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How Close Are We, Really, to Curing Cancer with CRISPR?

Followers of science and health news, particularly those with a terminal illness, may get the impression that the dawn of a new, disease-free era is …

Genetics

Physician Claims He Can Kill Cancer With Unusual Innovation: Arsenic Poison

Cancer could be killed with a dose of arsenic poison, a renowned health tech expert and chemist has claimed.<p>Arsenic, which is known to have killed many a human being back in the olden days when it was used as a poison, is usually associated with an increased risk of cancer if we are exposed to …

Cancer Cells

Scientists image molecules vital for gene regulation

All the trillions of cells in our body share the same genetic information and are derived from a single, fertilized egg. When this initial cell …

New Semi-Synthetic Organism Can Make Molecules We've Never Seen Before

We have expanded the DNA.<p>Scientists have expanded the building blocks of DNA to create a stable semi-synthetic organism that can produce biological …

Head Transplant Doctor Claims First Successful Human Head Transplant...on a Corpse

One nice thing about teddy bears is that if your dog tears the head off of your child’s favorite one, you can just sew it back on. But you don’t …

World's first human head transplant a success, controversial scientist claims

The world's first human head transplant has allegedly been performed on a corpse in an 18 hour operation which successfully connected the spine, nerves and blood vessels of two people.<p>The operation was carried out by a team led by Dr Xiaoping Ren of Harbin Medical University, China, who last year …

Success

Scientists grow replacement skin for boy suffering devastating genetic disorder

Scientists have grown a replacement, genetically modified skin to cover almost the entire body of a seven-year-old Syrian boy who was suffering from a devastating genetic disorder.<p>The treatment marks a rare and striking success for the field of regenerative medicine, which has been struggling to …

Organisms

DNA replication caught on film for the first time undermines textbooks

The image you see here isn’t of the USS Enterprise in warp, it’s an image of DNA replication captured for the first time. The interesting part is …

Anti-aging stem cell treatment proves successful in early human trials

The results of two human clinical trials into a stem cell therapy that can reverse symptoms of age-associated frailty have been published, and the …

Anti-aging

Scientific breakthrough sees creation of antibody that attacks 99 per cent of HIV strains

Scientists have developed an antibody that attacks 99 per cent of HIV strains.<p>Already tested on monkeys, trials on human beings could begin next year, the BBC reported.<p>Up until now, HIV has been difficult to treat because of its ability to mutate and change its appearance.<p>Eventually, the human body …

Genetic Engineering

Infected DNA successfully hacks computer in terrifying experiment

Remember a few month ago when we were all laughing at Harvard scientists for putting a GIF inside a strand of DNA? Now that bridge between technology …

“Worse than death:” The far-future dystopia of genome hacking

This scientist’s thought experiment will give you nightmares.<p>John Sotos, the Chief Medical Officer at Intel, has a wild, scary thought experiment: …

Scientists successfully used CRISPR to fix a mutation that causes disease. This is huge.

CRISPR/Cas9 is a gene editing technology that’s revolutionizing science at a breathtaking pace.<p>One of its most exciting, taboo, and controversial applications is tweaking the genes of eggs, sperm, or early embryos to alter a human life. This could one day mean the ability tocreate smarter or more …

An Exciting New Cancer Treatment Has Just Been Endorsed by FDA

We can reprogram immune cells!<p>Food and Drug Administration advisers on Wednesday enthusiastically endorsed a first-of-its-kind cancer treatment that …

Immunotherapy

Scientists create designer virus to kickstart immune system and kill cancer

A designer virus which helps the immune system clear our cancer has been created by scientists.<p>Cancer cells are very good a evading the immune system, but the new therapy capitalises on the body’s ability to quickly spot a virus.<p>Swiss scientists inserted cancer proteins inside an artificial virus …

Scientists Using DNA to Store Digital Photos for Centuries

Memory card full? Just pull out some DNA storage and keep shooting. Scientists have figured out how to store digital photos in DNA and then perfectly …