What is Gene Editing and Why Should You Care?

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A few weeks ago, a group of genetic experts met in Washington, D.C. to discuss the state of “gene-editing” technologies and the ethics surrounding their use. The conference — called the “International Summit on Human Gene Editing” — touched on all sorts of issues, but one of the main purposes of the summit was to determine how governments and … Read more

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9 Emerging Technologies with Spooky Consequences

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Happy Halloween! It’s the time of year where tricks, treats, and pranks are everywhere, so it seemed like a great time to take a look at a few of the potentially spooky consequences of technology that we may be facing in the years ahead. As an optimist, it’s important to note that none of these outcomes … Read more

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Top Stories this Week – Football, Genetics, and GMO’s

SANTA CLARA, CA - DECEMBER 30:  Kevin Hogan #8 of the Stanford Cardinal reacts after Remound Wright #22 ran in for a touchdown against the Maryland Terrapins during the Foster Farms Bowl at Levi's Stadium on December 30, 2014 in Santa Clara, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

The Future Of Practice? Virtual Reality And Football Collide An interesting innovation coming from a start-up called STRIVR labs provides football athletes with the technology to see the game as never before, through the magic of virtual reality. Essentially, it seems like this tech allows athletes to immerse themselves in the game without exposing themselves to injury. Seeing the plays … Read more

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Top Stories this Week – Genomic Sequencing, Moths, and Concerts


Top Stories for the week ending July 18th, 2015: New Genomic Sequencing Initiative Announced A state-owned company called Genomics England has announced an initiative to sequence 100,000 genomes. The effort is notable in that it could potentially provide the spark needed to ignite more rapid innovations in areas related to genetics. Link: The UK’s Plan to Sequence … Read more

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Stem Therapy Procedure Shows Promise in Restoring Eyesight


Researchers from the University of Toronto have discovered a new technique that greatly improves the effectiveness of stem therapy. The official release outlines how the durability and effectiveness of stem cells can be improved if they are first wrapped in a protective liquid, or “hydrogel”.  This substance gives the stem cells a much higher chance of surviving the injection and integrating … Read more

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Health-Oriented Foods Expected in Next Wave of GMO’s


According to an Associated Press article published this week, the next wave of genetically modified foods may include pink pineapples, purple tomatoes, and many other health-oriented oddities. The article’s release comes not long after the U.S. government approved a handful of somewhat controversial items for sale in grocery stores, which has spurred speculation about what may be next … Read more

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Oculus Rift’s Potential Showcased by Surgery Demo


The Oculus Rift, a virtual reality headset, is being used in combination with cameras attached to surgeons in order to show medical students what surgery looks like from a firsthand perspective. A team of french surgeons has tapped the Oculus Rift to help teach med students about surgery. The idea is novel and the results are quite … Read more

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