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    • CommentTimeJul 19th 2018
    Why not simply cauterize the corpus callosum in all new born to double human intelligence?

    Having wider hips would probably upset most if not all hipsters.
    • CommentTimeJul 19th 2018
    What a callous suggestion.
    • CommentAuthorAsterix
    • CommentTimeJul 20th 2018
    Posted By: AngusLocomotion.

    Well, yeah, it certainly could look like that...
    How biologists are creating life-like cells from scratch

    Well, sort of. It's very early days. For example, the minimal synthetic cell of Craig Ventner's lab, with about 470 genes, is still not completely understood - about 100 genes of that minimal gene set remain a mystery!

    Also skipped over in the article is the main functional item of the cell - the ribosome. Ribosomes were first observed in the mid-1950s (so much has happened within my lifetime!). They are frighteningly complex beasts, but are now pretty much understood.

    It's thought possible that the ribosome predates the cell.

    Life is hard.
    Posted By: Andrew PalfreymanLife is hard.

    Death appears quite easy though. Something to look forward to, anyway.
    • CommentAuthorthehard
    • CommentTimeNov 10th 2018
    Not that easy. Isn't it amazing that 99.9999999% of things we do on a daily basis don't kill us. Even as we fail at walking or choosing food or getting exposed to risks to our health, or brain and muscles and blood and immune system still find a way to keep us alive.
    • CommentAuthorthehard
    • CommentTimeNov 10th 2018

    I must note that one of the articles linked by Andrew refer to organelles named Cajal bodies and it gave me a tiny bit of patriotic joy. Cajal was a pioneer in neuroscience and one of the first Spanish Nobel Prize winners, back in 1906. Take a look at his drawings. Aren't they a beauty?
    Ramon could sketch well.
    His drawings formed part of the inspiration for young Al to pursue a scientific career.
    • CommentAuthorthehard
    • CommentTimeJan 4th 2019 edited
    People are gonna find it difficult to oppose these GMOs.
    "Genes used in fruit flies for gonad development are now used in the development of human brains".

    And Dawkins' selfish gene is nonsense?

    The truth lies in a third place, methinks.
    Embryology: How organisms build themselves. Amazing stuff.
    Conditional gene expression using the Cre Lox FLEx vector switch!
    Now that's truly frightening.