Presenting five of the most interesting and significant data points uncovered by the TechCast editors in the last month.
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By the TechCast Staff
As always, our departmental editors have spent the last month industriously gathering information our subscribers need to know and compressing it into compact, time-saving bullet points. Here are five of the most significant:
Vast Economic Impact Global warming will cost the world US$14 trillion annually by 2100, according to a study led by the UK National Oceanographic Centre. That’s assuming sea level rises by only 0.86m, about 34 inches. At 1.8m (71 in), yearly cost rises to US$27 trillion, nearly 3 percent of the global GDP expected then. (Environmental Research Letters, Jul 4, 2018)
New Cancer Target Scientists at the Université de Montréal have found that promoting excess production of a single protein blocks reproduction of cancer cells and triggers their senescence. The discovery offers a route to developing a whole new class of cancer drugs. (Nature Cell Biology, Jun 25, 2018)
AI Untangles Drug Interactions Millions of older patients receive five or more drugs at once, and doctors seldom know what trouble their mix could cause. As a result, drug interactions kill 106,000 Americans and hospitalize 2.1 million each year. An AI program called Decagon could solve this problem, accurately predicting nearly 125 billion possible interactions among combinations of 5000 drugs now on the market, including many human doctors had never recognized. (Bioinformatics, Jul 1, 2018)
CRISPR Advance Researchers have found they can get new genes into T-cells by zapping the cells with electricity. This could be a game-changer for immunotherapy, because the viruses now used for the purpose are in such high demand they can take years to obtain. Human trials of the new technique could begin as soon as 2019. (Washington Post, Jul 11, 2018)
Medical Nanobots Get Closer Engineers at UC San Diego have created microscopic robots powered by ultrasound that can cruise through the bloodstream clearing out bacteria and toxins. In lab tests, they captured two-thirds of the target bugs in only five minutes. (Science Robotics, May 30, 2018) Meanwhile, scientists in the UK and China have built nanorobots from Spirulina algae, which is toxic to cancer cells. Driven by magnets, they can be guided to tumors where, if they work in the clinic as they did in the lab, they should kill 90 percent of the cancer in 48 hours. (Science Robotics Nov 22, 2017)
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