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Feb 5, 2020

Scientists Release Genetically Engineered Moths for First Time

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, food, genetics, sustainability

The diamondback moth is a huge pest. It eats a variety of crops, but is largely resistant to insecticides, resulting in upwards of $5 billion in losses every year.

That could soon change, though, as an international team of researchers has created a strain of genetically engineered diamondback moths that could suppress the pest population in a sustainable way — and they just released them into the wild for the first time.

For the study, published Wednesday in the journal Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology, the researchers engineered the moths so that when the males of the strain mated with wild females, the female offspring would die during the caterpillar life stage.

Feb 5, 2020

Step aside CRISPR, RNA editing is taking off

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, genetics

But CRISPR editing — at least as a therapeutic technique in people — has turned out to be more difficult than initially thought. Researchers have documented ways that Cas9, one of the enzymes used in CRISPR gene editing, could trigger immune responses, or cause accidental changes to the genome that would be permanent. RNA editing, by contrast, could allow clinicians to make temporary fixes that eliminate mutations in proteins, halt their production or change the way that they work in specific organs and tissues. Because cells quickly degrade unused RNAs, any errors introduced by a therapy would be washed out, rather than staying with a person forever.


Making changes to the molecular messengers that create proteins might offer flexible therapies for cancer, pain or high cholesterol, in addition to genetic disorders.

Feb 3, 2020

DR STEPHEN BADYLAK — Regen Med Strategies for Tissue & Organ Replacement (Long Version)

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, life extension

Regenerative medicine and furthermore tissue engineering are realities for some time but well hidden from the public by msm somehow.


Dr. Stephen Badylak, Director of the Center for Pre-Clinical Tissue Engineering, McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine.

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Feb 2, 2020

Scientists Want to Explore Ocean With “Cyborg Jellyfish”

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, cyborgs

In a trial, the scientists were capable of using electrical jolts from microelectronic controllers to make jellyfish swim not only faster but also more efficiently, according to a paper published in Science Advances today.

“We’ve shown that they’re capable of moving much faster than they normally do, without an undue cost on their metabolism,” said co-author and Stanford bioengineering PhD candidate Nicole Xu, in a statement.

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Feb 2, 2020

How one entrepreneur is tackling humanity’s most pressing problems

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, computing, internet, neuroscience, particle physics

Braintree founder Bryan Johnson, MBA’07, invests in bold ventures on the next frontier.

Bryan Johnson is determined to explore the depths of your mind and help save humanity from its direst threats.

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Jan 31, 2020

Genomics and BioPharma Pioneer!! — Dr. William Haseltine — Biologist, entrepreneur and philanthropist, now focusing on the issues of healthcare costs, dementia care, and aging — ideaXme — Ira Pastor

Posted by in categories: aging, bioengineering, biological, biotech/medical, business, DNA, genetics, life extension, posthumanism, transhumanism

Jan 31, 2020

From Blood to Bone (and Back)! — Dr. Rhonda Prisby — University of Texas, Arlington — Fascinating ossification research in the Bone Vascular and Micro-Circulation Laboratory — ideaXme — Ira Pastor

Posted by in categories: aging, bioengineering, biological, biotech/medical, DNA, genetics, health, life extension, science, transhumanism

Jan 29, 2020

Here’s how artificial intelligence could cure disease in the future

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, nanotechnology, robotics/AI

Circa 2016 could cure viruses in no time.


When you get right down to it, developing vaccines is about data and luck. Scientists start with a set of variables—what drugs a virus responds to, how effectively, and for whom—and then it’s a whole lot of trial and error until they stumble upon a cure.

One of the most exciting possibilities in medical research right now is how technology like machine learning could help researchers rapidly process those enormous sets of data, more quickly leading to cures. This is already starting to happen: In a study published Wednesday in the journal Macromolecules, researchers from IBM and Singapore’s Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology reveal a breakthrough that could help prevent deadly virus infections. With the help of IBM super computer Watson, they hope their finding will soon make its way into vaccines.

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Jan 27, 2020

CRISPR takes on Huntington’s disease

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical

Circa 2018


Gene editing offers the prospect of curing the inherited neurodegenerative condition in a single dose.

Jan 25, 2020

The biohacker who wants to become cyborg to be more perfect

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, computing, cyborgs, life extension, neuroscience, transhumanism

New transhumanism and biohacking story out by one of Asia’s most influential newspapers: South China Morning Post:


From brain supplements to chip implants to nootropics, humans are using technology, medicine and extreme diets to improve their brainpower, health and longevity.

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