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Tal Danino: Programming bacteria to detect cancer (and maybe treat it)

Liver cancer is one of the most difficult cancers to detect, but synthetic biologist Tal Danino had a left-field thought: What if we could create a probiotic, edible bacteria that was “programmed” to find liver tumors? His insight exploits something we’re just beginning to understand about bacteria: their power of quorum sensing, or doing something together once they reach critical mass. Danino, a TED Fellow, explains how quorum sensing works — and how clever bacteria working together could someday change cancer treatment.

How Diet & Lifestyle Influence Aging & Brain Function [UCSF Healthy Heart Talk Oct. 2014]

An interesting short talk, by Dr Rhonda Patrick, about some of the dietary and lifestyle factors that can influence aging and brain function.

My only minor quibble is the lack of differentiation between types of fat. The high fat corn oil diet is a very different thing from a high saturated animal fat diet. Other than that it’s a great and interesting talk about things you can do to influence how you age.