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Jul 27, 2021

Quantifying Biological Age: Blood Test #3 in 2021

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics, information science, life extension

Links to biological age calculators:
Levine’s PhenoAge calculator is embedded as an Excel file:

https://michaellustgarten.com/2019/09/09/quantifying-biological-age/

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Jul 27, 2021

With post-pandemic AI, we’ve now stepped into the Age of Acceleration

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, economics, robotics/AI

AI is entering take-off mode just as we exit an economic downturn caused by the pandemic. Get ready for a productivity boom.

Jul 27, 2021

TAME Q&A: Lessons for Progress on Aging | Nir Barzilai, Albert Einstein School of Medicine

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, computing, genetics, life extension, nanotechnology

More TAME! The first part of this has a lot of result data.


Foresight Biotech & Health Extension Meeting sponsored by 100 Plus Capital.
2021 program & apply to join: https://foresight.org/biotech-health-extension-program/

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Jul 27, 2021

Neanderthal-like ‘mini-brains’ created in lab with CRISPR

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

“It’s an extraordinary paper with some extraordinary claims,” says Gray Camp, a developmental biologist at the University of Basel in Switzerland, whose lab last year reported2 growing brain organoids that contained a gene common to Neanderthals and humans. The latest work takes the research further by looking at gene variants that humans lost in evolution. But Camp remains sceptical about the implications of the results, and says the work opens more questions that will require investigation.

Humans are more closely related to Neanderthals and Denisovans than to any living primate, and some 40% of the Neanderthal genome can still be found spread throughout living humans. But researchers have limited means to study these ancient species’ brains — soft tissue is not well preserved, and most studies rely on inspecting the size and shape of fossilized skulls. Knowing how the species’ genes differ from humans’ is important because it helps researchers to understand what makes humans unique — especially in our brains.

The researchers, led by Alysson Muotri, a neuroscientist at the University of California, San Diego, used the genome-editing technique CRISPR–Cas9 to introduce the Neanderthal and Denisovan form of a gene called NOVA1 into human pluripotent stem cells, which can develop into any cell type. They cultured these to form organoids, clumps of brain-like tissue, up to 5 millimetres across, alongside normal human brain organoids for comparison.

Jul 26, 2021

Pfizer vaccine is 88% effective against COVID-19 Delta variant: study

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Those who received both doses of the Pfizer vaccine are 88% protected against severe cases of then Delta variant — now the dominant coronavirus strain in the US — according to one new s…

Jul 26, 2021

A magnetic helmet shrunk a deadly tumor in its first test

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We’ve seen helmets and AI that can spot brain tumors, but a new hard hat can actually treat them, too.

As part of the latest neurological breakthrough, researchers used a helmet that generates a magnetic field to shrink a deadly tumor by a third. The 53-year-old patient who underwent the treatment ultimately died due to an unrelated injury, but an autopsy of his brain showed that the procedure had removed 31% of the tumor mass in a short time. The test marked the first noninvasive therapy for a deadly form of brain cancer known as glioblastoma.

The helmet features three rotating magnets connected to a microprocessor-based electronic controller operated by a rechargeable battery. As part of the therapy, the patient wore the device for five weeks at a clinic and then at home with the help of his wife. The resulting magnetic field therapy created by the helmet was administered for two hours initially and then ramped up to a maximum of six hours per day. During the period, the patient’s tumor mass and volume shrunk by nearly a third, with shrinkage appearing to correlate with the treatment dose.

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Jul 26, 2021

Longevity Panel II — The Scientists Working of Reversing Aging | Part 1

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4:47 BioAge, 8:10 Church talking about how controlling aging is no longer speculative, 10:44 urging caution as they are not really talking about turning 67 year olds into 20 year olds. Near the end Church mentions A.I. an exponential possibilities of hitting all the pathways at once.


Recently, Avi Roy, alongside Nathan Cheng & Laura Minquini, hosted the second Longevity Panel discussion, which assembled some of the brightest minds working on reversing aging, and enhancing health and life span.

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Jul 26, 2021

How Gene Therapy and Algae Proteins Partially Restored a Blind Man’s Sight

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

The result is optogenetics, a mind-controlling technique that’s become one of neuroscience’s most popular tools. Here, scientists use genetic engineering to put different types of algae proteins into the brains of mice. They can then activate a neuron with an implanted fiber optic cable by pulsing certain wavelengths of light. These enhanced brain cells react as they would naturally, generating an electrical signal that’s passed down and interpreted by the mouse’s brain.

Sound familiar?

If an algae protein can artificially allow neurons in the brain to translate light into electrical information, why can’t it do the same for damaged eyes?

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Jul 26, 2021

Aging Teeth and Radical Life Extension

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I know that this is controversial in the longevity community, but there was overwhelming agreement among the dentists I talked with that mouthwash is excellent for preventing gingivitis (one study found that it was more effective than flossing) and reducing plaque.


Are you working to extend your healthspan and lifespan? Address the most common aging teeth problems with these dentist-approved tricks.

Jul 26, 2021

Lisa Gable — Chief Executive Officer — Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE)

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, education, food, government, health, policy

Improving Quality Of Life & Health, For Hundreds Of Millions Globally, Suffering Food Allergies & Intolerances — Lisa Gable, Chief Executive Officer, Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE)


Lisa Gable is the Chief Executive Officer, of Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE — https://www.foodallergy.org), an organization with a mission to improve the quality of life and the health of 85 million Americans with food allergies and food intolerances, including 32 million of those are at risk for life-threatening anaphylaxis, and to provide them hope through the promise of new treatments. To date FARE has turned over $100 million in donor gifts into ground-breaking research and has provided a voice for the community, advocating on its behalf and offering hope for a better tomorrow.

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