Researchers Clone Stem Cells From Human Adults

Scientists from South Korea have devised a technique for cloning adult stem cells that doesn't involve the destruction of human embryos. The resulting stem cells, which are highly personalized, could be used to treat illnesses such as heart disease and blindness — but the technique could also be used to clone adults. » 4/18/14 6:00pm Friday 6:00pm

For the first time ever, biologists have regenerated an organ in a living animal. They did so by manipulating a single protein in elderly mice that makes their bodies rebuild their thymuses, an organ of the immune system. It's the first time an organ has been repaired with a chemical trigger and not via stem cell… » 4/10/14 9:30am 4/10/14 9:30am

Biologists Have Built An Artificial Chromosome From Scratch

In a breakthrough seven years in the making, an international team of scientists have reconstructed a synthetic and fully functional yeast chromosome. It's a remarkable advance that could eventually lead to custom-built organisms — humans included. » 3/28/14 2:20pm 3/28/14 2:20pm

Co-author of stem-cell study 'loses faith' in paper

After claiming to have developed a novel technique for coaxing the growth of stem cells in an acid bath, Japanese researchers have come under scrutiny for apparent irregularities. In the latest twist, one of the paper's coauthors has admitted that the study should be retracted. » 3/11/14 12:20pm 3/11/14 12:20pm

What is it like to hear color?

NPR is currently running a great radio piece on posthumanism featuring Neil Harbisson, an artist (and the world's first government-recognized cyborg) who was born color-blind but now "sees" color with an extrasensory device he wears on his head. You can listen to the NPR piece here, but Harbisson's TED Talk, above,… » 3/07/14 8:20am 3/07/14 8:20am

Scientists Create Genetically Modified Cells That Protect Against HIV

The treatment is considered radical, and the results were drawn from a small scale human trial, but for the first time in medical history, researchers have boosted their patients' ability to fight HIV by replacing some of their natural immune cells with genetically modified versions. » 3/06/14 9:00am 3/06/14 9:00am

Brain interface lets one monkey control the movements of another

Neuroscientists have taken us one step closer to an Avatar-like world after demonstrating a brain-to-spinal-cord interface that allowed a "master" monkey to remotely control the hand movement of an "avatar" monkey who was completely unconscious. » 2/19/14 8:30am 2/19/14 8:30am

This cybernetic hand is the first to give amputees a sense of touch

You're looking at LifeHand2, a prosthetic limb that allows amputees to feel sensory-rich information in real time. The futuristic device, which transmits signals to nerves in the upper arm, is not yet commercially available or portable — but it represents an important proof-of-concept as researchers work to create more … » 2/05/14 11:30am 2/05/14 11:30am

Bioengineered monkeys with human genetic diseases have almost arrived

Looking to create more accurate experimental models for human diseases, biologists have created transgenic monkeys with "customized" mutations. It's considered a breakthrough in the effort to produce more human-like monkeys — but the ethics of all this are dubious at best. » 1/31/14 2:00pm 1/31/14 2:00pm

Medical breakthrough could lead to functional artificial skin

Swiss researchers have achieved a major breakthrough in the development of bioengineered skin. The new grafts, which are about to undergo clinical trials, work a lot like the real thing — because they actually contain functioning blood vessels and lymph capillaries. » 1/30/14 1:49pm 1/30/14 1:49pm

Scientists have created remote controlled cyborg sperm

Looking to take advantage of sperm's awesome swimming ability, researchers have cyborg-ized bull semen by positioning them inside tiny metal cylinders that can be steered with magnets. This means we now have a way to control a cell's direction inside the body — a breakthrough that could lead to efficient microscopic… » 12/13/13 2:40pm 12/13/13 2:40pm

12 Real Life Inventions That Science Fiction is Neglecting at its Peril

Science fiction has always commented on the present, and today's present is very science-fictional. All around, we see inventions that could transform the world within a decade or two. So why don't more science fiction writers speculate about them? Here are 12 real-life developments science fiction should be… » 12/03/13 10:38am 12/03/13 10:38am

How Artificial Chromosomes Could Transform Humanity

Normally, an extra pair of chromosomes would be considered dangerous. But what if we could design our own? According to biologists, we could create custom-built chromosomes to fix a variety of health problems, and even give us new abilities. Here’s how a 24th pair of chromosomes could change our biologies forever. » 7/12/13 12:00pm 7/12/13 12:00pm

Toddler with bioengineered windpipe dies three months after surgery

Two year-old Hannah Warren passed away this past Saturday at the Children’s Hospital of Illinois. Born without a trachea, she was the youngest recipient of a bioengineered organ — one that was grown from her very own stem cells. She will be remembered as a pioneer in regenerative medicine. » 7/09/13 2:39pm 7/09/13 2:39pm