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Induced pluripotent stem cells could serve as cancer vaccine

Priming the immune system with induced pluripotent stem cells prevented or slowed the development of cancer in mice, Stanford researchers found.

Immunotherapy

Phil Libin, the co-founder of Evernote, is backing an AI chat bot to help people report workplace abuse

Three in four workplace harassment incidents go unreported.<p>Three in four workplace harassment incidents go unreported.That’s why Phil Libin, the co-founder of Evernote, is backing a startup that aims to make it easier for people to report inappropriate behavior.<p>But since this is Silicon Valley, the …

Phil Libin

China Has Already Gene-Edited 86 People With CRISPR

In the U.S., the first planned clinical trials of CRISPR gene editing in people are about to kick off. China, meanwhile, has been racing ahead, …

How to reduce brain inflammation with a keto diet

New research uncovers and replicates the mechanism by which a ketogenic diet curbs brain inflammation. The findings pave the way for a new drug …

New CRISPR tools enable extraordinarily precise gene editing in human cells

Over just a few short years the CRISPR gene-editing technique has revolutionized science, affecting everything from medicine to agriculture. Two new …

Speech Recognition Is Not Solved

Ever since Deep Learning hit the scene in speech recognition, word error rates have fallen dramatically. But despite articles you may have read, we …

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 …

Cell Biology

CRISPR 2.0 Is Here, and It’s Way More Precise

You’ve probably heard of the molecular scalpel CRISPR-Cas9, which can edit or delete whole genes. Now, scientists have developed a more precise …

The Scoop on Feeding Kelp to Livestock

<i>I like to post a variety of content here on The Prairie Homestead, and for the most part, we keep it pretty light and fun. But every once and a</i> …

A Sprinkle of Seaweed Could Deflate Gassy Cows

Scientists are working to curtail the seven billion metric tons of CO2 equivalents cattle spew into the atmosphere every year.<p>Our passion for cheeseburgers isn’t doing the planet any good. All those Holsteins and Jerseys and relations—the ultimate sources of burgers, T-bone steaks, milkshakes, and …

Climate Change

Adding Seaweed to Cattle Feed Could Reduce Methane Production by 70%

That's equivalent to taking India’s CO2 emissions off the map.<p>If we add dried seaweed to 2 percent of sheep and cattle feed, we could cut methane …

Climate Change

Climate Change - A Feast Of Ideas

Revised methane emissions factors and spatially distributed annual carbon fluxes for global livestock

Livestock play an important role in carbon cycling through consumption of biomass and emissions of methane. Recent research suggests that existing …

Extreme Sports

The Speedy Workout That Changes Your Brain

You probably don’t need to read another article extolling the virtues of regular exercise. If you, like the vast majority of people in the U.S., …

Cardiovascular System

From skin to brain: Stem cells without genetic modificationA discovery, several years in the making,

A discovery, several years in the making, by a University at Buffalo research team has proven that adult skin cells can be converted into neural crest cells (a type of stem cell) without any genetic modification, and that these stem cells can yield other cells that are present in the spinal cord and the brain.<p>The applications could be very significant, from studying genetic diseases in a dish to generating possible regenerative cures from the patient’s own cells.<p>“It’s actually quite remarkable …

Making an older brain younger by manipulating a single gene

As we age, our brains lose plasticity, which is their ability to adapt to behavioral, physical, or environmental changes. This can have negative …

Neuroscience

Report: Oregon researchers use CRISPR to edit genes in human embryos

Chinese researchers crossed a threshold last year when they used CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing tools to modify human embryos, and now Oregon researchers …

Can an Algorithm Diagnose Heart Disease Better Than a Person?

On Thursday, researchers at Stanford University introduced the latest thing in AI diagnostics: an algorithm that can sift through hours of heart …

Machine Learning

Google is funding AI writers for local UK news reporting

The UK Press Association (PA) will soon hand writing duties on thousands of local news stories to robots. Cue headlines about the death of news media (seriously, though, this might be a problem).<p>The news agency just won a €706,000 ($622,000) grant from Google to run an automated news service with …

Google is closer than ever to a quantum computing breakthrough

Its 20-qubit processor is currently undergoing tests, and the company appears to be on schedule to have its working 49-qubit chip ready by the end of 2017 as promised. Until it began trialing the 20-qubit chip, Google's most powerful quantum chip was the 9-qubit effort from 2015.<p>Traditional …

Quantum Computing

Personal virtual assistants will become part of the enterprise IT ecosystem: Unisys

Unisys believes personal virtual assistants will creep their way into the enterprise and has said companies need to start thinking about it now.<p>There …

Study shows protein in human umbilical cord blood rejuvenates old mice’s impaired learning, memory

Umbilical cord blood from human newborns, and in particular a single protein contained in it, boosted old mice’s brain function and cognitive …

Star Trek virtual reality game boldly goes with IBM Watson

<b>Players of the virtual reality game Star Trek Bridge Crew will be able to control the Starship Aegis using voice commands, following a collaboration with IBM's supercomputer.</b><p>IBM Watson works with a program called Conversation to interpret the commands.<p>The game was released last month, but the new …

Virtual Reality

What If (Almost) Every Gene Affects (Almost) Everything?

Three Stanford scientists have proposed a provocative new way of thinking about genetic variants, and how they affect people’s bodies and health.<p>In 1999, a group of scientists scoured the genomes of around 150 pairs of siblings in an attempt to find genes that are involved in autism. They came up …

Genetics

Quantum Computing Might Be Here Sooner Than You Think

It’s a sunny Tuesday morning in late March at IBM’s Thomas J. Watson Research Center. The ­corridor from the reception area follows the long, curving …

Quantum Computing

The Chatbot Therapist Will See You Now

Chatbots are taking over the world. Over the past few years, virtual help agents have taken on surprisingly sensitive jobs in modern society: …

Chatbots evolve, grabbing more roles in financial services

The first generation of chatbots in financial services has yet to win over the majority of consumers. But as the technology improves, firms foresee a …

A Judge Lets an App Help Him Decide a Wisconsin Man’s 6-Year Sentence

Here’s what the U.S. Constitution’s 6th Amendment says about a defendant’s right to know who they’ve been accused by, and of what they’ve been …