April 19, 2016. Read article in MIT Technology Review. Funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the DEKA arm is radically transforming the nature of upper body prostheses. Its sophisticated electrical and battery systems enable wearers to perform such delicate tasks as picking up a grape and tie shoelaces, while also providing sufficient […]
June 2, 2016: Read article in MIT Technology Review. A group of scientists have proposed a research plan to fabricate the human genome, but their proposal does not tackle any of the looming ethical difficulties of such an endeavor. However, one of the main authors of the proposal has made his viewpoint clear in a […]
January 26, 2015: Read article in Live Science. Growing human organs in laboratories has increasingly become a focus of medical research, with scientists hoping to one day be able to produce organs for transplant in a laboratory.
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 […]
January 27, 2016: Read article in MIT Technology Review. Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte, a prominent stem-cell biologist, is engaged in efforts to grow human tissue inside of farm animals such as pigs, sheep, and cows. This type of research is sensitive because scientists have to inject human stem cells into early-stage animal embryos, then try to […]
January 6, 2016: Read article in MIT Technology Review. Despite criticism, some researchers are attempting to grow human organs for transplant in animal embryos, an ethical grey area which, while potentially extremely beneficial for individuals needing organ transplants, could blur the line between species by adding human cells to animal embryos.
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 […]
December 18, 2015: Read article in Discovery News. Researchers at Monash University in Clayton, Victoria, have developed a bionic eye, incorporating glasses, a pocket-sized transmitter, and a chip implanted in the brain. This device will allow the blind to see, and similar designs could permit non-blind individuals to enhance their vision.
November 18, 2015: Read article in MIT Technology Review. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin have created genetically engineered vocal cords in a lab, a process which could eventually be used to replace damaged vocal cords in humans and potentially alter individuals’ vocal quality.