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Optogenetics: We may soon be able to manipulate the mind with light

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Thanks to optogenetics, in just ten years we’ve been able to artificially incept memories in mice, decipher brain signals that lead to ...
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Not quite total recall: How limits on what humans can remember is helping us ‘teach’ AI

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An artificial neural network learns by adjusting synaptic weights—how strongly one artificial neuron connects to another—which in turn leads to ...
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Meet the cyborg who can help decode the human brain

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His motion capture suit, sensor-embedded gloves, and virtual reality eyewear were already enough to turn heads. But what stopped people ...
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‘Swallowable surgeons’: Battalion of salt-crystal sized microbots in development that could revolutionize medicine

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Drs. Marc Miskin, Itai Cohen, and Paul McEuen at Cornell University spearheaded a collaboration that tackled one of the most pressing ...
Nature has given us a blueprint for longevity. We just need to decode it

Nature has given us a blueprint for longevity. We just need to decode it

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Our aging process extends for years, during which we experience a slew of age-related disorders. Diabetes. Heart disease. Dementia. Surprisingly, ...
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Electroacupuncture: Promising pain therapy or quackery?

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One idea [for alternative pain relief] is to specifically stimulate nerves that act as highway carriers of pain signals and ...
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Unlocking the ‘deepest secrets of our brains as we grow and age’

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Just as our human relationships and connections can nudge, push, or dramatically shift societal values and consequences, the connections between ...
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Bioprinting human ears inside living mice—all without a single surgical cut

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Tissue engineering just got wilder and weirder. Using nothing but light and bioink, scientists were able to directly print a ...
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Monkey mind control? Ultrasound pulses influence decision making

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A team of scientists was pulsing imperceptible ultrasound waves through his skull into frontal parts of his brain, and tacitly ...
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‘Digital’ contact tracing: How would the US react to coronavirus containment effort that tracks our cell phones?

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There’s a reason contact tracing has survived the test of time: it works. Thanks to epic efforts at hunting down ...
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Synthetic biology amps up ‘decades-old’ vaccine technology

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According to STAT, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the National Institute of Health (NIH) are betting on synthetic biology to ...
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Common form of inherited blindness shows ‘massive improvements’ with experimental gene therapy

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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

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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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Smartphone as a ‘mood predictor’? This study wants to know if phone-captured data can predict depression

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With digital health, anyone with a wrist wearable or smartphone could potentially contribute in the largest studies ever attempted by ...
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‘It takes a world’: Initiative urges global collaboration to help us understand the human brain

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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

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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

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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

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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

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CRISPR may one day wipe out devastating genetic diseases throughout entire family lines, or even the human race. But to ...
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Computer simulation suggests we aren’t even close to designing better babies

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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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Artificial lungs grown in ‘hijacked’ mouse embryo could pave way for human transplants

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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’

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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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CRISPR got an upgrade. ‘Prime editing’ offers more accurate ‘search-and-replace’

All right, let’s do this one last time. My name is CRISPR. I was made from a bacterial defense system, and ...
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‘Scientific fight of the century’: Two theories of consciousness are going head-to-head

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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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Astonishing efficiency, unlimited storage: What makes the human brain so powerful?

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[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

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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

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[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.

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