Want to know how to alter DNA to genetically engineer new forms of life? Sounds like a new take on what we did in my thriller, A REMEDY FOR DEATH, but it’s actually Newsweek’s cover story. http://www.newsweek.com/2017/07/07/natural-selection-new-forms-life-scientists-altering-dna-629771.html
Author of the Newsweek article is Bryan Walsh. (Believe in giving credit where credit’s due, and writing this deserves credit!)
Right now I’ve got to run to an appointment; hopefully I’ll be back to make some points. But at least wanted to get this off to you to peruse over the weekend.
And if you time for even more perusing, please do check out my technothriller, A REMEDY FOR DEATH. http://michaelmcgaulley.net/books/sample-remedy/
My bio-science techno-thriller, A REMEDY FOR DEATH, focuses on a group of super-rich trying to re-create themselves in “healthy, horny 21-year-old bodies with all our accumulated savvy from this lifetime”.
Seems far out?
Not so, as hardly a week goes by without elements of just-that being announced by science labs around the world.
The photo here comes from the article in the professional journal Circulation Research, where you can read more http://circres.ahajournals.org/content/118/1/56
(The portrait of Mr. Pig comes from that article.)
It’s a variation of a question that I raise early-on in my technothriller, A REMEDY FOR DEATH. In REMEDY, a researcher tries to implant brain cells from a human fetus into a young chimp. (Not a plot-spoiler: that is only a small part of the story,)
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In the Aeon article, the focus is on the pigs that may be used to grow replacement human organs:
Continue reading “Should a human-pig chimera be treated as a person?”–question raised in Aeon
At last! Now that the Baby Boomers and even the Millennials are just beginning to think those thoughts of “Am I getting old? Not me! It can’t happen to me! Can it?” Now comes “Compound 14”—a recently discovered molecule triggers “a chain reaction of events in the cell that . . . well, to make long technical story short, tricks human body cells into “thinking” the body has just been for a good, solid workout.
Or, put differently, “ZMP” the master regulator, sends the signal that activates “AMPK” the cells’ central energy censor. Got that?
Bottom line: alas, Compound 14 isn’t for sale yet at the corner drugstore, but the work, headed by Ali Tavassoli, a professor of chemical biology, and Felino Cagampang, an associate professor in integrative physiology, is underway at the University of Southhampton in England.
The study, published in the journal, Chemistry and Biology, details how Compound 14 was given to two groups of mice, and the fat, chubby group lost five percent of body weight after receiving it for seven days.
Is that not a big step toward the Fountain of Youth (at least for mice)!
Who knows what wonders await us, thanks to the tools of bio-engineering and synthetic biology . . . provided somehow we can slow the human aging process so we can all hang around until those wonders do arrive.
If you’re not ready for the complete paper in the scientific journal, check out this article in the Washington Post by Ariana Eunjung Cha