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Feb 9, 2016

Researchers resolve longstanding issue of components needed to regenerate muscle

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

Researchers at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Research Institute (SBP) have conclusively identified the protein complex that controls the genes needed to repair skeletal muscle. The discovery clears up deep-rooted conflicting data and will now help streamline efforts towards boosting stem cell-mediated muscle regeneration. Such strategies could treat muscle degenerative diseases such as muscular dystrophies, and those associated with aging and cancer.

The research, published today in eLife, describes the essential role of a TBP-containing TFIID-protein complex in activating genes that regenerate muscle tissue, and shows that an alternative protein called TBP2 is not involved in this task in adult muscles.

“Our discovery clarifies the identity of the ‘molecular switches’ that control the activation of muscle genes in (MuSCs),” said Barbora Malecova, Ph.D., postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Pier Lorenzo Puri, M.D., professor in the Development, Aging and Regeneration Program at SBP, and first author of the article. “Understanding what drives muscle gene expression gives us insights into molecular targets for regenerative medicine-based interventions (drugs) to treat muscle degenerative disorders.”

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Feb 9, 2016

Dubai Museum of Future: The future is bright, it’s here!

Posted by in categories: futurism, robotics/AI

Dubai is definitely on my bucket list to see in my lifetime.


Dubai’s museum of Future zooms you into world of artificial intelligence.

“The future belongs to those who can imagine it, design it, and execute it. It isn’t something you await, but rather create.”

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Feb 9, 2016

Bionic Spine

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, cyborgs, transhumanism

This bionic spine could help paralyzed patients walk again.

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Feb 9, 2016

In honor of Chinese New Year, here are 540 dancing robots!

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

In celebration to the Chinese New Year — here are the dancing bot dance team.


Here’s an idea for next year’s Super Bowl halftime show.

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Feb 9, 2016

Why don’t we have a vaccine for Zika?

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Interesting. Hope they cure this!


Suresh Mahalingam and Michael Rolph discuss how the development of a Zika vaccine compares with the other mosquito-borne viruses.

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Feb 9, 2016

Scientists Found a Way to Control Machines With Your Mind, No Brain Surgery Required

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, cyborgs, military, neuroscience

The US military is looking for ways to insert microscopic devices into human brains to help folks communicate with machines, like prosthetic limbs, with their minds. And now, DARPA’s saying scientists have found a way to do just that—without ripping open patients’ skulls.

In the DARPA-funded study, researchers at the University of Melbourne have developed a device that could help people use their brains to control machines. These machines might include technology that helps patients control physical disabilities or neurological disorders. The results were published in the journal Nature Biotechnology.

In the study, the team inserted a paperclip-sized object into the motor cortexes of sheep. (That’s the part of the brain that oversees voluntary movement.) The device is a twist on traditional stents, those teeny tiny tubes that surgeons stick in vessels to improve blood flow.

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Feb 8, 2016

Nanoparticle therapy that uses LDL and fish oil kills liver cancer cells

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, health

Another cancer therapy; healthcare seems to be on a roll.


An experimental nanoparticle therapy that combines low-density lipoproteins (LDL) and fish oil preferentially kills primary liver cancer cells without harming healthy cells, UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers report.

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Feb 8, 2016

Cancer moonshot success depends on ditching D.C. rules

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

If there was ever lifetime commitment & act of love; its remembering those that were robbed from us on a battlefield called “Cancer”.


When we recognized the Ebola emergency, we adapted. Saving cancer victims is just as urgent.

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Feb 8, 2016

Teen fighting cancer achieving high-tech dream

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, entertainment

Great story; I hope it helps many talented game developers realize what you mean to kids; and especially those children who fight cancer.


A lot of people are coming together right now to help a teenager who is fighting cancer in a local hospital. It’s not just his family or doctors and nurses either. Complete strangers are giving their all to help him accomplish his high-tech dream.

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Feb 8, 2016

Hackers publish FBI employees‘ contact info

Posted by in category: security

Dangerous; now they’re a target.


Hackers, making good on a threat, published contact information for 20,000 FBI employees Monday afternoon, just one day after posting similar data on almost 10,000 Department of Homeland Security employees.”

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