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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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Merging man and machine: Tiny DNA nanomachines control biology, fight cancer

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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

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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

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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

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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’

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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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Powerful CAR-T duo uses artificial ‘claws’ to grab and destroy HIV

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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

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[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

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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’

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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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Million dollar question: Is the microbiome the key to diagnosing, fighting chronic disease?

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What if the solution to our health problems is already inside our bodies? The human body is replete with billions ...