In recent ‘covid’ times, working from home and through a screen has increasingly become the norm for many companies. Choosing to go virtual is something that has been made easier for businesses in the digital age. Everyday conversations have moved to platforms such as Zoom or Teams and standard office conversations are now organised via […]
Genetically modified animal clones set to revolutionise biomedical research, or cause ethical uproar? Or both?
In January 2019, scientists at the institute of neuroscience (ION) in Shanghai reported that gene-editing had been used to disable a gene in macaque monkeys (Macaca fascicularis). One of the genome-edited monkeys was then cloned to produce 5 genetically identical primates . The disabled gene, BMAL1, affects the operation of the animal’s circadian rhythm, or
Many hurdles have been thrown at gene therapies in the past, but it now seems that the kinks are being worked out and many gene therapies are finally on the rise! This industry has some serious potential to cure various diseases, some of which include inherited genetic disorders, some types of cancers, and certain viral
A chatbot is ‘a computer program that can hold a conversation with a person, usually over the internet’ . It uses artificial intelligence (AI): the use of computer systems that can perform tasks that typically require human intelligence . The development of machines simulating humans is creating a paradigm shift to effectively solve problems in
Gamification is the application of game-playing elements (e.g., point scoring, competition with others, interactivity, etc.) to non-game environments. Gamification leverages people’s natural tendencies for competition, achievement, collaboration, and charity and is typically done as an online marketing technique to encourage engagement with a product or service- and often it works very well! The way people
Surgical robots, concussion sensing VR headsets, and cadaver-less medical school curriculums. These are just a few of the most revolutionary developments at the forefront of healthcare today.
Following on from our last blog post about how virtual reality (VR) is being used in healthcare to directly help patients, this sequel post is all about the VR companies developing technologies for medical education and healthcare professionals. To jog your memory, VR is an immersive experience in a simulated world and AR overlays digital
Surgical robots, concussion sensing VR headsets, and cadaver-less medical school curriculums. These are just a few of the most revolutionary developments at the forefront of healthcare today. Read More »
You may already know that virtual reality (VR) is being widely adopted in healthcare today in an array of applications, but there are certain companies who are taking it one step further and shaping this technology to directly benefit patients. From helping patients better understand the procedures they have scheduled, to facilitating the rehabilitation for
Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) are terms that are now thrown around as often as the British talk about the weather to greet each other. For the past 10 years, AR and VR have been mostly used as buzzwords, and it is only now that we are starting to see the widespread adoption
It has been nearly 2 years since He Jiankui, a Chinese researcher and ex-professor at the Southern University of Science and Technology in Shenzhen, China, created the first germline edited babies. He sparked an international outcry and was sentenced to prison for 3 years for violating government bans on the clinical procedures of gene-editing on
You’ve eaten organic vegetables. You’ve used organic soap. But have you ever heard of organic drugs So-called ‘biologics’ are an emerging class of therapeutics, which are extracted from, or created using, a biological source. The world’s current pharmacopeia almost exclusively consists of small-molecule drugs, which are designed to mimic or manipulate biological processes, and are