1st International Certificate Program on Predictive and Personalized Medicine/Healthcare in Daily Modern Medicine and Pharmacy

Dear Colleagues and Participants, On behalf of the Organizing Committee, we welcome you to the 1st International Certificate Program on Predictive and Personalized Medicine/Healthcare in Daily Modern Medicine and Pharmacy. This teaching certificate program and international conference on P4 Medicine will be held at Anadolu University campus in Eskişehir, Türkiye on September 13-16, 2012.

Artificial jellyfish built from rat cells

Reverse-engineered life form could be used to test drugs. Bioengineers have made an artificial jellyfish using silicone and muscle cells from a rat’s heart. The synthetic creature, dubbed a medusoid, looks like a flower with eight petals. When placed in an electric field, it pulses and swims exactly like its living counterpart.

First ever computer model of a living organism performed

In what can only be described as a milestone in biological and genetic engineering, scientists at Stanford University have, for the first time ever, simulated a complete bacterium. With the organism completely in virtual form, the scientists can perform any kind of modification on its genome and observe extremely quickly what kind of changes would occur in the organism. This means that in the future, current lab research that takes extremely long to perform or is hazardous in nature (dealing with lethal strains of viruses for instance), could be moved almost exclusively to a computer.

Artist genetically engineers mice with the DNA of Elvis Presley

The King is dead -- long live the genetically-engineered mouse version of the King. As a pop comeback, it's certainly among the more unusual. Royal College of Art graduate student Koby Barhad's project All That I Am features the concept of genetically-engineered mice with DNA taken from the hair of Elvis Presley. The aim is to explore a range of philosophical and ethical issues.

Evolution is something that happens, willy-nilly, in spite of all the efforts of the replicators (and nowadays of the genes) to prevent it happening. Richard Dawkins