Get Ready For Pills Programmed To Respond To Your Cells’ Needs

Smart pills can already track whether you’re taking your medication and help regulate your bowel movements. The next evolution: programmable smart pills that tailor medical treatments in response to signals from individual cells. The preprint server arXiv recently published a paper describing work that could lead to the creation of such pills — and they have to potential to forever change what it means to be human. Molecular Computation On Wednesday, MIT Tech Review ran a compelling overview of the research. According to that report, researchers from the University of Chicago figured out a way to trick [...]

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US Farmers Can Now Grow Edible Cotton

According to a new Reuters report, plant biotechnologist Keerti Rathore had a specific goal in mind when he first arrived at Texas A&M University in 1995: transform cotton into a crop we could eat. And he succeeded — with a little genetic wizardry, he produced a modify plant with edible cottonseeds. On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service lifted its regulations on Rathore’s genetically modified cotton, meaning anyone can now grow it. It could even eventually pave the way to overpriced edible cotton seeds lining [...]

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In The Future, Even Your Dish Detergent Will Be Spying On You

It’s the future. You’re running low on dish detergent, so the container starts bugging you to buy more. Maybe it even cuts you out of the process by ordering more soap online on its own. That’s the idea behind Water.io, a hardware company that’s working on a range of “smart caps” that keep track of how much stuff is left in a container. Water.io envisions a cap for water bottles, another for pill bottles, and another for detergents. The caps will tell you if you’re hydrating [...]

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