First-ever successful mind-controlled robotic arm without brain implants

A team of researchers from Carnegie Mellon University has made a breakthrough in the field of noninvasive robotic device control. Using a noninvasive brain-computer interface (BCI), researchers have developed the first-ever successful mind-controlled robotic arm exhibiting the ability to continuously track and follow a computer cursor. Source: First-ever successful mind-controlled robotic arm without brain implants

Antidepressants can reduce the empathic empathy

Depression is a disorder that often comes along with strong impairments of social functioning. Until recently, researchers assumed that acute episodes of depression also impair empathy, an essential skill for successful social interactions and understanding others. Novel insights of an interdisciplinary from the University of Vienna and the Medical University of Vienna show that antidepressant…

Hepatitis B viruses cured – Pilot Study

Hepatitis B viruses cured – Pilot Study Researchers have for the first time succeeded in conquering a chronic infection of the hepatitis B virus in a mouse model. The team showed in its publication, that T-cell therapy can provide a permanent cure. #hbv #hepatitisb #cure Karin Wisskirchen, Janine Kah, Antje Malo, Theresa Asen, Tassilo Volz,…

Danger avoidance can be genetically encoded for four generations, say Princeton biologists

Princeton University researchers have discovered that learned behaviors can be inherited for multiple generations in C. elegans, transmitted from parent to progeny via eggs and sperm cells. Rebecca Moore, Rachel Kaletsky and Coleen Murphy found that C. elegans are initially attracted to pathogenic P. aeruginosa, but upon eating the bacterium and becoming ill, they learn…

Study finds FDA dermatology advisors receive payments following drug approvals

A team of researchers examined post-advisory financial relationships between US physicians who advised FDA committees during dermatological drug approval processes. Critics of these industry-physician relationships claim these types of payments could incentivize advisors to alter their voting habits. Source: Study finds FDA dermatology advisors receive payments following drug approvals