Vagus nerve stimulation allows man to regain consciousness after 15 years
Nilufer Hajra, 29 Sep 2017 A 35-year-old Frenchman who had been in a vegetative state for the last 15 years after a car accident, recently showed signs of awareness after having key brain regions electrically stimulated via the vagus nerve in the neck. This result proved wrong, the belief that patients who have been unconscious for more than a year, cannot be slightly conscious again.
Did you know leprosy lingers, even in the present?
Leon Kan, 27 Sep 2017 Leprosy is one of the oldest recorded diseases in human civilisation. Nonetheless, only in the past century have we discovered a cure for it. Even till this day, the global effort to combat leprosy continues – as we take a look at the history of this ancient plague.
The CRISPR Journal: Does the scientific community need another niche science journal?
Zayani Bhatt, 26 Sep 2017 In February 2018, there will soon be a new journal dedicated to CRISPR technology. It hopes that the editorials, analyses, debates and commentary surrounding the technology could drive more ground-breaking research to transform human lives. But critics have questioned over the necessity of another niche science journal. Will it stand out from existing major journals?
The pitfalls of genetic testing
Leon Kan, 25 Sep 2017 Genetic testing company, Invitae, has come under fire after an 11-month error in its test which went unchecked – affecting 50,000 test samples – that may be linked to an increased risk of cancer.