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CRISPR Used to Correct Defective Gene in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

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January 3, 2016 - Genomics tool, CRISPR is altering the way we fight heritable diseases. The acronym stands for clustered, regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats. I first wrote about this tool back in December 2013.

New Non-invasive Test Developed for Detecting Colorectal Cancer

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December 23, 2015 - I have a colonoscopy every five years because intestinal polyps have been detected in each of my last two procedures. Fortunately the polyps have been benign. But the vast majority of people, either have no access to preventive screening which is what a colonoscopy is all about, or choose not to have the procedure because the preparation is less than pleasurable.

Gizmos & Gadgets: Portable Wearable Device to Monitor the Air You Breathe

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December 17, 2015 - For the person in your life who has everything why not buy them an Atmotube. This sleek, high-tech cylinder monitors the air around you and sends alerts to your smartphone.

The Most Improbable News Headline I Read Today - Canada Selling Bottled Air to China

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December 15, 2015 - The headline reads "Chinese buy up bottles of fresh air from Canada." It sounds like a joke but in fact an Edmonton, Alberta company, Vitality Air, is bottling Rocky Mountain fresh air and selling it to China.

Gizmos & Gadgets: Mind Controlled Robot Helps the Disabled Get Out in the World

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November 30, 2015 - Research into brain-machine interfaces (BMI) is making it possible for those with severe motor disabilities to become mobile and interact with the physical world through telepresence.

Colorectal Cancer Noninvasive Screening Test Developed at Mayo Clinic

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November 29, 2015 - Every five years my wife and I both have to have diagnostic colonoscopies because we have had polyps detected in our large intestine. In my wife's case there is history of intestinal polyps in her family and the existence of polyps could be a precancerous warning.

Genetic Genie to be Let Out of the Bottle or Permanently Stoppered

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November 26, 2015 - Genome editing tools are about to make an enormous impact on the environment. Just in the last few days the Food and Drug Administration in the United States made a decision that a genetically modified salmon was approved as safe to eat.

Update on Miniature Cardiac Pacemakers - Successful Clinical Trial Bodes Well for Heart Patients

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November 21, 2015 - Back in December 2013 I posted a blog about the Micra TPS, the world's smallest pacemaker. At the time the first successful human implant had been done in clinical trial in Linz, Austria, a place my wife and I visited this summer.

An Eye Drop that Dissolves Cataracts

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November 11, 2015 - Appearing in this month's edition of the journal Science is an article that reports the discovery of a solution that may prove to be revolutionary in the treatment of cataracts

Gizmos & Gadgets: A Smart Technology for Rehabilitating Stroke Victims

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November 6, 2015 - Guest blogger, Korean-born Ho-Young Ban, lost his father to stroke and witnessed two of his uncles suffering from strokes unable to get rehabilitation they needed because of lack of affordability.

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