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Illumina Reserved in Comments on PacBio Deal, Forthcoming on Qiagen Deal and New Products – GenomeWeb

Posted: October 30, 2019 at 4:45 am

NEW YORK Illumina officials were muted in their response to a threat from UK regulators that could potentially kill the firm's planned $1.2 billion acquisition of Pacific Biosciences. But that was just one of the storylines running through and around the firm's conference call following the release of its third quarter financial results.

"While we're still in the process of reviewing the documents, we continue to believe this acquisition is pro-competitive and in the best interests of customers and the genomics industry," Illumina CEO Francis deSouza said.

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Explained: Indias Own Human Genome Project, How It Will Aid Our Fight Against Cancer And Genetic Diseases – Swarajya

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The Basics

A genome refers to an organism's complete set of DNA, including all of its genes. Therefore, WGS entails determining the complete DNA sequence at a point in time. It includes the organism's chromosomal DNA as well as DNA contained in the mitochondria.

While the field of genetics refers to the study of individual genes and their roles, genomics entails study of all of an organism's genes collectively- how they affect each other and the organism.

Simply put, the process of gene expression happens through synthesis of proteins. These proteins trigger the intended change in the cells and are synthesised after the corresponding DNA is transcripted to RNA in the cells nucleus.

Such DNAs which can be transcribed into messenger RNAs are called protein-coding DNA. Protein-coding DNA sequences are the most widely studied and best understood component of the human genome.

However, protein-coding DNA consist of only a small fraction of the genome - less than two per cent - the remaining 98 per cent of human genome consists of noncoding DNA.

Noncoding DNA that dont find a function in gene expression have biological functions- like regulating structural features of the chromosomes and DNA replication.

IndiGen is basically the India-specific version of the Human Genome Project (HGP), an an international scientific research project. The latter was primarily funded by the US government and was declared complete in 2003.

The HGP was able to map close to 92.1 per cent of the human genome, leaving out difficult portions of the chromosomes like centromeres and telomeres, with high accuracy.

Why genome sequencing is important

With the exception of identical twins, all humans show significant variation in genomic DNA sequences. People of same ethnicity/race may have more commonalities. Similarly. Based on genomic commonalities, certain populations of the world may be more susceptible to certain diseases, and so on.

Director General, CSIR and Secretary, Department for Scientific & Industrial Research, Dr Shekhar C Mande said that it is important to ensure that India, with its unparalleled human diversity, is adequately represented in terms of genomic data and develops indigenous capacity to generate, maintain, analyze, utilize and communicate large-scale genome data, in a scalable manner.

The broad-based genome data and knowhow for the its analysis will help in development of technologies for clinical and biomedical applications in India.

In the future, the technology is expected to deliver cost effective genetic tests, carrier screening applications for expectant couples, enabling efficient diagnosis of heritable cancers and pharmacogenetic tests to prevent adverse drug reactions.

On the occasion, the health minister also unveiled the IndiGenome card and accompanying IndiGen mobile application that enables participants and clinicians to access clinically actionable information in their genomes. This will pave the path for personalised treatments and precision medicine.

Genome sequencing also helps in evolutionary and anthropological studies. Genome sequencing has also helped us in developing better varieties of food crops.

However, the field also raises serious ethical, social concerns. The genome of a person can offer a host of information that is unknown to himself, to those who can analyse it. During the HGP, concerns were raised that the data might be used by big companies for hiring/firing employees, insurance companies to deny insurance to certain people etc. Therefore, privacy remains a serious concern.

The genomics has also revived the old debates over racial differences. Any genetic grounding of evolutionary differences between different races can have social repercussions with certain groups using the information to justify racial discrimination or race-purity.

Genomics also raise the ethical issues regarding human interference in natural processes. As the technology develops further, scientists would be able to design humans with assorted set of good genes.

Will this lead to a new form of Eugenics where parents discard a genetically inferior embryo early on? Will the rich be able to buy 'intelligence as they can buy beauty through lip injections, plastic surgeries, implants etc? What would the concepts like hard work, merit, equality etc mean in such a world?

These are some of the hard questions we will have to figure out as we move along.

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BEYOND LOCAL: How people living with genetic eye conditions can drive vision research forward – GuelphToday

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This article, written byRuanne Vent-Schmidt, University of British Columbia, originally appeared on The Conversation and has been republished here with permission:

Blind and partially sighted people no longer have to wait passively for a research breakthrough in hope of treatment options. In fact, people living with genetic eye conditions can now actively drive vision research forward by enrolling in a patient registry and getting their genes tested.

