February 21, 2009
Mass Spectrometer To Speed Bone Nutrition Studies

Why pay for years long and expensive diet studies on bone health when a powerful scientific instrument can get you answers in 7 weeks?

The proposal also takes advantage of the analytical expertise of a company in the Purdue Research Park, Bioanalytical Systems Inc., and Purdue's PRIME Lab, a one-of-a-kind rare isotope laboratory. The PRIME Lab's accelerator mass spectrometer will allow researchers to monitor bone loss in 50 days that otherwise would take two to four years, Weaver said.

"For our osteoporosis study, for example, we'll be able to use just nine people and test them for seven different products in two years," Weaver said. "Without the PRIME lab, it would take two years to test just one product."

A general trend that continues into the future: faster and cheaper ways to do scientific and medical research. But I still want a time machine that'll let me jump ahead 30 years to get rejuvenation therapies immediately.

H.G. Wells missed this. But the biggest benefit of a time machine would be full body rejuvenation. Just jump far enough ahead that you come out when stem cell therapies and other strategies for engineered negligible senescence have become mature, safe, and cheap. Of course, you might land in a police state or a Borg consciousness.

Share |      Randall Parker, 2009 February 21 03:45 PM  Biotech Advance Rates

Kudzu Bob said at February 21, 2009 4:31 PM:

A time machine could also be employed by social researchers for trends forecasting. Years ago I read an unsettling science fiction novel, Wilson Tucker's "The Year of the Quiet Sun," about a secretive Washington think tank that sends time travelers to survey the American near future, and then uses their findings to "improve" Federal policy. Of course, the politicians completely misunderstand and mishandle the information brought back by each temporal expedition, and this leads us bit by bit to make disastrous decisions that end in nuclear conflict with China and an apocalyptic race war at home. This novel has some genuine literary merit, but never got any near the attention it deserved.

David Govett said at February 22, 2009 1:26 AM:

I've traveled into the future for my entire life, so far. The short jumps seem to take a long time, but the decade-long jumps seem to have happened instantaneously. What gives?

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