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  • Wuhan scientists and US researchers planned to create a new coronavirus in 2018: Consortium led by Brit Peter Daszak asked DARPA to fund research

    10/05/2021 7:32:20 PM PDT · by algore · 46 replies
    US and Chinese scientists were planning to create a new coronavirus before the pandemic erupted, leaked proposals show. Last month, a grant application submitted to the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) revealed that an international team of scientists had planned to mix genetic data of similar strains to create a new virus. The grant application was made in 2018 and leaked to Drastic, the pandemic origins analysis group. 'We will compile sequence/RNAseq data from a panel of closely related strains and compare full length genomes, scanning for unique SNPs representing sequencing errors. 'Consensus candidate genomes will be synthesised...
  • MIT & Harvard Study Suggests mRNA Vaccine Might Permanently Alter DNA After All

    08/11/2021 9:06:59 AM PDT · by ransomnote · 155 replies
    algora.com ^ | MARCH 16, 2021 | Dr. Doug Corrigan
    [H/T Tatown]“The authors sought to answer how a PCR test is able to detect segments of viral RNA when the virus is presumably absent from a person’s body. They hypothesized that somehow segments of the viral RNA were being copied into DNA and then integrated permanently into the DNA of somatic cells”In my previous blog, “Will an RNA Vaccine Permanently Alter My DNA?”, I laid out several molecular pathways that would potentially enable the RNA in an mRNA vaccine to be copied and permanently integrated into our DNA. I was absolutely not surprised to find that the majority of people...
  • With new ‘elegant chemo,’ Israeli scientists edit genome to destroy cancer DNA

    11/22/2020 10:12:59 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 33 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 11/19/2020 | Nathan Jeffay
    With new ‘elegant chemo,’ Israeli scientists edit genome to destroy cancer DNATel Aviv University team uses ‘microscopic scissors’ to pinpoint and eliminate cancerous cells; results of animal tests just published, trial in humans expected within 2 years Illustrative: Cancer cells inside the body (wildpixel; iStock by Getty Images)Israeli scientists say they have destroyed cancerous cells in mice with a method so pinpointed it’s as if “tiny scissors” were being used to target only affected cells, while leaving everything around them intact. “This is the first study in the world to prove that the CRISPR genome editing system, which works by...
  • Bad News Wrapped in Protein: Inside the Coronavirus Genome (Complete sequence of the genome and the proteins it codes for)

    04/04/2020 11:59:22 PM PDT · by aquila48 · 60 replies
    NYTimes ^ | April 3, 2020 | Jonathan Corum and Carl Zimmer
    A virus is “simply a piece of bad news wrapped up in protein,” the biologists Jean and Peter Medawar wrote in 1977. In January, scientists deciphered a piece of very bad news: the genome of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19. The sample came from a 41-year-old man who worked at the seafood market in Wuhan where the first cluster of cases appeared. Researchers are now racing to make sense of this viral recipe, which could inspire drugs, vaccines and other tools to fight the ongoing pandemic. A String of RNA Viruses must hijack living cells to replicate and spread....
  • Bad News Wrapped in Protein: Inside the Coronavirus Genome

    04/04/2020 10:37:01 AM PDT · by thecodont · 35 replies
    New York Times / nytimes.com ^ | April 3, 2020 | By Jonathan Corum and Carl Zimmer
    A virus is “simply a piece of bad news wrapped up in protein,” the biologists Jean and Peter Medawar wrote in 1977. In January, scientists deciphered a piece of very bad news: the genome of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19. The sample came from a 41-year-old man who worked at the seafood market in Wuhan where the first cluster of cases appeared. Researchers are now racing to make sense of this viral recipe, which could inspire drugs, vaccines and other tools to fight the ongoing pandemic.
  • Coronavirus has 'stable genome,' study suggests, so vaccine could help 'over many years'

    03/26/2020 9:21:00 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Fox News ^ | 03/27/2020 | By Chris Ciaccia
    Currently, there is no known specific medicine to treat the novel coronavirus, but researchers in Italy suggest that the COVID-19 disease is slow to mutate, based on its genetic material. This finding could aid in helping large swaths of people over an extended period of time once a specific cure is found. The study, which was produced by two independent teams in the country, used "a new next-generation sequencing (NGS) research assay" from Thermo Fisher Scientific on Italian COVID-19 patients. The experts then compared them to a sample from the original outbreak to come up with their findings. "Had we...
  • Foreign-Born Researchers At US Agencies Were Secretly Working For China And Recruiting Others,

