The Naked Mole Rat: Key to Human Life extension?

Naked mole rats defy the biological law of aging

In the world of animal models, naked mole rats are the supermodels. They rarely get cancer, are resistant to some types of pain, and can survive up to 18 minutes without oxygen. But perhaps their greatest feat, a new paper suggests, is that they don’t age.

Good looks, glamorous lifestyle, eternal youth– it’s hard not to hate the naked mole rat.


FINALLY a bioreactor for kids

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Awesome. And this is exavtly  the kind of thing unlikely to have any negative unintended consequences of any kind as some of these young people become angry adolescent biohackers. Still: awesome.

Homebrew biology kit brings synthetic biology to the masses

Ever wanted to create your own organism? It’s now easier than ever. Just take a dash of E. coli, a pinch of jellyfish DNA, stir well and heat gently. As it bubbles away in a vial mounted on top of the stylish wooden box, the mixture slowly turns red.