Monthly Archives: May 2011

Live Liver Transplants

While lab-grown skin has been around for a while (relatively speaking!) and artifical bladders have already been used medically, the problem with growing solid organs is that their three-dimensional structure can be important, both in terms of localisation of cells … Continue reading

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Life Extension: Ending It All

Telomeres are the “caps” on the ends of chromosomes that keep things functioning smoothly. Normally, each time a cell divides its telomeres get shorter, until eventually the cells can no longer function. The enzyme telomerase can restore the telomeres (that … Continue reading

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Do You Wanna Live Forever?

In the immortal words of Starship Troopers (originally of a military commander in the 20th century, I believe): “Do you wanna live forever?” A while ago at our monthly philosophy meetings, my talk was life extension: how for the first … Continue reading

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The Pox

There is a curious debate on the final elimination of smallpox stocks, reported in The Scientist: Destroying smallpox stocks This week, health ministers from the World Health Organization’s member countries will gather to decide the fate of the last two … Continue reading

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Stem Cell Ban Lifted – For Now

Good recent news is the sensible decision by a US Appeals Court overturning an injunction that barred the National Institutes of Health (NIH) from funding research using human embryonic stem cells. Good as far as it goes, but it doesn’t put a … Continue reading

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Through a Glass, Half Empty

An interesting report from The Scientist: Chronic diseases world’s no. 1 killer Chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease are now the biggest killers around the world, a new report by the World Health Organization found. Accounting for … Continue reading

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