Discovery News - BioTech
Nov 20, 2012
Mind-Controlled Robot Uses Human Brainwaves
University of Washington researchers have developed a mind-controlled robot that operates on human brainwaves. Discovery News' Kasey-Dee Gardner finds out the human benefits of such a robot.
A fertility clinic has announced that they have found a way to modify DNA and develop "designer babies". Is scientific technology ready for modified DNA?
Q&A: Synthetic Life
Biologist J. Craig Venter helped crack the human genome. His next goal: create life. Jorge Ribas talks to him about the promise and perils of synthetic biology.
Regrowing skin, bones and even organs might seem like something out of a mad scientist's lab, but the reality isn't so crazy. Jorge Ribas finds out how tissue engineering could help the sick and injured.
Scientist Kristi Anseth works at the intersection of three fields - engineering, chemistry, and biology - to design polymers that imitate living tissues, with the goal of helping the body heal itself.
Emergency Rooms Go Wireless
The Mi-Tag, a wearable vital sign monitor, could bring emergency rooms into the wireless age. Jorge Ribas reports.
Text Messages Save Lives
A text messaging-based program, called Mobiles in Malawi, is saving lives by connecting rural communities to hospitals. Kasey-Dee Gardner explain how it works.
Cyborgs may be strictly sci-fi, but brain-computer interfacing is real. Jorge Ribas finds out how this technology is helping people.
Want to pick up a new language or skill as aptly as a child? It will be possible in the future, but at the cost of losing memories -- like, remembering your spouse.
We've cloned sheep, mice, dogs and more. So are humans next? Bioethicists talk about the prospect of human cloning.