fact: human seahorses

Unlike humans, male seahorses are the ones who make the babies. Soon any human: male, female, transgender may also be able to become pregnant as we now have all the tools needed to grow female reproductive organs in the lab and to successfully implant them into patients. This offers hope to many people who up … Continue reading fact: human seahorses

fact: smart medicine

Our bodies are made up of a series of hydrogels. At our most basic we are just water and polymers. So it makes sense to use hydrogels to monitor and treat our diseases. Engineers at MIT have made a stretchy robust hydrogel that is 70-95% water and can be embedded with different electronics or drugs to … Continue reading fact: smart medicine

fact: gene editing saves baby girl

Gene editing has been used for the first time to successfully treat a human patient - a baby girl with leukaemia - after conventional treatments failed. Re-writing genes is no longer science fiction thanks to gene-editing technologies called CRISPR and TALENs. Scientists can now alter any gene in any animal and have been using these techniques to … Continue reading fact: gene editing saves baby girl

Needle free blood tests

Everyone hates needles. So there has been a lot of excitement about recent inventions that replace needles with pain free options including the glucose monitoring patch and the vaccine patch. Now Google has joined the game. The mega-company has patented a device that can take tiny blood samples without needles. Google's device uses a micro-particle … Continue reading Needle free blood tests

Vaccine patch may mean the end of needles

No one likes needles. Now there's another option. A group of scientists in Japan have found that a vaccine patch with microneedles called MicroHyala works as well as a traditional injected influenza vaccine.  Microneedles have been tested before in humans, but they have previously been made from metal or silicon. Vaccines administered by these microneedles have … Continue reading Vaccine patch may mean the end of needles

Will Google win the self-driving car race?

Motor vehicle accidents cause 1.2 million deaths every year and over 90% of accidents are caused by human error. So self driving cars should be safer than human motorists.  The mega-company Google is pushing self-driving car innovation in the US. They have been testing a number of different models including the adorable little Google car … Continue reading Will Google win the self-driving car race?

Night vision now science fact

In my novel, Thirty, people conveniently have night vision that they can switch on and off. Night vision goggles have been around since the 1930s but now a biohacker named Gabriel Licina has made eye drops that let him see in the dark.  The eye drops contain Chlorin e6 (Ce6), a light sensitive chemical that … Continue reading Night vision now science fact

How DNA is read: Future

In my novel, Thirty, people have an annual health scan that reads the levels of their genes and corrects these to normal levels so that they can stay young and healthy forever. Unfortunately real science hasn't yet caught up. We are, however, one step closer because it is now possible to measure gene expression in … Continue reading How DNA is read: Future

CRISPR used in human embryos

Gene therapy, considered by many to be the holy grail of medicine, involves editing disease-causing mutations out of genes to prevent diseases. CRISPR is a new way to edit genes that has been used to stop mice from developing many different diseases including muscular dystrophy, liver disease and cataracts. It has also been used to … Continue reading CRISPR used in human embryos

CRISPR treats stem cells from cystic fibrosis patients

Scientists use CRISPR to 'cure' cystic fibrosis in gut tissue grown from patients.  Cystic fibrosis is the most common life threatening genetic disease affecting 70 000 people worldwide. It is much more common in white people than in other races.  Cystic fibrosis is caused by mutations in the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR gene). This … Continue reading CRISPR treats stem cells from cystic fibrosis patients