At the third annual U.S.-China Internet Industry Forum last week, top government and technology leaders gathered to discuss business and policy topics of mutual interest, such as online child protection and intellectual property issues. The United States and China are
From the Scientist: “Newly created synthetic particles that mimic red blood cells may one day carry drug molecules and/or oxygen through bloodstreams, according to researchers writing in this week’s issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).
Yesterday marked the beginning of the third annual US-China Internet Industry Forum (held this year in SF). The purpose of the gathering is to increase mutual understanding of key business and policy issues in China and the US. It is
Using nanotech to target cancer cells is an idea that’s been in the works for a while. A team “led by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has just successfully combined an antibody with single-walled nanotubes to create
If you’re in the LA area and interested in longevity issues, I’ll be speaking at the H plus summit tomorrow.
From the NYT: “The National Institutes of Health said Wednesday that it had approved 13 new human embryonic stem cell lines for use by federally financed researchers, with 96 more under review.” and “Researchers’ interest in human embryonic stem cells
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! Here’s a preview of my column on health tech we can be grateful to have: “There have been striking advances in healthcare, thanks to technology, that have nothing to do with the controversial “reform” efforts under
This is a fantastic article. At a time when Congress is debating a bloated $850 billion health care bill, doctors in India have come up with ways to make heart surgery cheaper, with potentially better recovery rates. According to the
Another innovative idea from Ray Kurzweil. He proposes, “a collaborative technology incubator between Israel and Palestine.” According to reports, the proposal was widely met with enthusiasm and support in both public and private sessions. Would it work? Maybe, and it
What a weird story. Brings to light the problems that can occur if we start to think that genes explain everything. From the New Scientist: “A judge’s decision to reduce a killer’s sentence because he has genetic mutations linked to
From the Mail Online: “Human eggs and sperm have been grown in the laboratory in research which could change the face of parenthood. It paves the way for a cure for infertility and could help those left sterile by cancer
I was stunned last week when I saw many prominent tech VCs and CEOs from Silicon Valley sign letters endorsing the FCC’s move towards Net Neutrality, since, if the rule making goes ahead, it will mean regulating the Internet. I
This is a fabulous demonstration of how stem cells were used to grow cheek bones for a boy born without them due to a genetic condition. As with many stem cell procedures, the stem cells were injected into a scaffold
Story in Science Daily and Science Alert, among others. Hat tip to James Clement to posting this on FB. “A major breakthrough study, published 15 October in Nature, has provided a complete roadmap of the human epigenome and has major
“I could make a mouse that has your liver. That’s incredibly valuable,” said stem cell researcher Stephen A. Duncan (at the Medical College of Wisconsin). That’s an impressive claim, and it’s based on newly released data from his lab that
Cross-posted from H+: This is an interesting piece in the BBC about how complex tasks enhance the structure of the brain. Time to take up juggling! Hat tip to Ramez Naam who posted this earlier today on Facebook.
As many of you know, I am on the board of directors of H+. We re-worked some things with our blog recently, so you will see me posting and cross-posting between here and there more often.
Researchers led by Irina Conboy at UC Berkeley have completed some very interesting research on human muscle. Essentially, they found that it is possible to regenerate old human muscle by activating an enzyme called mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK). MAPK regulates
This is an interesting piece in the NYT on caloric restriction research in humans. The researchers are studying biomarkers in humans who commit to caloric restriction for two years. It would take too long to do a longitudinal study on
I mentioned this on Twitter yesterday, but I thought I would also blog about this WSJ story since they have a nice graphic showing how telomeres work. One of the three winners of the Nobel prize, Elizabeth Blackburn, is local