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Stitches Made of Human Skin Possible with Biotechnology Advancement

February 10, 2020

Spools of yarn grown from human skin could serve as surgical stitches, CNN reported February 5. While most stitches self-dissolve or must be removed, this new technological type of stitches would be absorbed by the body. Biotechnology is the basis for this new medical development. […]

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Lab Produces 3-D Printed Vocal Tract, and Sound from a Mummy

February 4, 2020

A 3,000-year-old mummy has spoken again thanks to modern science, “Nature” reported. The ancient remains were preserved well enough that the vocal cords were reproduced by scientists, producing a vowel-like sound. Preserved vocal chords are one unexpected benefit of ancient Egyptian mummification. […]

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NASA Intern Becomes Planet Finder Third Day on the Job

January 31, 2020

A 17-year-old NASA intern, Wolf Cukier,discovered a planet on his third day on the job, NASA reported recently. Cukier’s summer internship was at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. Exoplanet hunting has had major successes only in the last 25 years. […]

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Microbe- and Air-Based Protein Could Be the Food of the Future

January 15, 2020

A Finnish company has crafted a new protein from air, water, and electricity, “The Huffington Post” reported last week. Living microbes are grown in a lab and fed nutrients from the air to produce an edible protein powder. Will people in future generations thrive on it? […]

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Human Brain Senses Touch outside the Body, Study Shows

January 3, 2020

As the human brain senses where we touch a held object, it can also pinpoint the exact location of where that object then touches another object, “Science Alert” reported Monday. Mapped neural activity shows our efforts to discern where an object that we’re holding makes physical contact with something else. We experience the sense of touch through a complex network of cells. […]

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Complete Human Genome Extracted from 5,700-Year-Old Chewed Birch Pitch

December 27, 2019

According to a new report published in “Nature Communications,” scientists have extracted a complete human genome from a 5,700-year-old sample. They took it from a chewed pitch of birch, which is believed to have been used for adhesive and personal health purposes. The human genome is the biggest genetic picture of us. […]

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New Way to Calculate “Dog Years” Raises Questions of Aging and DNA

December 14, 2019

The “epigenetic clock” may gauge life expectancy and aging in dogs, according to an article in Science. By observing chemical changes in canine DNA, scientists can estimate dogs’ relative ages to ours—and maybe even how long they have left. Genes may be part of why we don’t live forever. […]

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