Category Archives: Bio

Future Family wants to give women a more affordable option in fertility treatments

 More women are having kids in their 30s than in their 20s. However, those closer to 40 than 30 face higher risks than their younger counterparts. Add to that 1 in every 8 couples in the U.S. have some type of fertility issue. More couples are looking at IVF and other fertility treatments. But those treatments can be costly. A new Bay Area startup, Future Family, hopes to change that. Read More

This device will automatically enter how much you chew for you

 Eating too much? A Dartmouth researcher thinks he may have a solution to all those who hate manually writing in all the foods they eat throughout the day into an app – a wearable system that detects how much you chew and enters it for you. The device, created by graduate studentShengjie Bi uses two off-the-shelf sensors to detect the type of eating you do in real-time and claims an… Read More

China sides with Emmanulle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna in CRISPR patent war

 Continuing the patent dispute internationally, China has now given the Charpentier/Doudna side a patent to edit genes in the country. CRISPR pioneers Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna lost a patent case to the Broad Insititute earlier this year when the court determined the Broad Insititute had an application markedly different than Charpentier’s and Doudna’s overall patent. Read More

No, Peter Thiel is not harvesting the blood of the young

 Stories of countesses bathing in virgin blood, or vampiric nobles sucking the juice out of the young, have captured our attention for centuries. But when stories started coming out that tech billionaire Peter Thiel was interested in transfusing teen blood into his own body, it sent Silicon Valley into a fever dream. Peter Thiel, the vampire! Thiel has been alleged to have a lot of crazy… Read More

Mary Meeker’s latest trends report highlights Silicon Valley’s role in the future of healthcare

 Mary Meeker’s latest Internet Trends Report, out today, was full of insights on how tech is shaping our future — including now in healthcare. This was the first year Meeker included healthcare in her report and it shows just how much of a role tech is going to play in improving our lives going forward. Here are a few key insights from the report. Read More

This coffee butter-chugging startup just pulled in $19 million more in funding

 Dave Asprey, the man famous for encouraging Silicon Valley execs to put butter in his special blend of coffee, has raised another $19 million to keep on doing just that. His company and lifestyle brand Bulletproof 360 claims to make coffee free of something called mycotoxins, which is, basically, mold and can make you very ill if ingested. Asprey says about 75 percent of other brands are full… Read More

Synthego’s genetic toolkit aims to make CRISPR more accessible

 We hear a lot about the potential and implications of the gene-editing technique CRISPR, but it’s not like just anyone can open up an app, pick a gene they don’t like, and build the molecular machinery needed to snip it out. That’s the goal, though, and Synthego is one of the companies pursuing it by creating a sort of ready-made CRISPR sandbox to start new researchers off. Read More

Scientists 3D-printed ovaries and made mouse babies

 Scientists from Northwestern University have developed a bioprosthetic ovary using 3D-printing technology and produced living, breathing mouse offspring from them. Northwestern’s Feinberg school of medicine and McCormick school of engineering came together for the project using 3D-printing technology and follicles from prior ovarian tissue to form a scaffold that was then placed inside… Read More