Life Science

Do You Want to Live Forever?

A fellow named Aubrey David Nicholas Jasper de Grey at Cambridge University is working on it. (He looks a little like Rasputin, but that’s beside the point.)  What’s interesting is that he calls his project "engineered negligible senescence." Instead of talking about "immortality"–a loaded, controversial idea–de Grey is focusing on engineering a  reduction in the processes that cause senescence–i.e., aging–at ...

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Private vs. the commons in biology

Ah, the classic "private property" vs. "share it" debate thrives in biology. Companies and patents hold intellectual "property" privately but there is a movement to put science information in "the commons."  From Wired: To push research forward, scientists need to draw from the best data and innovations in their field. Much of the work, however, is patented, leaving many academic ...

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Nitty-gritty cancer research

Okay, if pure speculation is too flaky for you, here’s an opportunity to read some hard-core cancer research articles in Nature. These are real journal articles with the constrained, incremental  factoids of science that pile up into a heap of real facts over time. The reason I post them is that they’re accessible free!  Usually you need a costly subscription ...

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Pure speculation

What is it about the new year that gets minds to speculating about the future? (See the NYTimes article about the future of the Net, for instance.) Last week Mike Mitchell brought to FICenter members’ attention the ideas that had been posted at Edge: The World Question Center asking people to answer the question: “What do you believe is true ...

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