UK, Japan scientists win Nobel for stem cell breakthroughs – Yahoo! News.
Kyoto University Professor Shinya Yamanaka (L) and John Gurdon of the Gurdon Institute in Cambridge are seen at a symposium on induced pluripotent stem cell in Tokyo
This is a great scientific achievement/discovery.
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Scientists from Britain and Japan shared a Nobel Prize on Monday for the discovery that adult cells can be transformed back into embryo-like stem cells that may one day regrow tissue in damaged brains, hearts or other organs.
John Gurdon, 79, of the Gurdon Institute in Cambridge, Britain and Shinya Yamanaka, 50, of Kyoto University in Japan, discovered ways to create tissue that would act like embryonic cells, without the need to harvest embryos.
They share the $1.2 million Nobel Prize for Medicine, for work Gurdon began 50 years ago and Yamanaka capped with a 2006 experiment that transformed the field of “regenerative medicine” – the field of curing disease by regrowing healthy tissue.
Scientists developing device to ‘hack’ into brain of Stephen Hawking – Telegraph.
This is absolutely amazing. If such a thing becomes reality the possibilities are limitless for people suffering from spinal injuries which has rendered them completely immobile or people suffering from degenerative diseases.
Hawking, 70, has been working with scientists at Standford University who are developing a the iBrain – a tool which picks up brain waves and communicates them via a computer.
The scientist, who has motor neurone disease
and lost the power of speech nearly 30 years ago, currently uses a computer to communicate but is losing the ability as the condition worsens. Scientists hope that it may soon be able to “read a person’s mind,” playing a major role in a medical breakthrough. “This is very exciting for us because it allows us to have a window into the brain. We’re building technology that will allow humanity to have access to the human brainfor the first time,” said Prof Low.