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Jun 28, 2019

Magnetic Fields Encourage Cellular Reprogramming

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, genetics, health

Could be used in a portable device to genetically reprogram ones body.


Environmental conditions, such as heat, acidity, and mechanical forces, can affect the behavior of cells. Some biologists have even shown that magnetic fields can influence them. Now, for the first time, an international team reports that low-strength magnetic fields may foster the reprogramming of cellular development, aiding in the transformation of adult cells into pluripotent stem cells (ACS Nano 2014, DOI: 10.1021/nn502923s). If confirmed, the phenomenon could lead to new tools for bioengineers to control cell fates and help researchers understand the potential health effects of changing magnetic fields on astronauts.

Biologists have been building up evidence that magnetic fields affect living things, says Michael Levin, director of Tufts University’s Center for Regenerative & Developmental Biology, who was not involved in the new study. For example, plants and amphibian embryos develop abnormally when shielded from Earth’s geomagnetic field. And there’s some clinical evidence that particular electromagnetic frequencies promote bone fracture healing and wound repair (Eur. Cytokine Network 2013, DOI: 10.1684/ecn.2013.0332).

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Jun 25, 2019

How biohackers are trying to upgrade their brains, their bodies — and human nature

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, neuroscience

9 questions about biohacking you were too embarrassed to ask.

Jun 24, 2019

ideaXme — Dr. Germaine Cornelissen-Guillaume, PhD — Halberg Chronobiology Center — University of Minnesota — Ira Pastor

Posted by in categories: aging, bioengineering, biotech/medical, complex systems, cryonics, DNA, futurism, genetics, health, life extension

Jun 20, 2019

CRISPR babies: when will the world be ready?

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Nature asked researchers and other stakeholders what hurdles remain before heritable gene editing could become acceptable as a clinical tool. Although some scientific challenges are probably surmountable, approval on a grand scale is likely to require changes to how clinical trials are run, as well as a broader consensus about the technology.


Efforts to make heritable changes to the human genome are fraught with uncertainty. Here’s what it would take to make the technique safe and acceptable.

Jun 19, 2019

Dr. Dennis McKenna — ideaXme — Psychedelic Drugs in Mainstream Medicine — Ira Pastor

Posted by in categories: aging, bioengineering, biotech/medical, business, chemistry, finance, health, life extension, neuroscience

Jun 18, 2019

Google backs a bid to use CRISPR to prevent heart disease

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, computing, food, genetics, health

Ever wonder why some fortunate people eat chips, don’t exercise, and still don’t get clogged arteries? It could be because they’ve got lucky genes.

Now Alphabet (Google’s parent company) is bankrolling a startup company that plans to use gene editing to spread fortunate DNA variations with “one-time” injections of the gene-editing tool CRISPR.

Heart doctors involved say the DNA-tweaking injections could “confer lifelong protection” against heart disease.

Jun 17, 2019

Do-it-yourself CRISPR genome editing kits bring genetic engineering to your kitchen bench

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, food, genetics, habitats

CRISPR genome editing is one of the most significant, world-changing technologies of our era, allowing scientists to make incredibly precise cut n’ paste edits to the DNA of living organisms. Now, one synthetic biologist from NASA plans to make it as accessible as a home science kit, so you can bio-hack yeast and bacteria on your kitchen bench.

Jun 16, 2019

CRISPR used to build dual-core computers inside human cells

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, computing, genetics

The CRISPR gene-editing system is usually known for helping scientists treat genetic diseases, but the technology has a whole range of possible uses in synthetic biology too. Now researchers at ETH Zurich have used CRISPR to build functional biocomputers inside human cells.

Jun 12, 2019

AI, Immunology, and Healthcare — Professor Shai Shen-Orr PhD., Associate Professor at Technion — Israel Institute of Technology, and Founder and Chief Scientist CytoReason — ideaXme — Ira Pastor

Posted by in categories: aging, big data, bioengineering, biotech/medical, business, disruptive technology, DNA, genetics, health, life extension

Jun 11, 2019

The World Is a Mess. We Need Fully Automated Luxury Communism

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, food, space

Asteroid mining. Gene editing. Synthetic meat. We could provide for the needs of everyone, in style. It just takes some imagination.

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