During the COVID-19 pandemic, antibodies have played a major and essential role. We used home tests to look for them, and we took vaccinations so our bodies could overproduce them. And no less attention has been paid to B cells, the immune system cells that actually make antibodies, producing up to 10,000 per second — which, after infection, can persist for years within the bone marrow.
Now the Seattle biotech company says the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has agreed to allow it to move forward with the first human study of a new type of gene therapy, using genetically engineered B cells. Immusoft plans to harness B cells to treat a rare genetic disease called MPS-1. If that works, it might fix the way we deal with similar cases in the future. Read the full story.
– Antonio Regalado
I’ve combed the internet to find the most interesting/important/scary/cool stories about technology today.
1 The United States has banned the sale of artificial intelligence chips to China and Russia
The use of export controls is part of the United States’ strategy to stay ahead of technological development. (protocol)
+ Inside the program that will become the next battlefront in the US-China chip war. (MIT Technology Review)
2 crypto companies will need a license to operate in California
It’s no surprise that the crypto industry isn’t happy with that. (CoinDesk)
+ Cryptocurrency exchange Binance offers a solid game for traders. (F $)
3 People think disinformation is a major global threat
It is second only to climate change. (The New York Times $)
4 North Korean hackers fill their malware with pop culture references
It is up to the experts in South Korea to decrypt and block the threats. (Bloomberg $)
5 disaster advisors are busier than ever
When disaster strikes, third parties deal with endless red tape — and business thrives. (the edge)
6 esports offering players in Venezuela a path out of poverty
Many of the country’s youth grew up without the Internet or electricity. (Rest of the world)
7 Inside the intense debate over drug treatment
Experts worry that the hype could destroy all the delicate progress the field has made. (wired $)
+ Narcotic drugs are having a moment and women can benefit from them. (MIT Technology Review)
8 Sorry, but e-bikes are really ugly 🚲
Partly because we can’t agree on what we want to use it for. (Atlantic Ocean $)
+ New electric vehicles should be both safe and green. (slate $)
+ Recycling auto parts is a good idea, but it seems far fetched. (The New York Times $)
10 Japan is trying to phase out floppy disks 💾
But it faced stiff resistance from bureaucrats. (Watchman)
Quote from today
The American side should immediately stop its wrongdoing.”
A statement from Beijing called on the United States to backtrack on restricting the sale of artificial intelligence chips to the country, according to BBC.