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Silicon Valley’s Quest to Live Forever
Can billions of dollars’ worth of high-tech research succeed in making death optional?One approach to defeating aging suggests replacing body parts as they fail. Another aims at finding a master key to youth.
Silicon_Valley  Nyer  medicine  insanity  immortality  social_justice  chemistry  biology  from iphone
12 hours ago by stematt
Neanderthals Were People, Too - The New York Times
New research shows they shared many behaviors that we long believed to be uniquely human. Why did science get them so wrong?
anthropology  history  human  evolution  biology  neanderthals 
yesterday by thejaymo
A Major Alcohol Study Was Compromised. How Many Others Are Out There?
But last month, the National Institutes of Health took the unusual step of shutting down one of its own clinical trials — a $100 million dollar experiment gone wrong. The announcement followed an internal investigation, prompted by a dogged New York Times report, that uncovered inappropriate interactions between the alcohol industry (Anheuser-Busch InBev, Heineken, and others) and the NIAAA in the execution of MACH15.
biology  alcohol  stats  methodology  research 
yesterday by kmt
Low-energy light bulbs, computers, tablets and the blue light hazard | Eye
The introduction of low energy lighting and the widespread use of computer and mobile technologies have changed the exposure of human eyes to light. Occasional claims that the light sources with emissions containing blue light may cause eye damage raise concerns in the media. The aim of the study was to determine if it was appropriate to issue advice on the public health concerns. A number of sources were assessed and the exposure conditions were compared with international exposure limits, and the exposure likely to be received from staring at a blue sky. None of the sources assessed approached the exposure limits, even for extended viewing times.
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yesterday by kmt
Easy DNA Editing Will Remake the World. Buckle Up. | WIRED
Using the three-year-old technique, researchers have already reversed mutations that cause blindness, stopped cancer cells from multiplying, and made cells impervious to the virus that causes AIDS. Agronomists have rendered wheat invulnerable to killer fungi like powdery mildew, hinting at engineered staple crops that can feed a population of 9 billion on an ever-warmer planet. Bioengineers have used Crispr to alter the DNA of yeast so that it consumes plant matter and excretes ethanol, promising an end to reliance on petrochemicals. Startups devoted to Crispr have launched. International pharmaceutical and agricultural companies have spun up Crispr R&D. Two of the most powerful universities in the US are engaged in a vicious war over the basic patent. Depending on what kind of person you are, Crispr makes you see a gleaming world of the future, a Nobel medallion, or dollar signs.
biology  genomics  ethics  science 
yesterday by sew245
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Life after mankind: What animals might look like if humans went extinct -
science  biology  from twitter
yesterday by rdr
A British Seaweed Scientist Is Revered in Japan as ‘The Mother of the Sea’
Kathleen Drew-Baker died never having set foot in Japan, and never knowing what an impact her research would make. Plus, how to build a lazy bed, how to cook Irish blancmange, and other surprising seaweed stories.
articles  oceans  food  science  biology 
2 days ago by gmisra
Inside the Very Big, Very Controversial Business of Dog Cloning | Vanity Fair
Barbra Streisand is not alone. At a South Korean laboratory, a once-disgraced doctor is replicating hundreds of deceased pets for the rich and famous. It’s made for more than a few questions of bioethics.
articles  dogs  biology  ethics 
2 days ago by gmisra

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