The human brain is neither a huge homogeneous set of neurons nor a massive set of task-specific programs that each solves a single problem.
Source: Combining Neuroscience, Psychology, and AI Yields a Foundational Model of Human Thought
The VMAT1 gene evolved through natural selection in human evolution. Those with the Ile-type variant of the VMAT1 gene are less prone to anxiety and depression.
Source: Brain Mechanism Underlying Evolution of Anxiety – Neuroscience News
I was in medical limbo for four days which broke my obsessive drafting of the book, fortunate. There will be more drafts but the basic versioning is done, I suspect. There are now two versions, at…
Source: The Last Revolution: Postcapitalist Futures…//8_1_22 – 1848+: The End(s) of History
The good news is we still have time to close the gap between “could” and “should” in how scientists redesign and reengineer genetic code.
Source: Just Because You Can Doesn’t Mean You Should: What Genetic Engineers Can Learn From ‘Jurassic World’
The numbat genome can help scientists piece together the Tasmanian tiger’s genome—and maybe even resurrect Australia’s iconic lost species.
Source: How the Newly Decoded Numbat Genome Could Help Bring the Tasmanian Tiger Back From Extinction
The algorithm is deep learning’s first foray into building proteins around their functions, opening a door to previously unimaginable treatments.
Source: Protein-Designing AI Opens Door to Medicines Humans Couldn’t Dream Up
It’s a good idea to be skeptical when any such claim is followed up with the assertion that humans “aren’t that cognitively unique after all.”
Source: Claim: Dogs Can Form “Abstract Concepts” | Evolution News
Evidence from 252m years ago shows surviving animals bounced back stronger, fitter, faster and smarter
Source: Terrawatch: how mass extinctions can spur on evolution | Science | The Guardian