August 3, 2016: Read article in MIT Technology Review. John Rogers at the University of Illinois has created a stretchy patch of artificial skin which can monitor heart rate and UV exposure. This development represents an advancement in the medical trend of “wearables,” that is, health devices which one can wear.
July 13, 2016. Listen on Soundcloud. This podcast from “Flash Forward” explores the physical and ethical reasons for and against legalizing various pharmaceutical products, including performance enhancing drugs and illegal drugs such as marijuana and cocaine.
February 5, 2015: Read article in Discovery News. Neuroscientists are pursuing new methods which could allow humans to preserve and then revive their brains long after the body has died. “I am virtually certain that mind uploading is possible,” neuroscientist and Brain Preservation Foundation president Ken Hayworth told Scientific American’s Michael Shermer recently. “We are destined […]
February 3, 2016: Read article in MIT Technology Review. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic have successfully increased the lifespan of mice by removing “senescent” cells. This technology could one day be used on humans to treat diseases including glaucoma, arthritis, and heart disease and potentially extend human life.
March 11, 2015: Read article in Scientific American. A prominent theory of aging holds that decaying of mitochondria is a key driver of aging. While it’s not clear why our mitochondria fade as we age, evidence suggests that it leads to everything from heart failure to neurodegeneration, as well as the complete absence of zipping around […]
January 25, 2015: Read article in MIT Technology Review. Scientists in China say they used genetic engineering to create monkeys with a version of autism, and they now plan to attempt to reverse the symptoms by erasing the genetic error in live animals using new genome-editing technologies such as CRISPR. They hope that this work will one day […]
December 10, 2015: Read article in Genetic Literacy Project. MIT Media Lab graduate Will Patrick has designed a prototype desktop bioreactor that could enable the production of pharmaceutical drugs at home, such as antidepressants, insulin, and other drugs needed on a regular basis by patients. His research begs the question: Should the masses be trusted with the ability to […]
December 18, 2015: Read article in IEEE Spectrum. The first ever bioenhanced Olympics, known as the Cybathlon, will take place in Zurich in October 2016. Athletes will use advanced technologies to compensate for disabilities like paralysis and limb amputation, raising issues of identity, competition, and the future of sports as technologies of this kind become increasingly […]
October 22, 2o15: Read article in MIT Technology Review. Researchers have tested a longevity-enhancing drug in several smaller species and are now testing it on dogs. If the test is successful, the anti-aging drug will be tested on humans next.