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Harvard geneticist says a Neanderthal can be cloned with the aid of an adventurous woman

Harvard geneticist says a Neanderthal can be cloned with the aid of an adventurous woman

A Harvard geneticist named George Church had some interesting things to say during an interview with the German paper Der Spiegel, during which he discussed the cloning of a Neanderthal baby. Among other things, one of the big requirements for such a project is the willingness of a woman to be a surrogate for the child, a scenario that seems straight out of a Hollywood movie.

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Scanadu SCOUT Medical Tricorder recalls Star Trek – and it’s real

Scanadu SCOUT Medical Tricorder recalls Star Trek – and it’s real

For those of you waiting for the real-deal collection of Star Trek gadgets and gizmos, you'll find that today is a great day - the tricorder has arrived. The folks at Scanadu have been developing a handheld device that, while not exactly service the same function as the 60's series tech, is certainly Star Trek-worthy in its abilities. This device has been in development for less than a year and will be prototype ready by the end of 2012 - so says the NASA-Ames Research Center-based startup team themselves.

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Nobel Prize awarded for adult stem cell discovery

Nobel Prize awarded for adult stem cell discovery

This week two scientists have received the Nobel Prize for their work on a study which has adult cells transformed back into embryo-like stem cells. This work may one day have us able to continue the work currently being done on stem cells (regrowing tissue in damaged organs, for example), with cells from adults rather than from embryos. John Gurdon, 79, of the Gurdon Institute in Cambridge, Britain and Shinya Yamanaka, 50, of Kyoto University in Japan will be sharing the $1.2 million included with the Nobel Prize for Medicine.

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$640m gets Sony 11% of Olympus: New 4K medical camera company formed

$640m gets Sony 11% of Olympus: New 4K medical camera company formed

Sony has squirted $640m into ailing Olympus, collaborating on imaging sensors for new digital cameras, and forming a new medical business for surgical cameras and more. The alliance will "combine Olympus’s lens and optical technologies, as well as the strength of its brand and R&D, with Sony’s broad range of technologies including digital imaging technologies and apply them in the rapidly growing medical market" the pair say [pdf link], in addition to Sony providing image sensors for future Olympus cameras, in exchange for lenses and mirror cells.

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Neuroscientist restores sight to blind mice using Star Trek tech

Neuroscientist restores sight to blind mice using Star Trek tech

A neuroscientist has made a medical breakthrough by restoring vision to blind mice. The researcher has provided hope to millions of people around the world without sight. The researcher is Doctor Sheila Nirenberg, and her research has enabled the mice to see well enough to track squirrels and distinguish a baby's face. In a bid to grab Sheldon Cooper's heart, Nirenberg envisions a day when blind people will wear Geordi La Forge visors.

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Bioengineered swimming jellyfish may lead to heart repairs

Bioengineered swimming jellyfish may lead to heart repairs

Large varieties of jellyfish swim the oceans all around the world. Researchers from Harvard and the California Institute of technology have created a bioengineered jellyfish that's able to swim. The jellyfish is made with a mixture of silicone and rat heart cells. The bioengineered jellyfish isn't a living organism; rather it's more akin to a robot with a muscular structure similar to that of a living jellyfish.

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MIT develops new jet injection system for drug delivery

MIT develops new jet injection system for drug delivery

Needles are no fun. We can all agree on that. I don't think anyone goes to the doctor hoping to get a shot. Many people with needle anxiety put off going to the doctor as long as possible simply out of fear of needles. The smart folks at MIT have engineered a new device that can deliver medications without using a needle by creating a high-pressure jet of medicine.

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