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

Posted on 10/07 16:22 in Shows | 0

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.

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Researchers discover a virus that makes the toxin from black widow spider venom

Posted on 10/13 19:20 in Shows | 0

Biotechnologists have discovered some horrifying new consequences of lateral gene transfer: a virus that started making the toxin from black widow spider venom, all by itself.It’s even less comforting that the virus acquired the ability to make the black widow toxin all on its own.

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Genetic Sudoku is here, and it vastly speeds genomic analysis

Posted on 11/15 17:24 in Shows | 0

The innovation has to do with one of the most powerful techniques in genetic analysis: whole genome knockout collections.Expose enough bacteria and you can be assured that you’ve got a mutation into every gene in an organism.

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Scientists figure out how to tweak plant genomes to boost photosynthesis

Posted on 11/21 16:52 in Shows | 0

Ample sunlight is good…except when there’s too much of it, which can cause damage to the plant’s cells.As the sun moves across the sky, changes in light can leave many leaves in the shade with a depressed rate of photosynthesis.

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Researchers increase the storage capacity of DNA to 214 petabytes per gram

Posted on 03/03 19:21 in Shows | 0

Now a pair of researchers from Columbia University and the New York Genome Center have developed a process for storing 214 petabytes of data per gram of DNA.It’s data storage just like what we do with hard drives, but with much higher potential density.

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New GOP bill lets companies force you to take genetic tests, lets them share results with third parties

Posted on 03/10 21:52 in Shows | 0

A new bill introduced by Virginia Foxx (R-NC) and approved by the House Ways and Means Committee would allow corporations to force employees to undergo genetic testing — and then share those results with third parties.But HR 1313 goes farther than simply allowing genetic profiling of employees because an employer offers insurance coverage.

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Ancient DNA showcases a war between our hominid ancestors and viruses

Posted on 04/13 17:19 in Shows | 0

The study focuses on an ancient virus known as HERV-T, which began infecting primates some 32 to 43 million years ago.The germline cells like fetal cells, sperm progenitors, and eggs that were infected with HERV-T passed the viral genes down over the eons.

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