• Unpublished Reader's Digest Interview on Aging and Longevity

    Updated: 2013-01-11 16:35:10
    Over at In Search of Enlightenment you'll find an unpublished interview where the questions somewhat illustrate the point that most people don't look much beyond trivial matters when it comes to aging and longevity. Biotechnology like SENS and similar research projects are given no thought at all in most quarters, and even amongst advocates many favor the snail's pace path of trying to slow aging rather than working to repair its root causes to reverse it. This all means that there is much yet to accomplish in advocacy and education. The field of research known as biogerontology, which studies the...

  • Endurance Training Associated With Longer Telomeres

    Updated: 2013-01-11 16:35:10
    Exercise correlates with all sorts of better measures of health, but there is some debate and conflicting evidence on whether more is better past the point of moderate regular exercise. This ties in to questions of causation - to what degree are endurance athletes drawn to their activities because they are already more robust than their peers, for example? Telomeres are the molecular caps on chromosomes. They shorten with each successive cell division and are thus linked to aging. The shortening rate also varies among people. Shorter telomeres have been linked to increased disease risk as well as shortening of...

  • Cells Derived From Embryonic Stem Cells Rebuild an Artery

    Updated: 2013-01-11 00:30:08
    Regenerative medicine is not an all or nothing field of research. There are many useful waypoints on the road to being able to grow perfectly formed organs, blood vessels, muscle, and other tissues to order and from a patient's own cells. The partial results and half-way houses include a range of potential therapies and technologies that will be a great improvement over the present clinical state of the art. Roadmaps in this sort of research tend to look like this: Gain knowledge of the underlying mechanisms: cell signaling, stem cell life cycles, and so forth. Use this new knowledge to...

  • Regenerating Hair Cells to Restore Hearing

    Updated: 2013-01-11 00:30:07
    In recent years a number of research groups have been investigating ways to restore the hair cells lost in some forms of deafness. Here is the latest example of success in laboratory mice: Hair cell loss results from a variety of factors including noise exposure, aging, toxins, infections, and certain antibiotics and anti-cancer drugs. Although hearing aids and cochlear implants can ameliorate the symptoms somewhat, there are no known treatments to restore hearing, because auditory hair cells in mammals, unlike those in birds or fish, do not regenerate once lost. [Here, researchers] demonstrate for the first time that hair cells...

  • $100,000 grants for 20 entrepreneurs under 20 years to develop their dreams

    Updated: 2012-12-21 00:07:42
    Apply by December 31 for one of 20 $100,000 grants offered by the Thiel Foundation to those under 20 to develop their entrepreneurial dreams.

  • A pathography of aging

    Updated: 2012-12-14 19:25:28
    Institute for Evidence Based Cryonics Home About Organization What is cryonics Scientists' Open Letter on Cryonics Depressed Metabolism Blog Mailing Lists Sitemap A pathography of aging 14. December 2012 Comments Off Categories : Arts Living Health Written by : Aschwin de Wolf on December 14, 2012. In her book Reconstructing Illness : Studies in Pathography Anne Hunsaker Hawkins proposes that the modern pathography is replacing the accounts of religious conversion that were popular in earlier eras . What is a pathography One definition that I found is the study of the life of an individual or the history of a community with regard to the influence of a particular disease or psychological disorder . Reconstructing Illness is an extensive study of this genre , how individuals deal with a

  • Optimal bond loads in designing molecular machines

    Updated: 2012-12-12 00:14:51
    A study of a biological molecular machine has shown that the machine functions most effectively when it uses chemical bonds just barely strong enough to survive the power stroke of the machine.

  • New strides in understanding mechanochemical reactions

    Updated: 2012-12-03 03:59:29
    New time-resolved, high-energy Xray studies of mechanochemical (ball milling) reactions take another step toward reducing the gap between current and future machine-phase chemistry.

  • Nanotechnology milestone: general method for designing stable proteins

    Updated: 2012-11-21 20:13:44
    Five proteins were designed from scratch and found to fold into stable proteins as designed, proving the ability to provide ideal, robust building blocks for artificial protein structures.

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