The New Medicine: Hacking Our Biology

The program looks at some of the technological advances in medical inventions to enhance and extend life including

At Virginia Tech, a team of engineers is developing a revolutionary cancer treatment device inspired by the mosquito. In Southern California, researchers have found a way to grow an unusual marine snail that may play a major role in the vaccines of the future. In Austin, Texas, scientists are making artificial materials that will repair damaged nerves. At Pittsburgh Medical Center, a brain-computer interface to help spinal cord patients move again. In New York City's Mount Sinai Hospital, exoskeletons are being used to help paralyzed people stand up and walk again. At MIT engineers are making chips to compress years of searching for potential Alzheimer's drugs into just months. At the University of California, Irvine, a device that takes the drudgery out of stroke rehabilitation exercises.