Tag Archives: Medicine

‘Kidney on a chip’ gets set for space

A stack of card-sized gizmos that test the effects of drugs, toxins and weightlessness on human kidney cells is due to take a ride to the International Space Station as early as next year – and researchers at the University … Continue reading

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Allen Frontiers Group boosts biomedicine

Epigenetics, aging and microbial evolution: Those are the latest words in biomedical research for the Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group, backed up with $7.5 million in awards for five teams of scientists. Each of the teams will receive $1.5 million … Continue reading

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This laser scanner goes inside blood vessels

Researchers have found a way to use a laser-scanning mini-camera to map the inner working of blood vessels and spot the early signs of stroke risk. The proof-of-concept demonstrations, conducted using carotid arteries that were harvested during autopsies, are described today … Continue reading

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How wearables told this scientist he was sick

Stanford geneticist Michael Snyder’s research into wearable biosensors has turned into a case study demonstrating the promise of predictive medicine – with Snyder as the star subject. Snyder had himself and 59 other people hooked up with an array of up … Continue reading

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Robot surgeon does superhuman job on sutures

Researchers have programmed a robot to sew up intestines autonomously, with more precision than the typical human surgeon achieves. Right now, the intestines happen to be inside pigs, but some aspects of the technology could soon be used on humans. “Within … Continue reading

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Gates and Bezos invest in cancer testing venture

One of the giants of gene sequencing, Illumina, has spun off a new $100 million company called Grail to create an all-in-one blood test for cancer – and its investors include Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and Amazon’s Jeff Bezos. The name … Continue reading

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