Jack Riordan

The Genomic Bodhisattva

David Pearce wants to end your suffering. His manifesto “The Hedonistic Imperative” promises a future where humans live in high-functioning superhappy states devoid of pain and anxiety.

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You Are What You Don’t Eat

Longevity scientists and seekers have been exploring any number of routes towards increasing healthful years and, ultimately, living beyond the normal biological lifespan for humans.

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Potato blight’s gene weaponry revealed

The blight that caused the infamous Irish potato famine of the 1840s has yielded its genetic secrets. An international team has sequenced the DNA of the microorganism that was to blame.

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Gene discovery reveals a critical protein’s function in hearing

Discovery of a deafness-causing gene defect in mice has helped identify a new protein that protects sensory cells in the ear, according to a study by University of Iowa and Kansas State University researchers. The findings appear in the August 21 issue of the open-access journal PLoS Genetics.

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Human genetics: One gene, twenty years

During the day, Lap-Chee Tsui and Francis Collins were attending a gene-mapping workshop. At night they were scrutinizing the pages churning out of a fax machine they had set up in a dorm room.

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