Monthly Archives: February 2011

Ecuadorian Dwarfs are Resistant to Cancer and Diabetes, but don’t Live Longer. Why is That?

Dr. Jaime Guevara has been studying the Laron Dwarfs for 25 years, for the last decade he has been collaborating with Dr. Valter Longo, a well-known researcher on aging at the University of Southern California. This week the two men released the findings of the research in the Science Translational Medicine Journal.

Laron Dwarfs carry mutations in the growth hormone receptor (GHR) gene that lead to severe GHR and IGF-1 (insulin-like growth factor–1) deficiencies. These mutations offer them protection from cancer and diabetes. A 22 year study of the Larons has confirmed that none has ever had diabetes and only one had cancer and that cancer was not lethal. In contrast, the study looked at 1,600 normal-height relatives who live in the same towns and found that despite similar lifestyles 5 percent got diabetes and 17 percent got cancer.

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The Story about Ray Kurzweil and the Singularity Gets the Time Magazine Cover

Time magazine covered Ray Kurzweil and the movie Transcendent Man. This may be one of the steps on the way to the Singularity and Immortality becoming mainstream. Congrats to the director, Barry Ptolemy, and his team.

Read the whole story 2045: The year man becomes immortal

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My Visit to KrioRus – the First Cryonics Company in Europe and Asia

Yesterday I visited the facilities of the Russian cryonics company KrioRus, which are located just outside Moscow. That’s the huge dewar flask where the cryopreserved bodies are stored. It’s so big that one needs to climb up a ladder to peek through the steamy nitrogen. And in the picture below Alexei Turchin, a renowned futurologist and expert on global risks, and I are in front of the other dewar flask, now empty and waiting for the new cryo patients. Cryonics is an amazing opportunity to get a chance to find yourself in the future. I believe cryonics is the choice of truly smart people.

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True DIY Biology: Man Designs and Produces Own Aortic Implant

When British engineer Tal Golesworthy learned his aorta was in danger of rupturing due to complications of Marfan syndrome, he decided to take an active role in his personal health by designing and creating his own cardiac implant. Marfan syndrome is a disorder that affects the body’s connective tissue, including cardiac tissue.

Upon learning of his need for surgery, Golesworthy created a custom implant using magnetic resonance images of his aorta and computer-aided drafting software. Through rapid prototyping, he was able to create an exact model of his aorta and then create a textile implant to fit it.

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