MEDICAL SCIENCE - TECHNOLOGY




8/2/17

Gene editing successful at removing deadly mutations

Here is a primer on CRISPR from 12/30/16.
The video (4:12) is outstanding.




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12/16/16

CRISPR



Science ... beating the snot out of the gods for about 500 years now


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9/26/16

PHD student thinks "outside the box"
and makes a stunning breakthrough
in the fight against anti-biotic-resistant superbugs




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12/2/15

Natural gas may, or may not, be better for the environment than coal.

It all depends on how it's handled


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10/22/15

The world's first "head" transplant has been scheduled for a Russian man




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6/4/15

Your viral history can now be read from a single drop of your blood

I sent an email to one of the scientists, Jim Keeley, and asked him:

I have a question about the article:
What is the difference between these 2 sentences from the article?

"VirScan works by screening the blood for antibodies
against any of the 206 species of viruses known to infect humans."

"As a group, the bacteriophage displayed all of the protein sequences found
in the more than 1,000 known strains of human viruses.
"

What is the difference between strains of human viruses
and species of viruses known to infect humans?

Are there strains of human viruses that don't "infect" humans?
Or, are there multiple strains within a "species" of virus?

Thank you for your patience with my ignorance.

His reply affirmed my second guess:

"There can be multiple subtypes (strains) of viruses in a viral species.
So while there are 206 species, most of those species have multiple strains;
hence the '1,000 known' number.
"


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3/27/15

The end of humans using animals for their meat ...

would seem to finally be coming into view

Now for a reality check:
When their livelihood and profits were threatened ...
Remember how the tobacco companies responded in the 1980's?
Remember how the oil, coal, and power companies responded in the 2000's?
Remember all the stories about drug traffickers protecting their business?

There is no limit to the depths that people will stoop to ...

to keep the money rolling in


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3/13/15

The world's first successful penis transplant

No, I am not going to provide a picture with this story.


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12/16/14

This double-arm amputee is not someone ...

whom you would want to armwrestle (4:32)


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5/28/14

Cloaking devices and nano robots fighting disease inside the body:
it sounds like science fiction, doesn't it?

Well ... it isn't science fiction any longer


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5/22/13

Baby's life saved by a new 3D-printed device




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4/16/13

Scientists make breakthrough in fight against world hunger.

Cellulose has been converted into starch


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