Purdue University – In a potential breakthrough for the treatment of obesity and diabetes, scientists have found a way to deliver a drug directly to stored white fat cells to turn them into more easily burned brown fat cells.
FutureStructure – Fully automated cars are still many years away. Amid the government activity and potential for social benefits, it’s important not to lose sight of smaller improvements that could more immediately save lives and reduce injuries and economic costs of highway crashes.
In this week's Robotics / Artificial Intelligence SciPol Weekly, car company dissatisfaction with Massachusetts's autonomous vehicle regulations; Audi accepting liability for self-driving car crashes; and AI in healthcare.
STAT – The National Institutes of Health would like six vials of your blood, please. Its scientists would like to take a urine sample, measure your waistline, and have access to your electronic health records and data from the wearable sensor on your wrist. And if you don’t mind sharing, could they have your Social Security number?
BioPharma-Reporter – In response to increased industry activity in the field of personalised medicines, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has produced a series of guidance documents, a dedicated expedited Regenerative Medicine Advanced Therapy (RMAT) pathway, and recently began clamping down on unapproved stem cell treatments and unregistered clinics.