Monkeys with Parkinson’s disease benefit from human stem cells

Public Release: 30-Aug-2017   Transplantation of neurons made from induced pluripotent stem cells show long-term benefit in monkeys with Parkinson’s disease Center for iPS Cell Research and Application – Kyoto University IMAGE: Monkeys show reduced Parkinsonian symptoms following a donor-matched iPS cell-based therapy. Credit: Misaki Ouchida, Center for iPS Cell Research and Application, Kyoto University…

3-D printed ovaries produce healthy offspring

Public Release: 16-May-2017   Bioprosthetic ovaries produced mouse pups in otherwise infertile mice Northwestern University   Used 3-D printing to create bioprosthetic mouse ovary to restore fertility, boost hormone production Targeted to women who survived childhood cancer, have had treatments that affect hormones and fertility “The holy grail of bioengineering for regenerative medicine” CHICAGO —…

University of Minnesota research shows people can control a robotic arm with only their minds

Public Release: 14-Dec-2016   Groundbreaking study demonstrates potential to help millions of people with disabilities University of Minnesota   IMAGE: Research subjects at the University of Minnesota fitted with a specialized noninvasive brain cap were able to move the robotic arm just by imagining moving their own arms. view more Credit: College of Science and…

Your body may soon be inhabited by swarms of microrobots

The microdoctors in our bodies Date: September 21, 2016 Source: ETH Zurich Summary: Researchers are developing tiny, sophisticated technological and biological machines enabling non-invasive, selective therapies. Their creations include genetically modified cells that can be activated via brain waves, and swarms of microrobots that facilitate highly precise application of drugs.   FULL STORY Bradley Nelson’s…

Are humans the new supercomputer?

Public Release: 13-Apr-2016   Today, people of all backgrounds can contribute to solving serious scientific problems by playing computer games. A Danish research group has extended the limits of quantum physics calculations and simultaneously blurred the boundaries between man and mac Aarhus University The saying of philosopher René Descartes of what makes humans unique is…

Columbia engineers build biologically powered chip

Public Release: 7-Dec-2015   System combines biological ion channels with solid-state transistors to create a new kind of electronics Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science IMAGE: Illustration depicting biocell attached to CMOS integrated circuit with membrane containing sodium-potassium pumps in pore. Credit: Trevor Finney and Jared Roseman/Columbia Engineering New York, NY — Dec.…

UW roboticists learn to teach robots from babies

Public Release: 1-Dec-2015 Collaboration combines child development research with machine learning approaches University of Washington A collaboration between UW developmental psychologists and computer scientists aims to enable robots to learn in the same way that children naturally do. The team used research on how babies follow an adult’s gaze to ‘teach’ a robot to perform…