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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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‘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 ...
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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 ...
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‘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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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‘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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