genetics Archive

antiagingSupercentenarian may have genes that protect against bad effects of aging

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James Clement has collected blood, skin or saliva from supercentenarians in 14 states and seven countries over a six-year period. Lifestyle and luck, it seems, still factor heavily into why people live into their 90s and 100s. However, supercentenarians are …

chinaChina Province of Jiansu will genome sequence one million people within two years

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The government in the eastern Chinese province of Jiangsu has unveiled a plan to sequence the genomes of 1 million people for a large DNA sequencing platform and biomedical big data analysis center in Nanjing as well as a genetic …

artificial intelligenceMachine Learning accurately predicts human height from genetic information

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Stephen Hsu reports on his team work to use novel machine learning methods (“compressed sensing”) to ~500,000 genomes from UK Biobank, resulting in an accurate predictor for human height which uses information from thousands of SNPs. Hsu has also predicted …

brain40 new intelligence related genes found bringing total to 52 which explain 4.8% of intelligence variation

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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 …

exoskeletonSpecial Ops interested in Drugs and more for Supersoldiers and strength enhancing exoskeleton armor

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US Special Ops is looking to put Captain America Supersoldiers into HALO exoskeleton Armor. Amendment 15 of their BAA for Advancement of Technologies for Use by Special Operations Forces talks about wanting to enhance soldier performance with drugs and more. …

diabetesGene transfer cures diabetes in mice without side effect

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A potential cure for Type 1 diabetes looms on the horizon in San Antonio, and the novel approach would also allow Type 2 diabetics to stop insulin shots. The discovery, made at The University of Texas Health Science Center, now …

agingLast official person born in 19th century has died

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The world’s oldest person has died in Italy at the age of 117, reports say. Emma Morano was born on 29 November 1899 in the Piedmont region of Italy. She was officially the last person born in the 1800s still …

artificial intelligenceDARPA wants to be able scale up agricultural crop modification within one year instead of 15 years

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DARPA has a project to have insects spread genes to agricultural crops in one season Overarching Goals and Objectives 1. Select, modify, and optimize a plant virus that can deliver a genetic construct to mature target plants and ultimately express …

brainPredictions of human intelligence possible from DNA alone as we near effective embryo selection and gene editing of humans

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Stephen Hsu at Infoproc reports that we now know enough about the genetic architecture of human intelligence to make predictions based on DNA alone. While it is a well-established scientific fact that variations in human cognitive ability are influenced by …

artificial intelligenceRussia will place GPS jammers on 250,000 cellphone towers to reduce enemy cruise missile and drone accuracy in the event of large scale conventional war

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The Russian military is buying up jamming devices which it plans to mount on cell phone towers. The idea behind it is simple — the Kremlin could switch on the jammers, known as Pole-21 to confuse American GPS guidance. Russia has about …