MAD SCIENTIST TO GROW EDITED HUMAN EMBRYOS IN ORDER TO DESTROY THEM

Kathy Niakan, Mad Scientist

Kathy Niakan, Mad Scientist

This is likely to be controversial.

Kathy Niakan is leading the Francis Crick Institute research team that applied for permission to edit genes in human embryos

Kathy Niakan is leading the Francis Crick Institute research team that applied for permission to edit genes in human embryos

Kathy Niakan intends to use the most amazing tool in biotech– CRISPR– to edit the genome of human cells and then grow it into an embryo.

Her goal is to understand how people develop. The idea is, by deleting genome components she will be able to see the effect and infer function.

I think this must be similar to that time I tried to understand how Windows works and deleted files to see what happened. Turns out Windows is fragile.

Growing people with parts of their genome deleted is bad, so she plans to grow the edited embryos for 7 days and then, without a shred of mercy, destroy them.

My understanding is, her intent is to grow super powered humans in order to overthrow the United States and establish a world government, preserving only the Federal Reserve.

Wikipedia, as usual, has good info. This is CRISPR. It’s conceptually cut and paste for genomes. The genomic analog to word processing is well under way

Some snarkless science:

UK scientists gain licence to edit genes in human embryos

Francis Crick Institute Scientists in London have been granted permission to edit the genomes of human embryos for research, UK fertility regulators announced. The 1 February approval by the UK Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) represents the world’s first endorsement of such research by a national regulatory authority.

The genius and her work:

https://www.crick.ac.uk/kathy-niakan

The awesomeness of CRISPR

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CRISPR

 


Multi-Person Mixed Reality

I want to push this in the direction of shared mixed reality visual music jams and shows.

Instead of these guys playing with fire, imagine them musically jamming, and simultaneous synthesizing 3D mixed reality video.

Instead of these guys playing with fire, imagine them musically jamming, and simultaneous synthesizing 3D mixed reality video.

Microsoft Researchers Test Multi-Person Mixed Reality

Augmented or mixed reality, which renders virtual images in a view of the real world, can be spectacular to experience. But it may be even more fun when you bring a friend. Researchers in the Microsoft lab of Jaron Lanier are experimenting with multi-person augmented reality, and the results of their work could help shape the way the technology is commercialized and used.

Hey look it’s Jaron. Met him in CoSA days. That hair.

The inimitable Jaron Lanier.

The inimitable Jaron Lanier.


FINALLY video contact lenses

Where screens are headed.

‘Game changing’ breakthrough turns contact lenses into tiny computer screens

In humanity’s efforts to put screens in, on and around everything, it’s fair to say some ideas have made a lot more sense than others. Take this mirror, a perfect example of where the added technology could be useful in our daily lives.