The world is on the brink of an era of personalised medicine where genetics & genomics play a major role, but what about the patients? Are we there yet? Are we ready to perceive and to cope with the available information? Are we ready to know?
Splice summer series brings you the interesting discussion with the most intriguing and provocative minds in modern science. If you ever run out of ideas for your scientific research or get stuck while thinking about your career, these short shots of inspiration can give you a new perspective on trends in science and the global community to which you as a scientist and a researcher belong.
How old are you? Are you sure that’s what your body thinks?
Rejuvenation. Health and quality of life it provides. Major things we all strive for this way or the other. How do we know how old our body actually is? Does our biological age actually correlate with our chronological age?
Engineers from University of California have designed wireless sensors as small as a grain of sand which can be implanted in the body and are able to provide nerve, muscle and organ signals in real-time. They use ultrasound to power the sensors and read out their measurements.
There is a new era rising in molecular biology and it began with CRISPR technology (Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats), which is a genetic modification tool based on bacterial immune system. Gene drives is another interesting mechanism to use for altering genes but in contrast with CRISPR/Cas system it can only function in sexually reproducing species, leaving viruses and bacteria out of the picture.
Scientists are making discoveries that change the way we live. Have you ever asked yourself about the revolutionary discoveries that have made a huge impact on our scientific way of thinking and our everyday life?
This is no novel idea, but after 17 years of a spirited debated, pharmaceutical companies are finally taking note. It was Dr. Mary Hendrix and her team out of the University of Iowa Cancer center in Iowa City who first reported in 1999 that human melanoma tumor cells were capable of forming perfusable vessel-like networks through a process called vasculogenic mimicry (VM).
A growing global epidemic of obesity and its related health complications such as type 2 diabetes is the reason why scientists are focusing on finding genes that increase the risk of developing obesity in the last decade. A breakthrough was finally made with discovery of the gene for ‘leanness’.
The first in vivo soft tissue surgery completed by an autonomous robot is in the books, and in impressive fashion. While robots, and even autonomous robots, have been used in surgery before, they have failed to meet the high expectations set for them, especially when it comes to soft tissue. Until this study, autonomous surgical robots had only been useful for operations on solid body structures such as bone,
Viruses, small infectious agents that replicate only inside the living cells of other organisms, have been around for billions of years. They can infect all types of life forms, from microorganisms, plants and animals to humans. It has been estimated that there are 10 to the power of 31 viruses on Earth, but humans don’t just live in a viral world, we are also part virus ourselves. Viruses actually comprise up to the 8% of the human genome and these so called endogenous retroviruses (ERVs) represent ancient viral infections that became integrated into the human genome.