Welcoming Our Mutant Crayfish Overlords

Phil and Stephen discuss major disruptions in biotech — and in biology!

New Pill Kills the Flu Virus in 24 Hours

The Shionogi compound and Tamiflu take around the same time to entirely contain flu symptoms, but the former provides immediate relief more quickly. What’s more, its producers say, it only requires a single dose to be effective, whereas Tamiflu has to be taken twice a day for five days.

Now, a Japanese drugmaker claims to have developed a pill capable of killing of the virus in
just one day.

Find drugs that delay many diseases of old age

Simply extending lifespan is not enough. We need treatments that boost resilience to multiple age-related diseases, argue Ilaria Bellantuono and 12 co-signatories.

In the future we won’t edit genomes—we’ll just print out new ones

Think of the project as something like Henry Ford’s first automobile—hand built and, for now, one of a kind. One day, though, we may routinely design genomes on computer screens. Instead of engineering or even editing the DNA of an organism, it could become easier to just print out a fresh copy. Imagine designer algae that make fuel; disease-proof organs; even extinct species resurrected.

This Mutant Crayfish Clones Itself, and It’s Taking Over Europe

Over the past five years, Dr. Lyko and his colleagues have sequenced the genomes of marbled crayfish. In a study published on Monday, the researchers demonstrate that the marble crayfish, while common, is one of the most remarkable species known to science.


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