Biotechnology

Anthropobots are tiny biological robots that can heal damaged body tissue

A team of scientists has created tiny biological robots from human cells that can heal damaged body tissue, reports Nature. The development was carried out by biologist Michael Levine of Tufts University in Medford (USA) and his colleagues. They used human tracheal cells to create anthropobots. They published their results ... Read more

Genetically modified silkworms can produce fiber stronger than Kevlar

Chinese researchers have successfully genetically modified silkworms to produce webs that are 6 times stronger than Kevlar, which is used to make body armor. This is reported by the scientific publication Cosmos, citing a study published in Matter. Similar to silkworm silk, spider web is a natural polyamide fiber, while ... Read more

Researchers have created a heart valve that can grow with the human body

Researchers have developed the FibraValve, a synthetic heart valve that could eventually be used in children as they continue to grow. This is reported by Engadget. The valve was created at Harvard’s Wass Institute and John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS). This implant can be manufactured ... Read more

Neuralink has announced that it has received permission to study brain implants in humans

Neuralink, a company owned by Elon Musk, announced that it has received approval for the first human clinical trial of brain implants from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This was reported by Reuters with reference to the manufacturer. Neuralink said the FDA approval is an important first step ... Read more

Scientists are working to bring back the extinct dodo bird

Colossal Biosciences, founded in 2021 by entrepreneur Ben Lamm and Harvard geneticist George Church, has announced plans to de-extinct and tame the dodo bird, a flightless bird that became a symbol of extinction after it was wiped out by human activity on its home island of Mauritius. Colossal is already ... Read more

The first vaccine for honeybees was approved in the USA

A US biotech company has received conditional approval from the country’s Department of Agriculture for the first vaccine for honey bees, which scientists say could help control a range of viruses and pests that have decimated global populations. It is the first vaccine approved for insects in the United States, ... Read more

Astronauts will print part of a human knee on a 3D printer in space

Bioprinted body parts could prove vital to future treatments, and scientists are doing everything possible to test it. NASA, Redwire, and the US Armed Forces Medical University Biotechnology Center (4DBio3) are sending a new 3D printer to the International Space Station, the 3D BioFabrication Facility (BFF), to bioprint a human ... Read more

Police in the US tried to use DNA to create a 3D image of a suspect, but faced criticism

The Edmonton Police Service has shared a computer-generated image of the suspect created through phenotyping DNA, which they used for the first time in hopes of identifying a suspect in a 2019 sexual assault case. Using DNA evidence from the case, Parabon NanoLabs created an image of a young black ... Read more

Genetically modified pig hearts were transplanted into the bodies of dead people to research the technology

Two genetically modified pig hearts were transplanted into the bodies of recently deceased people connected to ventilators. The bodies were brain dead, but retained some functionality, which allowed scientists to assess the success of the operation. New York University team announced the transplant. The only thing that distinguished the operation ... Read more

For the first time in history, scientists have cloned a mouse from a frozen dry skin cell

Japanese researchers for the first time cloned a mouse from a freeze-dried skin cell. The technology can be used in nature conservation to restore endangered species. This is reported by The Guardian. The discovery will allow countries to store animal skin cells as an “insurance policy” against their extinction. If ... Read more

A drug that transforms stem cells and will be able to grow the body from scratch was invented in China.

Chinese researchers have created a cocktail of drugs that can turn a pluripotent stem cell into a totipotent one – the one from which life originates. This has the potential to help grow organisms, bypassing the need for sperm and eggs. The research was published in Nature journal. Not all ... Read more

Saudi Arabia will spend $1 billion a year on anti-aging drugs

Almost every rich person in the world has funded attempts to create anti-aging drugs. This was done by Jeff Bezos and Google founder Larry Page, billionaires Larry Ellison and Peter Thiel. Now Saudi Arabia is taking action – and it is ready to spend more than all its predecessors combined, ... Read more

Woman gets 3D-printed ear transplant made of her own cells

Doctors successfully transplanted a 3D-printed ear made of human cells to a woman born with a rare ear deformity – microtia, reported the regenerative medicine company 3DBio Therapeutics. The transplant was part of the first clinical trial of the technology, and its success marks a major step forward for tissue ... Read more

Researchers have reversed ageing in human skin cells by 30 years. This will help fight age-related illlnesses

Researchers from Cambridge rejuvenated the skin cells of a 53-year-old woman so that they became similar to the cells of a 23-year-old. Scientists believe that this way you can rejuvenate other body tissues. As a result, they seek to develop treatments for age-related diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and ... Read more