Researchers discover switch that converts blood vessels to blood stem cells!

A team of scientists in the UK and Italy has discovered a switch that instructs #blood vessel cells to become blood #stem cells during #embryonic development in mice. These findings could aid research into new blood cell creation for #transplants. Using single-cell technology, researchers from the Wellcome Sanger Institute in Cambridge and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory […]

Harvard Rewinds the Biological Clock

Investigators at Harvard Medical School have identified the key cellular mechanisms behind vascular aging and its effects on muscle health, and they have successfully reversed the process in animals. The scientists used a chemical compound that’s an NAD+ booster called NMN which plays a critical role in repairing cellular DNA as well as maintaining cell […]

The Root of All Cruelty?

A recent episode of the dystopian television series “Black Mirror” begins with a soldier hunting down and killing hideous humanoids called roaches. It’s a standard science-fiction scenario, man against monster, but there’s a twist: it turns out that the soldier and his cohort have brain implants that make them see the faces and bodies of […]

Elon Musk – Artificial Intelligence, Neuralink & New Forms of Government on Mars

#Elon Musk discussed his concerns about #artificial intelligence and his hope for forming a symbiosis with AI through his #Neuralink company at SXSW on March 11th, 2018. Musk also spoke about the prospects for complete #renewable energy production, #space-based internet and the new types of government that could appear on #Mars.

Targeting levels of specific protein could improve memory in aging, reduce symptoms of PTSD

A neural circuit mechanism involved in preserving the specificity of memories has been identified by investigators from the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Center for Regenerative Medicine and the Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI). They also identified a genetic “switch” that can slow down #memory generalization — the loss of specific details over time that occurs […]

Astronomers peer inside the mysterious void of our Cosmos

There’s a lot we can learn by looking at all those voids making #space between galaxies – and now, for the first time, #astronomers have used a new method to peer inside these mysterious pockets of #nothingness. Voids in space are due to the expansion of the Universe – this results in a web of […]

The Limits of Neuroplasticity in the Brain

New research shows that the #brain‘s #neuroplasticity isn’t as flexible as previously thought. One of the brain’s mysteries is how exactly it reorganizes new #information as you learn new tasks.  The standard to date was to test how neurons learned new behavior one #neuron at a time. Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh […]

Team develops 3-D tissue model of a developing human heart

The #heart is the first organ to develop in the womb and the first cause of concern for many parents. For expecting mothers, the excitement of pregnancy is often offset by anxiety over medication they require. Parents and doctors often have to consider the mother’s health as well as the potential risk regarding how medication […]

New therapeutic gel shows promise against cancerous tumors!

Scientists at the UNC School of Medicine and NC State have created an injectable gel-like scaffold that can hold combination #chemo-immunotherapeutic drugs and deliver them locally to tumors in a sequential manner. The results in animal models so far suggest this approach could one day ramp up therapeutic benefits for patients bearing tumors or after […]

IMPLICATIONS OF THE BPF LARGE MAMMAL BRAIN PRESERVATION PRIZE

A special thank you to #Keith Wiley for allowing me to post this article in full on our blog.  To see more awesome posts by Keith Wiley please check out the BPF blog: here. He is also the author of a book titled A Taxonomy and Metaphysics of Mind Uploading (2014)  Keithwiley.com A FOLLOW UP TO THE […]

Human Skeletal Muscle Aging and Mutagenesis

Study based upon human skeletal muscle aging, mutagenesis, and the role of #satellite cells “A more comprehensive understanding of the interplay of stem cell–intrinsic and extrinsic factors will set the stage for improving cell therapies capable of restoring tissue homeostasis and enhancing muscle repair in the aged.” Human aging has multiple effects on the human […]

Australia Is Set to Become The First Country to Completely Eliminate One Type of Cancer

The International Papillomavirus Society has announced that Australia could become the first country to eliminate cervical cancer entirely. According to a new study, Australia’s efforts to distribute a human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine for free in schools have been a resounding success. The sexually transmitted infection causes 99.9 percent of cases of #cervical cancer. In 2007, the Australian federal […]

Insights into the Neurobiology of Death

A recent study gives insight into the #neurobiology of dying.  Before the process of dying neurologists closely monitored patients with devastating #brain injuries following Do Not Resuscitate-Comfort Care orders.  This gave key insights into the mechanisms and timing of events in the brain and the circulatory system  during the dying process. The objective of emergency […]