Future of Gene Sequencing, Genome Editing and Intelligence Enhancement

The Current state of the genetic component of intelligence was summarized in a recent research article at Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. Twin studies show that individual differences in human intelligence can largely (50%–80%) be explained by genetic influences making intelligence one of the most heritable traits. However, present GWAS studies can capture less than half …

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Secret of cancer immunity in Elephants are multiple cancer protection genes

Bigger creatures should have more cancer risk. However, Elephants do not have high rates of cancer. They have some kind of protection. * elephants have 20 extra duplicates of p53, a tumor suppressor gene. * they also duplicate copies of the LIF gene, which encodes for leukemia inhibitory factor. Elephant cells commit suicide at the …

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No methane in cow farts would be a big step to less climate change

J.P. Brouwer, along with his father and two brothers at Sunalta Farms in central Alberta, runs the first commercial dairy farm contributing data to the Genome Canada project. One part of the project aims to increase feed efficiency—growing cows as big as possible with as little food as possible—and reduce emissions of methane, a greenhouse …

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40 new intelligence related genes found bringing total to 52 which explain 4.8% of intelligence variation

By sifting through the genetics of nearly 80,000 people, researchers have uncovered 40 genes that may make certain people smarter. That brings the total number of suspected “intelligence genes” to 52. , The genetic variants identified account for about 5 percent of individual differences in intelligence. Their calculations show that the current results explain up …

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Proposals for new stellerator fusion designs and projects in the 2020s

Although there is as yet no clear path to a practical steady-state fusion system, stellarator research greatly improves the chances for success. Advances in stellarator physics and engineering in the years since the large stellarators LHD and W7-X were designed have the potential to make quantum improvements in the design of stellarators. The current aim …

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Ukraine has rebuilt 250,000 person army but Russia will hold escalation advantage for years

Russia and Ukraine are the two countries with the largest land armies in Europe. They have been locked in a conflict for three year and have repeatedly come close to escalating to all-out war. On Dec. 1, Ukraine announced it had successfully tested 16 medium range surface-to-air missiles within a designated airspace over the Black …

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Nickel-78 is a ‘doubly magic’ isotope which means it would be far more stable if synthesized

For nuclear physicists, ‘doubly magic’ describes atomic nuclei that have greater stability than their neighbors thanks to having shells that are full occupied by both protons and neutrons. Theoretical physicists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory recently used Titan, America’s most powerful supercomputer, to compute the nuclear structure of nickel-78, consisting of …

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Artificial Intelligence beats human expert in air combat simulator which foreshadows Skynet and drones beating human pilots

Artificial intelligence (AI) developed by a University of Cincinnati doctoral graduate was recently assessed by subject-matter expert and retired United States Air Force Colonel Gene Lee – who holds extensive aerial combat experience as an instructor and Air Battle Manager with considerable fighter aircraft expertise – in a high-fidelity air combat simulator. The artificial intelligence, …

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Passive Wi-Fi at 10,000 times lower power

The upside of Wi-Fi is that it’s everywhere – invisibly connecting laptops to printers, allowing smartphones to make calls or stream movies without cell service, and letting online gamers battle it out. With Passive Wi-Fi, we can envision a true “Internet of Things” in which household devices and wearable sensors will be able to communicate …

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China is funding research into genetic modification of animals as a national priority and is setting up large animal cloning factories

Chinese Geneticist Lei Qu wants to increase goatherd incomes by boosting how much meat and wool each animal produces. Once the goat team began to deploy CRISPR, their progress was rapid. Nature Scientific Reports – Generation of gene-modified goats targeting MSTN and FGF5 via zygote injection of CRISPR/Cas9 system The research is just one of …

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