• A woman in her 40s is the first person known to experience brain fluid leakage after a COVID-19 nasal swab test. 
  • She had an undiagnosed skull defect, likely allowing the complication and other side effects, like sensitivity to light, to occur. 
  • For most people, a COVID-19 test is momentarily uncomfortable, but a minority report complications including severe pain and fainting. 
  • The study authors say the case demonstrates the importance of conducting COVID-19 tests safely, including by taking into account patients’ medical history. 
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A woman in her 40s is the first known person to have brain fluid leak into her nose after undergoing a nasal swab to test for COVID-19. 

The woman had an undiagnosed skull defect that prevents the bones from completely closing, likely allowing the swab to prompt the symptoms, including a runny nose and headache.   

The case, reported Thursday in the

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  • Elon Musk hosted a live demo from his company Neuralink on August 28 that showed a pig named Gertrude with a computer chip relaying live signals from her brain.
  • The chip is proof-of-concept for Neuralink’s stated aim of getting its technology into humans, to treat neurological conditions and, according to Musk, one day merge human consciousness with computers.
  • Neuroscientist Prof. Andrew Jackson told Business Insider even if the technology falls far short of Neuralink’s mission statemetn it could be hugely beneficial to the world of animal testing, which could in turn lead to medical breakthroughs.
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In his quest to merge human consciousness with AI, Elon Musk could massively improve the world of animal testing.

Alongside his more well-known ventures Tesla and SpaceX, Elon Musk owns a company called Neuralink. Founded in 2017, Neuralink has been working on trying to make a computer chip

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According to a new study on the gateway receptor of the Covid-19, a wide variety of symptoms and organs may be involved with the SARS-CoV-2 infection. The findings were published in the journal Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology.

The study led by Walter Lukiw, PhD, Professor of Neuroscience, Neurology, and Ophthalmology at LSU Health New Orleans’ Neuroscience Centre of Excellence and School of Medicine, suggested that a multi-organ infection with SARS-CoV-2 may be via the angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) receptor, which is found almost everywhere throughout the body.

For the study, the team of researchers examined 85 human tissues for the presence of ACE2 receptors.

ACE2 is a protein that is found on the surface of many immune and non-immune cell types. ACE2 is an enzyme and an active part of the system that regulates blood pressure, fluid, and electrolyte balance.

In the case of the coronavirus infection, ACE2 receptors act

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  • Neuralink, the neural tech company founded by Elon Musk in 2016, held a live demo Friday showing off its ability to read the brain activity of a pig with a surgically implanted chip that transmits data wirelessly.
  • Musk described Neuralink’s AI-powered “brain chip” as “a Fitbit in your skull with tiny wires” and predicted the technology could one day give people telepathy, cure paralysis, or enable superhuman vision.
  • But scientists who watched the demo said Neuralink didn’t show off anything that innovative, and that it’s still a long way from using the chip in humans or delivering on Musk’s ambitious claims.
  • Here’s what you need to know about Friday’s demo, the technology and company behind it, and what the future holds for “brain-machine interfaces.”
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What’s the technology Neuralink is developing?

Neuralink, a neural tech startup Musk co-founded in 2016, has been working on

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