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X marks the spot: This week’s TEDxTalks

TEDxnotebookEach week, TEDx chooses four of our favorite talks, highlighting just a few of the enlightening speakers from the TEDx community, and its diverse constellation of ideas worth spreading. Below, give this week’s talks a listen.

Fighting Duchenne muscular dystrophy: Dr. Benjy Seckler at TEDxBerkshires
Potential medicines, especially for rare genetic diseases, take years to develop and test. Patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy — who rarely live past the age of 25 — don’t have that time. Benjy Seckler took action, creating a foundation that raises money for a cure to save not only his son’s life, but the lives of all children affected by DMD. (Filmed at TEDxBerkshires)

Rocket science that could restore voices: Effie Gutmark and Sid Khosla at TEDxCincy
Believe it or not, we still don’t fully understand the mechanics behind the human voice — but rocket science can help. In this fascinating talk from TEDxCincy, vocal cord specialist Sid Khosla teams up with rocket scientist Effie Gutmark to explain how the basic dynamics of airflow could lead to new techniques for treating voice and swallowing disorders. (Filmed at TEDxCincy)

Hope for epilepsy patients: Mark Cook at TEDxUWollongong
Imagine living with the knowledge that at any moment — perhaps at work, or while driving — you might become incapacitated. This is the reality for many who live with epilepsy. At TEDxUWollongong, Mark Cook talks through a promising treatment, in development now, that may stop seizures in their tracks. (Filmed at TEDxUWollongong)

Medicine from milk: Harry Meade at TEDxBoston
Synthesizing essential proteins for those who lack them is very expensive and time-consuming in a laboratory setting. What if we could get nature to do the work for us? Harry Meade shares an incredible and surprisingly simple idea — specially bred animals that cultivate essential drugs in their milk. (Filmed at TEDxBoston)

And here, some of the week’s highlights from the TEDx blog this week: