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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 ...
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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 ...