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Dec 2, 2023

UK Biobank Releases Whole Genome Data from Half a Million People

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

After five years, more than 350,000 hours of genome sequencing, and over £200 million of investment, UK Biobank is releasing the world’s largest-by-far single set of human sequencing data—completing the most ambitious project of its kind ever undertaken. The new data, whole genome sequences of its half a million participants, will certainly drive the discovery of new diagnostics, treatments, and cures. Uniquely, the data are available to approved researchers worldwide, via a protected database containing only de-identified data.

This advance lies not only in the abundance of genomic data, but its use in combination with the existing data UK Biobank has collected over the past 15 years on lifestyle, whole body imaging scans, health information, and proteins found in the blood. The Pharma Proteomics Project was published last month in Nature, in the paper, “Plasma proteomic associations with genetics and health in the UK Biobank.

Looking forward, these data could be used to further advance efforts such as more targeted drug discovery and development, discovering thousands of disease-causing noncoding genetic variants, accelerating precision medicine, and understanding the biological underpinnings of disease.

Dec 2, 2023

Neuronal factors determining high intelligence

Posted by in category: neuroscience

Many attempts have been made to correlate degrees of both animal and human intelligence with brain properties. With respect to mammals, a much-discussed trait concerns absolute and relative brain size, either uncorrected or corrected for body size. However, the correlation of both with degrees of intelligence yields large inconsistencies, because although they are regarded as the most intelligent mammals, monkeys and apes, including humans, have neither the absolutely nor the relatively largest brains. The best fit between brain traits and degrees of intelligence among mammals is reached by a combination of the number of cortical neurons, neuron packing density, interneuronal distance and axonal conduction velocity—factors that determine general information processing capacity (IPC), as reflected by general intelligence.

Dec 2, 2023

The Universe Began with a Bang, Not a Bounce, New Studies Find

Posted by in category: space

New research pokes holes in the idea that the cosmos expanded and then contracted before beginning again.

By James Riordon

Dec 2, 2023

What to know about anti-aging medication in development that could help dogs live longer

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

The drug, LOY-001, works by interacting with a hormone that accelerates aging.

Dec 2, 2023

Anthrobots: Scientists build tiny biological robots from human tracheal cells

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

Researchers at Tufts University and Harvard University’s Wyss Institute have created tiny biological robots that they call Anthrobots from human tracheal cells that can move across a surface and have been found to encourage the growth of neurons across a region of damage in a lab dish.

The multicellular robots, ranging in size from the width of a human hair to the point of a sharpened pencil, were made to self-assemble and shown to have a remarkable healing effect on other . The discovery is a starting point for the researchers’ vision to use patient-derived biobots as new therapeutic tools for regeneration, healing, and treatment of disease.

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Dec 2, 2023

Gravitational waves from mega black-hole collision reveal long-sought ‘ringing’

Posted by in category: physics

In a groundbreaking discovery, researchers have identified evidence of long-sought vibrations resulting from the largest black-hole merger ever detected.

Researchers find massive merger’s signature aftershocks hidden in 2019 data from LIGO and Virgo detectors.

Dec 2, 2023

What If You Traveled Through a Black Hole?

Posted by in categories: cosmology, physics

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Dark, mysterious and consuming everything around them, black holes will rip apart anything that passes their event horizons. But could there be more? What would happen if you fell into one of those monstrosities? How could you possibly travel through the black hole itself? And if you emerged on the other side, where would you end up?

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Dec 2, 2023

Depression Detection with Interdisciplinary AI Framework

Posted by in categories: entertainment, robotics/AI

This video is about My Movie.

Dec 2, 2023

Science and the new age of AI

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, science

A Nature special on how AI is transforming the scientific enterprise.

Dec 1, 2023

These Tiny, Wound-Healing Robots Start Life As Just 1 Human Cell

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension, robotics/AI

Regenerative medicine might just have had a new tool added to its arsenal: Scientists have created tiny biological robots out of living human cells. Though they may be small, the self-assembling bots are mighty, with a study demonstrating their potential for healing and treating disease.

The team had already proven their biological robotics chops back in 2020 with the creation of Xenobots, made from frog embryonic cells. They even managed to design Xenobots so that they could reproduce in a way that no living animal or plant does, something that had never been seen before.

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