A Clinical-Grade Implant May Cure Blindness

Written by Nicholi Avery Edited by Carla Parsons A clinical-grade retinal implant made of human #embryonic stem cell (#hESC)–derived RPE grown on a synthetic substrate has been developed by Kashani and team. The progressive binding disease that causes loss of the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) of the eye is known as #Non-neovascular age-related macular degeneration […]

Researchers discover switch that converts blood vessels to blood stem cells!

A team of scientists in the UK and Italy has discovered a switch that instructs #blood vessel cells to become blood #stem cells during #embryonic development in mice. These findings could aid research into new blood cell creation for #transplants. Using single-cell technology, researchers from the Wellcome Sanger Institute in Cambridge and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory […]

Harvard Rewinds the Biological Clock

Investigators at Harvard Medical School have identified the key cellular mechanisms behind vascular aging and its effects on muscle health, and they have successfully reversed the process in animals. The scientists used a chemical compound that’s an NAD+ booster called NMN which plays a critical role in repairing cellular DNA as well as maintaining cell […]

The Root of All Cruelty?

A recent episode of the dystopian television series “Black Mirror” begins with a soldier hunting down and killing hideous humanoids called roaches. It’s a standard science-fiction scenario, man against monster, but there’s a twist: it turns out that the soldier and his cohort have brain implants that make them see the faces and bodies of […]

Elon Musk – Artificial Intelligence, Neuralink & New Forms of Government on Mars

#Elon Musk discussed his concerns about #artificial intelligence and his hope for forming a symbiosis with AI through his #Neuralink company at SXSW on March 11th, 2018. Musk also spoke about the prospects for complete #renewable energy production, #space-based internet and the new types of government that could appear on #Mars.

Targeting levels of specific protein could improve memory in aging, reduce symptoms of PTSD

A neural circuit mechanism involved in preserving the specificity of memories has been identified by investigators from the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Center for Regenerative Medicine and the Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI). They also identified a genetic “switch” that can slow down #memory generalization — the loss of specific details over time that occurs […]

Astronomers peer inside the mysterious void of our Cosmos

There’s a lot we can learn by looking at all those voids making #space between galaxies – and now, for the first time, #astronomers have used a new method to peer inside these mysterious pockets of #nothingness. Voids in space are due to the expansion of the Universe – this results in a web of […]

The Limits of Neuroplasticity in the Brain

New research shows that the #brain‘s #neuroplasticity isn’t as flexible as previously thought. One of the brain’s mysteries is how exactly it reorganizes new #information as you learn new tasks.  The standard to date was to test how neurons learned new behavior one #neuron at a time. Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh […]

Team develops 3-D tissue model of a developing human heart

The #heart is the first organ to develop in the womb and the first cause of concern for many parents. For expecting mothers, the excitement of pregnancy is often offset by anxiety over medication they require. Parents and doctors often have to consider the mother’s health as well as the potential risk regarding how medication […]

New therapeutic gel shows promise against cancerous tumors!

Scientists at the UNC School of Medicine and NC State have created an injectable gel-like scaffold that can hold combination #chemo-immunotherapeutic drugs and deliver them locally to tumors in a sequential manner. The results in animal models so far suggest this approach could one day ramp up therapeutic benefits for patients bearing tumors or after […]

IMPLICATIONS OF THE BPF LARGE MAMMAL BRAIN PRESERVATION PRIZE

A special thank you to #Keith Wiley for allowing me to post this article in full on our blog.  To see more awesome posts by Keith Wiley please check out the BPF blog: here. He is also the author of a book titled A Taxonomy and Metaphysics of Mind Uploading (2014)  Keithwiley.com A FOLLOW UP TO THE […]

Human Skeletal Muscle Aging and Mutagenesis

Study based upon human skeletal muscle aging, mutagenesis, and the role of #satellite cells “A more comprehensive understanding of the interplay of stem cell–intrinsic and extrinsic factors will set the stage for improving cell therapies capable of restoring tissue homeostasis and enhancing muscle repair in the aged.” Human aging has multiple effects on the human […]

Australia Is Set to Become The First Country to Completely Eliminate One Type of Cancer

The International Papillomavirus Society has announced that Australia could become the first country to eliminate cervical cancer entirely. According to a new study, Australia’s efforts to distribute a human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine for free in schools have been a resounding success. The sexually transmitted infection causes 99.9 percent of cases of #cervical cancer. In 2007, the Australian federal […]

Insights into the Neurobiology of Death

A recent study gives insight into the #neurobiology of dying.  Before the process of dying neurologists closely monitored patients with devastating #brain injuries following Do Not Resuscitate-Comfort Care orders.  This gave key insights into the mechanisms and timing of events in the brain and the circulatory system  during the dying process. The objective of emergency […]

Enzymes and Cognitive Decline

Enzymes play an important role in cognitive function.  Enzymes are biological catalysts.  They’re responsible for accelerating chemical reactions. What role do enzymes play in #aging and cognitive function?  According to new research in laboratory mice by UC San Francisco scientists have discovered that loss of an #enzyme that modifies gene activity to promote brain regeneration […]