    11/20/2019 6:25:20 AM PST · by bitt · 53 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 11/19/2019 | Luke Rosiak
    Foreign-born researchers working for U.S. agencies were secretly on China’s payroll, signing side agreements to send sensitive research to that country as part of a recruitment operation called the Thousand Talents Plan, a Senate report found. 10,000 Chinese nationals in 2018 conducted research in the Department of Energy’s National Labs, and one even had colleagues write him letters of recommendation to the Communist Party-run recruitment program, the bipartisan report stated. Agencies like NIH do not even track attempted foreign influence, the Department of State denies only 5% of suspicious visas, and the FBI shut down a key program, according to...
  • Chinese lab ordered shut by Shanghai Health Commission a day after publishing Coronavirus genome

    03/03/2020 7:59:40 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Inkstone News ^ | 03/02/2020 | by Zhuang Pinghui
    A research facility in Shanghai was shut down a day after it released information about the virus ahead of authorities. The Shanghai laboratory where researchers published the world’s first genome sequence of the new coronavirus has been shut down. The laboratory at the Shanghai Public Health Clinical Center was ordered to close for “rectification” on January 12, a day after it publicized the genetic makeup of a new virus that would go on to sicken more than 89,000 people globally. “The center was not given any specific reasons why the laboratory was closed for rectification,” a source with the center...
  • Hit pause on gene editing: We have no idea what our attempts to play god with the human genome will unleash on humanity.

    01/22/2020 7:09:31 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/22/2020 | By John Stonestreet and Roberto Rivera
    As I said in a BreakPoint commentary last month, gene-editing technologies such as CRISPR and what’s being called “Prime Editing” are “existential threats.” We have no idea what our attempts to play god with the human genome will unleash on humanity. Yet, we insist on charging ahead despite our imperfect knowledge with an unbounded confidence in our abilities.Coming from a concerned non-scientist like me, these concerns can be easily dismissed as alarmist, but what if the concern comes from the Director of the National Institutes of Health?It turns out that Francis Collins is also concerned. In a recent article in...
  • Foreign-Born Researchers at US Agencies Were Secretly Working for China, Senate Report Finds

    11/22/2019 4:27:13 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 10 replies
    The Stream ^ | November 20, 2019 | Luke Rosiak
    Foreign-born researchers working at U.S. agencies secretly joined China’s payroll, sending sensitive U.S.-funded research to the country while U.S. government agencies took almost no defensive measures against a major recruitment operation, a Senate investigation found. Researchers linked to the Chinese government formed a Chinese cell within the Department of Energy, attained access to American genomic data, and recruited other U.S. researchers to join, the bipartisan report stated. China’s Thousand Talents Plan (TTP) aims to get foreign governments to finance the communist power’s military and economy by buying off researchers who are doing work abroad. The experts apply to the program,...
  • The genetics of regeneration: Study uncovers genes that control process of whole-body regeneration

    03/15/2019 6:16:58 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 59 replies
    news.harvard.edu/gazette ^ | March 14, 2019 | By Peter Reuell Harvard Staff Writer
    When it comes to regeneration, some animals are capable of amazing feats. If you cut off a salamander’s leg, it will grow back. When threatened, some geckos drop their tails to distract their predator, only to regrow them later. Other animals take the process even further. Planarian worms, jellyfish, and sea anemones can actually regenerate their bodies after being cut in half. Led by Assistant Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology Mansi Srivastava, a team of researchers is shedding new light on how animals pull off the feat, along the way uncovering a number of DNA switches that appear to...
  • Future Wealth: The One Technology That Will Rewrite Medicine

    02/23/2019 7:22:17 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Townhall ^ | 02/22/2019 | Jeff Brown
    Grace Wilsey couldn’t cry. As a baby, she would lie limp in her parents’ arms, staring blankly into the distance. Her seizures wouldn’t stop and medical tests showed signs of liver damage. This was all before her second birthday. Grace’s parents were beside themselves, as any parent would be. They traveled the country visiting specialists. They ran numerous tests, but no one could diagnose Grace’s condition. “We’ve probably seen over 100 doctors,” Grace’s father said in 2014 when Grace’s symptoms were discovered. None of them could provide an explanation. Then, when their daughter turned two years old, the Wilseys tried...
  • Space microbes aren't so alien after all

