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/
The article raises this question: “Are myths about the rejuvenating powers of young blood true?”
The answer, as I discern it from this and other literature: Definitely yes and no.
Not long ago here we posted about some research in Lund, Sweden attempting to rejuvenate blood (of mice) by reprogramming stem cells. Link to that post and the article on rejuvenating blood The broader topic there, of course, is the search for methods of achieving radical life extension.
My point is that the idea of recapturing youth by somehow rejuvenating via young blood is very new– witness the Swedish research. But it is also very old, as recounted in this article in the Briish AEON, which begins way back in the myths of ancient times and carries through to what’s happening now. Oh yes, vampires are covered in it, as well. Here’s the link to that AEON article
(This post originally appeared on another of my sites: www.A-Remedy-for-Death.com That site was my author’s research blog for the medical science techno-thriller A REMEDY FOR DEATH
(It is still active, though I am gradually moving the posts over to this new site, MichaelMcGaulley.net, which includes background information for Remedy and all of my other technothrillers.
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:
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