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We’ll Soon Trust AI More Than Doctors to Diagnose Disease

It probably goes without saying, but medicine has improved a lot in modern times. No one would willingly go back to the days of sketchy anesthetics and experimental surgery. We know a lot more about what ails the body and how to treat disease. But could we do better? Sure. Some conditions yet confound doctors. Patients still suffer. As much as the situation has improved—some things haven’t changed a bit. “If you go into your… read more

Be on the Winning Side of Disruption: SU Global Summit San Francisco

There’s never been a better opportunity to see the future first-hand. Join the most innovative minds in business and technology, along with Singularity University faculty and alumni at the first-ever SU Global Summit, August 28-30, in San Francisco. The future is incredibly hard to predict, but not for the reasons we normally think. The truth is, not only are new technologies advancing quickly, but how they’re converging and influencing one another kicks the pace up another… read more

Scientists Unearth Key Evolutionary Link in Proteins

Researchers recently made an important discovery in protein science that will advance our understanding of the inner workings of cells. In an article published in Scientific Reports, the team said they found a critical evolutionary link between a protein’s structure and its function. Like tiny molecular machines, proteins handle a variety of functions from transporting chemicals to breaking food down into nutrients. The vast range of protein function is possible because of their unique gene-encoded sequence of amino acids, which affects the three-dimensional shape that folded protein chains adopt. To better understand them, researchers have sequenced and resolved a huge number of protein structures. Currently,… read more

All the Brain-Boosting Goodness of Exercise…in a Pill?

Lets face it: Love it or hate it, exercise is good for our brains. Feeling stressed? Hit the trails: running boosts the fight-or-flight brain chemical norepinephrine and enhances our body’s ability to respond to stress. Got the winter blues? Working out just 30 minutes a day, a few times a week immediately ups overall mood and may combat depression. Can’t think straight? 20 minutes of lifting enhances long-term memory by about 10% in healthy young adults. Getting forgetful? Distance running increases brain volume, augments the birth of new neurons and slows age-related brain deterioration, even in old age. The evidence… read more

How Computers Will Crack the Genetic Code and Improve Billions of Lives

Machine learning and data science will do more to improve healthcare than all the biological sciences combined. This post is about how we’re going to gather that health data, mine it… read more
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