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A very nice article about the extended lifespans of various plants and animals that experience negligible aging.
Most animals eventually get old and die. But a few lucky species don't seem to feel the weight of time, and just keep going and going
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Good news for those of us interested in cognitive enhancement! Researchers have found two gene clusters that are linked to human intelligence. The scientists have discovered that these two networks are likely to be under the control of master regulator switches. The researchers want to identify those switches and see if they can manipulate them, and ultimately find out if this knowledge of gene networks could allow for boosting cognitive function. I'm sure this is just the start of what we're going to learn in the near future, about how to genetically boost intelligence.

Paper: http://www.nature.com/neuro/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nn.4205.html
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Nice story by NPR describing how food manufacturers have taken the "Bliss Point" used to determine the "sweet spot" (pun intended) for the amount of sugar needed in soda to get the highest sales, and applied it to everything else that they make. The result is that kids in particular think everything has to taste sweet, or it's boring/undesirable.

To make foods irresistible, the food industry has added sweetness in unexpected places – like bread and pasta sauce. That's helped shape our cravings but may also be coming back to bite the industry.
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Two oral drugs—approved by the FDA for inflammation in blood diseases (ruxolitinib) and rheumatoid arthritis (tofacitinib)—grow hair when slathered on skin, report surprised Columbia University researchers in Science Advances.

More: http://www.dddmag.com/articles/2015/11/two-drugs%E2%80%94fda-approved-arthritis-and-blood-disorders%E2%80%94may-help-fight-baldness
Two oral drugs—approved by the FDA for inflammation in blood diseases (ruxolitinib) and rheumatoid arthritis (tofacitinib)—grow hair when slathered on skin, report surprised Columbia University researchers in Science Advances.
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Researchers from the University of Buffalo find a way to produce more dopamine-producing neurons from skin cells (fibroblasts), which could then be transplanted into Parkinson's patients as a treatment.
In the brain, p53 acts as a guardian protein, keeping the status quo in a cell and not allowing cells to change from one type to another. By lowering the expression of p53, researchers were able to reprogram fibroblasts (skin cells) into neurons more easily.
To control movement and balance, dopamine signals travel from the substantia nigra in the midbrain up to brain regions including the corpus striatum, the globus pallidus, and the thalamus. But in Parkinson’s disease, most of the dopamine signals from the substantia nigra are lost.
This discovery opens up other types of cell reprogramming, too.
More at: http://bit.ly/1SO2nQk
Paper: http://www.nature.com/…/1…/ncomms10100/full/ncomms10100.html
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Glad to see h+ memes spreading. H/T to +Zoltan Istvan 
 
#Transhumanism and my #POTUS campaign featured in The Times of London, a major UK paper. Sorry, you do need a subscription, I think: http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/world/article4594653.ece
Zoltan Istvan is the Transhumanist party’s presidential nominee and he is touring the US in a vehicle shaped like a coffin
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So inspirational. Way to go, SpaceX.
The SpaceX team just lost it after one of their rockets launched satellites to space and then landed back on Earth upright.
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I've been away from G+ for a while, and have come back to what appears to be an Instagram clone.... What happened to all of the smart articles? Were they all replaced by silly graphics?
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Just came across this quote: "For the next 15 years, 10,000 people per day, every day, will turn age 65 in the United States." Looks like the Silver Tsunami is really here!
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A new method for detecting cancer could also be capable of filtering a patient’s entire system to remove the dangerous cells from the body, a form of dialysis for cancer, the UNSW researcher who helped develop the system says.

The revolutionary system, which works to diagnose cancer at a tenth of the cost of competing technologies, is now in clinical trials in the US, UK and Australia, and is in the process of being commercialised by Clearbridge BioMedics.

“It’s like a non-invasive ‘liquid biopsy’ that can flag the presence of any type of solid cancer – like lung, breast, bowel, and so on – without the need for surgery,” said Dr Warkiani.

More: http://newsroom.unsw.edu.au/…/new-way-find-cancer-%E2%80%98…

Photo: dividing breast cancer cell.
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Transhumanist Presidential Candidate Zoltan Istvan tours Alcor's cryonics facility.
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