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Ancient Viruses Are Buried in Your DNA

Saturday, October 28th, 2017

“Early on, the cells in an embryo can turn into any tissue. As these stem cells divide, they can lose this flexibility, committing to becoming one kind of cell or another. After that, cells typically shut down their viral genes.
Viral proteins appear to help keep stem cells from losing this potential. …
Viruses might have exploited embryos to make more copies of
themselves. By keeping their hosts as stem cells for longer, the viruses were able to invade more parts of the embryo’s body.” “}}

Ancient Viruses Are Buried in Your DNA, by @CarlZimmer Nice #intuition on why they may promote the stem-cell state

Buddy the parrot

Friday, September 29th, 2017

““I didn’t hear what happened after that and didn’t think anything of it until I got a notification that my Amazon order had been placed. I hadn’t ordered anything. I asked my husband and my son, who didn’t know what I was talking about.”

“So then I asked Alexa, ‘What was my last order?’ and she said it was these golden gift boxes. I laughed out loud because I knew then that it was Buddy.”

Woman couldn’t explain mysterious Amazon orders until her parrot talked

Woman couldn’t explain mysterious $AMZN orders until her parrot talked #Alexa listens to everything, human or not

Microchip Implants for Employees? One Company Says Yes – The New York Times

Sunday, August 6th, 2017

Microchip #Implants for Employees? 1 Company Says Yes Man-machine interface of the future w. serious #privacy issues

“On Aug. 1, employees at Three Square Market, a technology company in Wisconsin, can choose to have a chip the size of a grain of rice injected between their thumb and index finger. Once that is done, any task involving RFID technology — swiping into the office building, paying for food in the cafeteria — can be accomplished with a wave of the hand.”

The Man Who Kicked Off the Biotech Revolution – Issue 44: Luck – Nautilus

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

The Man Who Kicked Off…#Biotech by @CarlZimmer H Smith for discovering restriction enzymes + a history of the term

“Trying to make sense of the failure, Wilcox suggested to Smith that the bacteria were destroying the viral DNA. He based his suggestion on a hypothesis proposed a few years earlier by Werner Arber, a microbiologist at the University of Geneva. Arber speculated that enzymes could restrict the growth of viruses by chopping up their DNA, and dubbed these hypothetical molecules “restriction enzymes.”” “}}