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US Scientists Demand Removal of Restrictions on Animal Chimera Research. Why Brave New World is No Longer the Terrifying Dystopia it Used to Be. Daedalus, or, Science and the Future. A paper read to the Heretics, Cambridge, on February 4th, 1923 Transcribed by: Cosma Rohilla ShaliziBerkeley, California 10 April 1993 I have slightly expanded certain parts of this paper since reading it.

Daedalus, or, Science and the Future

Why Eugenics Will Always Fail. Meanwhile in the Future: We've Invented an Empathy Machine. The Plan to Feed the World by Hacking Photosynthesis. A Powerful Short About A Refugee In 2020 Offered A Dubious Opportunity. Meanwhile in the Future: A World With Artificial Wombs. Can technology help us put an end to animal experimentation? This Biohacker Used Eyedrops To Give Himself Temporary Night Vision. Nootropics and the Human Lab Rats of Reddit. DARPA thinks it has a solution to Ebola (and all other infectious diseases) Synthetic Biology Explained. Designer Babies – Like It Or Not, Here They Come. Long before Watson and Crick famously uncovered the structure of DNA in 1953, people envisioned with both horror and hope a day when babies could be custom designed -- free of inherited disease, yet equipped with superior genes for good looks, intelligence, athleticism, and more.

Designer Babies – Like It Or Not, Here They Come

Now the beginnings of the day of designer babies have finally come. The Fertility Institutes recently stunned the fertility community by being the first company to boldly offer couples the opportunity to screen their embryos not only for diseases and gender, but also for completely benign characteristics such as eye color, hair color, and complexion. The Mysterious Disease That Prevents Girls From Growing Older.

Archive/IEET-03-PostGender.pdf. How to raise cloned children without totally screwing them up. Ashley Treatment. The Ashley Treatment refers to a controversial set of medical procedures undergone by a Seattle child, "Ashley X".

Ashley Treatment

Ashley, born in 1997, has severe developmental disabilities due to static encephalopathy of unknown etiology; she is assumed to be at an infant level mentally and physically. The treatment included growth attenuation via estrogen therapy; hysterectomy, bilateral breast bud removal, and appendectomy.[1] The principal purpose of the treatment was to improve Ashley's quality of life by limiting her growth in size, eliminating menstrual cramps and bleeding, and preventing discomfort from large breasts. The combination of the surgery and the estrogen therapy attracted much public comment and ethical analysis in early 2007, both supportive and condemning.[2] The hospital later admitted that the surgery was illegal and should only have been performed after a court order,[3] a position that is disagreed upon by the attorney of Ashley's family. Background[edit] Results[edit] [edit]

What Will Bioengineered Plants Be Like In The Future? "No biological principle exists forbidding the same plant from reproducing by both spores and seeds" It is called "exaptation".

What Will Bioengineered Plants Be Like In The Future?

The spore formation is superseded by seed formation, and becomes a part of a more complicated process. Once it does, the mechanics required to form a spore are no longer available as a "standalone feature". (It does happen on a single-gene level in case of duplications, where one copy keeps doing the original function and another is co-opted for a different one, but for something that requires a coordinated developmental process it is much less likely.) Another principle precluding your particular idea of leaves converting into a spore cloud is the cell specialization. Yet another principle concerning that idea is the K- versus r-strategy in reproduction.

The One Scientific Field Most Likely to Get Humanity Into Space. '2312', by KS Robinson, is the first, best example of the ways in which speculative fiction serves to imagine first, a solar ecology - replete with diverse microecologies - through terraforming.

The One Scientific Field Most Likely to Get Humanity Into Space

In fact, Terraforming and remedial Terraforming might be the most appropriate name for your speculative, synergistic, scientific field. In my view. Court: Human genes cannot be patented. Unanimous ruling a compromise; court says synthetic material, cDNA, can be patentedActress Angelina Jolie drove attention to the issue involving breast cancerIssue was whether "products of nature" could be treated similarly to human inventionsCompany at center of case says decision upheld a key claim on synthetic DNA Washington (CNN) -- The Supreme Court unanimously ruled on Thursday that human genes cannot be patented.

Court: Human genes cannot be patented

But in something of a compromise, all nine justices said while the naturally occurring isolated biological material itself is not patentable, a synthetic version of the gene material may be patented. Legal and medical experts believe the decision will have a lasting impact on genetic testing, likely making varieties more widely available and more affordable. The overriding legal question addressed was whether "products of nature" can be treated the same as "human-made" inventions, allowing them to be held as the exclusive intellectual property of individuals and companies.

Supreme Court Nixes Patenting Human Genes. The Justices have decided that isolated sequences of human DNA are not eligible for patent protection, but rules that artificial sequences can be patented.

Supreme Court Nixes Patenting Human Genes

The United States Supreme Court has today (June 13) unanimously ruled that isolated human genes cannot be patented, but the Justices also ruled that synthetic DNA sequences—known as complimentary DNA (cDNA)—are eligible for protection. Www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/12pdf/12-398_1b7d.