 children worldwide with progeria, a rapid-aging disease. Now there’s a potential treatment

The prevalence of [Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome, or] HGPS is approximately 1 in 20 million, so at any given time, there ...
Synthetic biology is creating a more sustainable world—advancing precision medicine, curbing pollution, conserving energy and securing data

Synthetic biology is creating a more sustainable world—advancing precision medicine, curbing pollution, conserving energy and securing data

Synthetic biology has become a powerful tool to advance science, making processes more efficient, enabling completely new approaches to biology, ...
Loss of smell, headaches, nausea and other neurological effects suggest COVID enters the brain through the nose

Loss of smell, headaches, nausea and other neurological effects suggest COVID enters the brain through the nose

Although recent studies have noted the presence of viral RNA in the brain and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), it remains unclear ...
What the brain looks like when we're lonely

What the brain looks like when we’re lonely

A new study, headed by a team at McGill University, has now identified neurobiological signatures in the brains of lonely ...
Genetically-engineered vaccine shows promise in elusive quest to control herpes

Genetically-engineered vaccine shows promise in elusive quest to control herpes

A genetically edited form of a herpes simplex virus (HSV) has outperformed a leading vaccine candidate in a new preclinical ...
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Precision medicines addressing unique diseases are poised to become more accessible

Today, companies are developing new models to lower the costs of manufacturing and bring [precision medicine] drugs to more patients ...
Seasonal cold infections might generate protective antibodies against COVID-19

Seasonal cold infections might generate protective antibodies against COVID-19

[S]easonal coronavirus infections occur frequently and typically result in a mild, common cold-like illness. The presence of these coronavirus infections ...
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