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A Special Drug Just for You, at the End of a Long Pipeline

November 8, 2005

The age of personalized medicine is on the way. Increasingly, experts say, therapies will be tailored for patients based on their genetic makeup or other medical measurements. That will allow people to obtain drugs that would work best for them and avoid serious side effects.

Put young children on DNA list, urge police

March 17, 2008

Primary school children should be eligible for the DNA database if they exhibit behavior indicating they may become criminals in later life, according to Britain’s most senior police forensics expert.

Now Playing: Reality Without the Downside

January 10, 2003

“The first online getaway,” called “There,” is an multiplayer online service that features 3-D computer-generated environments, AI-based avatars, real-world physics, natural scenery and sounds, and the ability to interact freely with people and objects.

Secrets of the centenarians: Life begins at 100

September 8, 2009

Researchers who study the oldest people have made a surprising discovery that presents a less bleak vision of the future than many anticipate: people who break through the 90-plus barrier represent a physical elite, markedly different from the elderly who typically die younger than them.

Far from gaining a longer burden of disability, their extra years are often healthy ones.

Turner Entertainment turns to holographic storage

November 21, 2005

Turner Entertainment Networks plans to use holographic storage for storing and retrieving its movies, cartoons and commercial spots.

According to Turner, the first version of the holographic disc will store 300GB per disc, with 160MB/sec. data throughput rate. It promises to retail for $100, and by 2010, each disc will have a capacity of 1.6TB.

First 3-D view of anti-cancer agent

March 20, 2008

Indiana University and Purdue University researchers used X-ray crystallography to create the first 3D image showing how the chemotherapy agent bleomycin targets and binds to DNA.

The research may allow for developing a less toxic version. Bleomycin is used in a standard treatment for testicular cancer, but it causes lung damage, so currently it isn’t used against many other cancers.

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Eddie Mars, Cybermouthpiece, Talks to His Creator

January 26, 2003

In his new film, “Happy Here and Now,” Michael Almereyda looks into the future and sees computer chat rooms where participants can project fictitious identities, or “avatars,” into cyberspace to do their talking for them.

Google Releases News-Reading Service

September 15, 2009

Google introduced Monday an experimental news hub called Fast Flip that allows users to view news articles from about three dozen major publishers and flip through them as quickly as they would the pages of a magazine.

The mobile version of Google Fast Flip is available for the iPhone and Android devices by simply navigating to the Google Fast Flip homepage on your phone.

New nano material is far tougher than diamonds

December 5, 2005

Israeli scientists have have discovered a material 40 times harder than diamonds.

Polyyne, a superhard molecular rod, is comprised of acetylene units.

Anticancer siRNA therapy advances, thanks to nanoparticles

March 28, 2008

California Institute of Technology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Ghent University researchers are making progress in developing broadly applicable, nanoparticle-enabled siRNA anticancer therapeutics.

They found that siRNA-containing nanoparticles deliver the siRNA to tumors more effectively when the nanoparticle are targeted to the tumor. They also found that the targeted nanoparticles effectively penetrated lung metastases, did not enter liver cells, and showed little immunotoxicity.

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How Vulnerable Is the Internet Now?

February 11, 2003

According to Gartner research director Richard Stiennon, it would not be difficult for an attacker to send spoofed routing tables to poorly configured routers and misdirect traffic across large parts of the Internet. Such an incident would be hard to fix.

Junk DNA may prove invaluable in quest for gene therapies

September 22, 2009

Researchers at the University of Edinburgh have discovered how DNA transposition, in which shifted genes have a significant effect on the behavior of neighboring genes, can enable the immune system to target infection more effectively.

Astronomers see sun-like star with possible planet formation

December 15, 2005

Astronomers have spotted a swirling debris cloud around a sun-like star that may be forming terrestrial planets similar to Earth in a process that could shed light on the birth of the solar system.

The star, located 137 light years away, appears to possess an asteroid belt, a zone where the leftovers of failed planets collide.

Scientists estimate the star is about 30 million years old — about… read more

Live to 150, Can You Do It?

April 1, 2008

Barbara Walters’ new TV special, “Live to Be 150 … Can You Do It?” airs on Tuesday, April 1, at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.

It will feature Ray Kurzweil and other scientists, and interviews with calorie restrictors and guests who have reached at least 100.

Scientists identify blood stem cell

February 25, 2003

Scientists at the Biochip Technology Center at Argonne National Laboratory have discovered monocyte adult stem cells originating in the blood, a finding that could lead to an easily accessible source of cells to treat diseases.

The advantage of the monocyte stem cells over bone marrow adult stem cells is they are easily available and accessible.

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