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Bioinformatics and the Future of Biotechnology

Bioinformatics and the Future of Biotechnology

“Bioinformatics” is both a set of tools and a field with blurred boundaries, making it difficult to list its chief accomplishments. It is the practice of creating and/or using computational approaches to tackle biological problems.

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What is Technoprogressivism? With James Hughes

What is Technoprogressivism? With James Hughes

Rejecting the two extremes of bioconservatism and libertarian transhumanism, Hughes argues for a third way, “democratic transhumanism,” a radical form of techno-progressivism which asserts that the best possible “posthuman future” is achievable only by ensuring that human enhancement technologies are safe, made available to everyone, and respect the right of individuals to control their own bo...

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What Happens in the Hippocampus?

What Happens in the Hippocampus?

This year’s Nobel Prize in medicine recognises work on “cells that constitute a positioning system in the brain.” Those cells are found in the hippocampus. It is just one tiny part of the brain, but this structure gets at least its fair share of research attention.

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Magnet Implants II: Building a Better Magnetar

Magnet Implants II: Building a Better Magnetar

When I first became interested in magnet implants, I devised a method to overcome the limitations of Parylene consisting of a durable biosafe resin coating. I still have one of these implants as of the writing of this article but the added resin material is approximately 1mm thick.

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A CRISPR in your Future

A CRISPR in your Future

Last year, they figured out how to insert and delete genes. This year there are methods for repressing and perhaps promoting genes (epigenetically, without modifying the genome) using CRISPR-derived technology.

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