There are 2.2 billion people living with visual impairment globally. Some are living with inherited retinal diseases that are progressive and can lead to complete blindness. Up until recent years, blind and visually impaired people were told that no treatment is available. This is changing as genetic testing is paving the way for a surge of gene therapies.

My passion for vision research is personal

My doctoral dissertation at the University of British Columbia was on drug therapy for retinitis pigmentosa. This progressive, blinding eye condition is the most common type of inherited retinal disease.

In people affected by retinitis pigmentosa, the light sensing cells in their retina photoreceptors die early. Unlike skin cells that regenerate, the body does not make more photoreceptors once they are damaged.

As a vision scientist affected by retinitis pigmentosa, I am passionate about finding the truth about the disease. Why do photoreceptors die? How can we stop it? How can science and medicine help?

When I was 12 years old, I realized while at summer camp that my night vision was disappearing. In the last two decades, I lost my peripheral vision, contrast sensitivity and depth perception.

I worked in Dr. Orson Moritzs lab at the UBC department of ophthalmology and visual sciences, which focuses on research using tadpoles that contain known human mutations for retinitis pigmentosa to understand the disease.

I made an alarming discovery in our animal model: knowing the genetic cause of retinitis pigmentosa is vital for treatment with one class of drugs histone deacetylase inhibitors. These determine how genes are switched on or off.

A similar study in mice showed that the same drug reacted differently to variations in a single mutant gene that also causes retinitis pigmentosa.

Treating retinitis pigmentosa is like extinguishing fire. To stop a fire, you need to know whether its water-based or grease-based. If you try to use water to stop a grease fire, the damage gets worse.

Enrol in a patient registry

Blind and visually impaired people can advocate for eye health by enrolling in a patient registry. Participation in a registry benefits researchers by offering more information about the disease.

In Canada, individuals can self-refer to Fighting Blindness Canadas secure, clinical patient registry. This database is dedicated to connecting people living with retinal eye diseases to clinical trials and research.

When a gene therapy trial arises, researchers draw participants from this database. Since gene therapy aims to correct an underlying genetic mistake in DNA that causes disease, knowing the genetic cause of a disease is a criteria for most gene therapy trials.

Globally, other registries include My Retina Tracker in the United States, Target 5000 in Ireland, MyEyeSite in the United Kingdom, the Australian Inherited Retinal Disease Registry and Japan Eye Genetics Consortium. In New Zealand, Dr. Andrea Vincent has established the Genetic Eye Disease Investigation Unit. There is even a Blue Cone Monochromacy Patient Registry for one rare eye condition.

Blossoming gene therapy trials

In the last two decades, the number of gene therapy trials has blossomed. Currently, 250 genes on inherited retinal diseases have been identified. In 2017, the first gene therapy for inherited retinal disease Luxturna was approved by the United States Federal Drug Administration.

To date, there are trials for: retinitis pigmentosa; Usher syndrome, a condition that involves hearing and vision loss; achromatopsia, a disease that causes colour blindness; X-linked retinoschisis, a dystrophy that causes splitting of the retina and affects mostly in males; and age-related macular degeneration, the third-largest cause of vision loss worldwide, caused by the interplay between genetics and environment.

Enrolment in a patient registry and genetic testing advance the design of gene therapy trials. This in turn benefits blind and visually impaired people.

Research advancement is a concerted effort across the globe blind and partially sighted people should know they have the power to push it forward.

Ruanne Vent-Schmidt, PhD Candidate, Cell & Developmental Biology, University of British Columbia

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Futurist: Channel Has To Remove Friction To Cloud 2.0 Adoption – CRN: The Biggest Tech News For Partners And The IT Channel

Posted: October 28, 2019 at 9:47 pm

Over the next five to ten years, the technology industry will shift from Cloud 1.0 to Cloud 2.0, and managed services providers that can smooth enterprise adoption of disaggregated cloud services will prosper greatly.

But the trick to seizing that opportunity isn't understanding the progression of technology, which is fairly predictable, but the use cases that it will enable, Tom Koulopoulos, chairman of the Delphi Group think tank, told attendees of NexGen Cloud 2019 conference in Anaheim, Calif. on Tuesday.

In a keynote titled "How Next-Gen Cloud Will Transform Business," Koulopoulos told the NexGen audience: "the value that people in this room bring is going to increase by orders of magnitude."

[Related: NexGen Conference & Expo 2019]

The pace at which computing power and storage capacity increases mostly follows a trend line. But business advantage comes in understanding how people, and organizations, use those resources.

To illustrate that point, Koulopoulos, a highly-regarded futurist and author, traced the evolution of computing technology, from the IBM ENIAC mainframe of the 1950s to the smartphones we all carry arounda large percentage of the 10 billion computing devices in existence.

