Human-Animal Mutant Animal Developed: It’s Not the First!

Many reports on-line are coming out about chimeric man-sheep creatures developed. Scientists have created the world’s first human-sheep chimera – which has the body of a sheep and half-human organs.  The sheep have 15 per cent human cells and 85 per cent animal cells – and their evolution brings the prospect of animal organs being […]

Grand Rounds Is Up!

Grand Rounds is upat medviews - this weeks he has a very wide range of great pieces – unencumbered by themes.  I appreciate him including my post on cadaveric surgical implants – and why synthetic is a much better route to take.  Doc in the Machine takes exception to the use of cadaveric disks for spinal […]

Biotech Missteps: Would You Prefer a Synthetic Implant or One From A Human Cadaver?

Yahoo is reporting on a Lancet study of a new spinal surgery “breakthough” today – the use of a spinal disk transplant from a cadaver by Chinese doctors.  One step forward, two giant leaps backwards.  The move towards cadaveric implants in a era of evolving synthetic disks is a move in the wrong direction.  Reasons […]

Bionic Friday Posts

For your enjoyment today – a collection of forward thinking docinthemachine posts about robotics and bionic humans.  Take a minute today to push your mind a decade into the future.  Ponder with me roboic amoeba rovers inthe body, bionic retinal implants, and humanoid androids.  Finish the day with a post on the singularity and mind […]

Robotic Amoeba Created: Teens Fear Bionic Blob

Dennis Hong, of Virginia Tech College of Engineering is designing a Whole Skin Locomotion (WSL) mechanism for robots to work on much the same principle as the pseudopod — or cytoplasmic “foot” — of the amoeba. With its elongated cylindrical shape and expanding and contracting actuating rings, the WSL can turn itself inside out in […]

Better Retinal Implants for Blindness Cure Coming

I previously wrote about retinal implants that might cure blindness.  This idea is yet another in the line of machine-human implants that will first replace natural abilities – aqnd ultimately augment human abilities.  Look here for a video fest and link fest of bionic human implants in development. Researchers now claim to have developed another […]

If You Transfer Your Mind to Robot Which One of You is “You”?

Kurzweil and others have been forecasting the coming of the technological singularity for some time. The term, coined by Vernor Vinge, describes the creation of “humans 2.0″ when man and machine become connected in the creation of a new type of being.  For more background information on this concept and predictions for it s coming […]

The Most Life-Like Android Ever Made: Video

Meet Jules, the most life-like robot you have ever seen. The robot is programmed with the most sophisticated artificial intelligence features.  It can recognize babies vs. adults, its creator and people he has ‘met’.  video of “intelligent” android

Beyond Genetic & Prenatal Testing- Pre-embryo Testing – Hiding the Results From the Patient

Woody Guthrie Died from Huntington’s Chorea Medviews (host of next weeks grand rounds) has an interesting post about the dilemmas of genetic testing for deadly diseases such as Huntington’s Disease (he has one error- he calls it autosomal recessive but it is actually an autosomal dominant disease).  For those unfamiliar see notes from the Huntington’s […]

Genetic Engineering Mosquitos Resistant to Malaria

The BBC is reoprting that a new geneticaly medified mosquito has been created that is relatively reistant to malaria.  The study publsihed in PNAS reports The approach exploits the fact that the health of infected mosquitoes is itself compromised by the parasite they spread. Insects that cannot be invaded by the parasite are therefore likely […]