WATCHERS Tech Revival Sees Cusp Of A Revolution: Cell Therapy To Become ‘The Third Pillar’ Of Medicine
They outlined their vision of cell-based therapeutics as a “third pillar of medicine” in an article published online April 3 in Science Translational Medicine. “Today, biomedical science sits on the cusp of a revolution: the use of human and microbial cells as therapeutic entities,” said Wendell Lim, PhD, a UCSF professor and director of the UCSF Center for Systems and Synthetic Biology, and one of the article’s co-authors. Cell therapies have the potential to address critical, unmet needs in the treatment of some of the deadliest diseases, including diabetes, cancer and inflammatory bowel diseases, the scientists said. The reason, they said, is that cells can carry out functions that can’t be performed by small-molecule drugs produced by Big Pharma, or by targeted drugs developed by biotech firms in the wake of the genetic engineering revolution. For one, cells are adaptable. They can sense their surroundings better than today’s drugs and can vary their responses to better suit physiologic conditions. Continued advances in cellular engineering could provide a framework, according to the co-authors, for the development of cellular.
Flashback: Was JFK Killed Because Of His Quest For The Truth About Aliens?
An uncovered letter written by John F Kennedy to the head of the CIA shows that the president demanded to be shown highly confidential documents about UFOs 10 days before his assassination. The secret memo is one of two letters written by JFK asking for information about the paranormal on November 12 1963, which have been released by the CIA for the first time. Author William Lester said the CIA released the documents to him under the Freedom of Information Act after he made a request while researching his new book ‘A Celebration of Freedom: JFK and the New Frontier.’
Missing Dogs, Ritualistic Killing Confound Idaho Officials
The mysterious disappearance of about 30 dogs in southern Idaho has baffled animal control officials and raised concerns among dog lovers after a German shepherd was found with its head crushed in a suspected ritual killing. The missing canines range widely in size, breed and age. “The dogs seem to vanish into thin air,” said Debbie Blackwood, director of the animal shelter in Twin Falls, Idaho. Officials say some 30 dogs have gone missing in recent months in Twin Falls and nearby communities in an agricultural region in south-central Idaho known as the Magic Valley. A man and his young daughter hiking along the north rim of the Snake River Canyon northeast of Twin Falls earlier this month discovered the remains of a German shepherd that had apparently been stoned to death, Blackwood said.
Conservationists say it’s high time to consider whether synthetic biology will solve some of the huge problems that beset endangered species, or bring new problems. It just might do both. “Synthetic biology brings with it a powerful attraction, causing biology to veer towards engineering with its inherent approach of human problem solving,” three experts on biodiversity and conservation say in this week’s issue of PLOS Biology. “It may prove to be a cure for certain wicked problems. But we suggest that now is the time to consider whether synthetic biology may be a wicked solution, creating problems of its own, some of which may be undesirable or even unacceptable in the area of biodiversity conservation.”