The world is on the brink of an era of personalised medicine where genetics & genomics play a major role, but what about the patients? Are we there yet? Are we ready to perceive and to cope with the available information? Are we ready to know?
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The Olympic Games go long way back, however, the modern Summer Olympics that are held every four years started in Athens in 1986. Ever since, hundreds of thousands of athletes, men and women of all race, have competed in this series of prestigious sporting events.
Splice summer series brings you the interesting discussion with the most intriguing and provocative minds in modern science. If you ever run out of ideas for your scientific research or get stuck while thinking about your career, these short shots of inspiration can give you a new perspective on trends in science and the global community to which you as a scientist and a researcher belong.
How old are you? Are you sure that’s what your body thinks?
Rejuvenation. Health and quality of life it provides. Major things we all strive for this way or the other. How do we know how old our body actually is? Does our biological age actually correlate with our chronological age?
Microbes have been present on planet Earth longer than us, humans, and they become our life companions from the moment we are born. They are building, protecting and feeding our bodies.
In 2010 John Craig Venter and his colleagues reported a creation of the first bacterial cell containing a completely synthesized genome. It was a 1.08-mega-base pair Mycoplasma mycoides JCVI-syn1.0 genome and it became the very first citizen of synthetic biology.
Engineers from University of California have designed wireless sensors as small as a grain of sand which can be implanted in the body and are able to provide nerve, muscle and organ signals in real-time. They use ultrasound to power the sensors and read out their measurements.
One of the particularly interesting chemical properties that are giving us some insight into our organic world is chirality. Chirality is a geometric property of most biochemical molecules that makes them different than their mirror images, just like our left and right hand are.
The discovery of the structure of DNA is known as one of the greatest discoveries in human history. It changed our perspective on human life forever, nevertheless one part of this magnificent story was left untold.
There is a new era rising in molecular biology and it began with CRISPR technology (Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats), which is a genetic modification tool based on bacterial immune system. Gene drives is another interesting mechanism to use for altering genes but in contrast with CRISPR/Cas system it can only function in sexually reproducing species, leaving viruses and bacteria out of the picture.