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Stem cells help fix damaged hearts in monkeys

Medical researchers have restored the function of damaged hearts in macaque monkeys, using heart muscle cells derived from human embryonic stem cells. Now they want to do the same for humans. The technique, detailed today in the journal Nature Biotechnology, could … Continue reading

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Scientists pull out protein data from single cells

Scientists have developed a technique that can analyze fluid from a single human cell to identify its proteins — which could open the way for tracking the progression of cancer one cell at a time. The method is known as NanoPOTS, … Continue reading

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Gates Foundation backs malaria-blocking mosquito

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is extending its partnership with Oxitec, a British mosquito control company, to develop mosquitoes that are genetically engineered to suppress malaria. Oxitec’s latest project follows up on its work with Aedes aegypti, the mosquito … Continue reading

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Grail raises $300 million for cancer detection tools

Grail, a biotech company with early backing from Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, says it’s raised $300 million in an oversubscribed Series C financing round. Gates and Bezos got in on a $100 million Series A round in 2016, and … Continue reading

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How robots and mini-organs can save real humans

Good news, everybody: Robots can now create human mini-organs from stem cells. What could possibly go wrong? The method may sound like a nightmare from HBO’s AI thriller “WestWorld,” but researchers from the University of Washington School of Medicine say it … Continue reading

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Protein designers get a boost for flu vaccine project

The University of Washington’s Institute for Protein Design has won an $11.3 million grant from the Open Philanthropy Project to cook up a public health breakthrough: a universal flu vaccine. This marks the San Francisco-based nonprofit group’s first gift to a research effort in … Continue reading

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Positive results for ‘tumor-agnostic’ cancer drug

Two clinical studies have provided evidence suggesting that an experimental precision-medicine drug called larotrectinib can fight soft-tissue tumors regardless of the patient’s age or the type of tumor. Seattle Children’s Hospital participated in both studies. Get the full story on … Continue reading

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