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Sibfox – Tame Fox - domesticated fox bred in Russia, available in USA from SibFox, Inc.
The capitalist outcome of a slightly freakish classical genetics experiment in SIberia that's been running for more than 50 years. Tamed and domesticated russian silver foxes, that exhibit behavior that's a cross between cats and dogs, and actually in a way started turning into dogs physically.
russia  russian  fox  pet  importer  animals  genetics  research  domestication  taming  Delicious 
june 2010 by asteroza
Slashdot Science Story | One Variety of Sea Slugs Cuts Out the Energy Middleman
A particular sea slug seems to already have a large amount of the DNA required to make chlorophyll, but lacks chloroplasts so has to ingest them by eating algae. Once onboard, you now have an animal with a photosynthetic metablism boost and an alternative energy source for the animal. While it would never be enough to run a human, it would be a nice little boost for people living in the tropics. Possible early genetic treatment for proto-transhumanists, as opposed to that gandollinium nanobot energy source?
sea  slug  animal  plant  hybrid  photosynthesis  solar  energy  metabolism  boost  transhumanism  genetics  DNA  biology  Delicious 
january 2010 by asteroza
Human sperm created from stem cells in world first, claims British university - Telegraph
Well, the Y chromosome was already in a gradual state of corruption/decline/erasure from the human genome anyways due to not clearly understood evolutionary reasons (a long range problem for the human species potentially), but this would potentially accelerate the issue since there would no longer be a fundamental need for men, thus no compelling reason for preservation of the Y chromosome other than as a historical curiosity.
medicine  health  artificial  sperm  biology  research  stem  cell  science  reproduction  genetics  human  Delicious 
july 2009 by asteroza
Welcome to GeneTree - You Belong Here.
A social network with a member genetic context, arguably for reaching out to very extended family. As someone pointed out, this is an interesting mix of Facebook and 23andMe. Unfortunately, I suspect it could quickly devolve into a kind of ethic enclave/old boys network kind of isolated walled gardens. Worst case being a SNS catering to eugenics proponents, rotating around genetic segregation. Though that can arguably be said to already be in motion based on the expected DNA profiles insurance companies are collecting to charge extra to unhealthy bloodlines, which may also by accident or by design fall along ethnic/racial boundaries. Demographics coming back to bite us.
web  2.0  social  alternative  tree  network  Facebook  IFTF  family  geneology  DNA  GeneTree  genetics  23andMe  Delicious 
march 2009 by asteroza

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