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  • New technique delivers complete DNA sequences of chromosomes inherited from mother and father

    05/19/2020 9:31:27 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 17 replies
    University of Adelaide ^ | May 7 2020 | Cathy Parker
    An international team of scientists led by the University of Adelaide's Davies Research Centre has shown that it is possible to disentangle the DNA sequences of the chromosomes inherited from the mother and the father, to create true diploid genomes from a single individual. In a report published in Nature Communications, and funded by the Davies Research Centre over the past 15 years, the researchers have shown that genomes of two important modern-day cattle breeds, Angus (Bos taurus taurus) and Brahman (Bos taurus indicus), can be completely decoded from a single hybrid individual carrying the genetics of both breeds, using...
  • Hit pause on gene editing: We have no idea what our attempts to play god with the human genome will unleash on humanity.

    01/22/2020 7:09:31 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/22/2020 | By John Stonestreet and Roberto Rivera
    As I said in a BreakPoint commentary last month, gene-editing technologies such as CRISPR and what’s being called “Prime Editing” are “existential threats.” We have no idea what our attempts to play god with the human genome will unleash on humanity. Yet, we insist on charging ahead despite our imperfect knowledge with an unbounded confidence in our abilities.Coming from a concerned non-scientist like me, these concerns can be easily dismissed as alarmist, but what if the concern comes from the Director of the National Institutes of Health?It turns out that Francis Collins is also concerned. In a recent article in...
  • What and how much we eat might change our internal clocks and hormone responses

    11/10/2019 3:06:54 AM PST · by tired&retired · 65 replies
    Science Daily ^ | November 8, 2019
    For the first time, a study shows how glucocorticoid hormones, such as cortisol, control sugar and fat levels differently during day and night, feeding and fasting, rest and activity, over the course of 24 hours. The research conducted in mice found that the time-of-day dependent metabolic cycle is altered by high caloric diet. Since glucocorticoids are widely used drugs for the treatment of inflammatory diseases, these findings published in Molecular Cell suggest that lean and obese patients might respond differently to steroid therapy. Finally, it reveals the biological function of daily rhythms of hormone secretion (high before awakening and feeding,...
  • Scientists Predict Meatless Burgers That “Taste Better Than Meat”: Don't Buy The Hype

    11/14/2019 8:13:16 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 66 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/14/2019 | Jazz Shaw
    Is the hype of the plant-based burger craze and laboratory-grown beef already outstripping the reality? I’ve seen varying taste test reports on the Impossible Whopper and similar offerings, ranging from the ecstatic to the disgusted, but even the real fans aren’t saying that it’s better than a finely grilled burger. At most, they say it’s hard to tell the difference. But now we’re hearing from some of the scientists looking into these experimental monstrosities and they’re claiming that in the very near future, plant-based or lab-cultured “meat” is going to taste better than actual beef. What does that even...
  • Three Percent of the World’s Population Died in the 1918 Flu Pandemic

    01/28/2018 9:29:30 AM PST · by beaversmom · 42 replies
    http://www.history.com/news/spanish-flu ^ | January 26, 2018 | DAN JONES AND MARINA AMARAL
    Blue lips. Blackened skin. Blood leaking from noses and mouths. Coughing fits so intense they ripped muscles. Crippling headaches and body pains that felt like torture. These were the symptoms of a disease that was first recorded in Haskell County, Kansas, one hundred years ago this week, in January 1918. From Kansas the illness spread quickly: not only throughout the U.S. but across the world. Eventually (if misleadingly) it became known as Spanish flu. And while its effects on the body were awful, the mortality rate was truly terrifying. During a pandemic that lasted two years from its outbreak in...
  • Crystal Sugar CEO blasts anti-GMO movement, Texas Sen. Cruz

    12/03/2015 3:28:02 PM PST · by VinL · 30 replies
    SunHerald ^ | 12/3/15 | D. Kolpack
    The head of the nation's largest sugar beet cooperative said Thursday that shareholders will see improved results this year, but two of his group's biggest challenges are the anti-genetically modified foods movement and Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz. American Crystal Sugar Co. CEO David Berg received the only round of applause during his speech to the group's annual meeting when he challenged Cruz to a debate over the Republican presidential candidate's call to do away with government support for the sugar industry. "We will defend the sugar program for a long, long time," Berg said, pretending he was addressing...
  • We could feed one million people living in colonies on Mars

    09/25/2019 7:58:13 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 45 replies
    .astronomy.com ^ | Wednesday, September 25, 2019 | Erika K. Carlson |
    With bugs, algae and other resource-efficient foods we could feed one million people on Mars within a century of arriving there. Scientists even invented a martian diet. Cannon and colleagues modeled the food needs of a human population on Mars that grows to one million over about a hundred Earth years through a combination of immigration and reproduction. Though the settlement would need to import a lot of food at the start, it could transition to an entirely Martian-grown diet in about a century with the right food choices, they found. The major limiting factor is space — or rather,...
  • Marianne Williamson is the only candidate to bring up Food Policy

