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FDA Shuts Down 23andMe

23andME shut down by FDA

The FDA is shutting down personal genomics company, 23andMe.  23andMe is an innovator in the personal genomics industry, who is known for selling personalized genetic analyses for $99.  The FDA claims that the potential that they could release inaccurate information about your DNA creates a public health risk, ergo the company must cease to operate. It is worth taking a ... Read More »

How Markets Will Resurrect Endangered Species

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We recently published a post on scientists that are bringing the gastric brooding frog back from extinction.  As genetic engineers move closer to bringing this species back, we had this to say: While this frog is most notorious for its odd reproductive habits, perhaps it is fitting that the next specimen will emerge not from its parents mouth, but from ... Read More »

Things Fall Apart; The Centre Cannot Hold

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In the wake of President Obama’s climate speech this week, numerous media outlets shifted into full throttle to remind us of the calamities we face based on what the’ve seen from peering into their computer-modeled future.  Stacy Small-Lorenz, from the Environmental Defense Fund, was quick to remind us that aside from causing every single natural disaster that has occurred recently ... Read More »

Bringing Back the American Chestnut

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I saw a cool story the other day, that confirmed something that Miles has written about on several occasions.  It was a story in The Atlantic about how genetic engineers are using genetic science to bring back the American Chestnut. Here are some relevant passages from the article: “Researchers at SUNY’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry have been trying ... Read More »

The Coming Biodiversity Explosion

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I recently read a story that recent studies have indicated that bee venom could be used to fight HIV.  If these findings ultimately lead to a cure of HIV, this would alleviate a lot of pain and suffering for those who have been infected by this ruthless virus. Aside from the obvious public health benefits that could result from these ... Read More »

Hydrocarbon Fuel On-Demand

Genetically engineered e coli produce biofuel

I almost predicted the iPod. I remember burning my first cd from music downloaded from the internet.  It took like 2 days.  I predicted a bold new future for the music industry where customers would go to music stores in the mall – like cd stores of the time – and instead of racks of cds there would be computers ... Read More »

Shoot, Shovel, Shut Up, and Smile for the Camera

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Civilian use of aerial drone surveillance is a reality that is quickly approaching, and this is great news for litigious environmental groups.  Currently, if an environmental group wants to surveil farmers or any other group that is utilizing natural resources, they have to go through a burdensome FOIA process, and hope that agencies like the EPA give them more information ... Read More »

The Great Comeback of the Gastric Brooding Frog

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From inception, the Post Scarcity Alliance has recognized that genetic engineering will play an increasingly vital role in preserving endangered species and ultimately causing an explosion of biodiversity.  There have been several stories over the last few weeks about recent developments in genetic engineering of extinct species. Here is a sampling of some of these articles: Reviving the Wooly Mammoth ... Read More »

Genetic Engineering: Environmentalism’s Existential Crisis

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I recently read the book Regenesis, by George M. Church.  This book provides a good preview of where the breakthroughs in genetic engineering are going to take us in the near future.  We have written before about how genetic engineering will create a tectonic shift that will move us dramatically closer to a post-scarcity era of abundance. Just last week, MIT ... Read More »

Atmospheric Vortex Engines

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Of all the authors at the Post Scarcity Alliance, I am probably the most optimistic.  I see the technological advances that are occurring and can easily see a promising future of abundance.  I marvel at the ability that humans display to solve their problems through applied science and engineering.  It is unfortunate that the filed of alternative energy has become ... Read More »