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¿Hay genes que no mueren cuando nosotros morimos?

Los genes permanecen activados días después de que los animales mueren, según sugiere el microbiólogo <b>Peter Noble</b> y sus colegas de la Universidad de …

Scientists Just Took a Big Step Towards Creating Artificial Life

Designer organisms are almost here.<p>Scientists have taken a major step forward in developing complex artificial life, by successfully synthesising six …

Genetics

These tiny, light-activated nanomachines can kill cancer cells within minutes

50,000 of them are the width of a strand of human hair<p>Scientists have developed tiny, light-activated nanomachines that can drill into cancer cells and kill them within minutes.<p>Last year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to three scientists who discovered how to build these nanomachines out of …

Ibuprofen linked to male infertility: study

Men who regularly take ibuprofen may be putting their fertility at risk, a study claims.<p>Experts found the painkillers reduce levels of key male sex …

We took a scientific look at whether weed or alcohol is worse for you — and there appears to be a winner

It's a tough call, but based on the science, there appears to be a clear answer.<p>Keep in mind that there are dozens of factors to account for, including how the substances affect your heart, brain, and behavior, and how likely you are to get hooked.<p>Time is important, too — while some effects are …

Robots will create more jobs than they eradicate by 2020

Artificial intelligence technology will begin to create more jobs than it replaces, says Gartner

Artificial Intelligence

'Bubble Boy' Disease Cured With Stem Cells

Alysia Padilla-Vaccaro and Christian Vaccaro owe their daughter’s life to stem cells. Evangelina, now two, is alive today because she saved herself …

HIV/AIDS Presents an Unprecedented Challenge to Developing a Vaccine

As the world focuses on Ebola, we must not forget that HIV/AIDS presents a far greater challenge in the world of vaccines.<p>Thirty years ago this past April, my colleagues and I reported that a new retrovirus, now known as HIV, was the agent causing AIDS. At the time, it was a pandemic with far …

Public Health

On Ebola front line, first glimpse of end to epidemic

FREETOWN (Reuters) - Here at the front line of the Ebola epidemic, the tide seems to be turning against the disease.<p>A health worker checks the temperature of a man arriving at Bata Airport, January 14, 2015. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh<p>A military-style operation to fight the outbreak in Sierra Leone …

Disease

Artificial skin transplants could be used to treat diabetes

Skin grafts made using CRISPR gene editing are preventing mice from developing diabetes, and scientists claim they could prove beneficial for humans too. In a proof-of-concept study, researchers at the University of Chicago edited stem cells from newborn mice to controllably release glucagon-like …

Diabetes

Robot Security Guard Will Watch Old People While They Sleep

A new project aims to teach robots how to work alongside humans.<p>These eyeball-y robots, created by a consortium of European researchers, are designed to learn how to navigate dynamic human environments without running into people, knocking things over, or getting stuck. The "Lindas," as they've …

Humanoid Robots Will Carry Visitors’ Luggage At Tokyo Airport During 2020 Olympics

Japanese scientists have worked for years on robotic technology, and now they want to show it off to the whole world. Japanese authorities are …

Robotics

Sophia The Robot Has the Internet Terrified of the Future, But She Also Inspired These Hilarious Memes

She's about to change the way we live forevaaaa.<p><i>If Sophia The Robot is looking for wig suggestions, she should call up our home girl Cyn Santana. In</i> …

Fat, Not Sugar, Causes Type 2 Diabetes

Though the media and most health professionals promote the message that high sugar consumption is the cause of type 2 diabetes, this idea is not …

Turns Out Type 2 Diabetes Is Reversible, After All

If you've been diagnosed with diabetes, no doubt you've been told to change your eating habits (more veggies, less sweets) and get more exercise. …

This color-changing tattoo has biosensors that track your glucose and sodium levels

MIT and Harvard researchers have created color-changing tattoos that could, in the future, track your pH, glucose, and sodium levels. DermalAbyss replaces typical tattoo ink with biosensors, which respond to changes in the skin’s interstitial fluid that surrounds tissue cells.<p>It’s currently a …

Diabetes

FDA Approves First-Ever Blood Sugar Monitor That Doesn't Require a Fingerstick

In a milestone for Americans with diabetes, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared the first-ever continuous blood sugar monitoring …

The human brain can 'predict' the future, new scientific study shows

Study from the University of Glasgow shows dialogue between eyes and brain.<p>The human brain is able to 'predict' what your eyes will see before you …

Salmonella flags cancer to the immune system when injected into tumours, scientists find

The food poisoning bug salmonella can be injected into tumours to flag cancer to the immune system so that it can be quickly cleared from the body, scientists have shown.<p>Cancer is extremely good at evading the body’s immune system, largely because a tumour is normal tissue which has gone awry, so …

Triple Threat: New Pneumonia Is Drug-Resistant, Deadly And Contagious

In the past few years, there have been so many "superbugs" appearing in hospitals around the world that we here at Goats and Soda haven't had the time or resources to report on all of them.<p>But a new type of pneumonia emerging in China seems so important that we dropped what we were doing to write …

Public Health

A medical breakthrough that hacks genes to fight cancer just got approved, and it's the beginning of 'a big new field of medicine'

The drug, called Kymriah, is a highly personalized cancer treatment called CAR T-cell therapy (CAR is short for chimeric antigen receptor).<p>It's a type of cancer immunotherapy, which harnesses the body's immune system to take on cancer cells. In this case, the therapy removes a person's cells, …

Immunotherapy

How artificial intelligence will impact real lives in healthcare in 2018

Elad Walach, CEO, Aidoc, looks at five ways AI will impact healthcare in the coming year.<p>This year, whiz kid Ke Jie, the world champion of Chinese …

Alzheimer's-Causing Protein Could Be Nanomaterial of the Future

Up till now, the connection most people would make between nanomaterials and Alzheimer’s has always been as a potential treatment for the devastating …

Drug-Resistant Infections Could Kill 10 Million A Year By 2050

"Superbugs," or drug-resistant infections, could one day eclipse cancer as one of the leading causes of death, according to a new report.<p>If doctors can't find new methods of treatment, in a worst case scenario, annual global deaths from superbug infections could increase from a current estimation …

E-Cigarettes May Be More Toxic Than Tobacco, Researchers Say

Formaldehyde, a known human carcinogen found in cigarette smoke, also dwells in the vaporized liquid of popular electronic or e-cigarettes, …

This Squishy Artificial Heart is Amazing

Researchers in Europe have created a soft artificial heart that mimics the real thing. It’s still not ready for prime time, but the approach, in …

‘Convergence’ of science and engineering seen key to new therapies

CAMBRIDGE — The next biomedical revolution will combine biology and engineering to accelerate treatments for cancer and other diseases, a panel of …

These cell infused gloves could change the way we understand the human body

Engineers and biologists at MIT have teamed up to design a new “living material” — a tough, stretchy, biocompatible sheet of hydrogel injected with …