Xenotransplants, Gene Manipulation, and Organ Regeneration: Who Will Win Out in This New Medical Space Race?

August 15, 2017 – I took a short leave from this blog site to attend a dear family friend’s wedding event in Cleveland over the weekend. My friend is a transplant surgeon. ... Continue Reading →

Gene Altering Technique Used to Correct Congenital Heart Disease

August 7, 2017 – When my daughter was born back in 1984 she came into the world with a faulty heart. She had what is defined as a congenital (as in born with) disease that could ... Continue Reading →

Novel Biomedical Uses for Robots

July 26, 2017 – Robots are finding their way into medical practice in many ways. Here are two innovations, one already in use to make current procedures safer, and the other presenting ... Continue Reading →

A Spark Ignites a Genetic Cure for Haemophilia

July 1, 2017 – It is Canada’s 150th birthday today. The country founded on July 1st, 1867 represented the first peaceful creation of a self-governing “dominion” ... Continue Reading →

The God Cell: The Story of Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine, Part 3

May 9, 2017 – A few weeks ago I attended a seminar at one of Toronto’s preeminent hospitals. The speaker opened with a statement that humanity was on the threshold of a ... Continue Reading →

The God Cell: The Story of Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine, Part 2

April 29, 2017 – In Part 1 of this series on the God Cell I introduced the term stem cell and its origins and went on to describe embryonic stem cells and how they are harvested ... Continue Reading →

First Malaria Vaccine to be Introduced in Three African Countries in 2018

April 24, 2017 – The news that a malaria vaccine is ready to be administered to the public in areas prone to the disease is exciting but there are some limitations in its present ... Continue Reading →

Can AI Beat a Trained Medical Professional in Predicting Heart Attacks?

April 16, 2017 – A vascular surgeon at Stanford University in California recently stated, “I can’t stress enough…how much I really hope that doctors start to ... Continue Reading →

Synthetic Life – Humanity on the Brink of a Biological and Material Revolution

April 9, 2017 – “Life itself is becoming programmable,” states Bryan Johnson, a member of a venture capital fund that is investing in companies pursuing the creation ... Continue Reading →

Can Genetic Engineering Cure Sickle Cell Anemia?

March 6, 2017 – In the March 2nd edition of The New England Journal of Medicine, an article entitled, Gene Therapy in a Patient with Sickle Cell Disease, describes the use of ... Continue Reading →