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Sun, 22nd Apr 2012

Hearts, Minds and RFID Tags

Heart and Lungs (c) Grey's Anatomy

Cells grafted into the eye restore sight to blind mice, three genes can convert scar tissue back into beating cardiac muscle following a heart attack and electrical stimulation that returns movement to limbs paralysed by spinal injury. Plus nanoparticles to deliver drugs to treat cerebral palsy and a new technology to boost the reach of RFID tags for real time long-range tracking...

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  • 00:16 - Rod transplants restore sight to blind mice

    Rod precursor cells transplanted from the eyes of newborn mice into blind adult animals can restore vision, UK scientists have shown.

  • 04:09 - Getting to Grips with Treating Paralysis

    With over 130,000 people suffering some paralysis as a result of spinal injury each year, devices that can bypass the spine and convert brain activity directly into coordinated movement could immeasurably improve thousands of lives. Now, research at the University of Pittsberg ...

  • 07:36 - Reaching Further with RFID

    RFID, or Radio-frequency identification tags are the small electronic tags that are used for a huge number of applications from security tags in shops, records management, delivery tracking and even marking livestock. Now, research at Cambridge University has led to the creat...

  • 14:23 - Scar tissue re-programmed to become beating heart cells

    Scar tissue in injured hearts can be converted back into healthy cardiac muscle using gene therapy, US scientists have shown.

  • 16:41 - Nano Particles Deliver Drugs to Treat Cerebral Palsy

    Drugs attached to nanoparticles reduce the symptoms of Cerebral Palsy in rabbits if given soon after birth, by getting into the brain and targeting just the cells involved in the disease. This opens the door to treatments for a range of neuroinflammatory diseases including Alzh...

  • 19:12 - Water Sources in Africa and Orangutan Engineers

    Water sources below Africa, potential anti-cancer effects of Aspirin, a new polymer for cheaper solar cells and how orangutans engineer their nests...

 

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