"So far, we have sequenced the genomes of around 3,000 mutant zebrafish and identified mutations in about half of all protein-coding genes," says Stemple. We make all this information publicly available via centres such as the Zebrafish International Resource Centre in Oregon, and the European Zebrafish Resource Centre in Karlsruhe, Germany. We also send samples of frozen sperm from each of the mutant strains of zebrafish we have created to these centres so they can be archived there. Scientists anywhere in the world can then ask to use this frozen sperm to create a strain of zebrafish with a particular mutation. Drugs that might treat diseases linked to the human equivalent of this gene can then be tested to find the most effective. … [Read more...] about How the diminutive zebrafish is having a big impact on medical research
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Taylor is also using Shapeways, and other prints shops, to develop a bespoke doll that you create on-line, but she is one of the few manufacturers that wants to continue using 3D printing for the customer-facing product. "The benefit of this technology is that we can make every doll unique if we want to," she explains. "So people can customise their doll to look like themselves, or a favourite celebrity if they want to." The downside of using 3D printing to build each and every doll is the cost, although Taylor says this is dropping rapidly, and also sourcing the right colours and materials. "It's really, really hard," she says. "If you want to make a traditional doll you'd go to factory in China and have a standard model tweaked. But with our doll we are literally starting from scratch, as we need to find plastics, joints and colours that will work with 3D printing. We are really pushing things." … [Read more...] about Could 3D printing end our throwaway culture?
The grim reality is that only three per cent of people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer today will be alive in five years. For prostate cancer the rate is over 50 per cent. So there is nothing to lose, and everything to gain, by responding to the first signs of trouble. … [Read more...] about How men are getting the prostate cancer message: Deaths from the disease will continue to rise until screening programme is launched, experts warn – as number of men getting tested soars