Keeping Up With Scientific Breakthroughs

edited August 2012 in Anti-aging
It seems I have been blown away by scientific breakthroughs on a monthly basis of late. The rate at which we as a species are learning about ourselves and the universe is nothing short of awe inspiring. I thought it would be both interesting as well as inspiring to have a thread to keep a running tally on them as they keep on coming!



I'll throw this out here to start...



http://gizmodo.com/5...f-eternal-youth



"Scientists Clear Path to the Fountain of Eternal Youth



Jesus Diaz AUG 23, 2012 2:00 PM



[font=Georgia, Times,]Researchers at Johns Hopkins have discovered an efficient and totally safe method to turn adult blood cells "all the way back to the way [they were] when that person was a [/font]6-day-old embryo.[font=Georgia, Times,]" The discovery could be the key to cure the incurable—from heart attacks to severed spinal cord to cancer—and open the door, some day, to eternal youth.[/font]



[font=Georgia, Times,]Scientists believe that stem cell therapy could change medicine forever. However, these therapies are impossible to implement on a large scale because you can't acquire embryonic stem cells without having to use actual human embryos—an extremely controversial undertaking. The alternative has always been to use the stem cells found in umbilical cords—which is why rich people use umbilical cord storage facilities to guarantee future treatments for their kids—or use viruses to reprogram adult cells. These viruses can successfully return adult cells to their stem cell state, but the procedure opens the door to numerous complications as a result of potential DNA mutations. And those mutations could lead to cancer.[/font]



[font=Georgia, Times,]But this new method changes everything. To start with, it uses normal adult blood cells from the patient, so there's not need to keep umbilical cords in storage. It also doesn't use any virus reprogramming, so it's completely safe. It's also very efficient: researchers successfully transformed about 50 to 60 percent of adult blood cells into embryonic stem cells that can then be turn into any type of cell—a heart muscle cell, a bone cell, a nerve cell, anything.[/font]



How it works



[font=Georgia, Times,]Described in the August 8 issue of the journal Public Library of Science, the rejuvenating method uses plasmids, DNA molecules that are usually present in bacteria and eukaryotic organisms. These plasmids can replicate themselves independently from the chromosomal DNA, disappearing after they complete their function.[/font]

[font=Georgia, Times,]Using electrical pulses, the researchers opened holes in the membrane of blood cells extracted from a patient's spinal cord. They used these tiny holes to inject plasmids loaded with four genes, programmed to make the cells revert to a primitive state. After the plasmids completed their function, they cultivated the cells with irradiated bone-marrow cells. Seven to 14 days later, the cultivated cells magically turned to embryonic stem cells.[/font]



[font=Georgia, Times,]The team is now evaluating the quality of these cells, but the potential to accelerate current and future stem cell treatments like never before is nothing sort of miraculous. By getting rid of all the barriers to entry, medical researchers could experiment at a faster pace. And once new therapies are in place, everyone on the planet would be able to receive self-transplants of embryonic cells to cure diseases, fix spinal cords or eye nerves, and rejuvenate organs by renewing tissues without rejection risks or any other side effect. Hypothetically, if you're able to perpetually fix any part of your body, there's no reason you wouldn't be able to live as long as you wanted.[/font]



[font=Georgia, Times,]We are not there yet, of course, but the path is more open and wider than ever. Once more, the future is not arriving soon enough.[/font]
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  • HAHA, "[font=Georgia, Times,]the cultivated cells magically turned to embryonic stem cells[/font]" good stuff, where do you like to read online? ive been pondering a subcription to nature but im not quite there yet. i read ieee spectrum frequently & FastForward Radio is another good podcast. thanks man, this is a good idea.
  • Here's a nice (simple) breakdown video. I understand that possibly since the dawn of science and technology, there have been high hopes for immortality, but with all of the advances we have re: biotech, it truely is not if, but when.







    How hypocritical am I for not wanting to eat GMO, yet my imagination swirls with this stuff? image/icon_e_smile.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':-)' />
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  • No breakthrough here, but I didn't want to bog down nor create another thread topic. Interesting noting the benefits of live social interaction being considered. Relaxing story, nonetheless.



    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/28/magazine/the-island-where-people-forget-to-die.html?_r=3&pagewanted=2&pagewanted=all&
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  • StevoStevo Upgrade in Progress ✭✭


    How hypocritical am I for not wanting to eat GMO, yet my imagination swirls with this stuff? image/icon_e_smile.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':smile:' />


    I don't think so. The way I look at it is that GMO (along with plenty of other things) is a mass experiment being done on us by large corporations and governments, often against our knowledge and without our consent. At least with this bio-hacking stuff, it's you who is consenting to yourself to do certain experiments after (hopefully!) doing the right research. So I don't think it's hypocritical to avoid GMO while being fascinated by this stuff image/icon_e_smile.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':-)' />
  • Funny side note.



