Foreign body responses can cause insulin pumps to degrade.
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From breast implants to prosthetic knees, implants can trigger a foreign body response that results in your body rejecting them. Suppressing an immune cell gene could reduce this risk.
Cyborgs are people with additional technological hardware connected to their bodies.
An increasing number of people are choosing to implant themselves with microchips. But conspiracy theories about the practice exploit fears surrounding body autonomy.
Hip implants and other medical devices are not always designed with women in mind.
How an implant is designed, tested, regulated and discussed with patients tends to disadvantage women. It’s time that changed.
Babies to order.
Forecasts of designer babies followed the announcement of the gene-edited twins, just as they have for any reproductive technology since 1978. This signals the public must learn more about genetics.
He Jiankui, a Chinese researcher, speaks during the Human Genome Editing Conference in Hong Kong, Nov. 28, 2018. He made his first public comments about his claim of making the world’s first gene-edited babies.
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Chinese researcher He Jiankui told a spellbound audience how he created gene-edited babies. With a couple of revealing slides, we can see what he did and speculate what health problems might ensue.
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Seemingly innocuous security chips could enable companies to monitor employees in more sinister ways.
At last count, 11% of Australian women used long-acting reversible contraception methods.
Unlike condoms, which need to be used every time with sex, or the pill, which must be taken every day, LARC doesn’t require any action after placement in the body and is immediately reversible.
Here’s how we can change the system of approval for new medical implants.
A fern repeats its pattern at various scales.
Fractals are patterns that repeat at increasingly fine magnifications. They turn up in the natural world and in artists’ work. Research suggests they contribute to making something aesthetically appealing.
Open-source code can be a literal lifesaver.
When lives are at stake, there’s no time for secrecy. Just publish the code.
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A new community is experimenting on their own bodies with electronic implants, says the man who pioneered the idea nearly 20 years ago.
High-rise buildings amid shacks in Luanda. President Dos Santo has announced plans to retire amid growing unease among Angolans over deepening poverty despite a recent oil boom.
Angola’s Dos Santos is buying time. His promise to step down is an attempt to diffuse growing political tensions, as repression continues. He might relinquish his position, but not his power.
Silver can be an effective antibacterial when treated in special ways.
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Joint replacement surgery comes with a big risk of infection. New implant technology that can release silver ions inside the body could help – and without increasing antibiotic resistance.
Ian Burkhart moves his paralysed hand using the thought-controlled Neurobridge brain implant.
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A woman drinks using a robotic arm, something she hasn’t been able to do with her own arms for 15 years.
The world of brain-machine interfacing (BMI) has a new posterchild. A study on people with tetraplegia, published in Nature, has shown participants were able to control a robotic arm and hand over a broad…