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Reengineering Life

A gene therapy injection eliminated pain in mice

Reengineering Life is a column from Future Human about the ways humans are using biology to reprogram our bodies and the world around us.

In 2006, scientists described the curious case of a Pakistani boy who seemed immune to pain. The 10-year-old street performer amazed audiences by walking on burning coals and stabbing himself with knives without flinching.

His resistance to pain later led him to jump off a building to impress his friends. Tragically, he died from the resulting injuries. He had just turned 14.

Several of the boy’s relatives had never experienced pain either. When researchers collected samples…


Reengineering Life

United Therapeutics reveals its plans to perform the transplants in an exclusive interview with Future Human

Reengineering Life is a column from Future Human about the ways humans are using biology to reprogram our bodies and the world around us.

Every day in the United States, 17 people die waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant. To address this crisis, one biotech company is turning to an unlikely source: pigs. Maryland-based United Therapeutics says it plans to begin transplanting organs from genetically modified pigs into people as soon as this year.

“We’re right on that cusp. We’re looking to get into humans within the next year or two,” said David Ayares, PhD, in an exclusive interview with…


Electronic medical implants can come with serious security risks

The collision of technology and medicine has resulted in the future that early science fiction writers dreamed of: One where electronic medical devices are implanted into the body, making people truly bionic.

At Future Human, we’ve written a lot about these devices and the ways they can revolutionize medical treatment. In October, staff writer and resident biotech expert Emily Mullin wrote about a tiny device, snaked through the jugular vein into the brain, that can read the thoughts of paralyzed people, allowing them to type. Earlier this year, she wrote about a scientist who got a deep brain stimulation device…

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