    07/02/2019 10:06:43 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 91 replies
    Food and Wine ^ | Jun 28, 2019 | Adam Campbell-Schmitt
    “We’ve got to get deeper than just these superficial fixes, as important as they are..." “We don’t have a healthcare system in the United States, we have a sickness care system in the United States. We just wait ’til somebody gets sick and then we talk about who’s going to pay for the treatment and how they’re going to be treated. What we need to talk about why so many Americans have unnecessary chronic illnesses, so many more compared to other countries. And that gets back not just into Big Pharma, not just health insurance companies, it has to do...
  • Cancer treatment uses genetically modified cells to fight tumors

    04/01/2019 4:42:35 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    cbs2la ^ | April 1, 2019, 6:45 PM | Jonathan LaPook/
    Sally joined a trial at Baylor College of Medicine using a therapy called CAR T. First, doctors removed some of Sally's T-cells, infection fighting white blood cells, and genetically modified them to recognize her sarcoma cancer as being enemy cells that should be destroyed. Millions of those new cells were then put back in Sally's body, ready to search out and destroy the cancer. Of 10 patients, three have stable disease and two, including Naser, have no evidence of cancer. Two CAR T therapies are already FDA approved for forms of leukemia and lymphoma. The next hurdle is proving it...
  • Humans could get X-Men ‘SUPER VISION’ to see in the DARK after nanoparticles let mice see infrared

    03/01/2019 11:10:16 AM PST · by Red Badger · 27 replies
    www.thesun.co.uk ^ | 28th February 2019, 8:53 pm Updated: 28th February 2019, 8:54 pm | By Tariq Tahir
    Applications include use by the military and helping people who are colour blind HUMANS could get the power to see in the dark after mice were injected with nanoparticles which gave them the ability to see infrared light. The rodents were given infrared night vision for 10 weeks after the injection, with only minor side effects, in an experiment conducted by Chinese and US scientists The team at the University of Science and Technology of China said they could modify a human’s vision to detect a wider spectrum of colours. Current infrared technology allows the user to see heat emitted...
  • CRISPR-baby scientist fired by university

    01/23/2019 11:22:20 AM PST · by jmcenanly · 11 replies
    Nature ^ | 1/22/2019 | David Cyranoski
    Investigation by Chinese authorities finds He Jiankui broke national regulations in his controversial work on gene-edited babies. The scientist who announced last year that he had produced the world’s first gene-edited babies has been fired by his university. The decision, announced on 21 January by the Southern University of Science and Technology in Shenzhen, in China’s Guandong province, follows a report of findings from an investigation into He’s work by provincial health authorities. A probe by the Guangdong health ministry found that He broke national regulations against using gene-editing for reproductive purposes, Chinese state media agency Xinhua reported on 21...
  • Mini-monsters with multiple heads created in the lab

    01/22/2019 8:27:07 AM PST · by ETL · 11 replies
    FoxNews.com/Science ^ | Jan 21, 2019 | Stephanie Pappas Live Science Contributor | LiveScience
    The tiny, immortal hydra is a freshwater animal that can regenerate an entirely new animal from just the tiniest sliver of its body. Usually, it does this perfectly: One foot, one long skinny body, and one tentacled head. But with a single genetic tweak, researchers can create monstrous hydras that sprout fully functional heads all over their bodies — appropriate for an animal named for an ancient Greek monster that had somewhere between six and nine heads. These many-headed hydras aren't just a trick of mad science. For the first time, researchers have figured out what keeps hydra head regeneration...
  • Scientists Can Now Grow Perfect Human Blood Vessels in The Lab

    01/18/2019 7:01:21 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    .sciencealert.com ^ | 17 JAN 2019 | KRISTIN HAUSER,
    In a study published in the journal Nature on Wednesday, researchers from the University of British Columbia detail how they were able to coax stem cells into growing into human blood vessel "organoids," the term used for three-dimensional, lab-grown cellular systems that mimic the characteristics of organs or tissues. They then placed the lab-grown blood vessels in a petri dish designed to mimic a "diabetic environment." They found that the basement membrane thickened in a way that was "strikingly similar" to the thickening seen in patients with diabetes, according to researcher Reiner Wimmer. The researchers then went on the hunt...
  • Sperm of mutant ‘double-muscle’ pigs being sold on FB farmer cashes in on ‘Frankenswine’ market

