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Controlling Brains With a Flick of a Light Switch | Mind & Brain | DISCOVER Magazine

Controlling Brains With a Flick of a Light Switch | Mind & Brain | DISCOVER Magazine | Health, Food, Brain Science and Genome | Scoop.it
Using the new science of optogenetics, scientists can activate or shut down neural pathways, altering behavior and heralding a true cure for psychiatric disease. .

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Britain ponders 'three-person embryos' to combat genetic diseases

Britain ponders 'three-person embryos' to combat genetic diseases | Health, Food, Brain Science and Genome | Scoop.it
If given green light, British scientists would be the first to offer treatments letting babies be born with DNA from three people

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The government is considering whether to propose legal changes that would allow radical new treatments for families at risk of incurable genetic diseases that involve the creation of so-called "three-person embryos".

A national consultation released on Wednesday by the UK's fertility watchdog found public support for techniques that involve introducing DNA from a third person to embryos which could prevent mothers from passing on devastating diseases, such as muscular dystrophy, to their children.

If ministers and MPs give the procedures the green light, Britain would become the first country to offer treatments that lead to children being born with DNA from three people: their parents and a woman donor. The amount of DNA from the donor is tiny compared with the parents.

About one in 6,000 people is born with a disease caused by genetic glitches in their mitochondria, the biological batteries that power the cells in our bodies. Mitochondria are inherited only from mothers and contain just 37 genes, held separately to the 23,000 genes that shape our appearance and define much of who we are.

Mitochondrial diseases tend to worsen with age, and affect parts of the body that burn the most energy: the heart, brain and muscles. Many children diagnosed early in life go on to suffer catastrophic organ failure.


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Controlling Brains With a Flick of a Light Switch | Mind & Brain | DISCOVER Magazine

Controlling Brains With a Flick of a Light Switch | Mind & Brain | DISCOVER Magazine | Health, Food, Brain Science and Genome | Scoop.it
Using the new science of optogenetics, scientists can activate or shut down neural pathways, altering behavior and heralding a true cure for psychiatric disease. .

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Johns Hopkins surgeons implant first brain ‘pacemaker’ for Alzheimer’s disease in US | KurzweilAI

Johns Hopkins surgeons implant first brain ‘pacemaker’ for Alzheimer’s disease in US | KurzweilAI | Health, Food, Brain Science and Genome | Scoop.it
(Credit: iStockPhoto) Researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine have surgically implanted a pacemaker-like device into the brain of a patient in the early...

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Sandy Williams Spencer's curator insight, September 1, 2013 4:19 PM

This is astounding news! Dated back in March though-- I'd like to hear an update.

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Search of DNA Sequences Reveals Full Identities

Search of DNA Sequences Reveals Full Identities | Health, Food, Brain Science and Genome | Scoop.it
Surprising results from a DNA researcher highlight the growing tension between the advancement of medical research and privacy concerns.

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The genetic data posted online seemed perfectly anonymous — strings of billions of DNA letters from more than 1,000 people. But all it took was some clever sleuthing on the Web for a geneticsresearcher to identify five people he randomly selected from the study group. Not only that, he found their entire families, even though the relatives had no part in the study — identifying nearly 50 people.

The researcher did not reveal the names of the people he found, but the exercise, published Thursday in the journal Science, illustrates the difficulty of protecting the privacy of volunteers involved in medical research when the genetic information they provide needs to be public so scientists can use it.

Other reports have identified people whose genetic data was online, but none had done so using such limited information: the long strings of DNA letters, an age and, because the study focused on only American subjects, a state.

“I’ve been worried about this for a long time,” said Barbara Koenig, a researcher at the University of California in San Francisco who studies issues involving genetic data. “We always should be operating on the assumption that this is possible.”


