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Completely paralyzed man voluntarily moves his legs, UCLA scientists report

In 1998, athlete Mark Pollock became the first blind man to race to the South Pole; now "Iron ElectriRx" man is making history again --- in a robotic exoskeleton
September 2, 2015

Mark Pollock and trainer Simon O’Donnell (credit: Courtesy of Mark Pollock)

A 39-year-old man who had been completely paralyzed for four years was able to voluntarily control his leg muscles and take thousands of steps in a “robotic exoskeleton” device during five days of training, and for two weeks afterward, UCLA scientists report.

This is the first time that a person with chronic, complete paralysis has regained enough voluntary control to actively work with a robotic device designed… read more

Complete Internet census taken — perhaps the first since 1982

October 10, 2007

Researchers at the University of Southern California Information Sciences Institute have just completed and plotted a comprehensive census of the more than 2.8 million allocated IP addresses on the Internet — the first complete effort of its kind in more than two decades.

Complete Genomics: Nearly Doubled Sequenced Human Genomes Since March

September 10, 2009

Complete Genomics has completed 14 genomes since March (20 human genomes in the world have been published), priced at $5000, and aims to complete 10,000 genomes by the end of 2010.

Complete Genomics Stuns Genomics Community, Confirms Industry Shattering Capability

February 6, 2009

Complete Genomics says it will offer $5000 sequencing of a whole human genome (~3 billion base pairs) by mid-2009, which would be a major price breakthrough.

The secret: it has optimized the computation of genetic sequencing, building one centralized, giant super sequencer. It aims to sequence 1 million human genomes within the next 5 years.

Complete DNA Map: All Your Genes

February 19, 2003

Researchers will unveil the most complete version of the human genome to date at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in May.

Complete ‘cookbook’ for running a genome published

April 23, 2008

Salk Institute researchers and colleagues have sequenced the first full plant epigenome–the rules for how genes are used and when they are switched on and off, based on methylation.

The researchers sequenced this “methylome” of the cress Arabidopsis for every letter of its genetic code, and they have begun to use their sequencing process on the human methylome.

Organisms can change the expression of their genetic material without… read more

Complete chicken genome map revealed

December 10, 2004

The complete genome sequence of the chicken has been published.

The chicken is the closest relative of mammals sequenced so far, and should provide a crucial point of comparison in studies of mammalian evolution.

The number of chicken genes is similar to that of mammals, but the chicken genome appears to contain a smaller amount of repetitive “junk” DNA. Comparison of the chicken and human genomes reveals about… read more

Competing teams announced for $1 million prize incentive to create an artificial liver

September 16, 2014

The U.S. organ wait list has grown rapidly, while the number of organ donors has stagnated --- but the true need is almost 10x larger than the official waiting list suggests: 900,000 annual deaths are preventable by liver transplantation (credit: New Organ)

New Organ — a collective initiative for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine — announced today (Sept. 16) the initial six teams competing for the $1 million New Organ Liver Prize, a global prize competition launched in December 2013 and  sponsored by the Methuselah Foundation, a biomedical charity.

The award will go to “the first team that creates a regenerative or bioengineered solution that keeps a large animal… read more

Comparing Genomes Shows Split Between Chimps and People

December 14, 2003

By comparing the human genome with that of chimpanzees, people’s closest living relative, scientists have identified a partial list of the genes that make people human.

Because the sequence of DNA units in the two genomes is 98.8 percent identical, just a handful of genes might define the essence of humanity.

Prominent sets of human genes show signs of accelerated evolution, under strong recent pressure of natural selection.… read more

Company unveils DNA sequencing device meant to be portable, disposable and cheap

February 18, 2012


DNA sequencing is becoming both faster and cheaper. Now, it is also becoming tinier.

Oxford Nanopore Technologies said on Friday that by the end of 2012 it would begin selling a “pay-as-you-go” disposable gene sequencing device that is the size of a USB memory stick and plugs into a laptop computer to deliver its results.

The less-than-$900 MinION device could allow small sequencing jobs to be done by… read more

Company Plans Power ‘Valve’ Employing Superconductors

August 18, 2003

To suppress surges, Intermagnetics General plans to use superconductors as valves on the electric-utility power grid, letting their temperature rise to choke off the flow of power. The device would also generate a magnetic field, which further lowers superconductor conductivity.

The idea is to reduce the surge to a level that conventional circuit breakers can handle.

Company is first to return spacecraft from orbit

December 10, 2010

NASA took a giant leap away from the spaceflight business Wednesday as a private company, SpaceX, launched a spacecraft into orbit and for the first time guided it safely back to Earth, a feat previously achieved only by large national governments.

Company decodes cancers to target treatment

November 3, 2011

Foundation Medicine has developed a diagnostic test to read the entire sequence of hundreds of cancer-linked genes, at the forefront of a growing trend in cancer: choosing drugs based on the genetic profile of a patient’s tumor cells.

A number of pharmaceutical companies are using the test in clinical trials of new drugs and to direct patients into specific studies of drugs designed to target different mutations.… read more

Company claims to have sequenced man’s genome cheaply

February 11, 2008

Illumina, based in San Diego, claims to have sequenced DNA from the genome of an anonymous African man in “a matter of weeks” for $100,000.

However, supporting data is not yet available.

Companies mine Web clues for signs of pandemics

April 30, 2009

Veratect Inc combines computer algorithms with human analysts to monitor online and off-line sources for hints of disease outbreaks and civil unrest worldwide, using blogs, online chat rooms, Twitter feeds, news media and government Web sites.

Veratect says it posted a report to clients on April 6 describing an unusual number of respiratory illnesses in the Mexican state of Veracruz, then sent an e-mail on April 16 to the… read more

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