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Comment Re:From a personal point of view: (Score 1) 73

It really depends. Initial news stories are that it *doesn't* include BI/clearance investigation material. I really sort of hope that's true.

Not that I think breach of *that* material will never happen (when, not if).

Hate to say it, but regardless, this is a pretty serious breach of trust on OPM's part. It's difficult to secure systems. It's not impossible.

Comment Re:But why? (Score 1) 634

This is a good comment.

Really, people who go into coding, engineering, etc., and who stay in it tend to do so because they love doing what the day-in, day-out jobs in engineering, etc. actually entail: solving the abstract problems right in front of you. That goes for the best engineers (male and female) I've known.

Current engineering courses don't generally go into social impact because an awful lot of engineering doesn't involve much social impact, at least from what you see every day.

I have no problem whatsoever with trying to attract more women into the subsets of engineering, etc. in which they're under-represented (just as I have no problem trying to attract more men into biomed, psychology, education, etc. and other fields in which men are equally under-represented, though you usually don't see a lot of effort devoted to these things.). I'm just not sure this amounts to accurate representation of what being an engineer really is like, and while it may work to get more women to sign up, keeping them in the field may be a very different story.

Comment OK, so, a technical question... (Score 1) 199

To any biomed folks who might know this, I'd be interested in the details.

There doesn't seem to be much about "donor matching" in the article. Obviously, you don't want outright defective mitochondria used. HOWEVER, it also seems to me that the mitochondrial genome works in conjunction with the nuclear genome (especially since most mitochondrial genes have, over the millennia, migrated to the nucleus), and that matching between the two is relevant. In fact, there are prominent theorists who believe part of the reason we have mitochondria passed mainly from only one parent is to make sure of a mitochondria-nuclear genome match (at least, for half of the genome), and that this match is so critical that it helps to explain why females, who start off with several million potential eggs, wind up with a "top 200" for their reproductive lives.

What work has been done on this?

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