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Archive: Code for life July 2012

From here to there: Installing a 16kb computer to modern tape media

Grant Jacobs Aug 07, 2017

While travelling I’ve visited some science-related locations and seen the odd bit of science-related trivia. On a wall of the ferry I took between Swedish the port town Oskarshamm and the walled city of Visby at the Baltic sea island of Gotland was a collection of photographs offering a pictorial history of the shipping company. One delightful photograph highlighted that … Read More

USA team editing embryos, early thoughts on alternatives and limitations

Grant Jacobs Aug 03, 2017

Widely reported today is the research paper by an USA team who edited a gene that causes sudden heart failure in young adults. I’d like to take a different approach, briefly raising just two things that nagged at me while reading this work. Before I do be clear there are real technical advances reported.* I’m not denying or opposing them. Read More

Fixing our genes

Grant Jacobs Jul 30, 2017

Gene editing could be a big deal. It offers some great stuff. For a few applications if also raises some interesting ethical questions. We might be able to treat some genetic disorders by convert a “broken” gene associated back to the working version of the gene, potentially providing a one-time, life-long fix for the patient. Gene therapy has a surprisingly … Read More

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A few vaccine resources

Grant Jacobs Apr 08, 2017

Below are a few links to resources that people might find useful to share – or read if you want a quick introduction to vaccines for kids. Short takes For really short takes, these brochures—all in PDF format—might be useful. They make key points in few words: Immunization: Get the facts – a Canadian brochure covering 5 key concerns … Read More

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Vaxxed at University of Otago: venues should be able to decline

Grant Jacobs Apr 07, 2017

The University of Otago has allowed an anti-vaccine lobby group[1] to screen former-doctor Andrew Wakefield’s advocacy piece, ‘Vaxxed’ on campus. (Wakefield was struck off for research misconduct.) Vaxxed has attracted a number of comments in the media, such as Alison Mau’s If you watch Vaxxed, know you’re buying into the manipulation of a disgraced fraud. I was surprised to learn the university … Read More

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Human gene editing recommendations from USA science panel

Grant Jacobs Feb 15, 2017

Just out today are the recommendations of a joint science advisory group of the USA National Academy of Science and the USA Academy of Medicine on gene editing. As an alert to any that might be interested I’ve copied their summary of their recommendations below.This post is meant as a simple heads-up, rather than an analysis of this … Read More

Excellent reading from the Wellcome Book Prize long-list

Grant Jacobs Feb 01, 2017

These should all be excellent reading. You can think of this long-list as a list of excellent reads related to “medicine, health or illness” from many types of writing, fiction or non-fiction.* The 2017 long-list has five fiction titles and twelve non-fiction titles. The shortlist will be the exceptional reads, and the winner the pick of the bunch given the criteria and the current … Read More

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