Wednesday, 2 July 2014

First magazine cover with scientists!

Humanity definitely have a future, if scientists began to appear on the the covers of popular magazines! I believe that as soon as scientists replace celebrities from fashion, movies and other pop-culture, the scientific and technological progress immediately overgrow Moore's law hundreds of times! This is especially important for biomedicine and progress in the field of life extension. Therefore, my sincere congratulations to Alex Zhavoronkov break the silence of the media!

UPGRADE magazine


Saturday, 28 June 2014

Conference: Practical Applications of Aging Research

This conference will be very interesting for everyone, who is passionate about aging research and drug discovery! It should be top one must visit in September!

AGINGPHARMA
BIOGERONTOLOGYmeetings

Sunday, 23 February 2014

MIPT presented lectures on iTunes

My alma mater, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) is the first among Russian Universities, which placed its lectures on iTunes University!

15 theoretical physics lectures and 12 thermodynamics lectures are available now and even more is coming soon! It is so easy now to refresh the memory!


Source: MIPT news

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Convertion of somatic cells into stem cells!

Scientists from Harvard Medical School developed unique and, the most important, simple method to trig the development of somatic cells into stem cells.

Our body mostly consists from normal, somatic cells, which are fully developed and which gene expression patterns are customized for a specific tissue to perform its function. However, we also have the stem cells, which  are able to differentiate into any tissue of the organism and to replace aged or ill somatic cells. The Nobel prize in medicine  in 2012 was given to scientists, who can revert the process of stem cells differentiation and to produce stem cells from skin fibroblasts using 4 transcriptions factors. Although the substance consists from only four components, the technology is difficult and it is not applicable for for large amount of cells. 

Now, as a major of great scientific discoveries, a very simple method for converting somatic cells into stem cells was discovered occasionally. Dr. Haruko Obokata just added acid (creating low pH) to the mouse blood, and what lead to spontaneous conversion of lymphocytes into stem cells! 

This method creates the basis for development of stem cell medicine, however, we should wait until it will be tried on human cells. 

 image: University of Wisconsin-Madison
More information: Nature