Personal genetics test-takers are future risk-takers

A good introduction in Nature on the risks and advantages of letting people know their genetic risk information via personal genetics services. I do hope that the test-takers will finally become the risk overtakers. Helen Pearson: Genetic testing for everyone Direct-to-consumer genetic testing is a rapidly growing market — the past year has seen the… Continue reading Personal genetics test-takers are future risk-takers

The Science of Longevity at The World Science Festival, June 1, NYC

90 is the New 50: The Science of Longevity via Brandon Keim, Wired Science: Sunday, June 1, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM,NYU – Kimmel Center for University Life Will it one day be possible to take a pill to stay young? How will an average life expectancy of beyond a hundred years affect society and… Continue reading The Science of Longevity at The World Science Festival, June 1, NYC

What’s your current science related desktop image?

Desktop background images are important parts of people’s everyday lives in terms of unintended staring time. Usually they are picked up for the eyes (sg spectacular & cool and/or sexy) and hearts (family members), but why not use them for information uptake and learning? So I’d like to ask: What’s your current science related desktop… Continue reading What’s your current science related desktop image?

What is the Google Health condition of deanimated, frozen people?

A burning question for real: What is (or how to set up) the Google Health status/condition of deanimated, frozen people, like Dr. Steven P. Rievman: Rievman, 64, who co-founded the Cryonics Society of South Florida in the 1960s, now resides in a deep-freeze capsule at the Alcor Life Extension Foundation in Scottsdale, awaiting the day… Continue reading What is the Google Health condition of deanimated, frozen people?

How can Google Health help to homeless people?

Homeless people without proper medical insurance are the insignificant others for the health care system. Wikipedia says but maybe it is obvious enough for everybody: “Health care for the homeless is a major public health challenge. Homeless people are more likely to suffer injuries and medical problems from their lifestyle on the street, which includes… Continue reading How can Google Health help to homeless people?

Short Twitter/FriendFeed chat on life extension

I asked the following question on Twitter recently: “A question for all of you Twitterers: Are you for, against, or just neutral on healthy life extension? How long would you like to live? Why?” I have to tell you it’s hard to give good links to the whole chat without noise. Maybe on FriendFeed. To… Continue reading Short Twitter/FriendFeed chat on life extension

O’Reilly Startup Camp for geeky biotech startups too!

The O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures Startup Camp is a nice option for the emerging personalized genomics companies or any web-related biotech startups to communicate and cooperate with alpha geeks and early technology adopters. Tim O’Reilly writes: The Thursday and Friday (July 10-11) before this year’s Foo Camp in Sebastopol July 11-13, O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures will be… Continue reading O’Reilly Startup Camp for geeky biotech startups too!

Meet Dr. Google Health: Roni Zeiger, right out of Stanford!

Roni F. Zeiger, MD (watch his presentation), Google Health product manager, whose PubMed profile (if he really is the very same person) gives us a very strong reason why he was hired by Google for this job (he joined Google in 2006). The 38-year-old, who still sees patients some evenings and weekends at a nearby… Continue reading Meet Dr. Google Health: Roni Zeiger, right out of Stanford!

Google Factory Tour of Health: watch the pivotal moment!

Here is a little timeline from a liveblogger for the Google Factory Tour of Search (05/19/08) including the official launch presentation of Google Health – time frame 83:35/1:23:35 – 90:45/1:30:45 -, by dr. Roni Zeiger, Google Health product manager who truly believes – & he is probably right – “that the most interesting, innovative services… Continue reading Google Factory Tour of Health: watch the pivotal moment!

Late Google Health: catching up with the past, first!

People expect usually too much from Google even in the sectors, like biotechnology or medicine where Google is not native. For me the recent Google Health – which is basically an embryonic online medical health record system for users with a Gmail Account in the USA – seems to be rather about just catching up… Continue reading Late Google Health: catching up with the past, first!

Puzzle: Which Wired article is cited in Nature Biotechnology?

Nature Biotechnology is the (peer review) journal for me: it’s geeky, fresh and it takes into account more than just one point-of-view, that of the scientist-academist’s: technology & business are hand in hands also. (Recommending Nat Biotech makes a niche sense here while recommending Nature, which is actually the only science journal I’m reading issue… Continue reading Puzzle: Which Wired article is cited in Nature Biotechnology?

How overrated is phosphorylation? – an opinion

David Secko writes: “Today, it is thought that one third of the proteins present in a typical mammalian cell are covalently bound to phosphate (i.e. they are phosphorylated at one time or another)” Well I haven’t checked what kind of measurement the above 1/3 estimation is based on but if true it is no wonder… Continue reading How overrated is phosphorylation? – an opinion

Innovation is still bottom-up in IT, what about biotech?

Just a simple filtering & highlighting & regurgitating for you based on Andy Oram’s post apropos of the opening of a larger Cambridge, Massachusetts Google office : Why open source developers can be more productive, and other tales from a Google open house Along the lines of self-motivated employees, I asked a manager whether most… Continue reading Innovation is still bottom-up in IT, what about biotech?

Manhattan trip: F.Murray Abraham, Warhammer geek, dead Barbie…

Say Hello to my new 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 4GB RAM, Mac OS X 10.5.2 MacBook right from the Fifth Avenue Apple Store, New York City! We are back in New Orleans waiting for the swarm of the formosan termites. Let me recall some Manhattan moments with the help of quick iPhone photos.… Continue reading Manhattan trip: F.Murray Abraham, Warhammer geek, dead Barbie…

What you get when you multiply the same ideas by different inventors!

Malcolm Gladwell has a nice, but a bit Microsoft heavy essay on scientific/technological multiples, ie. the phenomenon of simultaneous discovery in New Yorker: In the Air Gladwell argues that it is always misleading to apply the paradigm of artistic invention to scientific/technological invention and he is probably right. Two sections just for your appetite: “This… Continue reading What you get when you multiply the same ideas by different inventors!