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Latest significant advancements in biotechnology. Reporting on the far-reaching impacts of biotechnology on society and humanity.

Can’t Miss Videos of the Argus Artificial Retina In Action

Modern science is mimicking the miraculous by restoring sight to the blind. The Argus line of artificial retinas has been able to give a primitive (low resolution) vision to patients with retinitis pigmentosa for...

Pimp Your Artificial Limb with the Open Prosthetics Project

We all have those moments when we look at a commercial gadget and think: "you know what this thing really needs is a..." Now imagine that gadget is an artificial limb that you will...

Child Receives Trachea Organ Transplant Created With Own Stem Cells

Doctors at the Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) along with colleagues at the University College London, the Royal Free Hospital, and Careggi University Hospital in Florence have successfully transplanted a trachea into a 10...

Incredible Video of Using Light to Control the Brain of Mice

What do you get when you combine microorganisms and fiber optics? Mind control over mice and rats. Karl Deisseroth and his team at Stanford University have been making serious inroads into discovering how...

The Remote Controlled Hummingbird Robot From Chiba (Video)

Why just build robots in our own image, when there are millions of other animals to translate into machinery? The latest robot out of Chiba University in Japan can bob and weave like a...

BeBionic Artificial Hand and Wrist – Now With Kung-Fu Grip! (video)

Judging by the latest promo videos, the BeBionic hand is out to kick more butt than...well, an artificial foot. Full of heavy rock licks, the BeBionic demo shows off the four grips (key, pinch,...

Database for Autism Holds Hope for Answers, Treatments

Those looking to better understand and treat Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) now have a powerful new weapon in their fight. The US National Institute of Health (NIH) has developed the National Database for Autism...

Extraordinary TEDMED Video About Growing New Organs

"Every thirty seconds a patient dies from diseases that could be treated with tissue replacement." That was one of the first things that Anthony Atala told his TEDMED audience in October 2009. It's an...

Vanderbilt Launches DNA Biobank with 75,000+ Samples

Bioinformatics is big business. Leveraging computer science and information technology to find important trends in biological data is the best way to take advantage of advancements in genetic sequencing. But if you want to...

Chinese Woman Surgically Modifies Fingerprints to Illegally Enter Japan

When people really want to enter a country, they'll try anything. Chinese national Lin Rong, 27, reportedly paid surgeons 100,000 Yuan (~15,000 USD) to have the fingerprints from her left index finger and thumb...

Controlling An Artificial Hand With Your Thoughts (Video)

Scientists are becoming increasingly adept at creating machines that can successfully attach to your neurons. In the realm of prosthetics, the ultimate artificial hand is one that can accept commands directly from the user's...

Organovo Has Its First Commercial 3D Bioprinter

Need a new kidney? We'll just take some of your blood and in about six weeks grow you a new one. That's the promise of 3D bioprinting and one of the companies on the...

Andrew Hessel’s Singularity University Talk on Synthetic Biology (Video)

Have you ever wished life was more like a video game? Well, Andrew Hessel is here to tell you that your biology is already more like a computer than you know. At his recent...

OpenWetWare – The Wikipedia of Biology

Depending on who you ask wikis are either the distilled divinity collected from humanity or the online equivalent of mob violence. By definition, wikis are simply a tool by which multiple users can build...
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DASH Robot Can Fall Off 28m Building, Keep Running (Video)

Have you ever tried to catch a running cockroach? They're fast little suckers, and resilient too, which is why scientists at the University of California Berkeley modeled their latest robot after them. DASH or...

New Cancer Detector Chip Works in About 30 Minutes

So there's this period of time during a visit to the doctor's when you're left alone in the office. You just saw the nurse or PA, and the doctor is playing golf somewhere, so...

iGEM 2009: Synthetic Biology Competition Bigger than Ever this Halloween

Like some Frankenstein monster composed of space camp, graduate school, and science fair, iGEM is ready to spring to life this Halloween. The International Genetic Engineering Machine competition is now in its 6th...

New Biosensor Finds Bacteria In Seconds

Drinking the water in a foreign country always seems like something of a gamble. Could be clean, could be a one way trip to spending the entirety of your vacation in the bathroom. Luckily,...

China: “We Don’t Use Executed Prisoners for Organs…Not Anymore”

The Chinese government has many strengths, but I don't think that international PR is one of them. In a report released from the Chinese Health Ministry, and reported in their nationalized press last week,...

