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Medicine

Child Receives Trachea Grown From Own Stem Cells 103

kkleiner writes "Doctors at the Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) along with colleagues at the University College London, the Royal Free Hospital, and Careggi University Hospital in Florence have successfully transplanted a trachea into a 10 year old boy using his own stem cells. A donor trachea was taken, stripped of its cells into a collagen-like scaffold, and then infused with the boy's stem cells. The trachea was surgically placed into the boy and allowed to develop in place. Because his own cells were used, there was little to no risk of rejection. This was the first time a child had received such a stem cell augmented transplant and the first time that a complete trachea had been used."

Submission + - Cars That Drive Themselves (www.good.is)

Token_Internet_Girl writes: "Wouldn't it be nice to get in your car and be able to read the news or take a nap without the constant stress of actually operating the vehicle? Well, the driverless car, an idea that's been germinating since the 1980s, is getting a little closer to reality thanks to an E.U. project called SARTRE (the acronym stands for Safe Road Trains for the Environment—no apparent connection to existential philosophy, except that you'd have more time for it)." In addition to this brief article, you can read the project's press release and information here.
Software

Submission + - Taking the drudgery out of software development (physorg.com)

Token_Internet_Girl writes: "Traditionally, developers have had to write software programs from scratch, whether or not something similar has been done in the past for a different application or circumstance. This has meant skilled people spending a lot of time doing repetitive, boring work before being able to turn out new software for a specific requirement. But a much more efficient way of doing things has been demonstrated by European researchers who have developed an automated way of searching a central software repository to extract software ‘artefacts’ from existing systems for use in new systems." This project is further detailed here.

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