Living in the Idiocracy – No need to wait 500 years

Idiocracy is the 2006 movie in which two ordinary people get frozen for 500 years and wake up to a future where natural selection has been rather indifferent as regards intelligence. In other words, all the stupid people managed to outbreed the smart ones. The net result is a world populated entirly by illiterate alcoholic … Read more

Regeneration

Source: New York Times — Aug 6, 2010 Two research reports published Friday offer novel approaches to the age-old dream of regenerating the body from its own cells. By inactivating two genes that work to suppress tumors, a research group at Stanford University got mouse muscle cells to revert to a younger state, start dividing and … Read more

Insights on healthy aging

[This is a repost from the Harvard Gazette … original here] Harvard researchers have uncovered a mechanism through which caloric restriction and exercise delay some of the debilitating effects of aging by rejuvenating the connections between nerves and the muscles that they control. The research, conducted in the labs of Joshua Sanes and Jeff Lichtman, … Read more

Immortality

Is physical immortality possible today? Nope, not yet, but you might be surprised to learn about somebody who has come quite close. In the 1950’s a young lady called Henrietta Lacks was admitted to Johns Hopkins and sadly diagnosed with cervical cancer. The doctors attending had not seen a tumor like it before, so they … Read more