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UK scientists create world’s smallest surgical robot to start a hospital revolution

British-built Versius device will slash costs, improve patient recovery times and help speed up keyhole surgery<p>British scientists have developed the world’s smallest surgical robot which could transform everyday operations for tens of thousands of patients.<p>From a converted pig shed in the …

Robotics

Memories of fear could be permanently erased, study shows

Research in mice reveals a new approach to wiping memories from the brain, demonstrating that specific memories can be weakened or strengthened<p>The eternal sunshine of a spotless mind has come one step closer, say researchers working on methods to erase memories of fear.<p>The latest study, carried out …

The Brain

Scientists Just Discovered New Kinds of Cells in The Human Brain

It could help detect brain disease before it occurs.<p>Neuroscientists have discovered a new way to categorise neurons at a molecular level. This will …

Neuroscience

Embryos kill off male tissue to become female

Add a new ingredient to the sugar, spice and everything nice needed to make girls.<p>A protein called COUP-TFII is necessary to eliminate male …

Biology

The NHS saved me. As a scientist, I must help to save it

The crisis in the health service has been created by politicians who want to privatise it – when public opinion, and the evidence, point in the opposite direction<p>Like many people, I have personal experience of the NHS. In my case, medical care, personal life and scientific life are all intertwined. …

Health Care

New Pathology Atlas maps genes in cancer to accelerate progress in personalized medicine

One of the first organ systems to form and function in the embryo is the cardiovascular system: in fact, this developmental process starts so early …

Can Trauma Experienced by Your Great-Great-Grandparents Be Passed on to You?

EMBARGO 2pm EST<p>Our families pass on pieces of themselves to us in more than one way. Your eye color may be thanks to genetic inheritance, but not …

Genetics

Blood Test Finds Cancer Before Symptoms Start

Researchers say they have taken a big step towards developing a test that can tell people if they have cancer long before the first symptoms show up.<p>The blood test detected the majority of cancers in people with four of the biggest cancer killers: breast, colon, lung and ovarian cancer, the team at …

Cancer

China launches brain-imaging factory

Hub aims to make industrial-scale high-resolution brain mapping a standard tool for neuroscience<p>Neuroscientists who painstakingly map the twists and …

Neuroscience

Here's Why Some People Are Left-Handed, According to Science

A shout-out to the lefties of the world.<p>For left-handed people, the world probably seems like an unfair place. From scissors to power saws to …

Psychology

Landmark Vitamin Discovery Could Prevent Miscarriages And Birth Defects

"The most important discovery for pregnant women since folate."<p>A simple vitamin supplement could have the potential to prevent miscarriages and birth …

Pregnancy

Early Version of Cancer Genome Reveals Vital Vulnerabilities

In a collaborative effort across a number of institutions, including Harvard, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and the Broad Institute of MIT, …

Biology

New Experimental Drug Reverses Memory Loss due to Brain Injury

A study recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that ISRIB, a new drug, even when used weeks after the …

The Brain

Repairing Organs With the Touch of a Nanochip

This new device changes the function of cells by injecting them with synthetic DNA Photo: Wexner Medical Center at Ohio State University Researchers …

Biotechnology

A stubborn blood cancer, but there is hope

A leading French hematologist came to lecture on multiple myeloma. It is still incurable, yet new drugs may eventually offer more than maintenance of …

Medicine

Stem cell therapy for heart failure gets a gold-standard trial

A treatment aims to reverse long-term scar-tissue damage<p>In the days after a heart attack, surviving patients and their loved ones can breathe a sigh of relief that the immediate danger is over — but the scar tissue that forms during the long healing process can inflict lasting damage. Too often it …

Medicine

Your Eyes Aren't the Only Parts of Your Body That 'See'

Welcome to the world of nonvisual photoreception.<p><b>By Thomas Cronin, University of Maryland, Baltimore County</b><p>We humans are uncommonly visual creatures. …

Biology

USC Stem Cell scientists obtain 'how to' guide for producing hair follicles

How does the skin develop follicles and eventually sprout hair? A USC-led study, published in the <i>Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences</i> …

Biology

Cell death: Is our health at risk?

The life and death of the cells in our bodies are tightly regulated. This is essential for normal function and limiting damage. But cell death can …

Biology

Grotesque and Gorgeous: 100,000 Art and Medicine Images Released for Open Use

The Wellcome Library in London announced this week that they’re releasing more than 100,000 high-resolution images online for Creative Commons use. …

New Microscope Technique Reveals Internal Structure of Live Embryos

Advancing Science<p>University of Illinois researchers have developed a way to produce 3-D images of live embryos in cattle that could help determine …

Biology

Circular RNA linked to brain function

While hundreds of circular RNAs (circRNAs) are abundant in mammalian brains, one big question has remained unanswered: What are they actually good …

Biology

Watch a full 9 month pregnancy happen over just 4 minutes

Birth is commonly described as a miracle because—let’s face it—the entire process is pretty incredible. All human beings begin as tiny cells, one …

Even bacteria have baggage—and understanding that is key to fighting superbugs

New research points to treatment strategies for multi-drug antibiotic resistance using currently available drugs. The study, publishing August 8 in …

Biology

How to map the circuits that define us

Neuroscientists want to understand how tangles of neurons produce complex behaviours, but even the simplest networks defy understanding.<p>Marta Zlatic …

Neuroscience

Success of immunotherapy may hinge on these cancer genes

Scientists have identified the genes in cancer cells that are required in order for cancer immunotherapies to work. If clinical studies validate the …

Cancer

CRISPR: gene editing is just the beginning

The real power of the biological tool lies in exploring how genomes work.<p>Whenever a paper about CRISPR–Cas9 hits the press, the staff at Addgene …

Genetics

Scientists unclog genetic brain blockade in mice with Alzheimer's

Researchers at MIT have uncovered a new potential treatment for reversing memory loss of Alzheimer's sufferers. The technique targets an enzyme known …

Neuroscience

This App Is Leading The Revolution in Free Access to Scientific Papers

Boycott the paywall.<p>A perfect storm of technology and the public's demand for knowledge are driving a surge towards open access (OA) science and …

Research