The Nazi Anatomists.
"How the corpses of Hitler's victims are still haunting modern science—and American abortion politics."
Groundbreaking Surgery for Girl Born Without Windpipe: [New York Times]
— Using plastic fibers and human cells, doctors have built and implanted a windpipe in a 2 ½-year-old girl — the youngest person ever to receive a bioengineered organ.
You're about to be the base doctor at Halley Research Station in Antarctica for a year. For ten months, no one gets in or out. Fourteen lives are in your hands, including your own. What do you put in your medical kit?
And how do your choices differ from those of your predecessors
(Eric Marshall and Edward Wilson) a century ago?
"The business of recycling dead humans into medical implants is a little-known yet lucrative trade. But its practices have roused concerns about how tissues are obtained and how well grieving families and transplant patients are informed about the realities and the risks."
After an eight month international investigation, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists
has published an extensive four-part exposé into the black market for cadavers and human tissue: Skin and Bone: The Shadowy Trade in Human Body Parts (Via) [more inside]
"Experimental adaptation of an influenza H5 HA confers respiratory droplet transmission to a reassortant H5 HA/H1N1 virus in ferrets."
After an extensive
, months-long debate
, one of two controversial
papers showing ways the H5N1 "avian" influenza virus could potentially become transmissible in mammals with only 3 or 4 mutations was published
today. The journal included an editorial on the merits and drawbacks of "publishing risky research
" with regard to biosafety. The debate included an unprecedented recommendation by The US National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB) to block publication -- a decision they later reversed.
's special report
has additional articles, including interviews with the teams behind both papers.
Woman, 83, Has World’s First Lower Jaw Replacement – In 3D [abc.com]
In what has been called the first operation of its kind, an 83-year-old woman in the Netherlands has been fitted with a custom-made artificial jaw that was created by a 3D printer.
The titanium implant, which weighs less than 4 ounces, was created by taking a CT scan of the woman’s lower jaw and duplicating it with a 3D printer that lays down titanium powder instead of ink. The printer followed the pattern of the woman’s jaw bone layer by layer, fusing the titanium powder in place with heat. In just a couple hours, the 3D replica was ready.
In 2002, Doug Monroe placed his parents in assisted living
. A decade later, he's looking back at "the weighty financial and emotional costs that come with a parent's immortality": The Long Goodbye
Bioanimation companies like XVIVO
, Hybrid Medical (Previously)
, Argosy Medical
, and BioDigital
have been doing beautiful work for hire, freely available to watch. [more inside]
"It is only fitting that the story of the brain should be a visual one, for the visuals had the ancients fooled for millenniums. The brain was so ugly that they assumed the mind must lie elsewhere. Now those same skeletal silhouettes glow plump and brightly colored, courtesy of a variety of inserted genes encoding fluorescent molecules.
A glossy new art book, “Portraits of the Mind
,” hopes to draw the general reader into neuroscience with the sheer beauty of its images." Slide Shows: The Beautiful Mind
and Portraits of the Mind [more inside]
High End Monitors Medical Imaging" presents: Pin-Up 2010
, an x-ray pinup calendar. (Possibly NSFW)
A Good Poop
is an entertaining blog by an occupational and environmental health student who enjoys finding oddities in medical and scientific research from PubMed. (via Look at This...)
this extremely common
chemical leaches out of food packaging and plastics, and was long considered safe. But a number of recent studies
link it to developmental problems
in lab animals in doses far lower than the current regulatory limit. Canada and the United States
both review the scientific data available in the coming months, but critics already worry
the process will be corrupted by industry. Industry, of course, insists that BPA is safe.
Cure for teh gay?
I was relaxing in front of X-Men 3
when a friend mentioned that the United States "gay sheep" experiments
were wrapping up (though not uneventfully
), with considerable successes. Lesbian tennis champ Martina Navaratilova has been fighting to end the tests
for some time, but it appears a "gay vaccine" for pregnant mothers may be inevitable. Meanwhile, the GOP's only gay congressman retires
Could Alzheimer's be a form of diabetes?
Well, I'm not looking forward to taking those
insulin shots....via Medgadget
China hopes to make a great leap forward in Stem Cell Research
Does anyone else find this a little troubling? Are all the clones going to look like Jiang Zemin?
Patient confidentiality vs. cancer research.
New rules on patient confidentiality prevent "research that recognises dangerous side effects of treatments and it would prevent research that would recognise avoidable causes of diseases and death. "
What is more important: 'medical progress' or 'your medical file'?
I need another MeFi posting like I need a...
Here's an organization devoted entirely to *intentionally* boring a hole in one's head. Apparently, it helps your brain to "function better". Well, if you're willing to go through with the procedure, you've certainly got room for improvement in that department.