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Will dinosaurs come back?

It has already happened in Jurassic Park, but that was through computer created artefacts. The idea of using a genome retrieved from fossil remains to re-create that beast is, so far at least, in the science fiction domain, far away from science. This does not mean that researchers are not …

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A genetic nightmare…

Life has been around for over 3 billion years but it took a very long time for life to invent “sex”. Sex was a great invention (don’t smile, I am not referring to what you are thinking) because it provided a most effective way to create diversity: mixing the genes …

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Getting to you using other people’s genome!

DNA fingerprinting is “old” stuff, going back to the 1980ies (watch the clip). What is new is the amount of DNA now available in several “accessible” data bases. People are having fun in looking at their sequenced genome, through companies like 23andMe, Ancestry and others. Actually, sequencing the genome has …

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A clone is not necessarily a “clone”

For those familiar with the digital world a clone is a identical, and indistinguishable from the original. You duplicate a digital song and there is not way to distinguish the clone from the original. Nature is way more complicated. We have the technology, today, to duplicate a genome, hence to …

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A pervasive Family Tree

Some 15 years have gone by from the complete sequencing of a human genome (April 14th, 2003) and we now have around 1 million human genomes sequenced (there are many companies in the sequencing space and it is difficult to have an accurate figure; besides not all genomes are completely …

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AI searching the genome to look for ancestors

An article published in 2013 on SciNews hinted at a third lineage of humans, in addition to Denisovans and Neanderthals, that our ancestors interbred with and whose genetic footprint remains in our genome. The growing availability of sequenced genomes is allowing scientists to play paleontologists, that is modern ones, not …

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Digital Transformation in Health Care – V

In a previous post I considered internal specificity (genome, proteome, metabolome), now I am going to look at the external factors that need to be considered in precision health, starting with the Microbiome, a sort of a bridge between the internal and external specificity. Microbiome Our body is composed of …

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Digital Transformation in Health Care – IV

Precision Health is based on the possibility to customise the treatment to the specific individual. Hence, the question is: what is this specificity? When the genome was discovered and its role progressively understood back in the second half of the last century it became clear that our human genome is …

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Transhumanism: Increasing Human Thought Capabilities II

The increase of thinking capabilities can be pursued by: “engineering” a better “brain” (pretty though, since we do not know yet how it works nor how the genome is shaping it …) Improving processing capabilities through focused stimulation better exploiting its capabilities, including establishing better connection with it, feeding more pertinent …

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