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GMO and the Corporate Patenting of Living Organisms: Monsanto’s Patents on Life

GMO and the Corporate Patenting of Living Organisms: Monsanto’s Patents on Life | Health, Food, Brain Science and Genome | Scoop.it

March 1, 2013 Global Research

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court began hearing arguments in a seed patent infringement case that pits a small farmer from Indiana, 75-year old Vernon Hugh Bowman, against biotech goliath Monsanto. Reporters from the New York Times to the Sacramento Bee dissected the legal arguments. They speculated on the odds. They opined on the impact a Monsanto loss might have, not only on genetically modified crops, but on medical research and software.

What most of them didn’t report on is the absurdity – and the danger – of allowing companies to patent living organisms in the first place, and then use those patents to attempt to monopolize world seed and food production.

- See more at: http://www.globalresearch.ca/gmo-and-the-corporate-patenting-of-living-organisms-monsantos-patents-on-life/5324781#sthash.2eBGcPo2.dpuf

 

WATCH: "SEEDING DEEP DEMOCRACY - Vandana Shiva http://www.scoop.it/t/agriculture-gmos-pesticides/p/1054461972/seeding-deep-democracy-vandana-shiva

 

WATCH: A SYSTEM BASED ON PROFITS IS UNSUSTAINABLE ....Vandana Shiva on Industrial Agriculture http://www.scoop.it/t/agriculture-gmos-pesticides/p/1614565249/a-system-based-on-profits-is-unsustainable-vandana-shiva-on-industrial-agriculture

 

FARM ANIMAL WELFARE NOT ON THE CORPORATE REPONSIBILITY AGENDA http://sco.lt/81hbDV

 

GMO IN CONSUMER PROCESSED AND RAW FOODS:

TOP BREAKFAST CEREALS THAT CONTAIN MONSANTO'S GMO CORN http://www.seattleorganicrestaurants.com/vegan-whole-foods/breakfast-cereals-monsanto-gmo-corn/

 

WHY WE POISON OUR FOOD AND DR. SEUSS http://sco.lt/5NKmq9

 

>> WHY IS OUR FOOD BEING MADE AND MODIFIED BY THE WORLD'S LARGEST PESTICIDE MANUFACTURERS? http://gmo-awareness.com/all-about-gmos/gmo-defined/

 

 

WATCH: "MONSANTO FOOD WARS: GMO SEEDS AND ANIMALS" http://www.scoop.it/t/agriculture-gmos-pesticides/p/3997411054/watch-monsanto-food-wars-gmo-seeds-and-animals

 

THE GLOBAL AG CHEMICAL BIOTECH CARTEL - AN UNPRECEDENTED POWER OVER WORLD AGRICULTURE AND HUMAN HEALTH  http://www.scoop.it/t/agriculture-gmos-pesticides/p/1716244040/the-global-chemical-biotech-cartel-an-unprecedented-power-over-world-agriculture-and-human-health

 

WATCH: THE WORLD ACCORDING TO MONSANTO  (FULL LENGTH)  http://sco.lt/7FFsXZ

 

 

 

 

 


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This Electronic Temporary Tattoo Will Soon Be Tracking Your Health | Wired Design | Wired.com

This Electronic Temporary Tattoo Will Soon Be Tracking Your Health | Wired Design | Wired.com | Health, Food, Brain Science and Genome | Scoop.it
This stick-on silicon electrode network is wearable technology to the extreme, designed as a non-invasive diagnostic sensor.

 

FitBit too bulky? Why not glue a sensor array to your skin?

The quantified self goes nanoscale with a stick-on silicon electrode network that could not only change the way we measure health metrics, but could enable a new form of user interface. And the researchers behind it aim to have the device available in the next few weeks through a spinoff company, MC10.

The development takes wearable technology to the extreme, designed as a non-invasive diagnostic sensor that could be used to measure hydration, activity, and even infant temperature. It bonds to the skin, somewhat like a temporary tattoo, flexing and bending in sync with your skin the way you wish a Band-Aid would. How? Researchers at the University of Illinois, Dalian University of Technology in China, and the University of California at San Diego made it really, really small.

