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Pulse 28: Toward Safer Pig Organs for Human Transplants

Giulio Prisco Pulse Newsletter

Pulse 28: Toward Safer Pig Organs for Human Transplants

The top recent biotech news headlines report that scientists have for the first time used CRISPR gene editing to eliminate a family of viruses in pigs that can be transmitted to people, making pig organs safer for transplant in humans. Biotech company eGenesis, spun out of Harvard geneticist George Church’s lab, has produced 37 healthy and virus-free pigs, MIT Technology Review reports. “eGenesis is committed to harnessing CRISPR technology to deliver safe and effective human transplantable cells, tissues and organs grown in pigs, thus addressing a dire need for hundreds of thousands of patients worldwide,” states an eGenesis press release....

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Pulse 27: Encouraging News on CRISPR & Cryo-Preservation

Giulio Prisco Pulse Newsletter

Pulse 27: Encouraging News on CRISPR & Cryo-Preservation

The successful improvement in the DNA of human embryos reported by the prestigious MIT Technology Review, covered in last week’s Pulse, has been officially confirmed by a press release and a research paper in Nature (see below). Predictably, the news is all over the mainstream press. “It feels a bit like a ‘one small step for (hu)mans, one giant leap for (hu)mankind’ moment,” Jennifer Doudna, a biochemist who helped discover CRISPR, told The New York Times. See Pulse 22 for a review of Doudna’s recent book, A Crack in Creation: Gene Editing and the Unthinkable Power to Control Evolution. In the...

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Pulse 26: Here Come the Designer Babies

Giulio Prisco Pulse Newsletter

Pulse 26: Here Come the Designer Babies

The most interesting human enhancement story that emerged last week is certainly the news (still officially unconfirmed) that scientists led by Shoukhrat Mitalipov of Oregon Health and Science University have demonstrated they can efficiently improve the DNA of human embryos, as reported by the prestigious MIT Technology Review. According to the report, Mitalipov’s team used the CRISPR gene editing technique to safely and efficiently correct defective genes that cause inherited diseases. This isn’t the first experiment of this nature, but the scientists managed to overcome previous roadblocks by injecting CRISPR into the eggs at the same time they were fertilized...

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Discover the Incredible Health and Cognitive Benefits of Meditating

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Discover the Incredible Health and Cognitive Benefits of Meditating

Meditating has undeniable health benefits that make your body and mind feel their very best. Getting into a routine and rhythm with meditation can help you to experience your better health and cognitive function. If you’re curious about how meditation can provide these wonderful effects, read on to learn more on how meditation rewires your body and mind for healthier living. Physical Benefits of Meditation The physical benefits of meditating are many. Because meditation slows your heart rate, regulates your breathing and lowers your overall stress level, your body’s various systems respond favorably to this activity. When you meditate, be...

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Pulse 25: Nanotechnology to Heal People and the Planet

Giulio Prisco Pulse Newsletter

Pulse 25: Nanotechnology to Heal People and the Planet

First, recent scientific findings confirm what your mother and your grandmother used to tell you: sleep is very important. "We tend to focus on positive things more than anything else, but now we’re seeing that sleep deprivation may reverse that bias," say Penn Medicine scientists. "[If] you don’t get enough sleep, it reduces your ability to attend to positive things, which over time may confer risk for depression." So, please sleep. Don’t make the mistake of losing sleep to gain time to do other things - what will happen is that sleep deprivation will severely reduce your ability to do...

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