    On the way to doing a job in San Francisco today, a large freeway sign from a company urging you to plan ahead stated in big bold print:



    1 in 3 babies born today will live to be 100.



    ...and on the way home, another one by the same company claimed:



    The first person to live to be 150 is alive today.



    I'd tend to agree with the potential, but those are some very bold predictions when factoring in the average American's diet.
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  • I almost shut this off at first, but it built well and by the end was worth it.



    I kinda hoped that as the documentary built, that it would lead to the intermittent daily fasting that Bulletproof/Leangains/others do as its climax.



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  • Dr. william courtney said something about cannabinoids being used in stem cell research
  • edited March 2013

    Was not sure where to place this, but it has brilliant minds together which always is exciting.  (and the content is only a couple days old)


     


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2thJ1JIyvk


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  • Sorry...once again, no real clear spot to put this type of video, but felt it was worth the while to watch.  Long view brilliant minds.


     


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=vDwzmJpI4io


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  • Since I upgraded by brain, I can no longer watch the garbage on television that I used to be able to enjoy.  Thanks for posting these videos.  My brain is hungry for stuff like this!


  • StevoStevo Upgrade in Progress ✭✭

    Since I upgraded by brain, I can no longer watch the garbage on television that I used to be able to enjoy.  Thanks for posting these videos.  My brain is hungry for stuff like this!


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    I think you might find that would happen anyway with the lowering of standards for what is allowed to be a prime-time TV show.


     


    1990s: Seinfeld - one of the best TV shows ever made with one of the world's top comedians


    2010s: Kardashians - talentless sisters wiping hankies on each other's vaginas and smelling them to see whose smells nicer


     


    You would have had to severely downgrade your brain not to notice a difference :-D

  • edited May 2013

    This is related and kind of exciting to see a pretty "main stream dude" touting what seems to be a real future tech.  Almost created a new thread in athletics, but posting here seemed logical.


     


    "Want Your Newborn to be an Athletic Superstar?


     


    Mark Cuban



    May 7th 2013 8:46AM


     


    Well I have no idea how to make sure he or she gets there. But what I do know that is if you have any such aspiration for your soon to be bundle of joy, then there is one thing you must do:


    You must save the cord blood from your child’s birth.


     


    At the Dallas Mavericks we have been diving into any and all advances in medical science that can give us a competitive edge. (The new advanced metrics that will impact the game). I’m not talking performance enhancing drugs, I’m talking proactive analysis and advanced recovery methodologies.  One that is obvious is the use of Stem Cells.


     


    I’m not going to go into the science or offer any insights into what we are doing,  but what I will tell soon to be and future parents is that your doctors and your children will thank you in 20 years when they are relieved to find out that they can utilize the latest in medical technologies because mom and/or dad had the foresight to save their cord blood.


     


    Let me clear here. This is not a cure all. The use of cord blood cells in regenerative applications is still in its infancy (See the joke I made there  . But what I do know is that medical science is advancing rapidly. What will be available to your newborn child in 20 years will be vastly different than what is available today. By banking the cord blood in a private cord bank, while relatively expensive (Do your homework PLEASE before making a decision which bank to use), you will have given your child a unique option that could lead to the latest recovery techniques being available to him or her.


     


    You want to know what the next big thing is ? It’s personalized medicine. This is one baby step towards the future for your family


    And let me be crystal clear again, DO YOUR HOMEWORK. Not everyone agrees with me. It’s not cheap. It’s not a cure all. It’s an option. One that I have used with my children. But you have to make your own decisions."


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  • Thanks for sharing that BBC video... I was glued to it the whole time! Makes me wonder too why we don't have more documentaries and shows like this here in the US?


    Probably because the general public only cares about who wins on Dancing with the stars or Americas got talent or whatever shows are popular these days *sigh*


  • This was pretty cool.  All of that effort, and sharing it online for others to learn from. 


     


    http://www.slate.com/blogs/trending/2013/06/21/brain_map_most_detailed_3_d_view_of_brain_created_by_scientists.html


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  • edited June 2013

    I almost shut this off at first, but it built well and by the end was worth it.


    I kinda hoped that as the documentary built, that it would lead to the intermittent daily fasting that Bulletproof/Leangains/others do as its climax.

    http://vimeo.com/50912488#




    This documentary is what inspired me to change my life, 6 months ago. I started on a 4 day water fast, then ended up going for 21 days. Then I went raw vegan for 20 days, then switched to BPIF; I'm still there :)


    I went from a XXL to a medium in tshirst, from 42 waist to 32, and I've lost around 66lbs :) Half of which I lost in the first 20 days of that water only fast. Good times.


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