Here are five stories you should read this week. We ponder on the idea as to whether we could live forever, read more below!

Ancient DNA Upends the Horse Family Tree

Horses played a huge part in human history and were the catalysts that revolutionised how people traveled, farmed, and even made war. After years of trying to work out where these animals came from, a new study disproves the current theory that modern horses arose more than 5,000 years ago in Kazakhstan. However, new research suggests that modern-day domestic horses come from an as-yet-undiscovered stock, as well as proves that the world’s only remaining wild horses, known as Przewalski’s horses, are not really wild. 

Could you Live Forever? Humans Achieve Immortality Using AI and Genetic Engineering by 2050, Expert Claims

Dr Ian Pearson, a leading futurologist believes that people born after 1970 could live forever. He predicts that by the year 2050, humans could outlive the constraints of the physical body. This would be achieved by using genetic engineering to extend the body’s life expectancy, by reducing or reversing the aging of cells. 

What’s more, he suggests that advances in AI could lead to android bodies for humans to live in after their own flesh and blood frames have ceased to function. In addition, virtual reality worlds could even be created for people to upload their consciousness into once their bodies have failed. 

Nebula Genomics Will Let You Rent out Your Genetic Information

Nebula us using blockchain technology to construct a platform that lets customers reap the benefits of making their genetic information available to researchers while maintaining their privacy. This will work by you sending a saliva sample to Nebula, which is then analysed. From here, other entities are free to pay a fee to access the genetic information for research purposes, using a secure computation platform provided by Nebula. What do you think?

Sweet or Savoury? Genetics Play Big Role in Kid’s Snacking Platforms

A new study has claimed that the types of snacks a child chooses could be linked to genetics. The researcher investigated whether genetic variants in taste receptors related to sweet preference, fat taste sensitivity, and aversion to bitter green leafy vegetables influenced the snacks chosen by the study participants. The results actually demonstrated that 80% of the study participants carried at least one of these potential at-risk genotypes that could predispose them to poor snacking habits. 

Ruff Justice: Police Want to Set Up Dog DNA Database

Police have expressed a desire to want to set up a database of dog DNA to help them catch animals responsible for attacks on livestock. As well as this, they are also seeking the power to raid people’s homes and confiscate dogs who repeatedly attach and worry livestock under new proposals to deal with the problem in rural areas. How effective do you think this would be? 

 

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