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Inside the effort to print lungs and breathe life into them with stem cells - MIT Technology Review

Last month I had the chance to hold a replica of the upper part of a human airway—the windpipe plus the first two bronchi. It had been made from …

3D Bioprinting

An appetite for support: Link found between eating disorders and gender identity | The Star

Non-binary is an umbrella term that encompasses many gender identities that don’t match the traditional male and female genders.<p>Not all transgender …

These Beating Mini-Hearts Could Save Big Bucks—And Maybe Lives

Crack open the door of the incubator at Novoheart’s Hong Kong headquarters and you’ll find about a dozen pea-shaped, pulsating blobs submerged in a …

The Belt That Listens to Your Bowels

In 2005, Barry Marshall, an Australian gastroenterologist and researcher, shared the Nobel Prize in Medicine for the discovery that peptic ulcers are caused not by stress, as was commonly thought, but by a bacterium called <i>Helicobacter pylori</i>. (Marshall, the director of the Marshall Centre for …

IBM wants to replace antibiotics with these big ol' synthetic molecules

Researchers think the molecule might be better at keeping up with evolving bacteria.<p>When Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin in 1928, the finding was key for two reasons: First, obviously, doctors finally had a way to treat illnesses like pneumonia, gonorrhea, and rheumatic fever. Until then, …

Microbiology

This virtual cadaver could help solve the medical shortage of dead bodies

The virtual cadaver goes eight layers deep<p>At Montpellier Medical University in France, researchers are using 3D scanners to create “virtual cadavers” in hopes of solving the worldwide shortage of dead bodies.<p>Cadavers have long been in high demand, but in recent years, the shortage has worsened. The …

Researchers unite in quest for ‘standard model’ of the brain

Modelled on big physics projects, the International Brain Lab will bring together some of the world’s pre-eminent neuroscientists to probe a single …

How the Internet of cells has biologists buzzing

Networks of nanotubes may allow cells to share everything from infections and cancer to dementia-linked proteins.<p>Yukiko Yamashita thought she knew …

Scientists want to turn our gut bacteria into medicine

Bugs not drugs.<p>The bacteria inside our guts—which collectively make up the so-called gut microbiome—are incredibly diverse, with countless species and strains. But they also differ depending on the individual, with one person’s microbiome having little to do with another’s. And scientists have …

Medical Research

Checking yourself for melanomas? You might not be looking for the right thing.

Skin cancer is easy to prevent as long as you know what to look for.<p>Moles, like their furry homonyms, should be roughly round, brown, and symmetrical. When they start changing, something could be very wrong. But it's not just existing moles you should keep an eye on.<p>When it comes to skin cancer, …

Cancer

There is no evidence that flu vaccines cause miscarriages

Getting vaccinated is still the safest choice.<p>If you stop reading after this sentence and remember nothing else, at least know this: pregnant people should still get the flu vaccine, regardless of what you may read in news headlines. Period. Now let's dig a little deeper.<p>Science’s greatest strength …

The Placebo Effect Is No Excuse to Buy Junk

We all swear by <i>something</i> that we know probably doesn’t work. Maybe it’s vitamin C when everyone at work has a cold, or #bootea while we diet, or …

This Study is Forcing Scientists to Rethink the Human Genome

The more data, the better, right? When it comes to genetics, it turns out that might not be the case.<p>As both genetic sequencing has gotten cheaper …

What does vitamin C actually do?

How one genius spread a massive myth that's persisted for decades<p>Linus Pauling won two Nobel Prizes, helped uncover the nature of chemical bonds, identified sickle cell anemia as a molecular disease, elucidated some of the most common protein structures, revolutionized our understanding of primate …

Wellness

Running on Empty

© EROS DERVISHIIn 1971, a 27-year-old, 456-pound man went to the University of Dundee’s department of medicine in Scotland looking for help. Patient …

Gene Therapy Has Been Used to 'Switch Off' Asthma Symptoms

And it could apply to bee, peanut, and shellfish allergies.<p>Scientists have used gene therapy to 'switch off' the immune response that causes asthma, …

Microgravity Can Permanently Mutate Bacteria to Make Them Faster Breeders

Supercharged space bacteria.<p>Certain types of bacteria can mutate to reproduce more quickly when exposed to microgravity, and that's not great news …

Changing Meal Times Can Alter Your Body Clock

And there's more than one body clock.<p>Changing your meal times could be enough to reset one of your internal body clocks, researchers have found, …

Next-generation cancer drugs boost immunotherapy responses

Early clinical trial data suggest that combining medicines improves treatment.<p>An approach to unleashing immune responses against cancer is showing …

Do Carrots Really Help Your Vision?

Many lifelong carrot eaters feel a little betrayed.<p>"There is no way [carrots] affect eyesight," says Silvio Fontecchio, a project manager at a print shop in Tallahassee, Fla., whose parents told him when he was young that munching the orange veggie would help his eyes. "As a kid, my go-to snack was …

The puzzling way that writing heals the body

Can writing about pain and secret feelings really help boost your body’s immune system? BBC Future investigates.<p>In 1986 the psychology professor James Pennebaker discovered something extraordinary, something which would inspire a generation of researchers to conduct several hundred studies. He …

The Mummies’ Medical Secrets? They’re Perfectly Preserved

Hundreds of skeletons have lain scattered around a crypt beneath a church in Vilnius, Lithuania, for centuries. But 23 of these remains are unlike the rest: Flesh wraps their bones, clothes cover their skin, and organs still fill their insides.<p>They are mummies, and since they were recovered about …

Why Does Stubbing Your Toe Hurt So Damn Much?

Bed posts, furniture legs, uneven flagstone, toys—the world is rife with foot-level obstacles. Far too many for even the coordinated among us to …

Zika Virus Was Spreading Quietly a Year Before Anyone Knew, Gene Study Shows

The Zika virus was spreading in northeastern Brazil for as long as a year before anyone noticed, and for weeks and months in places like Miami and Honduras, new genomic studies show.<p>Their findings show that new infections can get a good foothold before alarm bells sound, but also demonstrate that …

Scientists are using gene editing to try to slow cancer growth

With more research, CRISPR could give us a new cancer treatment.<p>When you think of gene editing technologies like CRISPR, you might imagine editing genes that relate to height, eye color, or our risk of getting certain diseases. But in truth, our DNA and RNA are full of countless proteins whose jobs …

Tissue-independent cancer drug gets fast-track approval from US regulator

Treatment will be given on the basis of a tumour’s molecular markers, rather than its location in the body.<p>The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) …

Can We Use Sound Waves to Fight Cancer?

Cancer

MIT used bacteria to create a self-ventilating workout shirt

Next step: a garment that releases a nice aroma at the gym.<p>Many rain jackets have zippers at the armpits that, when opened, let out perspiration and funk that would otherwise stay trapped inside. But researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have created a prototype of a wearable …

Wearable Tech

Bioengineered Pancreas Effective in First Patient

The diabetic volunteer continued to produce insulin one year after she received a transplant of abdominal islet cells.

Huge Study Shows Link Between Common Painkillers And Increased Risk of Heart Attack

Here's why you shouldn't panic.<p>A large new study has found a link between taking common over-the-counter pain killers and increased risk of having a …