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Bionic bodies

TechKnow examines breakthroughs in mobility technology and cancer screening.

Last updated: 09 May 2014 13:13
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TechKnow is a new series exploring how the latest scientific discoveries are changing our lives, investigating controversies, and celebrating innovation across the world.

In the first episode, we explore the intersection between hardware and humanity - in a unique way. Advances in bionic technology are changing lives, and wearable robots are making it possible for paralysed people to walk

Phil Torres takes us to Colorado to meet one woman who is standing tall despite a devastating disability. Amanda Boxel was injured in a skiing accident 21 years ago that left her paralysed from the waist down. Now, with the help of Ekso Bionics, she can stand and walk again using a battery-powered exoskeleton that was originally designed for the military.

Kosta Grammatis takes us to Maryland to meet a young man who surprised the world by inventing a test that predicts cancer. Sixteen-year-old Jack Andraka invented a cancer screening test which uses strips to test blood for high levels of mesothelin, a protein overproduced in people with pancreatic, ovarian, and lung cancers. This test can catch cancers in their earliest stages where chance for survival is 100 percent.

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