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Making Good Bacteria Better, and Easy to Track, Thanks to Genetic Engineering

Using an approach that combines ultrasound imaging and genetic engineering of bacterial microbes, a team from California Institute of Technology (Caltech), with funding from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), has created a powerful new system to track bacteria dispatched to deliver therapies deep inside the body.

Timothy Ray Brown, cured of HIV, rallies public to support research funding

(Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News) In the 10th anniversary year since a bone marrow stem cell transplant cured Timothy Ray Brown of his HIV infection, despite disappointment over decreasing public desire to find a cure for HIV, Timothy Ray Brown remains optimistic that the scientific and medical communities can and will achieve this if properly funded.

New peer-reviewed journal Bioelectricity announced, preview issue launching summer 2018

(Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News) Bioelectricity, an influential and dynamic meeting place for the rapidly growing bioelectricity community and the peer-reviewed journal of record will be published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.

New molecular probes to allow non-destructive analysis of bioengineered cartilage

(Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News) A new study describes novel probes that enable non-invasive, non-destructive, direct monitoring of the differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) in real-time during the formation of engineered cartilage to replace damaged or diseased tissue.

3D-printed underwater vortex sensor mimics whiskers of sea animal

(Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News) A new study has shown that a fully 3D-printed whisker sensor made of polyurethane, graphene, and copper tape can detect underwater vortexes with very high sensitivity.

Early results reported on e-health tool to prevent opioid overdose

(Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News) The new ORION e-health psychoeducational tool, designed to help opioid-dependent individuals prevent an overdose, can impart new knowledge and impact a person's intention to change opioid abuse behavior, but it did not improve overall self-efficacy in overdose prevention.

If We Learn to Engineer Animals to Be as Smart as Humans—Should We?

Advances in neural implants and genetic engineering suggest that in the not–too–distant future we may be able to boost human intelligence. If that’s true, could we—and should we—bring our animal cousins along for the ride? Human brain augmentation made headlines last year after several tech firms announced ambitious efforts to build neural implant technology. Duke […]

Genetically engineered probiotics to turn vegetables into cancer-killing agents

Imagine recruiting a strain of gut bacteria to help target and kill cancer cells in your colon? A team from the National University of Singapore (NUS) is doing exactly that - genetically modifying a common type of gut bacteria so itShow More Summary

Putin is Mounting Sly, Self Serving Attacks on American Science

Campaigns against genetic engineering and fracking are aided and abetted by Russia.

Human antibodies made in cows could be developed to treat MERS

LONDON (Reuters) - Human antibodies made in genetically engineered cows have proved safe in an early stage clinical trial, U.S. scientists said on Wednesday, and could be developed into a treatment for the fatal viral disease, MERS.

Biohacking in Africa & elsewhere - genetic engineering from your garage

From DW: Biohackers conduct research far away from the establishment, in kitchens or garages. Their creations range from water filters to genetically modified organisms. The global movement wants to advance science for all...Made inShow More Summary

Can CranioSacral therapy improve symptoms of concussion & mild TBI among football players?

(Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News) This invited commentary references a preliminary study in which the integrative medicine technique known as CranioSacral Therapy (CST) was tested on a group of ex-National Football League (NFL) players who showed significant improvement in range of motion, pain, sleep, and cognitive function.

New method stabilizes siRNAs without affecting gene silencing activity

(Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News) Researchers have reported the ability to modify the structure of small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) to improve their stability and therapeutic potential without negatively affecting their potency and ability to silence targeted genes.

The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine issues guidance on informal milk sharing

(Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News) In response to the increasing informal sharing of human milk, the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM) has published guidelines to minimize the risk of this practice while enhancing the health benefits.

The CRISPR Journal debuts content from Francisco Mojica, Jacob Sherkow, Rodolphe Barrangou

(Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News) In a colorful and first-person look at the discovery of CRISPR short DNA repeats that spawned the genome-editing revolution, Francisco Mojica reflects on the momentous events leading up to and following his game-changing research in a fascinating new interview.

Preventing and treating acute chest syndrome in children with sickle cell disease

(Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News) Acute chest syndrome (ACS), a potentially severe lung complication of sickle cell disease, increases a child's risk of respiratory failure, chronic lung disease, and prolonged hospitalization if not recognized early and treated effectively.

UC Davis Researcher Urges Caution on Engineered Stem Cells

In a commentary published in the Jan. 4 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, UC Davis researcher William Murphy expressed cautious optimism about efforts to genetically engineer hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) to temporarily resist cell death during transplantation. Show More Summary

New diagnostic criteria and treatment guidelines proposed for thyroid storm

(Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News) With a mortality rate estimated at 10%, the life-threatening condition known as thyroid storm (TS) demands rapid diagnosis and treatment and can benefit from new evidence-based guidelines for TS developed by researchers in Japan.

Mars hopes to genetically engineer chocolate to save it

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If your New Year’s Resolution was to give up chocolate, you might find it easier to do it in 2050, when scientists suspect chocolate,may go extinct. … to save it The persnickety cacao plant contains seeds that are the vital ingredient in chocolate, But the plant only grows in…...

Medical News Today: Bad breath may be down to metabolism error

Using genetically engineered mice, researchers found a genetic mutation that may be responsible for chronic extraoral halitosis in humans.

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