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Tracking Live Cells Deep within Animals’ Bodies

In this video by Science, scientists adapt firefly biology to create bioluminescent cells detectable from outside the body. In the future this technique could be used in medical imaging. It could help scientists know where stem cells end up, help in the success of gene editing, and track tumor growth.

  • Tracking Live Cells Deep within Animals’ Bodies

    In this video by Science, scientists adapt firefly biology to create bioluminescent cells detectable from outside the body. In the future this technique could be used in medical imaging. It could help scientists know where stem cells end up, help in the success of gene editing, and track tumor growth.

  • Rapid Disease Detective

    In this video from The Broad Institute, two grad students from the lab of Feng Zhang, Ph.D., demonstrate rapid infectious disease testing using SHERLOCK (specific high-sensitivity enzymatic reporter unlocking) technology, a variant of CRISPR technology.

  • A Vaccine Against ... Cancer?

    “Cancer vaccine” is a major buzz-phase these days, and advancements have been featured on the pages of GEN many times. But what exactly is a cancer vaccine? This video from SciShow breaks down the science and some of the latest research into cancer-vaccine development into simple scientific terms.

  • Smart Contacts Can Monitor the Glucose in Tears

    Verily Life Sciences is exploring ways that biotech can improve treatments for all sorts of health conditions. In this video Bloomberg shows a smart contact lens that could provide diabetes patients with blood glucose data.

  • The Story of the Lab Rat

    The rat. Fellow mammal, plague bearer, beloved pet, and partner in science. In this video from The Good Stuff, learn about how the common brown rat (which terrorized Victorian London) became the lab rat we use today, and was even a pet of Queen Victoria.

  • Tumor-Related Immune Checkpoints And The Development Of Targeted Cancer Immunotherapies

    In this GEN video sponsored by OriGene, we'll learn how the emerging field of immuno-oncology is providing innovative new strategies to directly target and destroy cancer cells. These novel treatments are able to harness the power and specificity of the human immune system to detect and eliminate tumor cells. Immunotherapeutics can be combined with conventional chemotherapy to revolutionize the treatment of cancer…

  • Biomarker Based Companion Diagnostics Are Enabling Precision Oncology

    Cancer immunotherapy is a revolutionary treatment approach that mobilizes the patient's own immune system to destroy tumor cells. The human immune system is regulated in a highly orchestrated and balanced manner. This includes a negative feedback loop to regulate the activity of T cells. Tumor cells can take advantage of this to escape attack by the body's immune system…

    This GEN video is sponsored by OriGene

  • Robot Made of Algae Can Swim Through Your Body

    In this video by Science, scientists have manipulated spirulina, a microscopic plant and food supplement, to travel through people in response to magnetic signals. Thanks to magnets, this bio-hybrid bot could one day deliver drugs or do surgery.

  • Bacterial Snow Formation

    Oh! The weather outside is frightful! Thanks in part to bioprecipitation-forming bacteria. In this video from SciShow, learn about how microbes, including some plant pathogens, aid in the formation of ice crystals that cause snow.

  • Scientists Behaving Badly

    The history of science has had its fair share of mad experiments. Some experiments have been unethical, others have poor designs that throw findings into doubt, but some are literally self-inflicted. In this video from SciShow, we see six famous scientists who decided to take their work home with them in some truly cringe-worthy experiments.

  • Why Do Some People Hate Cilantro?

    Have you ever really hated a food that your friends said they absolutely loved? Well, in the case of cilantro (a small aromatic plant in the same family as carrots and celery), the answer might be in your genes. As shown in this video from the American Chemical Society, a percentage of humans have a gene which makes the herb taste like soap.

  • Gallo at 80: HIV Pioneer Still in the Lab

    Robert Gallo, M.D., is the co-discoverer of HIV. His research group demonstrated that HIV causes AIDS. He developed the HIV blood test. And he was the first to discover a human retrovirus (the human T cell leukemia virus). Today, at age 80, Dr. Gallo is the director of the University of Maryland Medical School’s Institute of Human Virology. He’s still in the lab—as shown in this video from the Institute—currently overseeing several studies, including an HIV vaccine.

  • The Problem with Lab Mice

    As the good book cautions us, “If you give a mouse a cookie, it’s going to want a glass of milk.” But what happens when the majority of pharmaceutical testing relies so heavily on the tiny shoulders of one animal model? This clip from “Adam Ruins Everything,” a fact-based comedy show from TruTV, illustrates some of the problems that come with outsourcing in vivo drug testing to a different species.

  • The Possibilities of CRISPR/Cas9

    CRISPR is everywhere recently, including the recent launch of The CRISPR Journal (published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.). But, clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats is not the easiest thing to describe the layman, or even some people within the industry. This animated video from Nature beautifully illustrates how CRISPR/Cas9 can cut double-stranded DNA  for a variety of purposes.

  • Hacking Immune Cells

    In the 21st century, there must be a better way to treat cancer than chemotherapy, with all of its side effects. One method currently in development is T cell vector drug delivery. In this TEDtalk, UNC-Chapel Hill biochemist Elizabeth Wayne, Ph.D., describes using immune cells for cancer drug delivery through a combination of e-selectin and TRAIL (TNF-related apoptosis-inducing ligand). 

  • Researchers Demonstrate ‘Mind-Reading’ Brain-Decoding Tech

    Science shows that artificial intelligence is learning to read your mind—and display what it sees. The hope is the reconstruction of mental imagery, which uses some of the same brain circuits as visual processing.This could allow people to express vivid thoughts or dreams to computers or to other people without words or mouse clicks, and could help those with strokes who have no other way to communicate.

  • Untangling Spider Biology

    In this video by Science we see how spider genes put a new spin on arachnids’ potent venoms, stunning silks, and surprising history. These eight-legged marvels have complex genomes, some bigger than ours. 

  • A New Mathematical Model of the Origin of Life

    This new video from SciShow details a new mathematical model for how life on earth started: that natural evaporation cycles could have created an environment for the natural formation of nucelobases. Also in this video is the surprising findings from insulinomas and it applications for diabetes patients.

  • The Mysterious Nanotube Network Connecting Cells

    Strange protrusions have been observed growing between cells. Often referred to as ‘tunnelling nanotubes’ or ‘membrane nanotubes’, their biological significance is not yet clear. Are these a previously unknown method of cell communication? Or an insignificant anomaly? Find out in this video by Nature.

  • Megarafting Animals Rode from Japan to U.S. and Canada after the 2011 Tsunami

    While the increasing tonnage of oceanic garbage is a ecological nightmare, some lucky critters have found it advantageous. In this video by Science, researchers tracked invertebrates and fish propelled out to sea by the 2011 Japanese tsunami following the earthquake. They traveled thousands of kilometers across the Pacific on debris such as boats, buoys, and fragments of docks.