April Issue #40

April Issue #40

The Smart Magazine About Medical Technology Innovations

Labs of the Future




In this month’s issue we focus on the CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing revolution. With the designer babies scandal in November, this new controversial technique has been much talked about. We also tried the futuristic Lab100 in New York, a new concept that puts healthy patients through a series of high-tech physical and mental tests.

In this edition, you’ll read about the International Dental Show (IDS) in Cologne where new innovative 3D dental printers from Stratasys and Structo where exhibited. And if you’re interested in robotics, don’t miss our interview with an engineering science researcher who points out the importance of making robots ethical.

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We don’t really know what types of damage we can cause that’s why we need to do much more research before using it on patients.
"That’s really the heart of the CRISPR Cas9 field: causing DNA mutations." (Credit: Getty Images)

Discovered in 2013, the CRISPR-Cas9 new revolutionary technique of gene editing has been much talked about. Is it a miracle solution to treat genetic diseases? A new way, faster and simpler, to make GMOs? Or a powerful tool to augment humans and create a new, more resistant human kind? With the CRISPR designer babies...


Lab100 is an integrated, futuristic healthcare system located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. (Credit: Mount Sinai Health System)

We experienced the futuristic Lab100 in New York—a new concept that puts patients through a series of high-tech physical and mental tests for an hour and a half. The goal: to empower patients to track their own health and create a dataset on people that are not that sick yet. Our reporter tested the process.   Walking...


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Cutting edge innovation continues to revolutionize the forensic space. (Credit: Celia Sampol)

Forensic technology has developed at a whirlwind pace over the past three decades, hugely aiding those looking to capture and convict criminals. While the analysis of evidence left at crime scenes remains highly challenging, cutting-edge innovation continues to revolutionize the forensic space, promising further...


The new forms of testing are offering faster results. (Credit: Shutterstock)

From hand-held labs to non-invasive devices, blood testing is undergoing a revolution. Cutting-edge technology is increasingly being employed in the development of diagnostic tools as innovators strive to help tackle disease, improve treatment and reach communities in remote locations.   Dr. Owain Williams, senior...


The microscope shows biomarkers at a molecular level. (Credit: Drug Target Review)

Researchers have taken an important step towards better understanding Alzheimer’s disease thanks to a high-resolution microscope that improves brain imaging and shows biomarkers at a molecular level.   As the world ages, both in advanced and developing countries, prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease along with other forms...


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We need to agree together on a system of human values that will be respected by the robots who interact with us.
"Robots are useful but we have to be aware that they should complement humans and not replace humans." (Credit: Shutterstock)

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Laurence Devillers is a researcher in engineering sciences for the CNRS, a member of the CERNA (Committee for the Study of Research Ethics in Digital Sciences and Technologies) and a specialist in man-machine interactions. She wrote Robots and Humans (Des Robots et des Hommes, Ed. Plon 2017), a book in which she...


5G is coming but with a multitude of risks. (Credit: Thinkstock)

5G provides a big step towards a fully automated and connected digital society. But this won’t be without risks and we could end up on the edge of a cyber war. The good news: good practices are within everyone’s reach, according to McAfee Chief Scientist Raj Samani.   5G is coming and with it more data and lower...


LAYER's new PLAYR (Photo: LAYER)

Newly designed by Benjamin Hubert’s LAYER studio, PLAYR is a three-item SmartCoach system allowing soccer players to train like pros and boost their performance.   The system consists in a SmartPod, which is inserted in a SmartVest. The pod, which has a GPS chip, enables tracking of a player’s movements, coverage of...


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The J720 3D dental printer will allow levels of speed, productivity and realism the market has never seen.
The new Stratasys J720 dental 3D printer makes multi-material, full-color dental parts. (Credit: Stratasys)

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Dental patients could see waiting times cut drastically with a new multi-material full-color 3D printer due to be launched in May.   The J720 3D dental printer from the company Stratasys promises to speed up turnaround times so dental labs can treat more patients and take on new cases without extra operating costs. It...


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3D printed dental aligners. (Credit: Structo)

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A new fully automated orthodontic printer that can produce 500 clear aligners in 24 hours is now available for large labs and dental production companies across the globe. It was unveiled in Europe at the International Dental Show (IDS) in Cologne, Germany in March.   The Element’s technology developed by Structo uses...


Head and neck lymph nodes. (Credit: Henry Ford Cancer Institute)

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Doctors are now able to employ less invasive and aggressive methods to deal with oral cancer at an early stage, such as the sentinel lymph node biopsy method.   Up until quite recently, the removal of all neck lymph nodes through desiccation was a standard procedure in treating oral cancer. The undesirable effects of...


Well-aligned dental arches from the year 1600. (Credit: Juha Varrela)

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In the 1930s, Canadian dentist and researcher Weston Price noticed that, while problems such as cavities and infected gums were much more common in the past, malocclusion—which affects one in five Americans today—was not an issue for our ancestors. The main reason behind their perfectly aligned teeth and uniform bites...


Doctors wrap a child's burnt skin with sterilized tilapia skin. (Credit: Reuters/Paulo Whitaker)

Doctors are using bark, fish skin and other natural products to treat burns and wounds as research suggests they could be better than synthetic bandages.   Leading dermatologists are advising the use of sustainable fish skin to treat burns as a clinical trial in Brazil found that tilapia skin is more effective than...


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Camille Rustici

Camille Rustici is a Video Journalist and the Editor-in-Chief for DirectIndustry e-magazine. She has years of experience in business issues for various media including France 24, Associated Press, Radio France…


Katherine Whelan

Katherine Whelan is a British journalist based in London. She has been health correspondent for The Times and has written for a variety of other national newspapers and magazines.


Ana Luiza Daltro

A native of São Paulo, Ana Luiza Daltro is a former economics and business reporter from VEJA magazine who currently writes for three e-magazines within VirtualExpo group.


Brian Beary

Brian Beary is an independent writer, journalist, and editor based in Washington DC. He writes for, and appears on, a diverse range of print and audiovisual media outlets.


Monica Hutchings

Monica Hutchings is a Canadian writer and translator who has worked on everything from technical descriptions to academic journals. She is also our in-house English translator.


Abigail Saltmarsh

Abigail Saltmarsh is a freelance journalist with 25 years’ experience for national magazines (The New York Times, International Herald Tribune).


Hermine Donceel

Hermine Donceel is a Brussels-based freelance journalist. She has lived in Southeast Asia for ten years, and has covered public health and environment, nutrition and climate change.


Daniel Allen

Daniel Allen is a writer and a photographer. His work has been featured in numerous publications, including CNN, BBC, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, National Geographic Traveller, Discovery Channel.


Celia Sampol

Celia Sampol has been a journalist for 15 years. She worked in Brussels and Washington for national medias (Agence France Presse, Liberation). She’s now the editor-in-chief of MedicalExpo e-magazine.


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