Take a short, single strand of DNA, zap it with terahertz waves and watch how it vibrates. Voila, a machine that can detect DNA sequences.
The dodo bird has become a metaphor for extinction. A one-meter-tall, pigeonlike, flightless bird native to the island of Mauritius, the dodo died out in the late 1600s because Dutch settlers relied on them for food and brought in alien species that killed the ground-laying bird’s young. In healthcare, what will “go the way of the dodo”?
Efforts to contain Ebola in West Africa suffer from a lack of effective tools to treat and prevent the disease, although several are in development.
The fact that China hasn’t approved any commercial GMO planting since 2009 reflects public fears.
Gene research and Silicon Valley-style computing are starting to merge.
Besides health tracking, contact lens technology under development could enable drug delivery, night vision, and augmented reality.
A multinational research collaboration has identified more than 100 genetic loci associated with an increased risk for the psychiatric disease.
As medical data goes digital, patients gain power.
Many have tried to develop a painless, continuous glucose tracking system, but all have failed. C8 Medisensors may have come the closest.
The DNA testing firm hopes a more coöperative approach with regulators will get its business back on track.