Mining the Microbial Dark Matter

The first time Robert Heinzen tried to get Coxiella burnetii to grow by itself, he failed miserably. The bacterium, which causes an influenza-like illness called Q fever, normally divides only inside the cells it infects — forcing researchers to grow it in mammalian tissue and hampering their efforts to investigate the microbe. When Heinzen tried to find […]

DeepMind’s latest AI transfers its learning to new tasks

DeepMind’s latest AI transfers its learning to new tasks By using insights from one job to help it do another, a successful new artificial intelligence hints at a more versatile future for machine learning. Backstory: Most algorithms can be trained in only one domain, and can’t use what’s been learned for one task to perform another, new one. A big hope […]

Our Individuality is Not Determined by Our Genes

Put 50 newborn worms in 50 separate containers, and they’ll all start looking for food at roughly the same time. Like members of other species, microscopic C. elegans roundworms tend to act like other individuals their own age. It turns out that the innate system that controls age-appropriate #behavior in a developing worm is not […]

Evolution: What the Fossils Say

Is evolution a fact? How do the claims of creationists stack up against the fossil record and the actual science? Dr. Donald Prothero presents the evidence in a presentation based on his 2007 book (and more recent findings). Prothero is a paleontologist, geologist, author and science educator. He holds a Ph.D in geological sciences from […]

Neurobiological Changes Explain How Mindfulness Meditation Improves Health

Over the past decade, #mindfulness #meditation has been shown to improve a broad range of #health and disease outcomes, such as slowing HIV progression and improving healthy #aging. Yet, little is known about the #brain changes that produce these beneficial health effects. New research from Carnegie Mellon University provides a window into the brain changes […]

My Journey With Cancer and the Hope for the Future

I would like to share a story.  A story about sadness, depression, anger, and frustration.  But most of all this is my personal story about triumphing over the death sentence of #cancer.  I hope this story will give others who went through and are going through hope for the future. My story started about 4 […]

Scientists find key proteins control risk of osteoarthritis during aging

Now, a study from scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) explains why the risk of osteoarthritis increases as we #age and offers a potential avenue for developing new therapies to maintain healthy #joints. The study’s findings suggest that #FOXO proteins are responsible for the maintenance of healthy cells in the #cartilage of our joints. “We discovered that […]

A.I. will be ‘billions of times’ smarter than humans and man needs to merge with it.

#Artificial intelligence could be “billions of times smarter” than humans and people may need to merge with computers to survive, a futurist told CNBC on Tuesday. Ian Pearson, a futurist at Futurizon, said there will need to be a link between AI and a human brain. #Elon Musk said last year that humans must merge […]

NASA GOT TIRED OF CONSPIRACY THEORIES AND RELEASED OVER 14,000 IMAGES FROM THE APOLLO MISSIONS

The historic moment, considered a small step for man, and a giant leap for mankind has been cast in the shadows for decades by people who argue and claim, mankind never made it to the moon. Some believe it was nothing but a staged event, created on purpose by the government to keep people in […]

Nanorobots Programmed to Destroy a Tumor!

They successfully test a system in mice that fights #cancer by letting the tumor starve without attacking healthy cells. New ways to fight cancer The films Fantastic Voyage (1966) and The Imaginary Chip (1987) imagined what it would be like to put a miniature manned submarine inside a person capable of traveling through the bloodstream to repair the damaged tissues of […]

New technology enables identification of biomarkers for a wide range of diseases

The new, highly sensitive Luminex Multiplex Glycan Array enables the kind of volume needed to establish associations between antibody levels in our blood to these complex sugars, or glycans, and conditions from cancer to autoimmune disease and dementia, they report in the journal Nature Communications. “For many diseases that kill us every day, there still are no good […]

Experimental Drug Promises to Kill the Flu Virus in a Day

As Americans suffer through the worst influenza outbreak in almost a decade, a Japanese drugmaker says it has developed a pill that can kill the virus within a day. But even if the experimental drug lives up to the claim, it likely won’t be available in the U.S. until next year at the earliest. A late-stage trial […]

Artificial Intelligence and Emotional Intelligence

People often forget that we designed computers not just based upon strictly rational but emotional purposes as well to help solve complex problems.  For example we would not have designed a calculator if there was no desire to solve mathematical issues.  Humans are emotionally tied to problem solving and thus it helps them formulate decisions. […]

GROUNDBREAKING SCIENTIFIC RESULTS PROVE THAT THE PROPOSITION OF HUMAN MEDICAL BIOSTASIS HAS POTENTIAL!

A team from 21st Century Medicine has developed a technology that has been independently verified to enable near-perfect, long-term structural preservation of a whole intact mammalian brain. This new breakthrough just won the Brain Preservation Prize – five years after it was launched by the Brain Preservation Foundation (BPF). “One of the, if not THE, most important scientific results in […]

World Leaders Have Decided: The Next Step in AI is Augmenting Humans

By Abby Norman and Jolene Creighton on February 10, 2018 Think that human augmentation is still decades away? Think again. This week, government leaders met with experts and innovators ahead of the World Government Summit in Dubai. Their goal? To determine the future of artificial intelligence. It was an event that attracted some of the biggest […]