7 Days in Science – February 21, 2020
List Feb 21, 2020
First Baby Born to Cancer Patient From Eggs Matured in the Lab and Frozen
Fertility doctors in France have announced the birth of the first baby to be born to a cancer patient from an immature egg that was matured in the laboratory, frozen, then thawed and fertilized five years later.
Published in: Annals of Oncology
Technique Lets Scientists “Listen In” on Cancer Cells
A new technique has been developed which is capable of deciphering how millions of individual cells are communicating with each other in miniature tumors grown in the lab.
Published in: Nature Methods
Diversity of Chemicals Underestimated
A global review of all registered industrial chemicals identified 350,000 different substances produced and traded around the world – well in excess of the 100,000 reached in previous estimates. For about a third of these substances, there is a lack of publicly accessible information.
Published in: Environ Sci Technol.
Molecular Structure of Coronavirus Protein Marks "Critical" Step Towards Vaccine
In a new study, researchers outline their work that could be considered a major step towards the development of a viable vaccine for the 2019 novel coronavirus. The work was deemed so pertinent that the journal Science expedited its review process for the study manuscript.
Published in: Science
Device Mimics Brain Cells Used for Human Vision
Researchers have developed a nanoscale device that can mimic the neural pathways of brain cells used for human vision. The study authors are calling it "a baby step towards neuromorphic computers" that may ultimately help robots mimic how humans think.
Published in: Science Advances
Whilst research into psychedelics initially began in the 1950's, unfavorable media coverage and various misconceptions quickly led to the termination of such projects. However, in recent years there has been a resurgence of interest in studying these pharmacological compounds. I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Ronan Levy, Founder and Executive Chairman of Field Trip Psychedelics, Inc. to find out more about the therapeutic potential of psychedelics and hear about the drugs undergoing clinical investigation.
How bad is the coronavirus outbreak? The short answer, in terms of deaths at least, is not as bad as it was initially predicted. However, researchers are working tirelessly as new data becomes available to refine models vital for disease management.
Credit: Peng Yin and Sinem K. Saka
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