DailyDirt: There Will Be Blood... And DNA And Stem Cells

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Biotechnology takes time to grow and develop new stuff, but every so often, there's a big leap. And then it still takes time to verify results and perform rigorous double blind medical studies. Science fiction and CSI TV shows make it seem like we'll be re-growing body parts and curing every disease before the next commercial break. Unfortunately, biology rarely moves that fast. Here are just a few cool biotech projects that won't be available at your local drug store anytime soon, but these sci-fi-sounding projects are closer to reality now. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.
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Filed Under: biology, biotech, blood, dna, health, medicine, stem cells, synthetic biology


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    Anonymous Coward, 24 Apr 2014 @ 5:58pm

    Biotime

    Actually, Dr West of Biotime (BTX) can take your cells and make them into pluripotent stem cells even with long telomeres so that they are young again.

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    Freely_ip (profile), 24 Apr 2014 @ 6:42pm

    Sorry to burst the bubble but Haruko Obokata's work into stem cells are under scrutiny for Scientific Misconduct.

    http://www.newsweek.com/haruko-obokata-who-claimed-stem-cell-breakthrough-found-guilty-sc ientific-239000

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    cosmicrat, 24 Apr 2014 @ 11:35pm

    whoa, wait, printable DNA?

    This sounds like something out of a science fiction novel. I'll just print myself up an army of invincible warrior creatures to take over the world!

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      Anonymous Coward, 25 Apr 2014 @ 5:31am

      Re: whoa, wait, printable DNA?

      At first you will only have an army of invincible warrior babies, which you have to feed, raise and educate/train.

      Unless someone develops some kind of dna memory transplant thingy.

      Cloning is only feasable for organs, as they don't need a mind of their own to work, it is organic machinery if you will.

      If you can upload/download consciousnesses/minds/training, you're in a whole other league of evil geniuses.


      At least it'is nice that they are developing TruBlood.

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