Archive for the ‘genetics’ category: Page 134

Nov 13, 2015

Uncovering the secret of turning back time

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I had read about Singapore in genetic engineering way back in the 90’s. I think they were 1st or 2nd in making immortal skin cells at the time.

Singapore scientists have unravelled a mystery that could pave the way for turning back the clock on ageing.

A recent study led by Dr Ng Shyh Chang of the Genome Institute of Singapore at the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*Star) has found a gene in human egg cells that suppresses an enzyme causing cells to age.

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Nov 13, 2015

First genetically modified humans could exist within two years

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Biotech company Editas Medicine is planning to start human trials to genetically edit genes and reverse blindness.

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Nov 13, 2015

Genome Editing with CRISPR-Cas9

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This animation depicts the CRISPR-Cas9 method for genome editing – a powerful new technology with many applications in biomedical research, including the potential to treat human genetic disease. Feng Zhang, a leader in the development of this technology, is a faculty member at MIT, an investigator at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research, and a core member of the Broad Institute. Further information can be found on Prof. Zhang’s website at http://zlab.mit.edu.

Images and footage courtesy of Sputnik Animation, the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Justin Knight and pond5.

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Nov 12, 2015

Your Gut May Be Home to an Entirely New Form of Life

Posted by in categories: genetics, health, life extension

Might be a good start point for some new longevity research.

A new genetic analysis of human gut bacteria is turning up some really weird critters—so weird, in fact, that some biologists are speculating we’ve found an entirely new domain of life. We should take that possibility with a healthy dose of skepticism. But here’s why it’s even being discussed.

In the past ten years, new genomic technologies have, for the first time, enabled scientists to explore our microbiome—that trove of invisible critters that live on us and in us. Microbiome research is quite literally rewriting the textbooks on human biology, as we learn that everything from our mouths to our intestines to our skin is, in fact a complex and diverse ecosystem. Hell, we’re even surrounded in a personal cloud of bacteria. By some estimates, the human cells in your body are vastly outnumbered by microbes.

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Nov 10, 2015

These brilliant scientists each won $3 million for discovering a way to turn brain cells on or off using light

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Ed Boyden and Karl Deisseroth won Breakthrough Prizes for their discovery of optogenetics.

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Nov 8, 2015

Genes Responsible for Limb Regeneration in Crickets Identified

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Researchers just identified part of the epigenetic pathways responsible for limb regeneration in the two-spotted cricket Gryllus bimaculatus.

Cut off the leg of an insect, and not only will the insect survive, but the leg will also grow back after some time. Cut off the leg of a human, and they’ll bleed out without proper medical attention (alas for us). Ultimately, insects are able to accomplish this amazing feat because they retain the biological pathways required for cells to differentiate and reorganize at a wound site, which is required in order to regenerate entire limbs.

The processes involve the dedifferentiation and redifferentiation of cells; however, the exact nature of the process is largely a mystery. Fortunately, some light has recently been shed on the matter, as researchers at Okayama University identified key genes involved in the regenerative process of the two-spotted cricket, Gryllus bimaculatus.

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Nov 6, 2015

Big Data and Genetic Sequencing Will Help Extend the Human Lifespan

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, genetics, life extension

Gooooood, good.

Big data will help crack the code on aging.

Two of the leading scientists at the edge of the medical revolution believe that our life expectancy could start creeping up toward the triple digits.

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Nov 5, 2015

Biology is software. Software we can upgrade. Genetics and biotech have made “LIFE” our new canvas

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Nov 5, 2015

Gene editing saves girl dying from leukaemia in world first

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A one-year-old girl is in remission after receiving an experimental therapy that used genetically engineered T-cells from a donor to kill her cancer.

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Nov 4, 2015

What an abomination!

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Japan has developed a new genetically mutated strawberries, and it’s BLUE


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