All animals capable of regenerating a lost body part, from an organ or a limb to the whole organism, use a common set of genes. This is the striking discovery of a team of researchers from the Center for Complexity and Biosystems of the University of Milan, led by Caterina La Porta. They analyzed the genetic activity in regenerating tissues from widely different speciesâfrom hydra to mice. They found that some of the genes active at the beginning of the regeneration process are the same in very different species, including mammals which have lost this function during evolution, except for the restoration of the liver. The discovery of this shared genetic signature is of great importance to understand how regeneration evolved and could be useful for future regeneration therapies.
Alibaba has developed an artificial intelligence model that scored better than humans in a Stanford University reading and comprehension test.
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The US federal government has lifted an enforced moratorium on funding research into how to make viruses deadlier and more transmissible.
Scientists discovered a whole new continent and created a new way to attack cancer cells. Check out the greatest scientific discoveries of 2017.
The latest advance from DeepMind behaves in a very surprising way. Expect other AI systems to be just as odd.
An examination of 54 human brains suggests that adults don’t grow new neurons in the hippocampus, contrary to several widely accepted studies.
Let me start with two brief stories about social change. The first concerns changing laws and values about relationships. Only in 1967-in the aptly named case of Loving v. Virginia-did the United States Supreme Court recognize that laws prohibiting interracial marriage violated the United States Constitution. Nineteen years before, in 1948, the Supreme Court of…
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NYU’s Yann LeCun and Gary Marcus debated whether the future of AI learning is more about nature or nurture
A Chinese team corrected the potentially fatal blood disorder beta-thalassemia.
Medical techniques for looking inside our bodies have come a long way, but in the future it looks like doctors may be able to see absolutely everything going on under our skin.
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The sinoatrial node is home to multiple pacemakers that keep the heart beating if the main one falters.
Tissue “seeds” made up of three cell types and patterned onto a scaffold develop into complex structures with some organ function, researchers show.
We have all read about artificial intelligence becoming smarter than us, a future in which we become like pets and can only
Human trials are on the cards.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk said his latest company Neuralink is working to link the human brain with a machine by creating micron-sized devices.
Some scientists are thinking about what human space travelers will look like in the future. They might be extra-small and radiation-proof.
SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk is backing a brain-computer interface venture called Neuralink, according to The Wall Street Journal. The company, which is still in the earliest stages of existence…
MIT developed a system to instantly tell a robot when it makes an error through brainwaves.
Kindred AI is teaching robots new tasks using human virtual-reality “pilots.” The ultimate goal is to create a new kind of artificial intelligence.
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Take note, future robot overlords.
A mysterious character named “Master” who has defeated many of the world’s top players in the ancient strategy game of Go has been unmasked.
In a step forward for organ regeneration, stem cells grown from a single monkey’s skin cells revitalised the damaged hearts of five sick macaques, scientists reported Monday.
A First: Israeli Scientists "Have Used the Human Mind to Control Nano Robots Inside a Living Creature"
Researchers at Bar Ilan University and the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, both in Israel, have developed new technology that allows tiny bots to release drugs into the body controlled by human thought alone. The test involved a man using his…
The National Institutes of Health is seeking public comments on a controversial topic.
Chinese scientists hope to soon be the first to use the CRISPR gene editing technique on human patients. They aim to help people with lung disease that doe