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Heart Organoids Tricked Out With Nanowires Restored Heart Function in Rats

The tiny, floating blobs of mini-hearts were straight out of Frankenstein. Made from a mixture of human stem cells and a sprinkle of silicon...

Scientists Can Now Clone Brain Organoids. Here’s Why That Matters

An army of free-floating minibrain clones are heading your way! No, that’s not the premise of a classic sci-fi brain-in-jars blockbuster. Rather, a team at...

The Ethics of Organoids: Scientists Weigh in on New Mini-Organs

Growing organs in the lab is an enduring sci-fi trope, but as stem cell technology brings it ever closer to reality, scientists are beginning...

Scientists Are Working Towards a Unified Theory of Consciousness

The origin of consciousness has teased the minds of philosophers and scientists for centuries. In the last decade, neuroscientists have begun to piece together...

Google and Harvard Map a Tiny Piece of the Human Brain With Extreme Precision

Scientists just published the most detailed map of a cubic millimeter of the human brain. Smaller than a grain of rice, the mapped section...

Colossal Creates Elephant Stem Cells for the First Time in Quest to Revive the Woolly Mammoth

The last woolly mammoth roamed the vast arctic tundra 4,000 years ago. Their genes still live on in a majestic animal today—the Asian elephant. With...

Pigs With Human Brain Cells and Biological Chips: How Lab-Grown Hybrid Life Forms Are Bamboozling Scientific Ethics

In September, scientists at the Guangzhou Institutes of Biomedicine and Health announced they had successfully grown “humanized” kidneys inside pig embryos. The scientists genetically altered...

A Ball of Brain Cells on a Chip Can Learn Simple Speech Recognition and Math

A tiny ball of brain cells hums with activity as it sits atop an array of electrodes. For two days, it receives a pattern...

Scientists Unveil New Results in Hunt to Pinpoint the Seat of Consciousness

Trying to understand consciousness calls to mind images of pensive philosophers in a thinking pose. Soft rock and freestyle rap with lyrics based on...

These Human Mini-Brains Were Implanted in Mice to Pump Out Anti-Stress Hormones

Brain organoids have come a long way. These mini-brains, at most the size of a pea, are made from stem cells or reprogrammed skin...

Biocomputing With Mini-Brains as Processors Could Be More Powerful Than Silicon-Based AI

The human brain is a master of computation. It’s no wonder that from brain-inspired algorithms to neuromorphic chips, scientists are borrowing the brain’s playbook...

Human Mini-Brains Grafted Into Injured Rats Restored Their Sight

Nearly a decade ago, mini-brains shot onto the neuroscience scene with a hefty promise: understanding the developing brain and restoring injured brains. Known as brain...

CRISPR’s Wild First Decade Only Scratches the Surface of Its Potential

Ten years ago, a little-known bacterial defense mechanism skyrocketed to fame as a powerful genome editor. In the decade since, CRISPR-Cas9 has spun off...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through September 24)

ROBOTICS These Autonomous, Wireless Robots Could Dance on a Human Hair Devin Coldewey | TechCrunch "The competition to create ever smaller, ever better robots is a fierce...

New DNA ‘Camcorders’ Can Record ‘Movies’ of a Cell’s Development Through Time

Childhood home videos can be heartwarming, hilarious, or downright embarrassing. But the tapes contain an invaluable resource: snippets of a child’s journey as they...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through February 26)

NEUROSCIENCE Does Life Flash Before Your Eyes? Brain Scan of Dying Man Suggests It's Possible Nicola Davis | The Guardian "The team says analysis of recordings of...

Scientists 3D-Print Programmable Living Structures With New Microbial Ink

Our mastery of biology has improved dramatically in recent decades, but we are still largely restricted to nature's repertoire of forms. That could be...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through August 21)

ENERGY Laser Fusion Experiment Unleashes an Energetic Burst of Optimism Kenneth Chang | The New York Times "Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory reported on Tuesday that...

Evolution: Lab-Grown ‘Mini Brains’ Suggest One Mutation Might Have Rewired the Human Mind

How we humans became what we are today is a question that scientists have been trying to answer for a long time. How did...

An Israeli Startup Is 3D Printing Cultured Ribeye Steaks

The market for meat alternatives is booming, but so far most products are only able to replicate the formless ground meat found in burgers,...

Meet Assembloids, Mini Human Brains With Muscles Attached

It’s not often that a twitching, snowman-shaped blob of 3D human tissue makes someone’s day. But when Dr. Sergiu Pasca at Stanford University witnessed the...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through October 31)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AI Has Cracked a Key Mathematical Puzzle for Understanding Our World Karen Hao | MIT Technology Review "Partial differential equations can describe everything from planetary...

