Embedding the Future: the X2 Project goes public!

With the public launch of the X2 project, Alex Soojung-Kim Pang realized one of his dreams. Alex is the research director of The Institute for the Future (IFTF), an independent nonprofit research group headquartered in Palo Alto, Silicon Valley. He writes: The project is called X2, and its aim is to forecast the future of… Continue reading Embedding the Future: the X2 Project goes public!

BioBarCamp in the Valley before the SciFoo Camp!

It seems that my favorite ever unconference, the SciFoo Camp will be aroundunconferenced by a BioBarCamp this year. The whole idea of the BioBarCamp is based upon the SciFoo Camp, so it is by no means a competitive but a complimentary event. From the BarCamp wiki: “The BioBarCamp is an idea (fed by the tweets… Continue reading BioBarCamp in the Valley before the SciFoo Camp!

3rd SciFoo Camp, Googleplex, August 8-10, 2008!

The 3rd Science Foo Camp, organized by Nature, O’Reilly Media, and Google will be held on August 8-10 and hosted at the Googleplex in Mountain View, CA. From the mail: “Now in its third year, Sci Foo is already achieving cult status among those with a passion for science and technology. The Economist said that… Continue reading 3rd SciFoo Camp, Googleplex, August 8-10, 2008!

Human proteome project: 21000 genes/1 protein, 10 years, $1 billion?

In order to have the slightest change to design a robust, systemic life extension technology, we need to accumulate every systemic macromolecular, cellular, tissue- and organ level data of the normal, physiological human body, connect the trillions of nodes with scalable software algorithms and suck out the draft of the proper sequence of consecutive treatment/regeneration… Continue reading Human proteome project: 21000 genes/1 protein, 10 years, $1 billion?

How to predict the future via Twitter: Google invests in Navigenics

Wow, I guess it’s time for me to move into the stock market business! Here’s the story via David Bradley’s tweet: Julie Kent, Search Engine Journal, April 21st, 2008: Google Wants to Index Genetic Information, Invests in Second DNA Start-Up In 2007, Google made headlines when they invested $4.4 million in 23andMe, a genetic screening… Continue reading How to predict the future via Twitter: Google invests in Navigenics

Social or semantic connections? Tell me, infofriend!

Clive Thompson – undoubtedly a good journalist – has a piece, entitled Information Overlord in May Wired issue (not online yet, but already problematic) on his experience with semantic Web app Twine. Clive also formulates a provocative though about the value of information modulated social connections. “But the truth is, sometimes social connections are less… Continue reading Social or semantic connections? Tell me, infofriend!

Follow @biotecher, a solution to find all biotwitterers in 1 place!

Twitter effects blogging habits in many ways (see the term microblogging) and it is frequently the premier source of fresh web information. The number of biology and science related Twitter users are steadily growing, so today I created the @biotecher account in order to find every biotech, biology, medicine, bioinformatics related twitterers at one place… Continue reading Follow @biotecher, a solution to find all biotwitterers in 1 place!

Thesis live: 1.2 Liver, regeneration and stem/progenitor cells

In the live thesis building blogxperiment I edit (digest, compile, write, rewrite, delete) my ongoing doctoral thesis in blog posts and put the parts together on thesis live. The title: The physiologic role of stem cells in tissues with different regenerative potential. 1.2. Tissues, organs with different turnover and regenerative potential /bioenergetics data missing/ Liver… Continue reading Thesis live: 1.2 Liver, regeneration and stem/progenitor cells

Thesis live 1.1 The stem cell niche

In the live thesis building blogxperiment I edit (digest, compile, write, rewrite, delete) my ongoing doctoral thesis in blog posts and put the parts together on thesis live. The title: The physiologic role of stem cells in tissues with different regenerative potential. 1.1 Stem cells and regenerative medicine The concept of the stem cell niche… Continue reading Thesis live 1.1 The stem cell niche

The Tweet Cloud of a biotech geek blogger

With TweetClouds (scripting: John Krutsch design: Jared Stein) people can generate the Tweet Cloud of a Twitter user. In case of bloggers/Twitters it is an interesting question whether there are any strong differences between the category cloud/Tweet Cloud of the same person suggesting patterns in web behavior. I’ve just generated mine. One obvious difference is… Continue reading The Tweet Cloud of a biotech geek blogger

Thesis live: 1.2 Kidney and stem cells

In the live thesis building blogxperiment I edit (digest, compile, write, rewrite, delete) my ongoing doctoral thesis in blog posts and put the parts together on thesis live. The title: The physiologic role of stem cells in tissues with different regenerative potential. 1.2. Tissues, organs with different turnover and regenerative potential In the adult kidney… Continue reading Thesis live: 1.2 Kidney and stem cells

Dear StartupSearch: Is 23andMe a web-based startup or not?

