It takes a doctor more than a decade of schooling and training before they can finally achieve a medical license. But now computers are participating in similar training, using artificial intelligence to help medical professionals while they work.

Before humans start worrying that robots will replace actual doctors, though, the plan is to use A.I. as a supplement to the work medical professionals do, not a substitute. Machines have the ability to gradually learn the decision-making functions that are an important part of diagnosing and treating disease.

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Imagine if you could use technology to reprogram your cells. A team of researchers may have found a way to do just that. The best news of all is, one of the things that could be reprogrammed is cancer growth.

A team at Caltech has created a biological toolkit that has the ability to create circuits, which then can program new behaviors into a body’s cells. The team used its toolkit of proteins on human cells that were growing in a lab.

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The polio vaccine pretty much wiped the disease off the map in most areas of the world, but researchers are reintroducing it. This time, the disease is being used in the battle against cancer. A team of doctors have genetically engineered a version of polio that can be injected into a tumor to battle the toughest type of brain cancer.

Glioblastoma is notoriously resistant to cancer treatment, making it one of the deadliest types. Those who are diagnosed with glioblastoma often find that medical treatments are ineffective in prolonging its progression. By injecting an engineered polio virus into the tumor, researchers hope to put the disease’s paralysis effects to use in extending the lives of those who are diagnosed with glioblastoma.

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