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Why VR is the next big thing for brands

In advertising, how often do we get a chance to explore something completely new, where no rules apply and where the experience needs to be imagined from start to finish? Telling a story, selling a product and leading a user inside a VRad environment…
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A programming language for living cells

MIT biological engineers have created a programming language that allows them to rapidly design complex, DNA-encoded circuits that give new functions to living cells. Using this language, anyone can write a program for the function they want,…
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Reprogramming gut bacteria as “living therapeutics”

  An MIT spinout, Synlogic, is aiming to create a new class of medicines, by re-programming bacteria found in the gut as “living therapeutics.” Based on research by its co-founders, MIT professors Tim Lu and Jim Collins, Synlogic…
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Cell squeezing enhances protein imaging

Tagging proteins with a fluorescent label such as green fluorescent protein (GFP) is currently the best way to track specific molecules inside a living cell. However, while this approach has yielded many significant discoveries, GFP and similar…
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New class of molecular 'lightbulbs' illuminate MRI

Duke University researchers have taken a major step towards realizing a new form of MRI that could record biochemical reactions in the body as they happen. In the March 25 issue of Science Advances, they report the discovery of a new…
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Portable ultrasounds gain popularity among specialists

Hospitals are expressing more interest in high-end portable ultrasounds as the devices become more widely used by a growing number of specialties. As manufacturers have added more advanced features to portable scanners, they've become more…
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Machine learning technique boosts lip-reading accuracy

For human lip readers, context is key in deciphering words stripped of the full nuance of their audio cues. But a technology model for lip-reading developed at the University of East Anglia in the UK has been shown to be able to interpret…
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Google launches new machine learning platform

Google today announced a new machine learning platform for developers at its NEXT Google Cloud Platform user conference in San Francisco. As Google chairman Eric Schmidt stressed during today’s keynote, Google believes machine learning…
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Gene study uncovers 'spectrum of mutations' in mesothelioma

In a paper published in Nature Genetics, the team - from Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) in Boston, MA, and Genentech in San Francisco, CA - reports how they carried out a comprehensive genomic analysis of over 200 mesothelioma tumors. Lead…
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Gut bacteria hold clues about type 2 diabetes

Changes in the types and activities of human gut bacteria could lead to earlier diagnoses of type 2 diabetes, according to a study of identical twins, findings of which are published in Genome Medicine. Imbalances in the gut microbiota have…
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Saliva test for identifying, tracking cancer steps closer

A rapid, accurate test that can detect biomarkers of lung cancer in saliva is soon to be trialed in patients. The news marks a milestone in over 10 years of research led by oral cancer and saliva diagnostics researcher Prof. David Wong, of…
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Human-genome editing summit to sample global attitudes

A large and international meeting on the ethics of human-genome editing is poised to begin —  and researchers are curious about how perceived differences in attitudes will play out. “We’re hoping to sort of take the temperature of…