Hacking Aging with AI

GERO.AI uses Whole-Exome Sequencing data for in-human AI Drug Discovery, while GeroSense is the arm of Gero creating Digital Biomarkers. GERO.AI models are taken from the physics of complex dynamic systems. They have presented their unique approach in the journal Frontiers in Genetics. They combine deep neural networks with the physical models to study dynamical …

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Reminder Nextbigfuture Reported China Lab Likely COVID-19 Source in February 2020

On February 16, 2020 Nextbigfuture reported that the China Biohazard lab was the likely source of the COVID-19 coronavirus. South China University of Technology biologist Xiao Botao has co-written a paper the #COVID19 might have originated from an animal research lab 280 meters away from the epicentre of the outbreak. The scientists were reportedly bitten …

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Cellular Imaging from Phonon Imaging on a Fiber Probe

Researchers at the University of Nottingham have developed an ultrasonic imaging system, which can be deployed on the tip of a hair-thin optical fibre, and will be insertable into the human body to visualise cell abnormalities in 3D. The new technology produces microscopic and nanoscopic resolution images that will one day help clinicians to examine …

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People Who Live Beyond 105 Have Better DNA Repair

People who live beyond 105 years are more efficient at repairing DNA, according to a study published today in eLife. Paolo Garagnani and colleagues, in collaboration with several research groups in Italy and a research team led by Patrick Descombes at Nestlé Research in Lausanne, Switzerland, recruited 81 semi-supercentenarians (those aged 105 years or older) …

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Singapore Standardizes Genetic Testing for IVF Embryos

Singapore’s Ministry of Health has approved genetic testing of IVF embryos as mainstream clinical service. Pre-implantation genetic testing (PGT) for monogenic or single-gene defects (PGT-M) and chromosomal structural rearrangements (PGT-SR), previously available under a pilot programme, are now classified as mainstream, regulated clinical services with effect from May 1. PGT-M and PGT-SR, previously known as …

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AI Embryo Selection for IVF

An AI-based system photographs the embryos every five minutes, processes the data of their development and notifies any anomalies observed. This increases the likelihood of choosing the most viable and healthy early-stage embryo for IVF procedures. Almost one in six couples face infertility; about 48.5 million couples, 186 million individuals worldwide are inflicted. Europe has …

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COVID Misery and Response Rankings

Canada’s Macdonald-Laurier Institute created a COVID Misery Index. They compared the misery experienced by Canada against 14 other nations. They used 16 measures for which there is sufficient data from the comparison countries and divide them into three broad categories: disease misery, which looks at data related to the direct impact of COVID-19 on populations; …

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MIT Finds CDC COVID Six-Foot Rule Is Wrong

The social distancing, specifically the Six-Foot Rule, a guideline that offers little protection from pathogen-bearing aerosol droplets sufficiently small to be continuously mixed through an indoor space. The importance of airborne transmission of COVID-19 is now widely recognized. While tools for risk assessment have recently been developed, no safety guideline has been proposed to protect …

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