Sunday, January 11, 2009

User-correcting eyeglasses and your own personal genome

A couple of interesting medical technology pieces from the newspapers:

My Genome, My Self
New York Times Magazine January 11, 2009
In the coming era of consumer genetics, your DNA will have much to tell you about the biological bases of your health, your physique and even your personality. But will this knowledge really amount to self-knowledge?

From a Visionary English Physicist, Self-Adjusting Lenses for the Poor
By Mary Jordan
Washington Post Foreign Service
Saturday, January 10, 2009; Page A08
Joshua Silver models a pair of the self-adjusting glasses he developed for the poor. The glasses work on the principle that the more liquid pumped into a thin sac in the plastic lenses, the stronger the correction.

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