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How MIT’s new biological ‘computer’ works, and what it could do in the future

How MIT’s new biological ‘computer’ works, and what it could do in the future With a fully realized ability to program cell behavior as reliably as we do computer behavior, there’s no telling what biological computing could accomplish.In 2013, this same team designed the computing strain that preceded this one: a biological “state machine.

The gene therapy revolution is coming. Will the US get left behind?

The gene therapy revolution is coming. Will the US get left behind? Last year, the United States federal budget included a rider banning certain types of gene therapy research, and that has some in the scientific community worried.For one, embryonic stem cell research was mostly opposed through funding bans, but more importantly the arguments against it centered on moral and religious arguments, not practical or scientific ones.

Expert panel to Washington: Here’s how we cure cancer

Expert panel to Washington: Here’s how we cure cancer A panel of cancer experts has released its list of recommendations for the government’s big Cancer Moonshot program, a bid to bring the success of the Silicon Valley model to bear on cancer, the emperor of all maladies.This moonshot project, officially referred to as The Vice President’s Cancer Moonshot, was originally going to be priced at a cool billion dollars, but in the time since cancer authorities have asked for about $650 million.

Scientist claims 115 is the hard limit on human lifespan, but it’s not that simple

Scientist claims 115 is the hard limit on human lifespan, but it’s not that simple Jan Vijg of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine has made a heavily qualified assertion that the maximum human lifespan is 115 years, plus or minus a bit.Since the data don’t show anyone living past about 115, with a very few notable exceptions, Vijg says that the data “strongly suggests” that 115 represents a hard limit to human longevity.