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Gene Drive Mosquitoes: Ethics, Environment and Efficacy

The WHO wants to reduce malaria cases by 90% by 2030. Can we achieve this by using gene editing and the gene drive technology? This method of malaria elimination is closer to happening than we may think. Read to find out more here.

Digitising Chemistry: A Handy Chemical Calculator for the Organic Chemist

“Digitising chemistry — transforming chemistry into code to make it recordable, reproducible, and shareable — is not about replacing the organic chemist; it’s about giving them a handy chemical calculator. “ Find out here about the promising potential for automation in chemistry research.

Brain-Gut Axis: Microglia under focus

Could there be some truth in Hippocrates’ belief that all disease begins in the gut? Recent research is showing us that there is an evident link between gut microbiota and microglial cells in the central nervous system. Read on here to find out more about this association and its importance to neurological function.

The Internet of Things-Missing Link to Smart Healthcare

Smarter healthcare is more personalized healthcare. Can we achieve this by connecting individuals with the broader healthcare system via the Internet of Things (IoT)? And how can Big Data be used to improve patient centricity. Read on here for more.

The Biology of Time: Circadian Rhythm

How do animals, plants and even bacteria function without clocks and alarms? We now know this is down to the level of genetics, and humans too have circadian rhythms. But our modern lifetyle is disrupting this, with noticeable consequences. Is there room for innovation to fix the problem? Read here for more….

Brave New Diagnostics: The Convergence of Genomic Sequencing and Machine Learning

Almost a century ago, the novel Brave New World portrayed a future in which technology and medicine are integral parts of our lives. How far have we come? How far will we go? This opinion article discusses our advancement in disease diagnostics, with special focus on the interlinks between genome sequencing and machine learning.

Local injection eliminates existing and prevents future cancer

Researchers at Stanford University injected two substances into cancerous tumours in mice to eliminate the injected tumour and others of the same cancer type in different parts of the body. The injection also stops cancer from spreading in the body and prevents future tumours that might arise due to genetic conditions. Read this review of the study to learn about the promising results and to understand the key concepts of immunotherapy used in this novel cancer treatment.

SIUKatowice: The Power of Poop with Prof. Ted Dinan

SIUKatowice recently hosted Prof. Ted Dinan, currently the Professor of Psychiatry and a Principal Investigator in the Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre at University College Cork. As an expert in intestinal bacteria, he presented recent findings in the field of psychobiotics- illustrating a pronouced connection between gut microbiota and host mental health. Read here to learn more…

How to treat neurological diseases by optogenetics

Nature Methods has previously considered it as the innovative 'method of the year'. Learn more about the relatively nascent field of optogenetics with this detailed review, which introduces the fundamentals of the technique and its promising applications in treating neurological diseases, spinal cord injuries, blindness and more. 

How are tech giants innovating in the healthcare space?

Innovation in healthcare technology is being spurred on not just by startups, but also by major players in the tech world. How are giants like Apple, Google and Amazon getting involved in the personalised, digital healthcare space? Keep updated with this new review. 

“New Era of Medicine”: Pills with a digital tracking device

Is the healthcare revolution all about digitalization? Check out this article on the first ever digital pill approved by the FDA : Abilify MyCite. How can this help physicians track if patients are adhering to prescriptions? What about data privacy? Find out more here.