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More on the Russian discovery in Antarctica.


Unidentified Life Form Found in Antarctic Lake

It looks like drilling through 2.3 miles of ice may have paid off: The Russian scientists who did just that last year at Antarctica’s Lake Vostok say the samples they recovered contain an “unclassified and unidentified” life form, reports the BBC.The bacteria’s DNA measured less than 86% similar to that of previously existing life forms—which the team’s leader explains is “basically zero” when it comes to DNA. “A level of 90% usually means that the organism is unknown.” “If this had been found on Mars everyone would have undoubtedly said there is life on Mars,” continued the scientist, who says fresh samples will be retrieved from the subglacial lake in May. “But this is bacteria from Earth.” Lake Vostok is so oxygen-rich—about 50 times more so than freshwater lakes—that any microbes living in it must have evolved special adaptations to survive there, notes the Daily Galaxy.

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Transhumanism: Looking at a future with an extended lifespan.

An IEET Survey (Use the link for the full article. Well worth it):

Radical Life Extension / Immortalism is a primary goal of the vast majority of transhumanists. But what, specifically, do we want to do with the extra time? (Terasem Survey, Part 2)

Here are the results:

#1 Travel. Rating Average 3.75 with 80.3% of responders selecting it as “very likely.”

#2 Read and Write. Rating Average 3.73 with 77.7% of responders selecting it as “very likely.”

#3 Help Other People. Rating Average 3.50 with 62.3% of responders selecting it as “very likely.”

#4 Pleasure. Rating Average 3.46 with 56.8% of responders selecting it as “very likely.”

#5 Sex. Rating Average 3.46 with 51% of responders selecting it as “very likely.”

#6 Relax. Rating Average 3.22 with 48% of responders selecting it as “very likely.”

#7 Spend Time With My Family. Rating Average 3.19 with 46.7% of responders selecting it as “very likely.”

#8 Seek Powerful Positions in Society. Rating Average 2.53 with only 23.5% selecting this choice as “very likely.”

Life span extended by an average of 24%, sign me up!


(Pictured are Maria A. Blasco and Bruno M. Bernardes de Jesús (co-author) in the CNIO building in Madrid. (Credit: CNIO))

A new study consisting of inducing cells to express telomerase, the enzyme which — metaphorically — slows down the biological clock — was successful. The research provides a “proof-of-principle” that this “feasible and safe” approach can effectively “improve health span.”

A number of studies have shown that it is possible to lengthen the average life of individuals of many species, including mammals, by acting on specific genes. To date, however, this has meant altering the animals’ genes permanently from the embryonic stage — an approach impracticable in humans. Researchers at the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO), led by its director Mari´a Blasco, have demonstrated that the mouse lifespan can be extended by the application in adult life of a single treatment acting directly on the animal’s genes. And they have done so using gene therapy, a strategy never before employed to combat aging. The therapy has been found to be safe and effective in mice.

The results were recently published in the journal EMBO Molecular Medicine. The CNIO team, in collaboration with Eduard Ayuso and Fa´tima Bosch of the Centre of Animal Biotechnology and Gene Therapy at the Universitat Auto`noma de Barcelona (UAB), treated adult (one-­-year-­-old) and aged (two-­-year-­-old) mice, with the gene therapy delivering a “rejuvenating” effect in both cases, according to the authors.

Mice treated at the age of one lived longer by 24% on average, and those treated at the age of two, by 13%. The therapy, furthermore, produced an appreciable improvement in the animals’ health, delaying the onset of age-­-related diseases — like osteoporosis and insulin resistance — and achieving improved readings on aging indicators like neuromuscular coordination.

(via unexpectedtech-deactivated20130)

The search for life in the rest of the Universe.


Why Can’t We See Evidence of Alien Life?

Stand by for an animated exploration of the famous Fermi Paradox. Given the vast number of planets in the universe, many much older than Earth, why haven’t we yet seen obvious signs of alien life? The potential answers to this question are numerous and intriguing, alarming and hopeful.