The Future Gets Closer, Again
December 11, 2009 6:39 PM   Subscribe

Interesting developments in med-tech: gene testing machines for doctors, a plan to engineer stem cells to kill HIV, a new way to repair damaged nerves, the next generation of retinal implants, and the first bionic fingers up for sale. (Bonus for those uninterested in medicine: the newest take on a Minority Report-style interface, courtesy of MIT.)
posted by StrikeTheViol (2 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
One pound of stem cells, please.
posted by qvantamon at 6:50 PM on December 11, 2009

The gene testing machine is really interesting. It should be specified that it tests for polymorphisms in the genes that have been recognized to affect the metabolism of certain drugs. This is basically a big step towards individually tailored remedies as opposed to the one-size-fits-all approach taken with most modern medication. It's nice to see some of this technology emerging from the lab and into the mainstream. I'm curious to know which drugs/genes it tests.
posted by battlebison at 7:16 PM on December 11, 2009

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