    01/08/2019 6:23:46 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    phys,org ^ | January 8, 2019, | Northwestern University
    While the team found that the bacteria isolated from the ISS did contain different genes than their Earthling counterparts, those genes did not make the bacteria more detrimental to human health. The bacteria are instead simply responding, and perhaps evolving, to survive in a stressful environment. As the conversation about sending travelers to Mars gets more serious, there has been an increasing interest in understanding how microbes behave in enclosed environments. "People will be in little capsules where they cannot open windows, go outside or circulate the air for long periods of time," said Hartmann. "We're genuinely concerned about how...
  • DNA Testing and Privacy (Behind the scenes at the 23andMe Lab) - Smarter Every Day 176 (VIDEO)

    09/07/2017 10:21:53 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 21 replies
    YouTube.com ^ | 9-7-2017 | SmarterEveryDay
    A special thanks to Dr. Neil Lamb at the Hudson Alpha Institute for Biotechnology. A major mission of Hudson Alpha is to educate the public and promote genomics literacy. I talked to many scientists about Genotyping but Dr. Lamb's ability to break down the complexity of the human genome is what finally brought it home for me. ----- I was concerned about what actually happens with my genetic information when submitted to 23andMe, so when they approached me and asked me if I wanted to make a video I decided to investigate it top to bottom. Visiting the Lab and...
  • Mystery ancient human ancestor found in Australasian family tree

    07/26/2016 2:56:25 AM PDT · by Candor7 · 19 replies
    New Scientist ^ | 25 July 2016 | Alice Klein
    Who’s your daddy? An unknown hominin species that bred with early human ancestors when they migrated from Africa to Australasia has been identified through genome mapping of living humans. The genome analysis also questions previous findings that modern humans populated Asia in two waves from their origin in Africa, finding instead a common origin for all populations in the Asia-Pacific region, dating back to a single out-of-Africa migration event. Modern humans first left Africa about 60,000 years ago, with some heading west towards Europe, and others flowing east into the Asia-Pacific region. Previous research looking at the genomes of people...
  • Scientists talk privately about Creating a Synthetic Human Genome

    05/13/2016 8:45:13 PM PDT · by plain talk · 42 replies
    NY Times ^ | May 13, 2016 | Andrew Pollack
    Scientists are now contemplating the fabrication of a human genome, meaning they would use chemicals to manufacture all the DNA contained in human chromosomes.
  • Cannabis: scientists call for action amid mental health concerns

    04/15/2016 9:55:27 AM PDT · by familyop · 103 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Friday 15 April 2016 | Ian Sample Science editor
    The call for action from scientists in the UK, US, Europe and Australia reflects a growing consensus among experts that frequent cannabis use can increase the risk of psychosis...In the UK, cannabis is the most popular illegal drug, and according to Public Health England data, more young people enter treatment centres for help with cannabis than any other drug, alcohol included.
  • Just 2.5% of DNA turns mice into men

    06/02/2002 5:01:26 PM PDT · by scripter · 30 replies · 634+ views
    NewScientist.com ^ | May 30, 2002 | Andy Coghlan
    Mice and men share about 97.5 per cent of their working DNA, just one per cent less than chimps and humans. The new estimate is based on the comparison of mouse chromosome 16 with human DNA. Previous estimates had suggested mouse-human differences as high as 15 per cent. The new work suggests that neither genome has changed much since we shared a common ancestor 100 million years ago. "The differences are going to be few rather than many," says Richard Mural of Celera Genomics, the Maryland company that compared the mouse chromosome with human DNA. "Perhaps 100 million years separating...
  • First ancient Irish human genomes sequenced

    01/01/2016 5:34:56 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 15 replies
    Phys.org ^ | December 28, 2015 | Phys.org
    A team of geneticists from Trinity College Dublin and archaeologists from Queen's University Belfast has sequenced the first genomes from ancient Irish humans, and the information buried within is already answering pivotal questions about the origins of Ireland's people and their culture. The team sequenced the genome of an early farmer woman, who lived near Belfast some 5,200 years ago, and those of three men from a later period, around 4,000 years ago in the Bronze Age, after the introduction of metalworking. Their landmark results are published today in international journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
  • Microsoft boffins build better crypto for secure medical data crunching

    11/16/2015 6:55:34 PM PST · by dayglored · 12 replies
    The Register ^ | Nov 16, 2015 | Team Register
    Practical homomorphic encryption manual released As genome research - and the genomes themselves - get passed around the scientific community, the world's woken up to the security and privacy risks this can involve. A Microsoft research quintet has therefore published ways to help scientists work on genomic data while reducing the risk of data theft. The team published an informal manual to help scientists and other researchers to use the Simple Encrypted Arithmetic Library (SEAL). Homomorphic encryption is a technique in which software can operate on encrypted data without decrypting it. This would let hospitals and labs to work on...