In the film, Jurassic Park scientists revive dinosaurs by extracting DNA from drops of blood fossilized within insects trapped in amber. They then decode the genetic sequence, fill in gaps … Continue Reading Synthetic biology used to de-extinct plants to manufacture perfume.
The origins of life on earth have been a fascination for researchers and the public alike for many years. To date, researchers have traced the arc of life back several … Continue Reading Synthetic microorganisms allow researchers to study billion-year-old evolutionary mysteries.
Researchers in the field of evolutionary development have long sought to understand how genetic mutations millions of years ago changed embryonic development to yield the diverse animal forms seen today. … Continue Reading Researchers de-extinct flies with ancient genes to study evolution.
When reproducing some reptiles, amphibians, and fish can procreate with same-sex parents, however, it’s challenging for mammals to do the same even with the help of fertilization technology. Now, a … Continue Reading Researchers produce mouse pups with same-sex parents.
The human skeleton is an amalgam of diverse tissue types including bone, cartilage, and fat cells. Each tissue type in the skeleton is generated and maintained by the precise regulation … Continue Reading Researchers identify elusive human skeletal stem cells.
Olfactory neurons are cells in the nasal cavity with the ability to regenerate, responsible for perceiving odors and passing the information along to the brain. They project axons to the … Continue Reading Genetically-engineered olfactory cells successfully bypass the BBB to kill brain cancer tumors.
The ear is the sensory organ dedicated to hearing and balance in mammals and is usually described as having three parts, namely, the outer ear, middle ear, and the inner … Continue Reading Researchers identify three previously unknown neuronal types in the inner ear.
More than one thousand species of bacteria have been identified in the human gut, dubbed the microbiome, with these symbiotic bacteria intricately involved in establishing and maintaining the health of … Continue Reading New study is a step closer to the synthetic microbiome, inbuilt disease sensing and treatment.
Understanding the inception of embryonic development is important as it may help explain why some human pregnancies fail at an early stage, however, key events after the implantation of the … Continue Reading Researchers generate crucial life event in artificial mouse embryo.
Cystic fibrosis is a genetic-based disorder primarily affecting the lungs. The gene affected by cystic fibrosis is CFTR (cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator), controlling the movement of electrolytes in and … Continue Reading New lung cell type discovered.
Synthetic biology involves the fabrication of previously non-existent biological components and systems, consisting of quickly manufactured DNA sequences assembled into new genomes. The main goal of synthetic biology is the … Continue Reading Synthetic tissues build and regenerate themselves.
Organ transplants save thousands of lives every year, however, there is an acute shortage of human donors. This shortage has led to attempts to develop animal organs capable of being … Continue Reading Genetic ‘dial’ to control body size in pigs identified.
Strenuous exercise in moderation translates into better endurance, however, it is unclear in precise medical terms which specific proteins trigger the health benefits gained through this exertion. Now, a study … Continue Reading Researchers identify precision medicine-based power switch for muscles.
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is a potentially lethal disease associated with the presence of critically short telomeres, and currently lacking effective treatment. Now, a study from researchers at CNIO cures this … Continue Reading Researchers cure lung fibrosis in mice by lengthening telomeres.
The neuronal gene Arc is essential for long-lasting information storage in the brain, mediating various forms of synaptic plasticity and is implicated in neurodevelopmental disorders. However, little is known about … Continue Reading Previously unknown method of neurotransmission identified.
Welcome to The Top 10 Healthinnovations of 2017, the fourth year in the highly successful series covering the best discoveries for the year, as decided by you, the reader. The … Continue Reading The Top 10 Healthinnovations of 2017.