Back in the 1950s, no one could comprehend the use case for what is essentially 10 billion ENIACs. Similarly, we can't comprehend what will come in the next 60 yearsbut the next 5 to 10 years are in clearer focus.

An "insatiable appetite for data," will characterize emerging business models that revolutionize every industry, he said.

Currently, from transportation to health care, the stumbling block is storing and accessing the right data, as we're generating more of it than human beings know how to understand and decipher.

What's worse, it's all too expensive, Koulopoulos said. There's still a long way to go to achieving Cloud 2.0, where data is bottomless, and storing any that might be of value is economically viable.

"The economics of data ultimately define the parameters of your business model," he said.

Those challenging economics have slowed cloud adoption. Currently, only 10 percent of companies have moved their data into the cloud.

"We've barely seen the economic impact of this movement. But it's going to happen," Koulopoulos said.

Companies like Microsoft, Amazon and Google deserve to be commended for building the first-gen cloud. But what has held up universal adoption is that those providers still present a bundled economic model.

Cloud 2.0 will be the unbundled cloud, deconstructing servicescompute, storage, networkinginto components offered by vendors that can optimize each of them independently. Look to what Wasabi is doing for storage, or Packet for compute, as examples, Koulopoulos said.

"Your role is to be the aggregator of these various services," he told solution providers gathered in Anaheim.

Slowing that progress is lock-in to Cloud 1.0. "Once you're locked in, it's really hard to get out of it," he said.

The channel will play a key role in unlocking the next phase of cloud, which further frees companies to focus on their core competencies and shed all othersan essential pursuit for businesses that want to remain relevant as the world rapidly changes.

And for most businesses, technology is essential to the products and services they deliver customersbut it's not their core. Cloud partners must figure out how to eliminate the friction that makes it harder for their enterprise customer to focus on their core value propositions, Koulopoulos said.

"What you deliver as an industry is the elimination of technological friction," Koulopoulos said. "You take friction out of the equation, you increase the velocity of the transactions, and increase the pleasure of the user experience."

That sentiment resonated with Ben Schmerler, director of strategic operations at DP Solutions, a managed services provider based in Columbia, MD.

Schmerler works on guiding direction of the business, and sees the paradigm shift currently under way as one that will drastically impact MSP practices.

"We have to be bleeding-edge within our core, willing to embrace this new stuff, embrace change, but remember fundamentally who we are," Schmerler said. "That sounds like it's conflicting, but I dont think it is. "

MSPs have to constantly assess how the deliverables they excel at can be provided to suit the modern and rapidly evolving market, Schmerler said.

"A lot of MSPs become very stale," he said.

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MSPs Will Help Enable The ‘Virtualization Of The World,’ Says Futurist – CRN: The Biggest Tech News For Partners And The IT Channel

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While Michael Rogers says he wasn't a fan of the title "futurist" at first, he's come to embrace the title for himself. And he recommends that MSPs start thinking of themselves as futurists, too.

"Part of your practice going forward is going to be being a futurist," Rogers said Thursday at the NexGen 2019 Conference and Expo in Anaheim, Calif., an event hosted by CRN parent The Channel Company.

[Related: Blockchain: 5 Things The Channel Needs To Know]

"Futurist" is a useful title because it gives permission to "think out a little bit further" than usual, he said--which is something MSPs ought to get into the habit of doing, if they aren't already.

"I think there is an interesting role for futurists and R&D in your industry," Rogers said. "Because you are building the infrastructure for the next decade. I often call it the 'virtualization of America and the world'--the fact that more and more of what we do, how we learn, how we shop, how we need our mates, is going into the cyber sphere."

While many would contend that's already happened, "my argument is that it's actually just started, he said.

"We will be stunned 10 years from now by how much goes on in the virtual world and has been moved to the virtual world," Rogers said. "The winners toward the end of the next decade will be the ones who best figure out what belongs in the virtual world, what should remain in the physical world, and how you connect between them."

Rogers outlined several specific technologies he believes will be "very important in the virtualization of the world" down the road--even if they "may not play a big part now in the MSP world.

One technology is smart glasses, including devices that are starting to emerge that can project a virtual screen that can be controlled by voice (or even by hand in the air). Potential uses for the glasses include aiding with repair work in the field, Rogers noted.

Another use for new display technologies is to better enable distributed workforces--with Rogers giving the example of new systems that could be described as "videoconferencing on steroids." The systems could offer a high-res, wall-sized screen that is connected to another office within an organization.

