Computing building blocks created from bacteria and DNA

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Biocomputers are one step closer to reality.

Scientists have successfully demonstrated that they can build some of the basic components for digital devices out of bacteria and DNA, which could pave the way for a new generation of biological computing devices, in research published October 18 in the journal Nature Communications…

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Scientists reverse evolution to create chickens that grow alligator-like snouts

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Altering the DNA of chicken embryos can give them qualities they lost millions of years ago.

Chickens and other birds are thought to have descended from dinosaurs through a series of genetic changes. Scientists have rewound 65 million years of evolutionary history by tweaking chicken DNA to create embryos that grow alligator-like snouts rather than beaks.

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Bad driving a disease and can be cured Chinese doctor says

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Dr. Jin Huiqing says you can treat bad driving like a disease you can diagnose before the driver even gets near a car.

Someone is killed in traffic every five minutes in China and one entrepreneurial doctor has an unusual approach for making roads safer.  He says to treat bad driving like a disease you can diagnose before the driver even getting near a car.

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PooPrints uses dog DNA to catch pet owners who don’t clean up

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PooPrints uses dog DNA to catch pet owners who don’t clean up.

Some pet owner is the U.S. who failed to clean up after their dogs got a nasty surprise from apartment complex manager Deb Logan. Logan started fining the irresponsible dog owners $100 per offense using DNA evidence. 

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Scientists edit genetic code in a breakthrough that could lead to new treatments in hereditary diseases

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‘Genetic editing’ works by using enzymes to unlock the DNA.

Scientists have edited the genetic code in a breakthrough that could lead to new treatments for some hereditary diseases. The scientists managed to persuade cells in mice to repair a faulty gene but, instead of recreating the flawed piece, the cells generated a healthy one.

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Scientists a step closer to a ‘miracle’ treatment for genetic diseases

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Scientists claim they have come up with an entirely new way to rewrite the genetic code – reversing any flaws or faults.

Genetic diseases result from flaws in the body’s DNA that lead to the cells not functioning or developing as they should.  But, the genetic faults that cause diseases such as cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy and some cancers could be repaired in a new technique described as a “miracle of modern medicine.”

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Controversial $615 Test That Tells You How Long You Will Live

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The results of the tests might also be of interest to companies offering life-insurance policies or medical coverage.

A controversial blood test that can show how fast someone is aging – and offers the tantalizing possibility of estimating how long they have left to live – is to go on sale to the general public in Britain later this year.

 

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Social Networking Analysis and Genomics Solve Mysterious TB Outbreak

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Scientists used social-network analysis to find the origins of an outbreak of tuberculosis (top).

It was the baby’s case that first caught people’s attention: an infant in a medium-sized community in British Columbia that was diagnosed with tuberculosis in July 2006. When public health workers took a deeper look at the community’s medical records, they found a number of additional cases suggestive of an outbreak. By December 2008, 41 cases had been identified, bumping up the region’s annual incidence rate by a factor of 10.

 

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Katie’s Law – New DNA Law Has Linked Felons to 40 Unsolved Crimes

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“Katie’s Law” which was passed in 2009 and created the expanded DNA sampling program.

A law that expanded the number of people who must submit DNA samples has linked crime suspects to 40 unsolved sex assaults, burglaries, arsons and robberies across Colorado, authorities say.

 

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