Nerve cells may have evolved in animals twice

Ctenophores, also known as the "comb jellies", are an ancient phyla of animals. They have no HOX genes, at least some of which are present in every other animal except themselves and sponges. They lack many of the basic immune system adaptations common to all other animals, including sponges. » 5/27/14 10:16am 5/27/14 10:16am

Could this "immortal" jellyfish unlock the secret to human life…

Nathan Rich of the New York Times has put together an article about the apparent "immortal" jellyfish, Turritopsis dohrnii, and how insights into its lifecycle could eventually lead to powerful rejuvenation therapies for humans. Not only is this article a must-read from the perspective of radical life extension, it's… » 11/29/12 1:40pm 11/29/12 1:40pm

Genetically engineered cell becomes world's first living laser

It looks like we're one step closer to having laser vision (or at least, laser-based diagnostic and therapeutic techniques). Researchers at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston have genetically engineered the world's first "living laser." That's right - a living cell can shoot laser… » 6/13/11 1:22pm 6/13/11 1:22pm