    12/05/2018 7:57:18 AM PST · by Red Badger · 47 replies
    www.thesun.co.uk ^ | 5th December 2018, 2:52 pm Updated: 5th December 2018, 2:54 pm | By Jon Lockett
    AN AMBITIOUS pig farmer raising muscle-bound mutant porkers for the bacon market is selling their sperm on Facebook. The Cambodian-based breeder is flogging the semen - along with insemination kits - to others looking to move into the 'Frankenswine' market. Mutant ...one of the giant pigs greedily gobbles up his massive dinner at a farm in Cambodia ______________________________________________________________ Scientists in South Korea have been credited with originally genetically-engineering double-muscle hogs to avert a future pork shortage crisis. They carefully altered pig genes to create super-sized swines capable of producing more meat than usual breeds. Farmyard footage shows similar porky 'monsters'...
  • Rewriting Life - EXCLUSIVE: Chinese scientists are creating CRISPR babies (gene editing)

    11/29/2018 1:45:26 AM PST · by a fool in paradise · 24 replies
    MIT Technology Review ^ | November 25, 2018 | Antonio Regalado
    A daring effort is under way to create the first children whose DNA has been tailored using gene editing. When Chinese researchers first edited the genes of a human embryo in a lab dish in 2015, it sparked global outcry and pleas from scientists not to make a baby using the technology, at least for the present. It was the invention of a powerful gene-editing tool, CRISPR, which is cheap and easy to deploy, that made the birth of humans genetically modified in an in vitro fertilization (IVF) center a theoretical possibility. Now, it appears it may already be happening....
  • Brit scientists develop genetically modified virus kills cancer

    11/20/2018 6:16:00 PM PST · by Candor7 · 20 replies
    The Sun ^ | 19th November 2018, 12:15 am | Andrea Downey, Digital Health Reporter
    A GENETICALLY modified virus that kills cancer cells and destroys their hiding places has been developed by British scientists. It targets both cancer cells and healthy cells that are tricked into protecting the cancer from the immune system. Fibroblasts, the most common type of cell in connective tissues, are vital in the body's healing process, but they can get hijacked by cancer-associated fibroblasts or CAFs. These then help tumours grow, spread and evade therapy. The new treatment, a form of immunotherapy developed by Oxford University scientists, attacks carcinomas - the most ­common type of cancer. Currently, any therapy that kills...
  • FDA Acquiring ‘Fresh’ Aborted Baby Parts to Make Mice With Human Immune Systems

    08/08/2018 8:35:19 AM PDT · by UnwashedPeasant · 9 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | August 7, 2018 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration signed a new contract on July 25 to acquire “fresh” human fetal tissue to transplant into “humanized mice” so that these mice will have a functioning “human immune system,” according to information published by the FDA and the General Services Administration. “The objective is to acquire Tissue for Humanized Mice,” said a June 13 FDA “presolicitation notice” for the contract. The contractor, the notice said, would “provide the human fetal tissue needed to continue the ongoing research being led by FDA. “Fresh human tissues are required,” said the notice, “for implantation into severely immune-compromised...
  • Europe Deals A Blow To CRISPR Technology, U.S. Approves 'Bleeding' Veggie Burger

    08/04/2018 9:21:13 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 34 replies
    NPR ^ | August 4, 201811:14 AM ET | Jill Neimark
    Last week was a momentous one for the future of genetically engineered foods, both in the U.S. and in Europe. On July 24, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the Impossible Burger, an all-veggie burger that "bleeds" and sizzles just like meat. The burger's star ingredient — a protein called heme that renders blood red and helps make meat a carnivore's delight — was granted GRAS (generally recognized as safe) status. In 2015, the FDA had required that the $400 million Silicon Valley startup, Impossible Foods, demonstrate that their heme, made by genetically modified yeast, was safe. But across...
  • The Reengineering of the Common Tomato

    08/04/2018 4:25:08 PM PDT · by vannrox · 58 replies
    metallicman ^ | June 2018 | editorial staff
    Did you know that the tomato is a fruit? It actually is, you know. It certainly does not taste like one today. Though, it really used to. Tomatoes used to be sweet and delicious. That is, until the 1920’s in the United States. What in the world was going on then? All that damned “Progressivism” and trying to change America into a utopia ruled by a benevolent wealthy class. Nonsense. Oh, yes. They implemented the Federal income tax, and they banned alcohol and did all kinds of things (like giving the right to vote to woman) to turn the world...
  • CRISPR creates new species with single giant chromosome

    08/01/2018 5:09:32 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 32 replies
    MIT Technology Review ^ | 08/01/2018 | Antonio Regalado
    For at least the last 10 million years every yeast cell of the sort used to make beer or bread has had 16 chromosomes. But now—thanks to CRISPR technology and some DNA tinkerers in China—there are living yeast with just one. Genome organizer: We humans have our genes arranged on 46 chromosomes, yeast use 16, and there’s even a fern plant with 1260 of them. That’s just the way it is. And no one is quite sure why. The big one: Do we really need so many chromosomes? That’s what Zhogjun Qin and colleagues at the Key Laboratory of Synthetic...