X-Mouse

The X-Men world turned upside down:

When the researchers put the gene for Magneto in zebrafish, a model organism for brain development, they found that the hybrid could alter complex behaviors. Using a genetic switch, the researchers made Magneto active in the zebrafish nerve cells that are involved in sensing touch. And, when they added a magnetic field, the fish upped the amount of time they coiled their tails, a touch-induced escape response.

Source: Magnetic mind control works in live animals, makes mice happy | Ars Technica

Takeaways from the #health2india 2014 conference

Attended the Health 2.0 conference in Bangalore over 7 & 8 February that had some very thought provoking sessions on the way technology is shaping the way forward for the healthcare industry.¬† Also did a live coverage of the event on twitter (ab_aditya) in form of public notes. Here’s a summary:

  • The industry is focusing on preventive care driven by advances in technology, particularly cloud, mobile devices, sensors & genomics
  • A lot of useful technology already exists and the industry needs to integrate these to create meaningful solutions through collaboration among the various stakeholders
  • Challenges include reaching out to the masses untouched by healthcare, providing leave scale quality service with empathy & improving the efficiency of the ecosystem
  • Regulators & governments have a very important role to play at the current inflection point in removing obstacles to innovation
  • Startups in the West are focusing primarily on consumers, while most in India are targeting healthcare professionals