Scientists Kept Disembodied Pig Brains ‘Alive’ for 36 Hours – and It’s Testing Our Conceptions of Death

A neuroscientist from Yale University is claiming to have developed a technique that preserves the brain tissue of pigs for an extended period following decapitation. The brains are apparently not conscious, but the new technique is raising a number of important ethical issues. Read More >>

This Tattoo Only Becomes Visible When It Detects Early Signs of Disease

In the future, tattoos may no longer be mere decorative statements for the body, but useful biomedical devices that can alert us when something’s not quite right. Read More >>

Scientists Just Used CRISPR to Treat a Horrible Genetic Disorder in Mice

Haemophilia is a devastating genetic condition—without the ability to form blood clots, those who have it risk bleeding to death from even the slightest cut. Read More >>

Amazing Crab Goo May Save Your Life One Day

The next time you go in for surgery, you might come out thanking a crab. New research from the Harvard Wyss Institute shows that chitosan, a fancy term for crustacean goo, can be used as a biodegradable glue to heal wounds and patch surgical incisions. Read More >>

The World’s First Face Transplant Recipient Has Died

Isabelle Dinoire, the woman who received the world’s first partial face transplant with a new nose, chin and mouth, has passed away. Read More >>

Apple’s Health Experiment Is Riddled With Privacy Problems

Pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has partnered with Apple on a new clinical study on rheumatoid arthritis. The study relies on an iPhone app to collect data about arthritic symptoms from users as they go about their daily lives. That sounds great at first glance, but how well will it protect your privacy? Read More >>

These Three New GM Crops Will Change How We Farm

Three of the world’s most troubling crop diseases were just hit with three new disease-resistant crops varieties, thanks to genetic modification—each with a slightly different mechanism. The details of these modifications appear in three new papers out today in Nature Biotechnology. Read More >>

Swallow This ‘Audiopill’ at Your Own Risk to Get Your Rave On

Here’s something for all you hardcore party animals: when you can’t get to the rave, you now have the option of the “Audiopill”. It’s a miniaturised sound system housed inside a plastic microcapsule that you can swallow to groove internally to those sweet beats. And yes, it’s as crazy dangerous as it sounds. Read More >>

Biotech Entrepreneur Peers into Your Medical Future (for £16,500)

Biotech visionary and entrepreneur Craig Venter, famous for inventing a technique to sequence his own genome back in the 1990s, has embarked on a new venture. For $25,000 (just over £16,500), his startup Human Longevity will give you every possible futuristic medical test, potentially revealing your risk for Alzheimer’s. Read More >>

This Biotech Discovery Means You’ll Never Need a Painful Flu Shot Again

The worst part about getting vaccinated is the shot. I don’t care how tough you think you are, it’s still painful and annoying. But now a group of researchers in Japan have tested a new “dissolving needle” that is basically a painless patch that you stick to your arm. And it works. Read More >>

We Can Now Make Computer Chips Out of Wood

We’re one step closer to biodegradable gadgets. These computer chips are made almost entirely out of wood. Read More >>

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Everything You Need to Know About CRISPR, the New Tool that Edits DNA

CRISPR, a new genome editing tool, could transform the field of biology – and a recent study on genetically engineered human embryos has converted this promise into media hype. But scientists have been tinkering with genomes for decades. Why is CRISPR suddenly such a big deal? Read More >>

These 3D-Printed Devices Can Repair Damaged Airways in Kids’ Lungs

It’s a medical breakthrough, thanks to a piece of technology most people are using to make plastic toys. Using a 3D printer, a group of researchers just tested this lifesaving device on three very sick infants. Read More >>