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Why the US military and Elon Musk have jumped on the ‘cyborg hypetrain’

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When Elon Musk and DARPA both hop aboard the cyborg hypetrain, you know brain-machine interfaces (BMIs) are about to achieve ...

Brain simulations could reveal how ‘self’ emerges from ‘seemingly random chattering among millions of neurons’

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“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

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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

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[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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Can AI take everything we’ve learned about medicine and become ‘a single doctor’?

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The question isn’t if AI is coming to medicine. It’s how. At its best, machine learning can tap into the collective experience of ...

With a simple tweak, CRISPR’s genetic scissors get an accuracy boost

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Without ensuring high levels of accuracy, any proposed CRISPR gene therapy becomes a genetic crapshoot. Now, a team from Duke ...

‘Massive step forward’: Lab-grown mini-brain twitches a muscle

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Floating inside a petri dish in a lab at Cambridge University, a single disjointed muscle twitched. Normally that’s not news ...
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Can ‘golden child’ anti-aging drugs rescue Alzheimer’s memories?

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Alzheimer’s disease defeated another promising near-market drug that tried to prevent or remove amyloid deposits, adding to the disease’s therapeutic “graveyard of ...
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3 promising CRISPR therapies, including one targeting Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

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With dozens of efforts in the making, from premature aging to obesity and developmental brain disorders, here are the frontrunners ...
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Using synthetics to design cells with new abilities ‘such as pumping out life-saving drugs’

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A German team headed by Dr. Edward Lemke at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory described an entirely synthetic organelle inside living cells ...
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Can traumatic memories be ‘erased’ with anesthesia medications?

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Erasing memories has always been the stuff of science fiction and wishful thinking. After all, what happened, happened—your experiences are solidified in your ...

Alzheimer’s disease targeted with gene therapy trial

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There’s a test for Alzheimer’s risk that genetic counselors don’t like to talk about. It’s not that they’re hiding the ...
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Gene drives reach their next frontier: Mammals

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Tiny snippets of engineered DNA, gene drives are nuclear-grade powerhouses that utterly destroy the rules of inheritance. Rather than the classic ...

‘Not just eye candy’: New mapping technique could help unlock brain’s mysteries

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[In mid January], 18 institutions teamed up and devised a method to image entire brains 1,000 times faster than anything ...

Improving CRISPR gene editing of human cells with an ‘off switch’

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For all its gene-editing prowess, mechanistically CRISPR is a bit like a power tool with a broken “off” switch. Hear ...
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How new technologies are ‘disrupting’ human reproduction

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[On December 4], news of CRISPR-engineered babies launched a firestorm of debate on the future of human reproduction. … But even as ...

Can we restore ‘sight’ with brain implants, electrical currents?

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In a sense, our eyes are sophisticated cameras; the brain’s visual cortex runs the software that tells us what we’re seeing. … What about ...

Can we use plants to grow human tissue and body parts?

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[Dr. Andrew Pelling] wanted to see whether grocery-store-bought plants can supply the necessary structure for engineering replacement human tissues. … Under ...
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Personalized medicine, big data could lead to better control of our own health

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At Singularity University’s Exponential Medicine conference in San Diego ... Dr. Ran Balicer, director of the Clalit Research Institute in Israel, painted a ...
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MRI in a ski hat? Seeking better ways to hack our brains

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[A]t Singularity University’s Exponential Medicine conference in San Diego, technologists presented new non-invasive devices that seek to simplify and democratize brain modulation ...
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‘De-extinction’ engineers dream of reviving the lost passenger pigeon

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Once the dominant species in eastern North America, passenger pigeons roamed the forests in giant flocks up to several billions ...
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Redefining reproduction? Immature human eggs made from blood cells

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We all know how babies are made: sperm meets egg, molecular magic happens, and an entire human comes to life ...
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No more words? BrainNet enables ‘brain-to-brain’ communication, Tetris-like game play

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What if we could do away with words altogether? What if, rather than relying on an intermediary, we could directly ...

‘Theory of mind’: Why artificial intelligence needs to understand how we think

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What AI needs, [said Dr. Jun Wang at University College London] is a type of deep communication skill that stems from a critical human ...
Project Recode: Can we create synthetic ‘superhero’ human cells immune to viruses, cancer and aging?

Project Recode: Can we create synthetic ‘superhero’ human cells immune to viruses, cancer and aging?

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Recently, roughly 200 eminent scientists assembled in Boston. Their agenda? Creating “superhero” human cells impervious to all viral attacks and ...
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Can zapping our brains with electricity boost learning?

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A new study sheds light on why transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) -- now being tried by do-it-yourselfers -- doesn't ...
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Leukemia treatment using lab-grown blood ‘tantalizingly close’

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A bone marrow transplant is often the only chance for survival [for patients with leukemia and other blood disorders]...Unfortunately, like ...

Will DNA become new storage medium for digital data?

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