After surgery, normally separate surfaces sometimes attach like biological Velcro-a process called adhesion, which interferes with recovery. A Boston startup has come up with the surgeon’s equivalent of Saran Wrap to prevent adhesion.
According to inventor and CEO Amar Sawhney, Confluent Surgical is testing a device that squirts two streams of polyethylene glycol, a polymer found in everything from eyedrops to lipstick. The streams are chemically modified so that when they meet, they react to form a solid that coats tissues with a jelly-like layer. Confluent has begun human testing in Europe for preventing adhesion in infertility treatments, where scars on the ovaries can prevent implanted eggs from descending into the fallopian tube.
Geoffrey Hinton tells us why he’s now scared of the tech he helped build
“I have suddenly switched my views on whether these things are going to be more intelligent than us.”
Deep learning pioneer Geoffrey Hinton has quit Google
Hinton will be speaking at EmTech Digital on Wednesday.
Video: Geoffrey Hinton talks about the “existential threat” of AI
Watch Hinton speak with Will Douglas Heaven, MIT Technology Review’s senior editor for AI, at EmTech Digital.
Doctors have performed brain surgery on a fetus in one of the first operations of its kind
A baby girl who developed a life-threatening brain condition was successfully treated before she was born—and is now a healthy seven-week-old.
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