Technology

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 [1]. The disabled gene, BMAL1, affects the operation of the animal’s circadian rhythm, or …

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Gamification as a marketing tool in healthcare

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 …

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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 …

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7 unbelievable applications of VR that directly improve patients’ lives.

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 …

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Meet Lulu and Nana, the world’s first CRISPR genome-edited babies…

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 …

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Biologics and Biosimilars – A Natural Alternative?

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 …

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Sugar, spice, and everything nice- that’s what little girls are made of. Digital hearts, AI, and non-invasive sensors- that’s what digital patients are made of.

Sugar, spice, and everything nice- that’s what little girls are made of. Digital hearts, AI, and non-invasive sensors- that’s what digital patients are made of. Perhaps one of the most famous examples of pairing technology, the precursor to digital twin technology, was saving the Apollo 13 crew in 1970. One of the oxygen tanks on …

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