Synthetic organs, nanobots and DNA ‘scissors’: the future of medicine – includes video
Nanobots that patrol our bodies, killer immune cells hunting and destroying cancer cells, biological scissors that cut out defective genes: these are just some of technologies that Cambridge researchers are developing which are set to revolutionise medicine in the future.
In a new film to coincide with the recent launch of the Cambridge Academy of Therapeutic Sciences, researchers discuss some of the most exciting developments in medical research and set out their vision for the next 50 years.
Professor Jeremy Baumberg from the NanoPhotonics Centre discusses a future in which diagnoses do not have to rely on asking a patient how they are feeling, but rather are carried out by nanomachines that patrol our bodies, looking for and repairing problems. Professor Michelle Oyen from the Department of Engineering talks about using artificial scaffolds to create ‘off-the-shelf’ replacement organs that could help solve the shortage of donated organs. Dr Sanjay Sinha from the Wellcome Trust-MRC Stem Cell Institute sees us using stem cell ‘patches’ to repair damaged hearts and return their function back to normal.
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Researchers developed a light yet strong material by combining two unexpected ingredients—DNA and glass. Working at the nanoscale provides scientists with a deep understanding and precision in crafting and analyzing materials. [...]
Researchers at Houston's Rice University are developing an implant that could diminish deaths caused by cancer by half. The device will contain synthetically nurtured human cells and be embedded with sensors [...]
NIH study reviews 25 years of data and finds AI/ML can detect common hormone disorder. Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) can effectively detect and diagnose Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), [...]
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Researchers have invented a nano-thin superbug-slaying material that could one day be integrated into wound dressings and implants to prevent or heal bacterial infections. The innovation – which has [...]
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Scientists from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) have created a process that can upcycle most plastics into chemical ingredients useful for energy storage, using light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and [...]
Scientists from ETH Zurich and the University of Geneva have developed a new technique that allows them to observe chemical reactions taking place in liquids at extremely high temporal resolution. This innovation enables [...]
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The findings could lead to a cure for LAM. Researchers from the University of Cincinnati may have identified a potential treatment for lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM), a rare lung condition resembling cancer found [...]
A recent study reveals oscillations in the refractive index that are faster than can be explained by current theories. A study recently published in the journal Nanophotonics reveals that by rapidly [...]
Researchers from Stanford Medicine have discovered that cancer cells-to-be accumulate a series of specific genetic changes in a predictable and sequential way years before they are identifiable as pre-malignancies. Many of [...]
A novel antibiotic named Clovibactin, extracted from previously uncultivable bacteria, has been found effective against harmful bacteria, including multi-resistant “superbugs”. Clovibactin’s unique mechanism of targeting multiple essential precursor [...]
Nanofitins, which are derived from a protein found in Sulfolobus acidocaldarius—an archaeal microorganism found in hot springs—successfully neutralized SARS-CoV-2 in mice and were well-tolerated. When inhaled by the rodents, [...]
New research reveals that functional connectivity can distinguish between various disease subtypes. Not only is major depressive disorder (MDD) one of the most prevalent mental health conditions, affecting more [...]
A recent study from Yale indicates that additional chromosomes in cancer cells are essential for the growth of tumors. Removing these extra chromosomes inhibits tumor formation. The findings, said the researchers, [...]
An MD Anderson study provides a deeper understanding of the progression of gastric cancer and highlights a potential therapeutic target. A recent study conducted by scientists at The University of [...]
The findings could potentially improve the success rate of cancer drug development. Approximately 90% of drugs don’t reach the market, highlighting the clear need for increased efficiency in drug [...]
The World Health Organization (WHO) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are tracking and studying a highly mutated new variant of the virus that causes COVID-19. Officially titled BA.2.86 and nicknamed Pirola [...]
Clinical studies reveal extended survival in diffuse midline glioma patients receiving ONC201 treatment; research also explains the underlying mechanism of the drug’s success. For the first time, a potential [...]
Researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine have found that the virus responsible for chikungunya fever can spread directly from cell to cell—perhaps solving the longstanding mystery of how the virus, [...]
Two molecular languages at the origin of life have been successfully recreated and mathematically validated, thanks to pioneering work by Canadian scientists at Université de Montréal. Living organisms are [...]
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A team of bioengineers and biomedical scientists from the University of Sydney and the Children's Medical Research Institute (CMRI) at Westmead have used 3D photolithographic printing to create a [...]
Microorganisms leverage the CRISPR-Cas system as a defense mechanism against viral intrusions. In the realm of genetic engineering, this microbial immune system is repurposed for the targeted modification of [...]
In efforts to tackle the leading cause of blindness in developed countries, researchers have recruited nanotechnology to help regrow retinal cells. Macular degeneration is a form of central vision [...]
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A recent study in Israel used brain scans to explore the differences in empathy between political liberals and conservatives. The researchers found that when imagining other people suffering, liberals [...]
MIT researchers develop “FrameDiff,” a computational tool that uses generative AI to craft new protein structures, with the aim of accelerating drug development and improving gene therapy. MIT’s CSAIL researchers [...]
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Artificial intelligence facilitates the visualization of neural connections in the brains of mice. Scientists from Johns Hopkins have leveraged artificial intelligence to create a technique that allows for the [...]
New research indicates that cannabis may alleviate “chemo brain.” New research from the University of Colorado Boulder reveals that cancer patients employing cannabis to manage their symptoms not only experience reduced [...]
Florida State University scientists have developed a mathematical model, explaining the growth, pattern formation, and self-healing properties of chemical gardens. These insights could lead to the development of self-repairing materials. [...]
Researchers have developed an artificial intelligence model, TIGER, that predicts the on- and off-target activity of RNA-targeting CRISPR tools. This innovation, detailed in a study published in Nature Biotechnology, can [...]
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The Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute (ARMI) at Monash University suggests that muscle wasting, known as sarcopenia, may be reversed in late-life The study utilized the African killifish as a model [...]
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