#121: Creation of artificial life; gene therapy saves children’s lives; new understanding of chronic pain

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New Scientist Weekly is LIVE 🚨 Rowan Hooper, Penny Sarchet and the team discuss: 🧠 Creation of artificial life 💉 Gene therapies saving children’s lives 🧬 Pompeii skeleton DNA sequenced ⛵️ New solar sail 😣 Treating pain with Haider Warraich

New Scientist Weekly is LIVE 🚨 Rowan Hooper, Penny Sarchet and the team discuss: 🧠 Creation of artificial life 💉 Gene therapies saving children’s lives 🧬 Pompeii skeleton DNA sequenced ⛵️ New solar sail 😣 Treating pain with Haider Warraich

Synthetic cell membranes have been fused with protein machinery from living cells to create an artificial membrane. Could this be a precursor to the creation of artificial life? The team discusses its potential and limitations.Babies with severe genetic conditions are being cured by new gene replacement therapies, allowing them to overcome fatal diseases. There are a number of different treatments which have seen success, and the team finds out how they work. The DNA of two people who were killed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in Pompeii has been sequenced. The team finds out how the DNA from 79 AD managed to survive the heat of the volcano, and what the findings tell us about the lives of these two people.Solar sails - a method of harnessing the sun’s light for space travel - are usually quite clumsy, so a NASA-funded team is developing a new more agile type of solar sail. The team finds out how they’re overcoming the problem.Haider Warraich, a physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, discusses his new book ‘The Song of Our Scars: The Untold Story of Pain’, which addresses “modern medicine’s failure to understand pain”.On the pod are Rowan Hooper, Penny Sarchet, Chelsea Whyte, Leah Crane, Alice Klein, Anna Demming and Alex Wilkins. To read about these stories and much more, subscribe at newscientist.com/podcasts.Events and discount codes:Free giveaway: newscientist.com/4weeksfree20% Discount: newscientist.com/pod20Blue Dot Festival: discoverthebluedot.com

 TheDNA of two people who were killed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in Pompeii has been sequenced. The team finds out how the DNA from 79 AD managed to survive the heat of the volcano, and what the findings tell us about the lives of these two people.

Solar sails - a method of harnessing the sun’s light for space travel - are usually quite clumsy, soa NASA-funded team is developing a new more agile type of solar sail. The team finds out how they’re overcoming the problem.Haider Warraich, a physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, discusses his new book ‘The Song of Our Scars: The Untold Story of Pain’, which addresses “modern medicine’s failure to understand pain”.

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When my life came apart, I struggled to find the therapy I neededWhen my life came apart, I struggled to find the therapy I needed (via latimesopinion) opinion Wow, that was powerful, yet sadly not shocking considering how indifferent the healthcare system is to POC and other groups, a child in therapy and when mom asked for family therapy told NO? Ugh. Glad you finally got the help you needed and your future bright opinion We must start requiring and mandating health plans and providers to accept non white patients and LGBTQ patients. We cannot stop until this sort of daily discrimination becomes illegal.

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, allowing them to overcome fatal diseases.CHICAGO — Traditionally, brain tumors are identified and diagnosed under the microscope.—the small, almond-shaped part of the brain that controls fear and pleasure responses.first to investigate ctDNA , and researchers know that the presence of ctDNA in the bloodstream post-surgery predicts the risk of cancer recurrence.

There are a number of different treatments which have seen success, and the team finds out how they work.   The DNA of two people who were killed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in Pompeii has been sequenced . But now, for the first time, doctors are profiling tumors by using their DNA fingerprints. The team finds out how the DNA from 79 AD managed to survive the heat of the volcano, and what the findings tell us about the lives of these two people. When Arc ’s expression is turned down, the change is associated with a predisposition to anxiety and alcohol use disorder in adulthood. Solar sails - a method of harnessing the sun’s light for space travel - are usually quite clumsy, so a NASA-funded team is developing a new more agile type of solar sail . “Three weeks after him being home, actually, my wife delivering him, his head just started to swell,” said the baby’s father, Steve Stewart Sr. The team finds out how they’re overcoming the problem. The risk of discomfort and toxicities from the therapy outweigh the benefits it can provide.

Haider Warraich, a physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, discusses his new book ‘The Song of Our Scars: The Untold Story of Pain’, which addresses “modern medicine’s failure to understand pain”. It measured 9. They then injected it into the brains of adult rats that had been exposed to alcohol during their adolescence—the equivalent of ages 10 to 18 for a human. On the pod are .