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Jul 2, 2019

Hidden layer of gene control influences everything from cancer to memory

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics

Chemical tags on RNA usher in new realm of epigenetics.

Jul 2, 2019

Math can help uncover cancer’s secrets

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, information science, mathematics

Irina Kareva translates biology into mathematics and vice versa. She writes mathematical models that describe the dynamics of cancer, with the goal of developing new drugs that target tumors. “The power and beauty of mathematical modeling lies in the fact that it makes you formalize, in a very rigorous way, what we think we know,” Kareva says. “It can help guide us to where we should keep looking, and where there may be a dead end.” It all comes down to asking the right question and translating it to the right equation, and back.

Jul 2, 2019

From Wheelchair To Walking! How Amanda Leverett Davis Beat Cancer at CHIPSA

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Amanda Leverett Davis was diagnosed with an aggressive bone cancer called chondroblastic osteosarcoma in March of 2017. By the time her doctors discovered it, the disease had metastasized and advanced to stage 3. Amanda was told it was non-curative.

But nearly two years after her initial diagnosis, Amanda is still alive to share her story, and remarkably, she’s cancer free.

Jul 2, 2019

Scissors get stuck—another way bacteria use CRISPR/Cas9

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical

In biotech these days, CRISPR/Cas9 is a hot topic, because of its utility as a precise gene editing tool. Before humans repurposed it, CRISPR/Cas9 was a sort of internal immune system bacteria use to defend themselves against phages, or viruses that infect bacteria, by slicing up the phages’ DNA.

Scientists at Emory University School of Medicine and the Max Planck Unit for the Science of Pathogens have found that the “scissors” component of CRISPR/Cas9 sometimes gets stuck.

Cas9, an enzyme that cuts DNA, can also block without doing any cutting. In the pathogenic bacterium Francisella novicida, Cas9 regulates that need to be shut off for the bacteria to cause disease.

Jul 2, 2019

The boy was dying. Zebrafish helped save his life

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

The successful treatment shows “precision medicine” can be expanded beyond cancers, where it has shown the greatest promise, scientists reported Monday.

Jul 2, 2019

Have mice really been cured of HIV using CRISPR gene editing?

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical

Some mice receiving a therapy that includes CRISPR gene editing appear to have been cured of HIV, but safety concerns must be overcome before human trials.

Jul 2, 2019

How Space Exploration Can Teach Us to Preserve All Life on Earth

Posted by in category: space travel

Can space exploration help us protect biodiversity on Earth, and what cautions does our history in space offer?

Jul 2, 2019

How a healthy microbiome could supercharge the body’s natural cancer-fighting cells

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, health

The ways in which the communities of bacteria living within our bodies influence our overall well-being are becoming better understood all the time, and with that better understanding comes potential new ways to intervene for better health outcomes. Adding to this is a new discovery by researchers in Melbourne, who have described how a healthy microbiome can boost the activity of killer immune cells that are vital to fighting off infections and cancer.

Jul 2, 2019

HyperJet Fusion Corporation

Posted by in category: energy

Developing a clean (carbon-free), safe and economical form of energy, with abundant, globally distributed fuel to serve humanity for tens of thousands of years: Fusion.

Jul 2, 2019

I Will Be Glad

Posted by in category: entertainment


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