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Augmented reality has surgical application

A Chinese surgeon has discovered a practical application for augmented reality in the medical field. Using the same technology by which a Pokemon character is layered onto a real-life setting, two surgical images can be combined into a single view, eliminating the need for surgeons to watch two separate screens simultaneously. Catherine Chan Po-ling, a… Read More


United Pharmacies introduces Bitcoin payment method

United Pharmacies, an online drugs seller with global reach, is now offering a discount to customers who pay for their medicine using the virtual currency Bitcoin. United Pharmacies, which opened for business five years ago and ships more than 100,000 orders annually, has added Bitcoin to its selection of payment methods and is offering customers 10%… Read More


Google and GSK partner in bioelectronic medicine venture

Google’s Verily Life Sciences is teaming up with British pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) to advance research into chronic conditions and bioelectronic treatments. The joint venture, to be called Galvani Bioelectronics, will look at developing electronic implants and medicines to treat sufferers of asthma, diabetes, and other chronic illnesses. GSK is to own 55% of the… Read More


Micro-robots to perform medical procedures inside human body

Researchers in Switzerland are collaborating to develop a range of micro-robots which can be introduced into the human body to treat a variety of conditions, delivering drugs and performing minor operations. The teams from École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ) hope that the small bots… Read More


3Scan raises $14mn to advance ‘trailblazing’ robotic microscope

Having recently closed a $14 million funding round, developers at pathology services startup 3Scan are expanding research into machine learning and imaging robotics to aid drug discovery. The San Francisco-based company plans to use the new funds to advance its robotic microscope which uses knife-shaped diamonds to cut biological soft tissue, including whole organs, into… Read More