Theoretically Possibility That Gene Edited Twins Received a Tiny Intelligence Enhancement

The question and answer interview of He Jianku conference presentation has the most interesting parts of this debate about human gene editing of embryos. The interview starts at about 1 hour and 28 minutes of the record. The formal presentation showed that the scientist He has taken appropriate scientific care to perform the work. He …

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CRISPR Vector Used to Genetically Modify Human Embyros Was Purchased for $100

Any medium-sized Invitro Fertilization (IVF) clinic could utilize a CRISPR vector that can be purchased for $100 to replicate the embryo gene edit. Geneticist He Jiankui claims to have altered the genes of twin girls born this month. He Jiankui presented his work in a forum organized by the University of Hong Kong to discuss …

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Breaking Through to Next Levels of Technology

There have been some who have complained about the seeming lack of acceleration or slower than some have expected development of societal technology. Richard Jones talks about lack of specific progress to diamondoid molecular nanotechnology or the appearance that we might not be on track to a technological singularity. Addressing this criticism of rate of …

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China could solve population problem with millions of IVF babies

Globally about 2 million cycles of IVF are performed each year. IVF is growing at ~7% per year. IVF is growing at 20-30% in China. China will be the major driver of IVF demand growth. This will increase global IVF growth towards 20-30% per year. China had 17-18 million births per year and about 100K-200K …

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George Church predicts genetic reading and writing will improve another 1000 to 1 million times

DNA Reading has improved 3 million fold and writing of DNA has improved a billion-fold from 1980 to today. George Church predicts genetic reading and writing will improve another 1000 to 1 million times. They eliminated one codon (out of 64) through a 4 million base pair organism. They are now eliminating 6 other codons. …

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George St Pierre talks about performance enhancing drugs

In an interview with Joe Rogan, UFC champion George St Pierre (GSP) talks about performance-enhancing drugs. * the new drugs can not just make you stronger but can enhance your reaction time and confidence * In the future, GSP expects gene doping and other enhancements to wreck combat sports and other sports A fictional example …

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Aaron Traywick, CEO of Ascendance Biomedical found dead in flotation tank

Aaron Traywick, CEO of Ascendance Biomedical, biohacker and transhumanist, was found dead this weekend in a flotation tank in Washington DC, according to Tristan Roberts. He was 28 years old. He was floating face down in the tank. Biohacking is a form of science research that hopes to push medical technology without invoking academic, state, …

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

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 information database for Chinese. 1 million genome sequences can crack problems like the genetic basis …

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Gene defect fixed in 8 out of 20 cloned embryos, heralds future of gene fixes and enhancement

A team in China has taken a new approach to fixing disease genes in human embryos. The researchers created cloned embryos with a genetic mutation for a potentially fatal blood disorder, and then precisely corrected the DNA to show how the condition might be prevented at the earliest stages of development. Huang’s team is also …

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Bionic lens can make vision three times better than 20-20

The Bionic Lens is a dynamic lens that replaces the natural lens inside the eye via one of the most common and successful procedures in medicine – cataract surgery. Once there, the lens restores clear vision at all distances without any visual quality problems. It can auto-regulate within the eye by connecting to the muscles …

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Genetic enhancement will be many times more powerful than steroids

Clinical trials of CRISPR gene editing, when they start this year (2017), will edit existing cells in adults using an injection of a viral vector. It seems likely that CRISPR, or some improved version of it, will be established to be both safe and effective in the near future. Professor Stephen Hsu provides an analysis …

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