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Comment That's a problem for me (Score 1) 155

I have many machines that use Mint 17.3 but Catalyst or Crimson doesn't function well on my HP G6 with AMD A4 3300. Some reason the laptop turns on but the display is off. Not until I close the lid and open it again will the display turn on. This bug persists with Ubuntu 16.04 and even with Oibaf PPA which gives me the latest open source drivers. The drivers work great but I'd like to see something done cause this isn't a new problem.

Nomodeset does get the display to work but no 3D acceleration. Quick Google shows the problem is as old as 2012 at least.

Comment Re:Germline ethics (Score 1) 385

Gene editing is the future of medicine, as well as stem cells. The sad truth is that these technologies are working. Stem cells and Gene editing tools like CRISPR are indeed working. The problem is that we are like a 15 year old with all the tools to fix a car. Without experience, we don't know how to approach something as simple as replacing brakes, let alone rebuilding a engine.

I'm more worried about how we'll adapt this medicine over traditional medication. Lets say you have diabetes and need insulin shots to survive. You have to take these shots everyday for the rest of your life. OR, we could use gene editing to correct the gene so that you produce your own insulin. It would be a single shot and you're done. This could be a huge blow to pharmaceutical companies and they'll likely encourage people to be against these kind of therapies.

Sad truth is that gene therapy is the future of medicine and we could delay that future for whatever morality we're trying to hold onto, or we could embrace it and save lives now. If that means we won't be old any more and populations would increase, then those are problems I'm willing to deal with. Condoms and safe sex can easily solve that problem, and people won't die. Good chance the longer you live the more likely you'll do something stupid like put a fire cracker in a gas can.

Comment Re:As a geneticist, Church knows zero about ageing (Score 1) 385

Everything that goes on in your body is genetics, especially ageing. Why do some animals live nearly forever like molerats? It isn't their diet that's for sure. In fact SENS is working on moving Mitochondrial DNA into the nucleus cause the nucleus is very good at repairing DNA damage and protecting it compared to the Mitochondria. According to SENS, this is something nature was already in the middle of doing and they're just trying to complete the task.

So yes, Metochondrial DNA damage does cause ageing. Therefore DNA is very important part of ageing. Besides the fact that everything in the human body is in one way or another controlled by DNA, including ageing.

Comment Re:Drawbacks (Score 1) 385

Money won't be a thing in 70 years. At some point automation will take away enough jobs that some serious changes will need to happen to accommodate this. One that'll likely happen soon is working less hours which is something that's been in the talks lately. Eventually you'll see money go extinct and all we'll do is trade, and most trading will happen between countries.

Comment Google Liz Parrish (Score 2) 385

Not many people know that Liz Parrish is patient zero for her company BioViva. They used gene therapy to try and reverse ageing in her to see if it works. They used two genes, I forget what they're called but the idea was extend the telomeres. Every few months they'll be testing to see how she's doing and if any ageing was indeed reversed.

Keep in mind that BioViva used viruses and not CRISPR to do this. Even if this doesn't work, it's just a matter of time before they find the right genes needed to reverse ageing. That's what the Google backed Calico is all about. It's very feasible that within 5 years we'll find the right combination of genes to reverse ageing. Doesn't mean that within 5-6 years you'll visit your doctor and get CRISPR injections just yet. Clinical trials will take 10 years before all this is approved, at least.

Comment Need better batteries (Score 1) 399

Bill Nye keeps repeating this and I think he's right. If we load homes with solar panels and use a giant plant that uses a heavy piston to take extra solar power and store it as fluid that pumps into the cylinder. Then at night it drains out the fluid to turn a turbine and produces power to local homes. Fusion is just another expensive power plant.

Comment Re:It's all about aging, stupid. (Score 1) 204

There's many people but these are the ones that come to mind. They obviously do age but do so very well it looks as though they have stopped. They believe it's due to enzymes that you get from eating food raw. Rubbish. Your stomach breaks down the enzymes so something else is going on. My belief is that because they're so focused on what they eat and take care of themselves they have less oxidation stress. They obviously get a lot more vitamins. The best explanation I have is that they avoid a lot of carcinogens. No cooked food means nothing burns and generates free radicals. Just being a vegan isn't enough cause if you eat French fries you're on the vegan diet but it's obviously very bad for you.

This 70 year old who looks 30.

This 44 year old looks 20.

Generally all these people.

Comment It's all about aging, stupid. (Score 1) 204

The way we do medicine today isn't very different than what we did 100 years ago. We find a chemical that does things, test said chemical and prey the side effect doesn't kill the patient. Surgery and our understanding of the human body is 1000x better than what we did 100 years ago but what we do is surface level treatment. You get sick and we find a way to fix said sickness. Heart has clog? Thin the blood like crazy with medicine. Stents to expand veins to keep them open and working. But that's like your engine leaks oil but instead of fixing the core of the problem lets put in thicker oil to slow the leak.

About 2/3 of deaths to people are age related. Heart disease, cancer, Diabetes, and etc are all age related diseases. And yes you can get them young but the moment you're born you're aging. What is aging? Aging is the process of the human body slowly building up damage, and there's 7 of them. People won't live past 80 or 90 if we don't fix aging first, and a lot of other diseases like Alzheimer is dependent on our ability to cure it. Cancer itself is caused by aging cells. We know the core cause of cancer is telomeres which protect the cell from damage. Most cells in your body don't extend these but cancer cells do and indefinitely and become immortal.

There's already discoveries found that help with aging and health significantly. For example back in 2003 they found a chemical called Resveratrol. This stuff is so amazing that it doubles the life of mice, which don't live for very long. They're younger and healthier for a longer time, and don't develop sicknesses easily like diabetes, especially on a western diet which is very bad for you. Resveratrol doesn't stop or reverse aging but it does significantly slow it down and you can buy it right now off online stores. It's proven to work, but everyone is trying to make a more concentrated and potent version of Resveratrol. There's compounds which are proven to extend telomeres which many people consider the holy grail of age reversal for humans and our best defense against cancer. The compounds are unfortunately only 5% effective so people who took the compounds didn't look or feel younger but their cells did look younger. Now they're trying to find compounds that are more potent and they have, but they'll kill you.

My point is that if we're to make people live healthier and better lives than we need to look into aging itself, and my prediction is that within 15 years we'll have methods to drastically slow aging. About 20-25 years from now we'll be able to stop aging but not reverse it. Within 30-40 years we can actually reverse aging mostly. I say mostly cause you may look 20-30 years old and feel 20-30 years old but you'll still have some age related issues to deal with. I'm not sure when and if we'll be able to fix Mitochondrial mutations or even DNA mutations, but it might not be a real issue. Human body is really good at repairing DNA. For now I would avoid high sugar foods, and cooked foods that have lots of carcinogens. Resveratrol works and is on sale as a vitamin. People on raw vegan diets don't age. Though that means eating uncooked food and no meat which many people probably won't do.

It's also a big problem that we don't look at aging as a disease when it causes so many and effects people of all ages, it just effects older people more so than younger.

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