Feng Zhang

Predicting naturally occurring viral latency

KLRD1-expressing natural killer cells predict influenza susceptibility We identified KLRD1-expressing NK cells as a potential biomarker for influenza susceptibility. Expression of KLRD1 was inversely correlated with symptom severity. Our results support a model where an early response by KLRD1-expressing NK cells may control influenza infection. The NK cells are natural killer cells that help to control viral latency This was reported as: Scientists discover biomarker for flu susceptibility  “We found that a type of immune cell called a natural killer…

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Richard P. Feynman refuted theistic evolution

Summary: Among other delightful examples of his expertise in physics, Feynman presciently linked natural selection for energy-dependent codon optimality from food energy-dependent pheromone-controlled biophysically constrained chromosomal rearrangements to healthy longevity. He also linked the radiation-induced theft of quantized energy to mutations in phages via amino acids that increase the virulence of the viruses. Updated information is presented in the context of refutations by many others who might otherwise claim to believe in theistic evolution. The miR-23a~27a~24-2 microRNA cluster buffers transcription…

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Did “Nature” kill Steve Jobs? (3)

So Many Research Scientists, So Few Openings as Professors Excerpt: Even someone as brilliant as Emmanuelle Charpentier, who in 2015 became head of the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology after a momentous discovery in gene editing, spent the previous 25 years moving through nine institutions in five countries. My comment: Why did she move around so much when in the same year, on 07/02/2015, George Church and colleagues filed a patent application for “RNA-Guided Human Genome Engineering.” Excerpt: Repetitive…

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RNA-guided gene editing

From June 14, 2015 Light induced RNA-mediated gene activation Eye-independent, light-activated chromatophore expansion (LACE) and expression of phototransduction genes in the skin of Octopus bimaculoides Energy-dependent RNA-mediated prevention of heart failure Small-molecule activation of SERCA2a SUMOylation for the treatment of heart failure Theoretical pseudoscientific nonsense Ancient DNA reveals how Europeans developed light skin and lactose tolerance Energy dependent RNA-mediated brain development Scientists find genetic underpinnings of functional brain networks seen in imaging studies More pseudoscientific nonsense Scientists show future events…

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