Bionic Limbs With Artificial Intelligence

They won't give you superhuman strength, and they definitely don't cost six million dollars, but the artificial limbs from Ossur can think to help you walk better. The Rheo Knee, Power Knee, and Proprio...

Vending Machines Take Finger Scans Instead of Cash

The day has arrived where all the money in the world is at your finger tips. Or rather, all the money in your credit card is in your finger veins. Biometric scanners are popping...

Artificial Organelle Unlocking Secrets of the Golgi Apparatus

Don't know how something works? Why not try to build a copy anyway? That's the sort of crazy and amazing thinking that allowed Dr. Richard Linhardt and other researchers at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute...

Britain vs. The Organ Black Market

Nations tend to fight over land, minerals, ideologies...and now organs. Public outrage spread through the UK earlier this year when it was discovered that foreign citizens were receiving the organs of dead Britons through...

MIT is Organizing New Genetic Parts

If you want to check out a book you go to the library. If you want to get a copy of the latest DNA, you go to MIT's Registry of Standard Biological Parts. Started...

The AbioCor Artificial Heart

Earlier on Singularity Hub, we took a detailed look into the magic of heart replacement surgery (and even growing hearts with stem cells).  It’s a great way to tack on a few extra years...

Artificial Life on the Horizon

Admit it: you wouldn’t mind winning a Nobel Prize. Well here’s a science project for you: reverse global warming, solve the world’s energy crisis, and pave the way for breakthrough antibiotics and vaccines… all...

Stem Cells Used to Grow Hearts: Cool New Pics and Vid

When you're heart is broken, you'll do anything to fix it. Even replace it with a pig heart. Scientists at...
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TransMedics: Transplanting a Real Beating Heart

You've heard a bit about heart transplants and they're no piece of cake, but now there’s a company out there trying to make it a little bit easier. It's not an off-color SNL skit,...

The Miracle of Heart Transplants

Take a moment and think about your heart.  None of that lovey-dovey crap, this muscle is all business, beating over 2.5 billion times in the average person’s life.  It pumps blood an average of...
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Organovo Pioneers 3-D Organ Printing: Hype or Hope?

The plastic 3-D printing machine has been around for a few years and man, is that cool. It can replicate most any mechanical system and it will function, too. Now, researchers at Organovo are...

Growing Organs in the Lab

Why transplant an organ when you can grow yourself a new one? This research isn't something that might happen in the distant future.  It's being used today to grow fresh organs, open up new ways...

From Dolly to Injaz: The Cloning Revolution Takes Off

Dolly was so 90's. Most of us are waiting for scientists to clone something awesome, like velociraptors or wholly mammoths... hell, even a giant sloth would be cool. But, to quote Dr....

Now Recruiting: The Personal Genome Project

Everybody has a database: staffers, bankers, law enforcers and now geneticists, too.  The PGP is not a college fraternity (rush Lambda Lambda Lambda) but a new database of mapped genomes and medical records called...

Security Checks Reaching Towards Your Brain

When Descartes said "I think therefore I am" he probably didn't know that he was answering a security question. Using behavioral or physical characteristics to identify people, biometrics, has gotten a big boost in...

Do It Yourself Biohacking

Ever wanted to play with your own genome? When you read about the latest genetic engineering tools do your fingers itch with anticipation? Do you look around the library, the pub, or the community...

Tissue Regenerating Foams and Gels Under Development

Imagine healing from a serious tissue wound after only a few days or weeks simply by injecting it with tissue regenerating foam or gel.  Singularity Hub has learned that the tissue regeneration industry, including...

Bionic Eye Makes Steady Progress

The BBC just ran a story about a bionic eye, or retinal implant, that has partially restored vision to a blind man in London.  Readers may recall that Singularity Hub reported on this technology,...

Can They Really Transplant An Entire Hand? Yes Indeed!

Did you know that for ten years now it has been possible to transplant a donated hand (or a pair of them) to a person who has lost one or both of their hands? ...

Artificial Retina Brings Sight Back to the Blind

Wow!  Physorg.com reports that an artificial retina has achieved real success in bringing limited sight to the blind.  The Department of Energy estimates that 6 million Americans are blind because their retinas have been...

Cook Biotech Offers Stunning Tissue Regeneration Capability

It still seems like science fiction to many, but for more than a decade now mankind has had the technology to regenerate human tissue to repair large or complex wounds resulting from burns, gashes,...

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