April 23rd, 2014
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THE TRANSHUMANIST SCRAPBOOK: NANOBOTS AND COCKROACHES

Last week in a blog I said that humanity probably owes a debt of gratitude to the lowly laboratory mouse and rat for services rendered, and soon another pest may be added to the list, the lowly(and resilient) cockroach.  In this case, our friends at phys.org have reported on a team of scientists in Israel that have injected a cockroach with a deliberately engineered bit of DNA to demonstrate that a simple machine could be constructed, programmed to perform certain tasks, injected into an organism(in this case, the cockroach), and observed to perform its function:

Researchers use DNA strands to create nanobot computer inside living animal

There’s two things going on here (or rather, one set of things going on, with the implications that another set of things might be in the background, being studied covertly):

“DNA strands can be programmed because of their natural tendency to react to different proteins. In this new effort, the team unwound DNA strands and then tied them together in an origami type box structure. The box was then “filled” with a single chemical molecule. Next, other such objects were created for the purpose of interacting with both the box structure and certain proteins found inside of the cockroach. The whole point was to create multiple scenarios in which the box would open automatically upon colliding with certain proteins. Adding multiple nanostructures allows for increasing the number of possibilities. For example, if the box structure will only open if it encounters three kinds of proteins, one made naturally by the cockroach, and two others carried by two different DNA origami structures. By mixing the combinations, it’s possible to cause the box to open using logic operations such as AND, OR, NOT (where the box will not open if a certain protein is present) etc., and that of course means that computational operations can be carried out—all inside of a living organism.”

Now, at one level, one can imagine (as was seen from an earlier blog this week) the creation of “synthetic” biological structures, including nanobots, that do not occur in nature, to perform certain tasks. In itself, this is a merger of all four GRIN technologies, and in the context of GMOs, one can gain an appreciation of what might be accomplished with GMOs with nanobots as the means and mechanism of anti-pest engineering. In fact, given that it is now being suggested in some literature that “some unknown mechanism” can transmit genetic modifications of a GMO across ingesting species (see DNA Transference from GMOs to Humans?), one can envision a GMO crop with specific covert modifications to target a certain population eating them in a certain set of specific fashions by such nanobots, a possibility that would seem to raise the stakes on the possibility of a “GMO test ban treaty” even higher.

In the background, I suspect that this was a covert agenda behind GMOs from the beginning, and that it probably remains such. There is, however, perhaps another, and here, again, permit me to indulge in some high octane speculation: such tiny information-processing DNA nanobots might also prove to be the perfect vehicle by which to gingerly probe the functions and capabilities of so-called “junk DNA” in order to determine what, precisely, it is doing there, and why there appears to be so much of it in human DNA, including whether that “junk DNA” may be there, containing information, a vast storehouse of it, waiting to be decrypted. SETI might have to expand its toolbox, from radio telescopes( a kind of silly approach, in my opinion), to include biological “information probes.”

See you on the flip side.

THE TRANSHUMANIST SCRAPBOOK: CREDIT, DEBT, FINANCIAL PURGATORY & LONGEVITY(WHETHER YOU WANT IT OR NOT)

Mr. A. sent this article to me, and I have to talk about it, because when I read it, and his accompanying email(which we’ll get to in a moment), a flood of implications came rushing through my mind. The title of the little spam piece was simply something like “longevity whether you want it or[More...]

SUPPRESSING THE UNCOMFORTABLE: MON(STER)SANTO AT IT AGAIN

When Ms. K.M., a regular reader here, sent me the following article, I read the headlines and article in disbelief, and it is so important I simply must include it in this week’s final cut, there is more evidence out, not only about GMOs and “inexplicable mechanisms” of genetic contamination, but of actual suppression of[More...]

GMOs: THE CONTRAST BETWEEN CONGRESS AND THE DUMA

Many of you sent me these two stories, and some of you even did so in the same email, indicating that the readership here is probably seeing the same geopolitical stew brewing that I’ve been predicting for some time. In review them here in order to renew a prediction I’ve been making, and make a[More...]

THE TRANSHUMANIST SCRAPBOOK: REGENERATION – AND OTHER THINGS – A STEP CLOSER… (WELL, AT LEAST IN MICE)

At one time, rodents -rats and mice – were excoriated by most of humanity for having been the carriers of deadly plagues, but perhaps now humanity may owe a tiny word of thanks to the lowly rodent; scientists have succeeded, for the first time ever, in reversing the aging process in a mammalian organ, and[More...]

THE TRANSHUMANIST SCRAPBOOK: THE SEARCH FOR “EXTRAORDINARY HUMANS”

This one is another significant development in the growing transhumanist story, and one for the transhumanist scrapbook(and my thanks to M.M. for finding this one, and bringing it to my attention). It seems the scramble is on to search for “extraordinary humans” and that this scramble is being led by pharmaceutical companies. Hold on to[More...]

TWO MEMBERS OF THE BRICSA NATIONS PUSH BACK ON GMOS

There’s been more news from two BRICSA nations, in this case Brazil and South Africa, pushing back against western agribusiness giants and their GMOs. Brazil’s federal appeals court has issued a ruling stopping cultivation in Brazil of Bayer’s GM corn(maize) in that country, and South Africa has forced Mon(ster)santo to withdraw advertisements in that country[More...]

NEW STUDY: THE COLLAPSE OF GENETIC DIVERSITY AND THE RISK OF GMOS

I’ve been blogging occasionally about the risks of GMOs to human health and the wider ecosphere, and most recently, I pointed out the fact that some farmers are rejecting GMOs and returning to natural seeds, as productivity over a short time of GMO crops fell in their fields, and hence, their profits with it. Initially,[More...]

DATA TROLLING, NSA, AND HIGH OCTANE SPECULATION

I have to admit, I am more often than not intrigued by all the articles that regular readers here send me, and there are times I wish I had a professional paid staff to sort through them all and blog about them, because so many good contributions “fall through the cracks” simply because I do[More...]

GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOODS AND HUMAN REPRODUCTION

I would like, at the outset, to thank a regular reader here, Ms. M.W., for sharing this with me and thus with the Giza Death Star readership, and this one is important folks, and in deed, vital. There is a study out that is referenced on the Science Direct website, linking pesticides found in genetically[More...]