Researchers have successfully used gene therapy to help color-blind squirrel monkeys regain their sight. The development shows offers a new path for treating vision disorders that, until now, were thought to be incurable in adults. According to a study published online in Nature, a team led by University of Washington visual neuroscientist Jay Neitz targeted two adult male squirrel monkeys missing the L-opsin gene that codes for the L visual pigment, and were thus red-green color-blind. The scientists injected the monkeys with harmless viruses containing the L-opsin gene and applied an enhancer and promoter into their eyes. After 19 weeks, the monkeys were able to respond to the colors in visual tests. Red-green colorblindness is a condition that affects almost 10 million American men and a smaller group of women. It is caused by the absence of either long (L)- or medium (M)- wavelength sensitive visual photopigments. The genes coding for these photopigments are found next to each … [Read more...] about Color-blind monkeys recover sight with gene therapy
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For a mobile newcomer with a company motto as dull as it is straightforward – "we make smartphones" – OnePlus is something of an enigma. At less than a year old, the Chinese smartphone manufacturer has already managed to create a sizeable amount of buzz around itself, both because of its software and its marketing missteps. So far, company has announced just one phone , the One. The device was launched with an invite-only system earlier this year - apparently as a way of keeping orders low enough that the fledgling company could be sure of meeting them. Getting one of the OnePlus invites is something of a Holy Grail quest for tech enthusiasts, and like those quests, involved no shortage of endeavour. In April, would-be OnePlus owners were offered a chance to land one of the elusive invites through a competition called Smash the Past, where they were asked to film themselves destroying their current mobile in return for a chance to win a One. The campaign copped flak … [Read more...] about OnePlus: What’s next for the company that made this year’s most interesting Android phone?
posted on 12 Apr 2013, 04:40 1 1. bloodline (Posts: 706; Member since: 01 Dec 2011) siri.....lol posted on 12 Apr 2013, 05:07 4 3. jromy (Posts: 114; Member since: 26 Feb 2013) what about siri? posted on 12 Apr 2013, 06:38 10 6. aokde (Posts: 186; Member since: 09 Jul 2012) siri is like google now but missing a chromosome lol 8. omar300 (Posts: 209; Member since: 24 Jun 2012) Siri is not like google now, google now is independent search while siri uses alpha wolfram for information posted on 12 Apr 2013, 12:39 1 14. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011) Siri is like a kid (kid's iToy with kid's assistant).... Try to compare with Google now and you will see how poor is Siri :-)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grmixtB9dZM&feature=youtube_gdata_player posted on 13 Apr 2013, 00:08 1 16. axllebeer (Posts: 271; Member since: 05 Apr 2011) Just watched that video. Seems right on part with my experience. Wife has the 4s. I have … [Read more...] about Comments for : Google wants to build the Star Trek computer and this is not just a metaphor
A quick scan of almost any IT department -- from the trenches to the corner office -- confirms it: Women who embrace technology as a lifelong career remain a rare breed. To be sure, opportunity for women in technology has advanced in the past few decades, as have education initiatives aimed at leveling the playing field, but for every woman rising to prominence or embarking on a profession in IT, there seems to be another opting out of her career in technology.It may not be surprising that, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, women filled only 26.7 percent of computer and mathematical positions in 2006. What’s troubling is that this percentage has been declining for some time. And the descent has been nearly universal across all IT job categories. For example, women accounted for 16.6 percent of all network and computer systems administrator positions in 2006, down from 23.4 percent in 2000. At the management level, the imbalance persists. Among computer and IS … [Read more...] about Women in technology: A call to action
It was another action-packed week at TechRepublic, and this episode of the Hot 5 will give you a quick look at the hottest posts in the discussion forums. If you're not a fan of video, you can choose to just listen to the audio file.Hot 5 discussion threads:IT gender gap: Where are the female programmers? (Justin James)One big thing Ubuntu can teach Microsoft, Apple, and all CTOs (Jason Hiner)10 obscure antivirus tools worth checking out (Jack Wallen)Poll Results: Should Microsoft really be considered a monopoly? (Mark Kaelin)10 things to consider when choosing a help desk system (Jack Wallen)Hottest posters on the TR Forumssanteewelding (119 posts)Palmetto (104 posts)Neon Samurai (88 posts)mafergus (75 posts)NickNielsen (70 posts)Psssst! If you aren't already, become a Fan of TechRepublic on Facebook and follow TechRepublic on Twitter! Here are a few other links that you should check out:Gadgetgirl's heartfelt appeal to attend TR's 2010 eventPoll: IT pros determine the … [Read more...] about TechRepublic Hot 5: Expand the dev team with a second X chromosome
That means I'm not very qualified to speak about gender bias, or the challenges of women in the workplace, or the benefits of social justice in society and business. But, I'm going to talk about it anyway. I'm going to talk about because it's the issue — more than any other — that can propel the tech industry forward in 2015, and I'll explain why. I'm going to talk about it because science and technology pride themselves on letting the best ideas thrive, no matter where or who they come from, and we're not living up to that ideal. I'm going to talk about it because the startup myth in the tech industry is built around the idea that it's all about whether you can execute an idea, and not enough women get the opportunity to do it.I'm going to talk about it because nearly all of the most important mentors in my professional and personal life have been women, so I see the opportunity we're missing.In all of these ways, we are cheating society of too many great … [Read more...] about The top tech priority of 2015: Two X chromosomes
Alaina Percival was the leader of Women Who Code long before she officially accepted the title. She brushed it off for two years because she felt like an imposter, in a way. Though she had worked and volunteered with the global nonprofit since its beginning, and she was the go-to person for almost all questions, she didn't have a technical background. She was still relatively new to the tech industry.Then she convinced herself of something important: if an engineer was leading, she wasn't out in the world, being an engineer. By taking the lead and becoming CEO, Percival was keeping the mission of Women Who Code — inspiring women to excel in technology careers — strong, and she knew how to do it. She incorporated the organization, filed for a 501(c)3 status, and trademarked the name. She started talking to press and expanding their reach. "It exploded from that point of saying, this can actually be something bigger," Percival said. "I realized that if I was willing to step … [Read more...] about Alaina Percival: Women Who Code CEO. Grassroots leader. Hiker.