Coronavirus Drug Development in 5 (Turbo-Charged) Steps

One of the scariest things about the new coronavirus is that there aren’t any validated treatments. Plenty of ideas are in the works: a...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through January 25)

NEUROSCIENCE The Most Complete Brain Map Ever Is Here: A Fly's 'Connectome' Gregory Barber | Wired "Researchers like Rubin believe a physical blueprint of the brain could...

These Breakthroughs Made the 2010s the Decade of the Brain

I rarely use the words transformative or breakthrough for neuroscience findings. The brain is complex, noisy, chaotic, and often unpredictable. One intriguing result under...

This Year’s 4 Most Mind-Boggling Stories About the Brain

2019 was nuts for neuroscience. I said this last year too, but that’s the nature of accelerating technologies: the advances just keep coming. There’re the...

How a Centuries-Old Sculpting Method Is Helping 3D Print Organs With Blood Vessels

Blood vessels are the lifeline of any organ. The dense web of channels, spread across tissues like a spider web, allow oxygen and nutrients to...

Lab-Grown Minibrains Show Activity Similar to Babies’ Brains

Neurons are a collective bunch. Although each neuron receives, processes, and passes on information individually, the electrical spikes only make sense when melded together...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through August 31)

COMPUTING A Carbon Nanotube Microprocessor Mature Enough to Say Hello Samuel K. Moore | IEEE Spectrum "It’s the most complex integration of carbon nanotube-based CMOS logic so...

Could Lab-Grown Brains Develop Consciousness?

There’s a very un-sexy view of consciousness: our rich, meaningful inner experience of self and other is nothing but electrical and chemical chattering inside...

A Lab-Grown Brain Twitched an Isolated Muscle. Here’s Why That’s Amazing

Floating inside a petri dish in a lab at Cambridge University, a single disjointed muscle twitched. Normally that’s not news. But in this case, the...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through March 23)

COMPUTING Racing Against China, US Reveals Details of $500 Million Supercomputer Don Clark | The New York Times "Lab officials predict it will be the first American...

5 Discoveries That Made 2018 a Huge Year for Neuroscience

2018 was when neuroscience made the impossible possible. There was the dazzling array of crazy neurotech: paralyzed patients shopped and texted using an Android tablet...

The Most Surprising Tech Breakthroughs of 2018

Development across the entire information technology landscape certainly didn’t slow down this year. From CRISPR babies, to the rapid decline of the crypto markets,...

Disrupting Reproduction: Two New Advances in Tech-Assisted Baby-Making

Last week, news of CRISPR-engineered babies launched a firestorm of debate on the future of human reproduction: Is it safe? Is it ethical? Do...

Custom-Grown Bones, and Other Wild Advances in Regenerative Medicine

The human body has always been an incredible machine, from the grand feats of strength and athleticism it can accomplish down to the fine...

Living Neanderthal ‘Mini-Brains’ May Reveal What Makes Our Brains Special

He isolated DNA from Egyptian mummies. He discovered the Denisovans, an extinct ancient human species, by sequencing DNA from a tiny bone fragment. He...

Mini-Brains Just Grew Their Own Blood Vessels—Here’s Why That’s Great News

If you ever put a brain through a Picasso filter, you’d probably get something close to a brain ball. When brain balls first hit the...

These Creepy Mini-Brains May Finally Crack Deadly Brain Cancer

Brain organoids look like something between a malformed human brain and a character from Monsters, Inc. But don’t be fooled by their grotesque appearance. Ever...

Bizarre Mini Brains Offer a Fascinating New Look at the Brain

Brain balls sound like something straight out of a Tim Burton movie: starting as stem cells harvested from patients, they eventually develop into masses...

3 Exciting Biotech Trends to Watch Closely in 2017

As I start to look at the emerging trends of 2017 from the vantage of IndieBio, where we see hundreds of biotech startup applications and...

How Aged Neurons In a Dish Can Accelerate Longevity Research

Aging insidiously leaves its mark on our brains. With age, our well-oiled neuronal machinery slowly breaks down: gene expression patterns turn wacky, the nuclear membrane...

How Tiny Lab-Grown Human Brains Are Giving Big Insights Into Autism

First came lab-grown mini-hearts. Then came 3D printed skin. Now scientists have taken “body on a chip” to a whole new level. Starting with skin...

L’Oreal Goes After 3D Printed Human Skin to Test Beauty Products

In Lyon, France, cosmetics company L’Oreal is growing human skin. Each year, some 60 scientists cultivate 100,000 paper-thin skin samples in nine varieties simulating different...

They’re Alive! Watch These Mini 3D Printed Organs Beat Just Like Hearts

There’s something almost alchemical going on at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine. Scientists there have genetically transformed skin cells into heart cells...

Stem Cells Into Intestinal Tissue, More Biological Alchemy for Your Body

It's time to check off another item on the list of body parts that we can recreate in a lab. Researchers at the Cincinnati...
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