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Sep 23, 2017

Why Are These People Eating Worms to Be Healthy? (part II)

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

Summary: Helminthic therapy is the intentional consumption of parasites as a treatment for autoimmune disease. Out of the 7000 people who practice helminthic therapy each year, this report tells the story of a young woman who purchases black market worms and then treats herself at a high cost. Part 2 of a 2-part series. Cover photo: Eraxion / Getty Images.

Would you eat worms to boost your overall health or cure what ails you?

Over 7,000 people intentionally self-infect with parasites, and the practice is growing in popularity.

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Sep 23, 2017

A Vaccine Is Being Developed For Preventing Tooth Decay And It Sounds Amazing

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, health

Regular visits to the dentist are an important part of keeping your teeth healthy. But what if you could give your oral health a boost by receiving a vaccine on top of your regular dental care routine?

Researchers from the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIOV) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences are working on such a vaccine, and their study has just been published in Scientific Reports.

Led by WIOV scientist Yan Huimin, the researchers tested a fusion of proteins to prevent the development of dental caries. Better known as dental cavities, caries is caused by the bacteria Streptococcus mutans (S. mutans).

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Sep 23, 2017

The Think Liberty Podcast – Candidate Spotlight – Zoltan Istvan

Posted by in category: transhumanism

I did a 30 minute podcast at Think Liberty about my #transhumanism ideas and governor run:


Our very own Kevin Shaw sits down and speaks with 2018 California Libertarian Governor candidate Zoltan Istvan. Comments comments Related.

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Sep 23, 2017

Dr. Aubrey de Grey — Radical Longevity

Posted by in categories: biological, life extension, physics

“Aging is a consequence of physics, not biology.” Dr. Aubrey de Grey believes that the aging of any machine with moving parents is fundamentally the same, whether that machine is alive or not. He states that the SENS Foundation doesn’t work on longevity and immortality — it works on health. “The only way we are going to live substantially longer is by staying truly youthful for substantially longer.”

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Sep 23, 2017

Chinese robot dentist is first to fit implants in patient’s mouth without any human involvement

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

An epidemiological survey has found there were about 400 million patients needing new teeth in China, but the number of qualified dentists was lagging behind demand.

In March this year the US Food and Drug Administration approved the use of a robot system named Yomi designed to assist human surgeons when fitting implants.


Successful procedure raises hopes technology could avoid problems caused by human error and help overcome shortage of qualified dentists.

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Sep 22, 2017

New antibody attacks 99% of HIV strains

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Experiments on 24 monkeys showed none of those given the tri-specific antibody developed an infection when they were later injected with the virus.


It will enter clinical trials to prevent and treat the infection next year.

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Sep 22, 2017

One year later, Microsoft AI and Research grows to 8k people in massive bet on artificial intelligence

Posted by in categories: futurism, robotics/AI

Microsoft’s first mission statement envisioned a computer on every desk and in every home, but Bill Gates also had another goal: that computers would someday be able to see, hear, communicate and understand humans and their environment.

More than 25 years and two CEOs later, Microsoft is betting its future on it.

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Sep 22, 2017

The quest for eternal life is trending

Posted by in category: life extension

A long summary.


Could we live to 140? 1,000? Is there a limit? Scientific research into extending the human life span is being backed by Silicon Valley giants like Google and Facebook.

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Sep 22, 2017

Modifying Neutrophil Behavior for Stroke Recovery

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

The immune system is like an army keeping us safe from invasion, injury and infection and helps us to regenerate and repair tissues and organs. However, the immune system is sometimes a double-edged sword that does more harm than good.

A lot of focus has been on the role of macrophages and their ability to facilitate tissue healing and regeneration. Today, we will be looking at a study that examines the role of neutrophils and how they can actually harm the brain further following a stroke[1].

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Sep 22, 2017

Listen up: the easiest place to use CRISPR might be in your ear

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics

Scientists are hopeful they can inject the gene-editing technology directly into the ear to stop hereditary deafness.

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