Health Care

Zika and a GMO Solution

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February 5, 2016 - The Zika virus has emerged to become a worldwide problem according to the World Health Organization in announcements made in the last week.

Here Come the Microbots

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January 17, 2016 - From nanobots that repair diseased tissue in our bodies to tiny robots used in additive and electronics manufacturing, the world is about to witness another disruptive technological revolution, the arrival of the microbot.

What is a microbot?

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.

The UK Considering Field Trials for Genetically Modified Insects

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December 25, 2015 - It may prove to be the best Christmas present ever for populations in countries where malaria and dengue fever are rampant.

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.

A Potential Medical Research Game Changer - The Apple ResearchKit

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December 23, 2015 - Today's guest blogger, Aaron Rote is Chicago-based. He writes on a wide variety of subjects from entertainment and the outdoors to craft beer culture. An avid runner and hiker, he currently is teaching himself to bike commute through the busy streets of Chicago.

Genetically Modified Red Blood Cells Are Being Used to Treat Disease

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December 10, 2015 - An 18-month-old company is developing drugs for tough diseases. The company is Rubius Therapeutics. Its trademarked treatment is Red-Cell Therapeutics.

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.

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