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Silicon Valley’s War on Disease: Zuckerberg, Microsoft, Google to End Cancer and Aging

Posted on September 22nd, 2016.

Silicon Valley is going to war against disease, cancer, aging, and perhaps even death, with advanced computing, AI and machine learning, genomics, DNA engineering, biotech and nanotech. Tech giants and mega-rich philanthropists are spending billions to permit hacking biology all the way down to DNA, and perhaps we could see breakthroughs...

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Child With Rare Disorder Receives ‘Bionic’ Hand Made By 3D-Printer

Posted on December 10th, 2015.

A prosthetic hand made with 3D-printing technology has provided a functional right hand for a 6-year-old boy born with a rare disorder, according to Reuters. The boy, Lucas Abraham, showed his new “bionic” hand made for him by bioengineering students at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Ky. The child noted that it’s the best...

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Circuit Board Health Monitoring Tech Tattoos Are Already Here

Posted on November 26th, 2015.

Ben Lamm, CEO of Chaotic Moon, is understandably excited while talking about his company’s innovation. Dubbed ‘Tech Tats’, the tattoo kit, now in the prototype stage, will collect and transmit data similar to the Jawbone or Apple Watch. The tattoo, which washes off, will send data to medical staff and can also have...

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Interview: The Makers of a Robotic Hand That Can ‘Feel’

Posted on November 23rd, 2015.

Human engineering is often seen as the pinnacle for technological achievement, be it the wheel, the steam engine or the space rocket. Human-engineering has also come a long way, especially in recent times. While the reality of fiction such as RoboCop is still beyond this present time, significant strides are currently being made in the...

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Boston Biohackers Develop Genetic Circuits

Posted on November 17th, 2015.

While not an immediately new story, the work of James Collins and his colleagues in Boston is quite notable in that it is innovating on the potential of scientists to influence human functions. Researchers have created what they consider “circuits,” which are paper-based and able to be used by researchers at a later date for much lower...

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Cyborgs Are Coming! Biohackers Implant LEDs Under The Skin

Posted on November 11th, 2015.

Fitness bracelets and Apple Watches are passé. Tattoos that shine LED lights from implanted computer chips are the new thing, courtesy of biohackers.  Grindhouse Wetware, a Pittsburgh, Pa.-based biohacking collective, has developed a skin implant that includes LED lights, according to Motherboard. The purpose of the Northstar implant is...

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Biotech CEO Undergoes Gene Hacking to Reverse Aging

Posted on October 19th, 2015.

Liz Parrish, CEO of biotech startup BioViva, says she underwent a gene therapy at an undisclosed location overseas last month, a first step in what she says is a plan to develop treatments for ravages of old age like Alzheimer’s and muscle loss, MIT Technology Review reports.

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The Possibilities and the Future of Brain Hacking

Posted on October 9th, 2015.

For all of man’s scientific and technological advances, the human brain largely remains a mystery. A new Vimeo video, “Master/Mind,” examines the state of research on the human mind and the questions that scientists, ethicists, futurists and others are asking in light of what we’re learning about the mind. The video, a...

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Researchers Prove Ground-Breaking Potential of DNA Storage of Digital Data

Posted on August 17th, 2015.

A team of researchers have successfully demonstrated that data storage in DNA can withstand archival decay of up to 2000 years, proving that we can look to DNA-based storage solutions to store digital data and information rather than conventional hard drives that fail after a few decades. Scientists and researchers exploring the...

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Gene Hackers Resurrect Ancient Virus, Create Powerful Gene Therapy Vector

Posted on July 31st, 2015.

Scientists at at Massachusetts Eye and Ear and Schepens Eye Research Institute have resurrected an ancient virus, and found that the virus is highly effective at delivering gene therapies to the liver, muscle, and retina. This discovery could potentially be used to design gene therapies that are safer and more potent, and have a wider...

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Scientists Hack Cellular Machinery, Create First Artificial Ribosome

Posted on July 30th, 2015.

Scientists at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Northwestern University have created an artificial ribosome that works like a natural one. The ribosome is the cellular complex of proteins and RNA molecules that synthesizes proteins in living cells. The development could open the way to creating custom designer proteins.

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Gene Hackers Edit Immune System Cells to Fight Diseases

Posted on July 28th, 2015.

Researchers at the University of California (San Francisco and Berkeley) and Berkeley Lab have developed a new strategy to precisely modify human immune system cells known as T cells using the genome-editing system known as CRISPR/Cas9.

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Coming Soon – Robots With Bacteria-Controlled Brains

Posted on July 16th, 2015.

Warren Ruder, an assistant professor of biological systems engineering at Virginia Tech, and doctoral student Keith Heyde, used a mathematical model – a computer simulation – to demonstrate that bacteria can control the behavior of an inanimate device like a robot.

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Chinese Bioengineers Develop Artificial Sperm to Create Armies of Half-Cloned Mice

Posted on July 16th, 2015.

Scientists at the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Shanghai Institute for Biological Sciences, led by Li Jinsong, WU Yuxuan of the Institute of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, and YANG Li of CAS-MPG Partner Institute for Computational Biology, have successfully mass produced viable high-quality artificial sperm for the first time.

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MIT Researchers Engineer Programmable Gut Bacteria

Posted on July 10th, 2015.

MIT researchers have developed sensors, memory switches, and circuits that can be encoded in common human gut bacteria. These basic computing elements will allow the bacteria to sense, memorize, and respond to signals in the gut. Future medical applications of programmable gut bacteria might include early detection and treatment of...

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Genetic Engineers Will Be Able To Bring Back The Mammoth

Posted on July 3rd, 2015.

Scientists at University of Chicago and Penn State have completed the first comprehensive, functional analysis of the woolly mammoth genome. Research based on the mammoth genome could conceivably allow genetic engineers to bring the long extinct animal back to life. Pleistocene Park, a 16-square-kilometre reserve in northern Siberia, has...

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Gene Editing for Healthier, Long-Lived and Super-Smart Designer Babies

Posted on June 30th, 2015.

If the human genome is the book of life, then CRISPR technology is its Microsoft Word, notes the Financial Times. The cut-and-paste genome editing technique, invented only three years ago, can remove stretches of DNA and, if required, insert new ones.

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DARPA Wants to Create Synthetic Organisms to Terraform and Change the Atmosphere of Mars

Posted on June 25th, 2015.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) believes that it’s on the way to creating synthetic organisms capable of terraforming Mars into a planet that looks more like Earth, Motherboard reports.

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Disabled Patients Thought-Control Remote Telepresence Robots

Posted on June 25th, 2015.

Researchers at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) have developed a revolutionary brain-machine interface to restore a sense of independence to the disabled. The research, which shows that it’s now possible to remotely control a robot from home with one’s thoughts, produced excellent results in both human and...

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Paypal Exec Aims to take Biometrics to a Whole New Level: Goodbye Passwords

Posted on April 22nd, 2015.

The head of developer advocacy for Paypal and Braintree, Jonathan Leblanc, has an idea that will seem absurd to some, innovative to others and terrifying to  still others. The executive of the multi-billion dollar eBay subsidiary suggests in a recent presentation called “Kill All Passwords” that “true integration with...