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Thursday, July 09, 2009

Zimmer on Genomics

Carl Zimmer explains that genomes are complicated, and that genomic medicine has a long way to go.

In cheerier news, scientists may have found the first steps to the life-extension pill.



Wahoo! Life-extension pills developed from microbes found in soil in a remote location, nine years ahead of plan! Can spindizzies really be that far away now?

Which SF novel are you alluding to for the microbes? (I'm guessing - too lazy to look it up - either Blish or Wyndham.)

Blish, his version was "ascomycin" from 'They Shall Have Stars", can't remember if it came directly from soil samples collected on earth or from elsewhere in the Solar System though.

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