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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


“I Will Be Glad” from Ziggy Marley’s 7th solo studio album, ‘Rebellion Rises’! Stream/download/buy the full album now at

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Jul 2, 2019

Natural Mystic — Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers live at HOB Chicago

Posted by in category: futurism

Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers perform Bob Marley’s classic hit “Natural Mystic” live in concert at the House Of Blues in Chicago, Illinois on September 9, 1999!

Jul 2, 2019

Three ways robots can save lives in war

Posted by in categories: futurism, robotics/AI

Robots like the Pointman Tactical Robot and the iRobot Negotiator are already capable of entering buildings, climbing stairs and moving over obstacles to search buildings. Future versions are more likely to be armed, have more advanced sensors, hold greater autonomy, and be classified.

More agile humanoid (or animal-like) versions of these robots could be used to clear buildings of booby traps and enemy fighters seeking to ambush troops.

Jul 2, 2019

How Robot Armies Will Work

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

Robot armies could soon account for up to one third of all vehicles currently in service. Learn about robot armies and robot army development.