With a thickness of 0.8 micrometers at the widest — around one-thousandth the diameter of a human hair — the thin mesh of silicon actually nestles in to the grooves and creases in your skin, even the ones too small to see. Being small helps, but it’s also important that the silicon is laid out in a serpentine pattern and bonded to a soft rubber substrate, allowing the stiff material to flex, a little bit like an accordion.

“Although electronics, over the years, has developed into an extremely sophisticated form of technology, all existing commercial devices in electronics involve silicon wafers as the supporting substrate,” says John Rogers, who led the study published this week in Advanced Materials.


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Matthew Booth's curator insight, March 22, 2013 5:31 AM

This article shows the miniaturisation of the medical world, while we still see big bulky machines in hospitals, one day everything might be as small and as unnoticeable. The photos and information show just how tiny this is and will be good to show in the essay, how this technology can be nano.

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Life Technologies Ion Torrent Ion Proton System-The speediest DNA sequencer yet....

Life Technologies Ion Torrent Ion Proton System-The speediest DNA sequencer yet.... | Health, Food, Brain Science and Genome | Scoop.it

The speediest DNA sequencer yet....

 

The Ion Proton is 100 times faster than any other sequencer and the first that could become part of everyday medical care. Ion Torrent turned sequencing into a digital process by developing the first transistor array that can directly sense the voltage spike produced every time replicating DNA adds a nucleotide. Now that sequencing has been digitized, it should get faster each year, according to Moore’s Law. $224,000


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Everybody's DNA could be on genetic map in 'very near future' - Telegraph

Everybody's DNA could be on genetic map in 'very near future' - Telegraph | Health, Food, Brain Science and Genome | Scoop.it
Personalised medicine for all could be a possibility in the "very near future" as everybody will soon be able to have their entire DNA make-up mapped for as little as £100, a leading professor said.

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Mediterranean Diet Can Cut Heart Disease, Study Finds

Mediterranean Diet Can Cut Heart Disease, Study Finds | Health, Food, Brain Science and Genome | Scoop.it
Until now, evidence that the Mediterranean diet reduced the risk of heart disease was weak, and some experts had been skeptical that the effect of diet could be detected.

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About 30 percent of heart attacks, strokes and deaths from heart disease can be prevented in people at high risk if they switch to a Mediterranean diet rich in olive oil, nuts, beans, fish, fruits and vegetables, and even drink wine with meals, a large and rigorous new study has found.

The findings, published on The New England Journal of Medicine’s Web site on Monday, were based on the first major clinical trial to measure the diet’s effect on heart risks. The magnitude of the diet’s benefits startled experts. The study ended early, after almost five years, because the results were so clear it was considered unethical to continue.

The diet helped those following it even though they did not lose weight and most of them were already taking statins, or blood pressure or diabetes drugs to lower their heart disease risk.

“Really impressive,” said Rachel Johnson, a professor of nutrition at the University of Vermont and a spokeswoman for the American Heart Association. “And the really important thing — the coolest thing — is that they used very meaningful endpoints. They did not look at risk factors like cholesterol or hypertension or weight. They looked at heart attacks and strokes and death. At the end of the day, that is what really matters.”


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Aspartame Associated with Increased Risk of Blood Cancers in Long-Term Human Study

Aspartame Associated with Increased Risk of Blood Cancers in Long-Term Human Study | Health, Food, Brain Science and Genome | Scoop.it
Aspartame Associated with Increased Risk of Blood Cancers in Long-Term Human Study http://t.co/pxeWBvl8EB

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Kat Carroll's curator insight, February 24, 2013 7:54 AM

"But make no mistake about it, this study is of great importance because it's the most comprehensive and longest human study — spanning 22 years — that has ever looked at aspartame toxicity. The study evaluates the effect between aspartame intake and cancer, and they found a clear association between aspartame consumption and non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma and leukemia".

Cynthia Hack's comment, March 3, 2013 7:55 AM
This should have never been allowed
Kat Carroll's comment, March 3, 2013 7:59 AM
I cannot believe how many educated, professional, thinking people aren't avoiding this. Part of it, is that they don't readily find the alternatives like xylitol...