1. A start-up is a company with a limited operating history (Wikipedia). 2. Startup search “tracks the web technology ecosystem commonly referenced as “Web 2.0.” We collect facts and figures about new web products, startup companies, key startup employees, and the funding dollars powering their growth.” 3. 23andMe is a pioneering web-based, personalized genomics startup… Continue reading Dear StartupSearch: Is 23andMe a web-based startup or not?

Thesis live: 1.1 Turnover or Every cell has a lifespan

In the live thesis building blogxperiment I edit (digest, compile, write, rewrite, delete) my ongoing doctoral thesis in blog posts and put the parts together on thesis live. The title: The physiologic role of stem cells in tissues with different regenerative potential. 1.1 Stem cells and regenerative medicine: basic concepts /turnover: cellular turnover/ The concept… Continue reading Thesis live: 1.1 Turnover or Every cell has a lifespan

Thesis live: 1.2 tissue/stem cell introduction scheme

In the live thesis building blogxperiment I edit (digest, compile, write, rewrite, delete) my ongoing doctoral thesis in blog posts and put the parts together on thesis live. The title: The physiologic role of stem cells in tissues with different regenerative potential. When producing a text, a post my building strategy is not linear, but… Continue reading Thesis live: 1.2 tissue/stem cell introduction scheme

Leigh syndrome – where are those mitochondria replacement therapies?

Dear Sir: I came across your blog after reading Stanley Bing’s recent article in Fortune Magazine. I will try to be brief. I have a 4 year old son who was diagnosed 1.5 years ago with a form of Leigh’s disease; one of the most devastating forms of mitochondrial disease. While he is receiving care… Continue reading Leigh syndrome – where are those mitochondria replacement therapies?

Thesis live: 1.1 Basic concepts: Let’s roll!

In the live thesis building blogxperiment I edit (digest, compile, write, rewrite, delete) my ongoing doctoral thesis in blog posts and put the parts together on thesis live. The title: The physiologic role of stem cells in tissues with different regenerative potential. After the Introduction draft it’s time to actually start to fill in the… Continue reading Thesis live: 1.1 Basic concepts: Let’s roll!

Oxygen control of stem cell niches and cell fates

Did you know that physiological normoxia generally falls in the 2-9% O2 (14.4-64.8 mm Hg) range for most adult cells in vivo? 3 remarkable exceptions are thymus, kidney medulla and most importantly bone marrow which can exist at 1% O2 (7.2 mm Hg). On the other hand, stem and progenitor cells are frequent residents of… Continue reading Oxygen control of stem cell niches and cell fates

“What is the meaning of life?” for a life extensionist

In No kidding, I am a cum laude philosopher, and so can you! it turned out that finally I got a philosophy diploma. That said, from now on I am officially qualified to think on the big questions of life. For instance, I can find out new arguments and concepts and I can answer (or… Continue reading “What is the meaning of life?” for a life extensionist

Michael Kingsley on competitive, bitter, boomer longevity

Michael Kingsley – diagnosed with Parkinson disease at the age 42 – wrote an utterly fatalist, sad&straight and death conscious essay entitled Mine Is Longer than Yours on the last boomer game he calls competitive longevity published in the New Yorker. This piece is the dark counterpart of the recent Wired Kurzweil coverage on Mr.… Continue reading Michael Kingsley on competitive, bitter, boomer longevity

36 Life extension idea killers: mental practice for the pros!

Today’s meditation is for serious healthy life extension supporters to consider the following 36 – general and sometimes corporate – idea killers concerning our little project: 1. We tried that already 2. We’ve never done anything like that before. 3. Has anyone ever done anything like that before? 4. That never works 5. You’re fired… Continue reading 36 Life extension idea killers: mental practice for the pros!