A protein can boost blood stem cells, making them behave like those of younger people. Is it the key to harnessing young blood’s rejuvenating power?
Source: Old blood can be made young again and it might fight ageing | New Scientist
A woman in her 80s has become the first person to be successfully treated with induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells. A slither of laboratory-made retinal cells has protected her eyesight, fighting her age-related macular degeneration – a common form of progressive blindness.
Source: Vision saved by first induced pluripotent stem cell treatment | New Scientist
The first results of gene editing in viable human embryos reveals it works better than we thought, but that there’s another big problem blocking the way
Source: Mosaic problem stands in the way of gene editing embryos | New Scientist
Model suggests simple chemical systems could grow and reproduce and could have got life off to a flying start
Source: Riddle of life’s origin may be answered by dividing protocells | Research | Chemistry World
The balled structure reveals organization, which is critical for gene activity.
Source: Here’s the first 3D glimpse of how DNA is packaged up in a single cell | Ars Technica UK
Software we can upgrade. Genetics and biotech have made “LIFE” our new canvas.Read more
Source: Lifeboat News: The Blog
From AlphaGo’s historic victory against world champion Lee Sedol to DeepStack’s sweeping win against professional poker players, artificial intelligence is clearly on a roll. Part of the momentum comes from breakthroughs in artificial neural networks, which loosely mimic the multi-layer structure of the human brain. But that’s where the similarity ends. While the brain can…
Source: New Artificial Synapse Bridges the Gap to Brain-Like Computers
An international effort aims to create baker’s yeast with laboratory-made DNA.
Source: Designer Chromosomes Point to New Synthetic Life-Forms – MIT Technology Review