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Light Early Autumnal Weekend Reading Sept 10

The Curious Hole in My Head

Born without my left temporal lobe, a brain region thought to be critical for language, I’ve been a research subject for much of my life.

The Curious Hole in My Head - The New York Times (nytimes.com)

A memory prosthesis could restore memory in people with damaged brains

Brain electrodes designed to mimic the hippocampus appear to boost the encoding of memories—and are twice as effective in people with poor memory.

A memory prosthesis could restore memory in people with damaged brains | MIT Technology Review

BMS-backed Arsenal Bio pulls trigger on $220M series B, touting potential fleet of gene-edited cell therapies

BMS-backed Arsenal Bio pulls trigger on $220M series B, touting potential fleet of gene-edited cell therapies | Fierce Biotech

Embryos with DNA from three people develop normally in first safety study

Researchers in China show that a technique used to replace diseased mitochondria does not affect early development.

Embryos with DNA from three people develop normally in first safety study (nature.com)

Smart software untangles gene regulation in cells

Working out how a cell is wired lets researchers find key regulators of behaviour.

Smart software untangles gene regulation in cells (nature.com)

Beam-linked startup launches with an eye on the next generation of RNA drugs

Beam-linked startup launches with an eye on the next generation of RNA drugs | BioPharma Dive

Prehistoric child’s amputation is oldest surgery of its kind

Skeleton missing lower left leg and dated to 31,000 years ago provides the earliest known evidence for surgical limb removal.

Prehistoric child’s amputation is oldest surgery of its kind (nature.com)

New malaria vaccine shows high efficacy, yields high hopes

New malaria vaccine shows high efficacy, yields high hopes - (pharmaphorum.com)

‘Breakthrough’ finding shows how modern humans grow more brain cells than Neanderthals

Lab experiments pinpoint extra brain growth orchestrated by a single gene change in modern humans

‘Breakthrough’ finding shows how modern humans grow more brain cells than Neanderthals | Science | AAAS

Deerfield backs a Penn spinout aiming to shake up Parkinson's treatments using stem cells, brain surgery

Deerfield backs a Penn spinout aiming to shake up Parkinson’s treatments using stem cells, brain surgery – Endpoints News (endpts.com)