JoVE stats: blogosphere and Nature News traffic before official launch

The first official issue of the new biological video protocol site JoVE or Journal of Visualized Experiments will be available today 11 pm EST, November 30, 2006. The graph shows November traffic in term of unique visitors, first 2.5 weeks mainly uploaders, authors, editors and editors’ friends used the page, from 17th there was a… Continue reading JoVE stats: blogosphere and Nature News traffic before official launch

Human heart mitochondria and nitric oxide production: hard work

I’ve almost missed the publication of an article by our group back home, in Budapest which is my first real first author peer-review article published in Life Sciences, impact factor, 2.512 as of 2005. The peer-review process was hard (illustration: me under the hood) and bloody, because it is a negative result, so you have… Continue reading Human heart mitochondria and nitric oxide production: hard work

hESCs derived from single blastomere by Lanza et al.: second trial in Nature with success

In science you can always correct yourself. In stem cell research it is of utmost importance to correct what you’re claiming, if you’ve claimed it not accurately enough before. Now in November 23 Nature magazine the Lanza group has a corrected manuscript on Human embryonic stem cell lines derived from single blastomeres on the possibility… Continue reading hESCs derived from single blastomere by Lanza et al.: second trial in Nature with success

Moderate life extension: yes, maximum: no, interview with Huber Warner

Huber R. Warner is a biochemist by profession and he initiated and participated in the development of many research areas including: cellular senescence, oxidative stress, apoptosis, functional genomics, the intervention testing program, and premature aging models. He currently serves on the editorial board of Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, is the editor of the Journal… Continue reading Moderate life extension: yes, maximum: no, interview with Huber Warner

New key protein player in mitochondrial fission and fusion: make or break

Regulators of the balance between mitochondrial fusion and fission events are of special interest. November 27, Journal of Cell Science: Katsuyoshi Mihara and colleagues identified a mammalian protein – mitofusin-binding protein (MIB) – that regulates mitochondrial fusion by interacting with mitofusins (Mfns), mitochondrial outer-membrane GTPases that are required for mitochondrial fusion. Overexpressed MIB induces mito… Continue reading New key protein player in mitochondrial fission and fusion: make or break

Questions to contra life extensionists: rational pitfalls

Critical thinking is crucial to every successful scientific and technological project. In order to consider any attempt to the extension of life in details,we have to take a look at the other side of the coin. So in the future I try to blogterview some experts, scholars, philosophers, activists, …who are opposing some concrete points… Continue reading Questions to contra life extensionists: rational pitfalls

Valley Brats in Rolling Stone’s Tech Issue: trends in journalism (weekend off)

And now for something completely different! Sometimes life is just simply life for me without any extension. This is Life.exe. So at the weekends during the largely dead webtimes, I’ll blog about other things than stem cells, regenerative medicine, maximum life extension and biotech. This week offstory is a report, which shows the transformation of… Continue reading Valley Brats in Rolling Stone’s Tech Issue: trends in journalism (weekend off)

Nature News on JoVE: is JoVE really the YouTube for life scientists?

Nature News has an article of the new Journal of Visual Experiments website, whereof Pimm had a story one week ago with the help of Moshe Pritsker, founder of the site. The title of the Nature News post: YouTube for test tubes, which sounds good really, but is problematic a little bit. In a way… Continue reading Nature News on JoVE: is JoVE really the YouTube for life scientists?

Maximum Life CEO David Kekich: the investment strategy of life extension

David A Kekich is a heavyweight venture capitalist and investment expert. In 1999, he founded the Maximum Life Foundation, a corporation dedicated to curing aging related diseases. His LIVES™ financial strategy will finance the research needed to profitably develop life extending technologies. Kekich, who is also a lifestyle life extensionist, and very aware of current… Continue reading Maximum Life CEO David Kekich: the investment strategy of life extension

The (all)mighty condrion: Mitochondrial biology, new perspectives, meeting in London

I am happy to participate: The Novartis Foundation in collaboration with The Royal Society of Medicine and The Physiological Society will be holding a one-day meeting on the above subject at Birkbeck College, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1 on Friday 1 December 2006. The field of mitochondrial research has undergone a complete re-evaluation in recent… Continue reading The (all)mighty condrion: Mitochondrial biology, new perspectives, meeting in London

Maximum Life’s James Clement: what can a lawyer do for life extension?

James Clement is an attorney and serial entrepreneur. He is the Chief Operating Officer of Maximum Life Foundation which supports aging and life extension research with a mature and secure VC fund strategy (next blogterviewee, David Kekich, C.E.O. of MaxLife). 1. What is the story of your life extension commitment? I have been interested in… Continue reading Maximum Life’s James Clement: what can a lawyer do for life extension?

