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Mind and God (Dyson)

Posted in brain, evolution, genetics, god on May 23, 2010 by ewakening

I do not make any distinction between mind and God. God is what mind becomes when it has passed beyond the scale of our comprehension. …. Atoms and humans and God may have minds that differ in degree but not in kind. We stand midway between the unpredictability of atoms and the unpredictability of God. Atoms are small pieces of our mental apparatus, and we are small pieces of God’s mental apparatus.

— Freeman Dyson

Repair your brain . . . with gene therapy!

Posted in biotechnology, brain, genetics, healing on June 22, 2007 by ewakening

Researchers inject viruses into brains of Parkinsons’ sufferers to retrain neurons

A major worldwide breakthrough in gene therapy was signalled last night after injections into the brain were used for the first time to successfully treat a degenerative brain disease.

In a pioneering study, researchers used the treatment to bring about significant improvements in the mobility of Parkinson’s sufferers. They said it could also herald a breakthrough in the treatment of other neurological disorders, such as Alzheimer’s or epilepsy.

The study, begun in 2003, was carried out on 11 men and one woman with an average age of 58, who had all had severe Parkinson’s for at least five years and for whom current therapies were no longer effective.

They were given injections of billions of copies of a genetically altered virus into part of the brain called the subthalamic nucleus.

The altered virus carried the human gene for an enzyme, called GAD, which helps to make GABA. Once implanted, brain cells of the patients started to make the GABA chemical.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/06/22/nbrain122.xml