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The threat of germ warfare has brought to the forefront long-forgotten diseases like plague, anthrax, and smallpox.  Recent television news programs have highlighted secret projects in the former Soviet Union to develop antibiotic-resistant strains of genetically engineered viruses and bacteria.  The U.S. launched a military attack against a drug manufacturing plant in the Sudan, accusing it of acting as a cover for the production of biological weapons.  The potential for a biological attack against the United States was actually increased with this action, rather than decreased because those involved in terrorism see it as a matter of honor to avenge their losses.

AIDS continues to decimate huge segments of the population in Africa, spreading from central into southern Africa.  Some doctors in the region claim that AIDS will kill from 20 to 30 percent of the populations, leaving nearly 8.2 million orphaned children in the wake.  Thailand also reports that the AIDS epidemic is far worse there than initially reported, nearly three times the original estimate.

A new resilient form of tuberculosis has struck in Russia, spreading especially rapidly through the unsanitary prison systems.  It has proven a serious health threat to many Russians, because of the closed environments during winter months which cause the disease to spread.  In addition, many doctors in Russia favor the old method of rest in a sanitarium, rather than using western drug treatments.  It remains to be seen which method will prove more successful.

South Africa has also suffered an epidemic outbreak of TB. Millions of poor, mainly black South Africans are infected with TB.  The epidemic is worse in the rural areas where sanitation is lacking.  It is feared that although the strain of TB in South Africa does respond to drug treatment, many patients stop taking their medication when they begin to feel better and risk incubating a new resistant disease.

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Gene That Controls the Birth of Neurons Discovered - Scientists at A*STAR’s Genome Institute of Singapore (GIS) have discovered an unusual gene that controls the generation of neurons. This important finding is crucial in understanding serious diseases of the brain such as Alzheimer’s disease, the researchers say.

Mind Meld? Scientist Uses His Brain to Control Another Guy’s Finger - The world of mind-control zombie armies just got a little closer: Scientists say they’ve hooked up one person’s brain to the Internet, to control the finger of another person playing a video game.

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Scientists Develop an Advanced Biological Computer - Technion scientists developed and constructed a molecular transducer, which is an advanced computing machine. This molecular computer was built entirely of biomolecules, such as DNA and enzymes that can manipulate genetic codes. This unprecedented device can compute iteratively, namely, it uses the output as a new input for subsequent computations.

Tiny Robot Flies Like A Fly - A robot as small as a housefly has managed the delicate task of flying and hovering the way the actual insects do. “This is a major engineering breakthrough, 15 years in the making,” says electrical engineer Ronald Fearing, who works on robotic flies at the University of California, Berkeley. The device uses layers of ultrathin materials that can make its wings flap 120 times a second, which is on a par with a housefly’s flapping rate. This “required tremendous innovation in design and fabrication techniques,” he adds.

Scientists Create Hybrid Flu That Can Go Airborne - As the world is transfixed by a new H7N9 bird flu virus spreading through China, a study reminds us that a different avian influenza—H5N1—still poses a pandemic threat. A team of scientists in China has created hybrid viruses by mixing genes from H5N1 and the H1N1 strain behind the 2009 swine flu pandemic, and showed that some of the hybrids can spread through the air between guinea pigs. The results are published in Science1.

Brain-Computer Interfaces Inch Closer To Mainstream - “Some crude brain-reading products already exist, letting people play easy games or move a mouse around a screen.” But the products commercially available today will soon look archaic. “To really be able to understand what is going on with the brain today you need to surgically implant an array of sensors into the brain,” said John Donoghue, a neuroscientist and director of the Brown Institute for Brain Science.

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Updated April 2006! Chuck Missler surveys some of the most promising prospects and reviews the types of ventures emerging. He also reveals some of the concerns emerging among the informed, and includes some of the provocative Biblical implications.

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