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  • Ground-breaking new clinical trial follows "a string of successes in Sweden"
  • By late 2017 or early 2018 "the first UK babies could be born from a transplanted womb"
  • Last year, a 36-year-old woman in Sweden became the first woman in the world to give birth to a baby after a womb transplant
  • Doctors wired the limbs into patient's nerves
  • Patient trained on a computer with virtual models
  • He was able to perform a variety of 2-handed tasks with his mind once they were attached
  • Scientists have made tiny, functioning human hearts
  • "The hearts have been grown using only stem cells, for the very first time"
  • Techniques could eventually be used to create full-sized hearts and other body parts
  • "Stem cell researchers from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont. say they have learned how to convert cells from blood into both central nervous system neural cells."
  • This could lead to new advances for those suffering chronic pain or nerve diseases.
  • "The hope is that one day, doctors would be able to take a blood sample from a patient and quickly produce a million sensory and central nervous system cells"
  • "A technology developed by NASA and the US Department of Homeland Security designed to save people trapped by debris in natural disasters was used in the field for the first time."
  • FINDER (Finding Individuals for Disaster and Emergency Response) located and saved 4 people trapped for days after 7000 people were killed in Nepal's 7.8 earthquake
  • IVF mixups continue to happen though eggs and sperm are electronically labeled and checked in the lab
  • Barcodes made from polysilicon now tag eggs and sperm; tags are 1/10 width of human egg and can be marked with 8 digit binary code
  • Codes are attached to eggs' outer surface, and thousands of barcode copies are pumped into semen samples
  • a paralyzed woman used her thoughts to control an F-35 and a single-engine Cessna in a flight simulator.
  • 55-year-old Jan Scheuermann, who has been the subject of two years of groundbreaking neurosignaling research.
  • initial tasks with robotic arm included feeding herself a bar of chocolate and giving high fives and thumbs ups.
  • Alme Health Coach is a virtual assistant that guides patients between doctor visits to manage chronic conditions
  • It can be personalized for each patient and configured for specific diseases, ailments and medications
  • Development is being supported due to health reform law to improve outcomes and reduce costs, plus decreasing cost of technology
  • Diatoms are important to water quality and global climate, generating 1/4 of the oxygen in the atmosphere
  • Researchers have now discovered that blue and red light sensing photoreceptors control the carbon flow in these algae
  • The "light switches" can be used to control carbon flow in cells, opening up biotechnological control of cells
  • Vertical nanowires could be used for detailed studies of what happens on the surface of cells
  • Researchers managed to make artificial cell membranes form across a large number of vertical nanowires, known as a 'nano-forest'
  • This could be of great importance for pharmaceutical research, as well as for basic cell research
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