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HGH and IGF–Promise and Danger

HGH and IGF–Promise and Danger

In the 1980s, Growth Hormone was explored by athletes to build muscles and by aging men to…build muscles. GH made them feel younger, revived energy and sex drive and even cognitive performance. Then the other shoe dropped: Animals without the GH receptor lived longer, while animals with extra copies of the GH gene die early.

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DIY Biology and the Rise of Citizen Biotech Economies

DIY Biology and the Rise of Citizen Biotech Economies

1. INTRODUCTION Most articles on garage biology and do-it-yourself (DIY) biology – whether academic papers or media reports – highlight its somewhat “immaterial” cultures or ideologies. The issues usually raised include: the ways in which do-it-yourself biology potentially democratizes science and fosters a citizen science (Wolinsky, 2009), that its practitioners are a “creative proof of the hacke...

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How Old Are You Really?

How Old Are You Really?

A study has confirmed what many of us have been saying for years: age is nothing but a number. The researchers developed a method to determine the pace of ageing in individuals by looking at a range of biomarkers – including blood pressure and gum health. The study participants, all aged 38, varied widely in “biological age” and those ageing more quickly also looked older and reported more health ...

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