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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…
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When Virtual Reality Meets Education

Since the 1950s, virtual reality (VR) has been hovering on the periphery of technology without achieving accepted mainstream application or commercial adoption. Since 2012, VR startups have raised more than $1.46 billion in venture capital,…
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Apple Hires Top Augmented/Virtual Reality Researcher

With all of the declarations of augmented reality and virtual reality’s inevitable ascents to the heights of technological cruciality, Apple has managed to stay noticeably quiet on the topic. This has led to any VR/AR movement on their end…