Transgenic drugs

Scientists have used transgenics (that is removing genetic material from one species and adding it to another) to create vaccines.  In one very good example, they introduced a human protein into a banana, potato and other plants to create an edible version of the vaccine that treats cholera. 

A similar event happened when they introduced human DNA into tobacco plants to create a flu vaccine.

This cross breeding of human to plant DNA has benefited human kind. 

Although we regularly eat plant based foods, is there risk for medicines created in this way?  

Drugs engineered to your own genetics

Is it possible now or do you think it will ever be possible for a doctor to take a sample of your DNA and design a drug that is specifically targeted to your condition?  For instance, in some way the drug would interact with your specific DNA so that it would be your own specially designed drug, only available to you.  This might be the equivalent of receiving a dose of your own stem cells, but in situations where none were available. 

Socializing for robots

Do you think it will be possible that artificial life or robots with AI will have the desire to date or have friends or in some way socialize with others of their kind? Could we see entire colonies of AI banding together to create seperate communities? 

Who would be responsible for robot repairs?

As robots become more common place in the household, will there be shops springing up on every corner for robot repair? What about robotic humans? Will they be allowed to go to specialized doctors that offer discreet repair services? Would the robot be able to contract and pay for these services on their own?  Or, would the human employer be responsible for that? 

Will robots exercise for fitness?

We think of fitness as being something only humans or organic creatures would do, but do you think this is something a robot would be interested in doing?  After all, a robot's weight would always be constant as they would neither gain nor lose weight.  So would there be any reason beyond pure socialization (such as running with friends) for a robot to exercise? 

Create your own odor resistant, anti-bacterial socks

Bacteria is responsible for foot odor.  And, while you can easily purchase these readily online, you can also easily create your own.

Here's a fun project for the home chemist.   You'll need a plain white pair of socks and pure silver nanoparticles.

 

You can find complete instructions here:  

http://www.nnin.org/education-training/k-12-teachers/nanotechnology-curr...

The perfect nanocube

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology are creating the perfect nanocube, a test subject which can be subjected to various environmental stimuli to determine the true environomental, health and safety risks of using nanoparticles.  Until now, no uniform 'test subjects' had been available. 

And, while this is welcome news, maybe the event is coming too late as nanoparticles are already common place in many industries.  If some risk is found as a result of testing, what will be the fallout? 

 

Origami robots that self-assemble when exposed to heat

Scientists are now theorizing that robots could be printed and then self assemble when exposed to heat.  

Here is a quote from the article: 

Assembling a future robot could be as simple as heating it up. Two new studies demonstrate how 3D-printed robots could fold into shape and assemble themselves after being exposed to heat.

Advanced Brain Implants to be Reality Soon

Advanced Brain Implants to Treat Mental Disorders

So we already know that brain implants have been around a while. It is possible to implant electrodes in the brain as a treatment for Parkinson's disease.

Whole body donation

Whole body donation helps the medical community by providing bodies by which medical students can learn to perform procedures. What better way to learn about the interal structures of the body than by being able to cut into the skin and see them for yourself?  At renowned institutions such as Georgetown University, medical students master surgery techniques and overcome their fears by regularly performing dissections on the donated bodies.  

Nothing replaces this hands on practice for learning new surgical procedure (such as organ removal), not even textbook learning. 

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