Archive for the ‘biological’ category

Dec 30, 2018

We Have a New Understanding of the Rarest Symbiotic Relationship in Nature

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Scientists have uncovered the mechanisms between the world’s first known invertebrate endosymbiotic relationship between an algae and a type of salamander.

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Dec 28, 2018

Ira Pastor — Authority Magazine — Bioquark Inc.

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

Thanks to Authority Magazine and Fotis Georgiadis for the interview — Bioquark inc. ( — Regeneration, Disease Reversion, Age Rejuvenation —…cc6dc8ebf1

Dec 24, 2018

Should We Replace Ourselves? | Zoltan Istvan vs. JFG, TPS #257

Posted by in categories: biological, genetics, internet, life extension, transhumanism

I was in a really interesting 1-hour debate yesterday with Jean-Francois Gariépy who runs a well-known YouTube channel The Public Space, sometimes associated with the Alt-Right. We discussed #transhumanism. I think the debate caught a lot of people by surprise. While I believe in and embrace total diversity, I despise the oppression of human biology and death, and advocate for any means possible to overcome it—including genetic modification and merging with machines. The debate makes me look like the aggressor. But it only proves what I’ve always said, that issues of race and traditional cultural bigotry are minor compared to the issues of humanity battling aging and death itself. All of us are currently in a war to not die:

An important debate on whether or not humanity should play with their own genes. Guest: Zoltan Istvan, transhumanist.

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Dec 24, 2018

Bioquark Inc — Ectocrine Technologies — Mosquitos — Ira Pastor

Posted by in categories: aging, bioengineering, biological, biotech/medical, business, chemistry, disruptive technology, genetics, health, life extension

New program coming on-line at Bioquark Inc. ( — Ectocrine interactions (the“Ectocrinome”) represents a completely unexplored area related to human health…004155.htm

Dec 20, 2018

Earth’s mysterious ‘deep biosphere’ may harbor millions of undiscovered species

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Scientists say the underground ecosystems are a “subterranean Galapagos” just waiting to be studied.

This unidentified nematode from the Kopanang gold mine in South Africa lives 1.4 kilometers below the surface. Gaetan Borgonie / Extreme Life Isyensya, Belgium.

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Dec 19, 2018

A Bug-Like Robot Uses Electricity to Walk Upside Down

Posted by in categories: biological, robotics/AI

A bug’s life doesn’t seem half bad, if you can overlook the super-short lifespan or the threat of getting eaten by lizards or swatted at by humans. Flying is nice, as is being able to walk on ceilings. The versatility is enviable, which is why roboticists are on a quest to imbue machines with the power of the bug.

But to harness the powers of nature, roboticists are resorting to very un-biological means. The latest insect-inspired robot tackles the problem of walking upside down using not glue, or a material that mimics the pad of a gecko’s foot as past bot builders have done, but electricity. Specifically, electroadhesion.

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Dec 18, 2018

Scientists develop method to visualize a genetic mutation

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

A team of scientists has developed a method that yields, for the first time, visualization of a gene amplifications and deletions known as copy number variants in single cells.

Significantly, the breakthrough, reported in the journal PLoS Biology, allows early detection of rare genetic events providing high resolution analysis of the tempo of evolution. The method may provide a new way of studying mutations in pathogens and .

“Evolution and disease are driven by mutational events in DNA,” explains David Gresham, an associate professor in New York University’s Department of Biology and the study’s senior author. “However, in populations of these events currently cannot be identified until many cells contain the same mutation. Our method detects these rare events right after they have happened, allowing us to follow their trajectory as the population evolves.”

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Dec 18, 2018

The US Military Is Genetically Modifying Microbes to Detect Enemy Ships

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biological, genetics, military


The effort is part of a $45 million program across all the branches of the armed forces to figure out military applications for genetic engineering.

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Dec 17, 2018

Found: Upside-Down Waterfalls, Steaming Mud, and Blue Microbes on the Ocean Floor

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An unusual hydrothermal ecosystem erupts in the Gulf of California.

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Dec 16, 2018

Evolution Saves Species From ‘Kill the Winner’ Disasters

Posted by in categories: evolution, particle physics

‘’But they noticed an unrealistic defect in the calculations that had traditionally been used in models to validate the KTW idea: They “described populations as if individuals did not exist. It’s as if we described a liquid without acknowledging atoms,” Goldenfeld explained by email.’’

Modelers find evidence that a combination of competition, predation and evolution will push ecosystems toward species diversity anywhere in the universe.

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