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Biotechnology


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

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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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