We Know Enough to Be Really Dangerous With Gene Editing

Some gene edited animals have been unintentionally deformed. There are gene edited rabbits with enlarged tongues and pig’s with extra vertebrae. Rapid progress in gene editing is being made but there is still a lot to learn. We know enough now to be really dangerous. 20-30 yrs from now this will all be trivial and …

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Update on genome sequencing costs

For many years, the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) has tracked the costs associated with DNA sequencing performed at the sequencing centers funded by the Institute. This information has served as an important benchmark for assessing improvements in DNA sequencing technologies and for establishing the DNA sequencing capacity of the NHGRI Genome Sequencing Program …

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$1500 to sequence newborns in China and $999 for adult whole genome sequencing

Veritas Genetics is offering full genome sequencing of newborns in China,, ordered by a doctor. They will report back on 950 serious early- and later-life disease risks, 200 genes connected to drug reactions, and more than 100 physical traits a child is likely to have. Called myBabyGenome, the service costs $1,500 and could help identify …

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Fourth Yangjiang unit enters commercial operation

Unit 4 of the Yangjiang nuclear power plant in China’s Guangdong province has completed commissioning tests and now meets the conditions for entering commercial operation, China General Nuclear (CGN) announced on March 15, 2017. The loading of fuel assemblies into the core of the 1080 MWe CPR-1000 pressurised water reactor was completed on 21 November …

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Russia develops stealth ferrite material to protect tanks and planes against precision guided weapons

Russian scientists have developed a new fabric that promises to have the ability to make Russian military hardware much harder to detect for enemy electronic warfare systems. The new lightweight and highly flexible fabric, developed by the Rostec subsidiary JSC Ruselectronics, can protect the electronic equipment of armored vehicles, aircraft and surface-to-air systems from enemy …

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Magnetic memory chips at theoretical limit for low energy will use one million times less energy per computer operation

In a breakthrough for energy-efficient computing, UC Berkeley engineers have shown for the first time that magnetic chips can actually operate at the lowest fundamental energy dissipation theoretically possible under the laws of thermodynamics. This means that dramatic reductions in power consumption are possible — down to as little as one-millionth the amount of energy …

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Best ever planet formation images taken by Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array

High resolution images have been taken of a binary star approximately 450 light years away in the Scorpius-Centaurus association, a cluster of young stars containing objects similar to HL Tau. The images are part of Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA’s) long-baseline campaign in 2014. (Long-baseline interferometry allows multiple antennas to act as one. The size …

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China gets first overseas military base but has a long way to go to catch up hundreds of US bases

China has sealed a deal to build its first military base in Djibouti, a former French colony strategically located across from Yemen on the Red Sea, squeezed between Eritrea and Somalia. Confirming years of under-the-radar suspicions, AFRICOM commander Gen. David Rodriguez told The Hill that the “logistics hub” and airfield will let China “extend their …

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China’s Navy will soon have two domestic aircraft carriers to go with current modern fighters and submarines

Here is a Congressional report on China Naval Modernization: Implications for U.S. Navy Capabilities. China is building two aircraft carriers in the 60,000-70,000 ton class. Currently, the submarine force consists of five nuclear attack submarines, four nuclear ballistic missile submarines, and 53 diesel attack submarines. In reference to the submarine force, the term “modern” applies …

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Elon Musk tracking all advanced battery developments and sees nothing in the near term that would disrupt the Gigafactory of batteries

Tesla Motors and Elon Musk track about 60 different advanced battery development efforts around the world. Some of the efforts to develop improved batteries and hold some long-term promise. they rate all of them from one to five, where five is Tesla should be doing business with them and one is complete BS.” Elon Musk …

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Mitosens Mitochondrial Repair Project Funded and still raising funds

Engineering backup copies of mitochondrial genes to place in the nucleus of the cell, aiming to prevent age-related damage and restore lost mitochondrial function. This is attacking one of seven kinds of known aging damage. Each cell in the body is dependent on the efficient generation of cellular energy by mitochondria to stay alive. Critical …

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