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One-Fourth of the Fruit Fly Brain Mapped

The average fruit fly may be as small as the head of a pin but it has about 100,000 neurons in their brain. Janelia has successfully mapped about 25,000 of these in their connectome.

The first human genome took over a decade and about a billion dollars to sequence and was first accomplished in 2003. Today one can sequence an entire human genome in about a day for about $3000. We are going to need to find real advancement in technology with exponential upgrades as we did with BLAST if we are ever going to reach the level of technology in Fall; or, Dodge in Hell as the human brain has about 80 BILLION NEURONS.



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First DCD Heart Transplace in USA

In a first for America, Duke University has performed the first Donation after Death transplant of a heart. In the US, transplants have been harvested from those that have suffered brain death, but not organ death, as well as those that have died while in surgery.

This technique allows the harvesting of a heart from a donor that has been pronounced dead, whose heart has already stopped beating. The heart can be revived and transplanted — and in the UK, 40% of all heart transplants come from DCD donors.

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Medicine: Suspended Animation

Once your heart stops, you normally have about 5 minutes before permanent irreversible damage happens in the brain. Beyond this, only 5% of all patients that come into the hospital with their heart stopped and having lost half their blood survive. Suspended animation will allow about 2 hours to repair all the damage that once had to be repaired in about 5 minutes.

Read more at Hackaday.