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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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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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Zipline adds zip to drone delivery service

A California-based aerial delivery venture called Zipline has unveiled what it calls “the fastest commercial delivery drone on Earth,” capable of flying as fast as 80 mph (128 km/h). Sustained cruising speed for the latest version of Zipline’s fixed-wing drone is almost … 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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Fusion venture branches out into cancer therapy

TAE Technologies, the California-based fusion energy company backed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, has spawned a spinoff focusing on a novel type of cancer therapy. The spinoff, TAE Life Sciences, is a majority-owned subsidiary of TAE Technologies and will take advantage … Continue reading

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Former VP Joe Biden comes out swinging for science

AUSTIN, Texas — Joe Biden may no longer be vice president, but he’s still leading the charge for his cancer moonshot, and for science funding as well. “The United States government, at this point in our development, should be doubling and … Continue reading

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