Life extension interviews: Nick Bostrom and the philosopher’s point of view

Nick Bostrom is an analytic philosopher by profession in Oxford, but he has a strong background in science too. He is also the co-founder and current chair of the World Transhumanist Association. 1. What is the story of your life extension commitment? I did not think much about the topic until I learned about various… Continue reading Life extension interviews: Nick Bostrom and the philosopher’s point of view

Biological Video Protocols on JoVE: Online Journal of Visualized Experiments

At last there is an almost perfect solution for life scientists to share video protocols and insider tricks to learn techniques and repeat experiments properly. Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE) is a newly founded and FREE online research journal that publishes video-articles on biological experiments (video-protocols). It is an independent project by 2 people, Moshe… Continue reading Biological Video Protocols on JoVE: Online Journal of Visualized Experiments

Commentary on mitochondrial transfer in recent Rejuvenation Research

I published a commentary paper on mitochondrial transfer experiments (PNAS) in recent Rejuvenation Research, impact factor 8.571. Rejuv. Res. is an authoritative peer-reviewed journal and the leading forum publishing solid science to expedite a real cure for aging. Here is the public abstract:

Kevin Dewalt’s answers: technology professional, lifestyle life extensionist

Kevin Dewalt is an American technology professional, presently working at a VC. Kevin is a strong life extension supporter. We’ve met online at Baris Karadogan’s blog. I specially liked his “happy argument” for maximum life extension on the psychological level, see answer 3. 1. What is the story of your life extension commitment? When I… Continue reading Kevin Dewalt’s answers: technology professional, lifestyle life extensionist

What can/will You do for life extension? Answer these questions first.

Dear Reader, if You are stem cell researcher, life scientist, medical doctor, scholar, activist, bloggers, IT professional, venture capitalist, philosopher, economist, politician, decision maker, businessman, biotech- or big pharma manager, plastic surgeon, hairdresser… who support life extension, please answer the questions below and send me to [attilacsordas][at][gmail.com] to get blogterviewed.

John Cumbers’ DIY approach to life extension: personal genomics and synthetic biology

John Cumbers made the Drosophila CHiP protocol video. He is a graduate student at the Tatar lab in Brown University, USA. Below are his answers to the blogterview questions and through answer 5 you can take a fresh look at the bottom-up approach of synthetic biology.

2 more bloggers’ answers: Anne Corwin and Phil Bowermaster

The spectrum of the life extension blogterviewees is broad: scholars, activists, IT people, VC folks, … and is broadening further. Here are 2 more activists/bloggers who put their answers to their blog: Anne Corwin and the aphoristically dense Phil Bowermaster. Thanks for answering. I ‘d like to emphasize that I modified questions 4-5, and introduced… Continue reading 2 more bloggers’ answers: Anne Corwin and Phil Bowermaster

Blogterview with Aubrey de Grey: life extension stories

Aubrey de Grey is the man, who first made serious, scientifically conceptualized life extension speech acceptable within scholarly circles through good timing, well-done strategy and with a little bit of luck. The rest is … (I’ve slightly modified the original question 4 and separated questions concerning the probable technologies of moderate and maximum life extension.)… Continue reading Blogterview with Aubrey de Grey: life extension stories

Election perspectives in tech support: New York City as California’s rival in stem cell billions?

Check this fresh Wired review about US Midterm elections’ effects on high-tech possibilities for the United States: In New York, Attorney General Eliot Spitzer‘s gubernatorial victory was no surprise, but it’s a big win for stem-cell research in that state. Spitzer wants to commit several billion dollars of the state’s money to the science. Link… Continue reading Election perspectives in tech support: New York City as California’s rival in stem cell billions?

Sand Hill Road Venture Capitalist about life extension as business

There was a very interesting comment dialogue last week apropos of Aubrey de Grey‘s TED talk, and the host was Baris Karadokan’s blog called From Istanbul to Sand Hill Road subtitled High-tech, venture capital, creativity and innovation. Here are some details. Link storytelling idea source

The bioinformatics bet: what can IT folks do for life extension?

Briefly: A lot. As you might have noticed, for me as biotechnologist/life extensionist, the most important reference group is the group of IT people, because of the engineering approach, software-hardware tools, intuition concerning technology and funds. After Reason and Chris, our next answerer is Jim Craig, who published his answers here as a comment first… Continue reading The bioinformatics bet: what can IT folks do for life extension?

Ouroboros’ Chris Patil, III.: What can blogs do for life extension?

This is the last part of the blogterview with Chris Patil about the growing role of blogs and the web in aging research and life extension activism. Spread, summarize, criticize, connect. Thanks Chris for the answers. Part I. Ouroboros’ Chris Patil: answers to life extension questions I. Part II. Blogterview with Ouroboros’ Chris Patil, II.:… Continue reading Ouroboros’ Chris Patil, III.: What can blogs do for life extension?

Blogterview with Ouroboros’ Chris Patil, II.: the technology of life extension

Here is Chris’ answer to question 4, for me it was the most important because of its critical edge. Question 2 was about moderate or maximum life extension commitment and the question below is not restricted to maximum LE and unlimited lifespan but includes modest trials too. 4. What is the most probable technological draft… Continue reading Blogterview with Ouroboros’ Chris Patil, II.: the technology of life extension

Ouroboros’ Chris Patil: answers to life extension questions I.

Ouroboros is a weblog mainly for people in the life sciences focusing on the different aspects of aging research through scanning articles published in peer-review journals. The blogger behind is Chris Patil, a postdoctoral fellow, currently working with Judith Campisi in the Life Sciences division of the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, California. If Fight Aging!… Continue reading Ouroboros’ Chris Patil: answers to life extension questions I.