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Monday, April 25, 2005

Mind Control, Cyborgs, Sex and Disease 

I've got too much to do this morning, and am running late because breakfast during Passover (click the link!) takes longer to prepare. There is much afoot in the world of science.

Neuroscientists have made two big steps towards creating our future army of mind-reading cyborg drones: remote controlled rats for bomb sniffing and a mind-reading brainscan. My feelings are of course that these are both REALLY FREAKIN COOL, but also kinda scary.

Did you know that about 1 in 5 people has Herpes? There is no cure, although treatments can make it fairly mild, as chronic diseases of the privates go. A study in mice has found a small interfering RNA (siRNA) vaginal gel effective in blocking the virus for up to 10 days in mice. This is great news, since this is a technique that women (particularly in the third worldplaces where condoms are less used) can do long before intercourse and be protected. It's also hopeful because a similar technique could be used against HIV.

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