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Jun 22, 2018

Genetic tool could let scientists create new DNA ‘overnight’ that may help humans live forever

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, biotech/medical, genetics, life extension

A revolutionary new DNA tool could help take humanity a step closer to eternal life. The device (pictured) pioneers a new technique that makes it cheaper and easier to synthesise genes ‘overnight’, say scientists — a process that normally takes several days.

Scientists at the University of California at Berkeley said it could lead to ‘DNA printers’ in research labs that work like the 3D printers in many modern workshops.

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Jun 22, 2018

How to Solve the Housing Crisis

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Jun 22, 2018

Humanity first, or individuals first?

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

Humanity is made of individuals; preserving the life of individuals preserves humanity. Thus, life extension and the preservation of our species aren’t incompatible.

What is it that really matters: preserving individual lives or preserving humanity? Is it more important to grant individuals the option to live as long as they’d like in good health, or is it more important to ensure the preservation of our species? This sort of question isn’t unheard of in the context of discussions of pros and cons of rejuvenation biotechnology; at times, when presented with the possibility of indefinite lifespans, some people reply that focusing on the preservation of our species is more important. This observation is reminiscent of the “other priorities” objection, and one could respond to it in the same way. However, this issue is also worth examining from other angles.

Quick comeback: the two goals aren’t incompatible

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Jun 22, 2018

How Robots Are Making Better Drugs, Faster

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

Companies like Eli Lilly & Co. and GlaxoSmithKline PLC are investing in automation with the hope of transforming drug discovery from an enterprise where humans do manual experiments to one where robots handle thousands of samples around the clock. This automation will be key to developing better therapies more efficiently, drug companies say, as research and development becomes more labor intensive amid the push toward more-tailored…

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Jun 22, 2018

Avances — Domingo 10 de junio

Posted by in category: futurism

📱 🔭 📡 Empieza un nuevo capítulo de #Avances, donde junto a Daniel Silva conocemos más sobre tecnología e innovación.

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Jun 22, 2018

Journal Club June 2018 — Age-related changes to the nuclear membrane

Posted by in categories: futurism, life extension

For the June edition of Journal Club, we will be taking a look at the recent paper entitled “Changes at the nuclear lamina alter binding of pioneer factor Foxa2 in aged liver”.

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Jun 22, 2018

Was Thanos Right About Overpopulation!?

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

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Jun 22, 2018

Four cures for automation anxiety

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Robert E. Litan introduces four solutions to concerns about automation’s impact on wages.

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Jun 22, 2018

Accurate measurements of sodium intake confirm relationship with mortality

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, food

Eating foods high in salt is known to contribute to high blood pressure, but does that linear relationship extend to increased risk of cardiovascular disease and death? Recent cohort studies have contested that relationship, but a new study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology by investigators from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and their colleagues using multiple measurements confirms it. The study suggests that an inaccurate way of estimating sodium intake may help account for the paradoxical findings of others.

“Sodium is notoriously hard to measure,” said Nancy Cook, ScD, a biostatistician in the Department of Medicine at BWH. “Sodium is hidden—you often don’t know how much of it you’re eating, which makes it hard to estimate how much a person has consumed from a dietary questionnaire. Sodium excretions are the best measure, but there are many ways of collecting those. In our work, we used multiple measures to get a more accurate picture.”

Sodium intake can be measured using a spot test to determine how much salt has been excreted in a person’s urine sample. However, in urine can fluctuate throughout the day so an accurate measure of a person’s on a given day requires a full 24-hour sample. In addition, sodium consumption may change from day to day, meaning that the best way to get a full picture of sodium intake is to take samples on multiple days.

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Jun 22, 2018

Report finds only 35% of Canadian youth get the physical activity recommended for brain health

Posted by in categories: health, neuroscience

Only 35 per cent of five- to 17-year-olds and 62 per cent of children ages 3 and 4 are getting the recommended physical-activity levels for their age group (Editor’s note: around 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity daily, including vigorous-intensity activity on at least 3 days per week) and that this may be having an impact on the health of their brains.

___ Getting kids outside and active could help with brain health: Participaction report (The Globe and Mail): The physical benefits of kids leading an active lifestyle, including better heart heal…

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