Sequencing a genome for less than the cost of an X-ray? Not quite yet

Originally posted 2017-01-12 10:00:31.

When Illumina announced on Monday that it will begin shipping its two newest DNA sequencing machines as soon as March, president and CEO Francis deSouza said the technology “will enable the $100 genome.” That raised some questions: $100-really? A $100 genome will cost $100 in the same way that the $1,000 genome costs $1,000. As in,…

Let’s use humanoid robots to grow transplant organs

Bio-hybrid robots could make better lab-grown tissues Kevan/Flickr CC By 2.0 Humanoid robots like Eccerobot, shown here, closely mimic human anatomy. Similar robotics could be used to grow better tissues and organs in the lab. Scientists are already growing muscles, bones, and mini-organs in the lab. But these tissues are generally small, simple, and kinda wimpy.…