In your opinion what are the most interesting topics in medicine today?
September 17, 2013 8:33 PM   Subscribe

My original proposed topic for a publication I'm writing in was about printing organs and bone marrow but it may be rejected because someone else proposed the same idea. I'm currently brainstorming ideas before tomorrow. Currently I'm thinking of writing of genetically engineered humans. Any other ideas?
posted by JYuanZ to Science & Nature (16 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
How about respiratory dialysis.
posted by XMLicious at 8:42 PM on September 17, 2013

Fecal transplants.
posted by bq at 8:42 PM on September 17, 2013 [2 favorites]

Phages might be old news by now but I still think they are pretty cool
posted by rmless at 8:51 PM on September 17, 2013

Antibiotic resistance, prospects for next gen antibiotics, superbugs, etc. are highly topical with the new CDC report coming out.
posted by LobsterMitten at 8:56 PM on September 17, 2013 [1 favorite]

Hippocampal prosthesis
posted by bottlebrushtree at 8:58 PM on September 17, 2013

Customized biofilms.
posted by quince at 9:09 PM on September 17, 2013

Look at things being done to encourage or discourage the immune system. Most of the things that kill us right now have a link to some facet of the immune system (heart disease is strongly linked to inflammation, if more tumors were recognized as "not self" there would be a lot less cancer, etc.).

Genetic modification of whole humans is pretty much going to be stamped "unethical" for the foreseeable future, which is going to make engineered humans a bit of a non starter in terms of putting together a decent essay. Modified and implanted cells, and phage gene therapy are more likely.
posted by Kid Charlemagne at 10:15 PM on September 17, 2013

The relationship between Borreliosis (late-stage Lyme) and autoimmune diseases - nice tie-in to biofilm too.
posted by heigh-hothederryo at 10:16 PM on September 17, 2013

posted by mr_roboto at 10:17 PM on September 17, 2013

Chimeric Antigen Receptor T-cell Therapy. Basically they re-infusing a patient's own t-cells that have been genetically recoded to attack cancer cells. The vehicle they use to do this is a modified HIV vector.
posted by sarahnade at 10:19 PM on September 17, 2013 [1 favorite]

Controlling bacterial quorum sensing seems all kinds of cool.
posted by jason_steakums at 10:56 PM on September 17, 2013 [2 favorites]

Induced pluripotent stem cells and the potential for personalized treatment.
posted by clearly at 12:35 AM on September 18, 2013

Nanotech drug delivery. Not bleeding edge, but still leading edge.
posted by MuffinMan at 4:15 AM on September 18, 2013

Gut bacteria: role in obesity, role in mood (anxiety, depression), effect on immunity.
posted by PickeringPete at 6:25 AM on September 18, 2013

Biohacking and home genomic testing.
posted by Rob Rockets at 8:49 AM on September 18, 2013

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