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Oxygen-tracking method could improve diabetes treatment

Measurements could help scientists develop better designs for a bioartificial pancreas. Transplanting pancreatic islet cells into patients with diabetes is a promising alternative to the daily insulin injections that many of these patients now require. These cells could act as a bioartificial pancreas, monitoring blood glucose levels and secreting insulin…

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Democratizing artificial intelligence in health care

Hackathons promote doctor-data scientist collaboration and expanded access to electronic medical-records to improve patient care. An artificial intelligence program that’s better than human doctors at recommending treatment for sepsis may soon enter clinical trials in London. The machine learning model is part of a new way of practicing medicine that…

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Flippable DNA switches help bacteria resist antibiotics and are more common than thought

Invertons — bits of regulatory DNA that can flip between “on” and “off” positions — let bacteria adapt to their surroundings and are widespread. Bacteria have a number of well-known tricks available to them to adapt to changing environments, such as mutation and sharing snippets of DNA with each other….

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