"In the demo I saw, you walked into a coffee lounge in Palo Alto and it looked like an ordinary coffee lounge with a table, chairs, coffee maker. And then there's a full-size video screen, completely covering the back wall, on which you saw identically the same coffee lounge," Rogers said. "It literally looked like one room. And that was up in Portland, Oregon. So you'd walk into Palo Alto, a bell would ring in Portland, Oregon, to indicate someone was in the coffee lounge, and your co-worker from Oregon would come out."

Research on those offices suggested that a piece of work divided between the two sites was equivalent to work occurring in the same space, Rogers said.

Allen Falcon, CEO of Westborough, Mass.-based Cumulus Global, said this example of visually connected offices resonates, because it recognizes that the human connection is really important in work.

So if you're not going to go physically into the office, your work relationships still have to be there. And the visual component of communications, which is more than half of communication, has to be there as well," Falcon said. "And so really focusing on the technologies that let people use the network to work and live in the way they want, as a convenience, and as a way of maintaining the human connection--I think that's an opportunity for our industry."

Other examples of technologies that Rogers expects to be increasingly important going forward include blockchain, IoT and artificial intelligence.

AI, he noted, is already automating a wide range of white-collar jobs, including in sectors such as law. For instance, in just a few hours, eDiscovery applications are capable of going through evidence that previously would have taken months, he said.

"It is clearly the way forward for a lot of these white-collar organizations where work is being automated by AI," Rogers said.

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Tech and futurism drive iconic car event’s appeal – The Japan Times

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The 46th Tokyo Motor Show, slated to kick off on Oct. 24 at Tokyo Big Sight and other areas in Tokyos Odaiba district, is set to showcase the latest automotive trends but will also depart from previous editions of the motor show.

This years motor show, under the theme of Open Future, places an increased focus on the future of our society and its use of rapidly evolving technology in addition to revealing the newest in automotive trends.

The word open means the event will not be limited to showcasing the auto industry. By being open to other industries and collaborating with them, we are trying to demonstrate the mobility-centered society of the future, said Jun Nagata, chairman of the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Associations Tokyo Motor Show Committee.

This year, the venue is expanded to include a larger area of Odaiba, featuring a wide range of programs for visitors to enjoy the excitement of cars and future technologies.

A total of 187 companies and organizations from eight countries around the world will participate in the show that will be held through Nov. 4.

The biannual Tokyo Motor Show, however, is at a crossroads, and this years event reflects this reality.

In its heyday, the Tokyo Motor Show used to attract many automakers from around the world, such as Ford Motor Co., General Motors Co., Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV and Volkswagen AG, and it used to be a bit of a production when a new car rolled onto the stage. Taking advantage of this occasion, many automakers used to meet with executives of other global companies to conduct business negotiations during the event. But in recent years, such activities have decreased.


Japans car sales remain the third largest in the world after the U.S. and China with 527.2 million units sold in 2018, but more and more automakers are prioritizing the Chinese market and its motor shows. The Frankfurt Motor Show, which was held just last month, also failed to attract many carmakers, with only Honda Motor Co. participating from Japan.

This downward trend also shows in the number of visitors. Although the Tokyo Motor Show saw more than 2 million attendees in 1991, the most recent event in 2017 drew just 770,000 people.

This decline has resulted in the transformation of the event into one with a future-focused concept that targets younger generations.

Unless the Tokyo Motor Show goes through a major paradigm shift, it wont be able to attract more visitors, Akio Toyoda, president of Toyota Motor Corp. and JAMA chairman, told a news conference ahead of the show.

Toyoda said he hopes to attract 1 million people to the Tokyo event, by making it like a theme park where people can get a glimpse of a future lifestyle through various exhibits and attractions that are not limited to the auto industry.

In the Future Expo area, for example, visitors will be able to view and interact with over 100 items, displays and leading technologies provided by companies across various industries.

Honda will display its UNI-CUB alongside a variety of other personal mobility vehicles. People will also have the chance to see a flying car currently under development by NEC Corp.

NEC Corp.s flying car will be showcased in the Future Expo area. | JAPAN AUTO MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION

Information on hydrogen energy, such as how fuel cell cars work, and space technology will also be on display in the energy of the future area.

The motor show will also host the e-Motorsports Under-18 All Japan Championships, where winners from the under-18 championships from each prefecture will compete against one another for the national title. Another attempt to make the event more appealing to children is a tie-up with KidZania. Children will be able to role-play as an employee at car manufacturers, parts manufacturers and mobile communication companies in the venue set up in the Aomi Exhibition Halls.

At the Open Road area, visitors can experience the near-future through test-drives of micro-mobility vehicles such as the Toyota i-Road and Nissan New Mobility Concept. Three types of personal mobility vehicles are also available for test-drives there.

Concept cars and production vehicles displayed by major automakers are going greener than ever, and most will incorporate some degree of electrification.

Mazda Motor Co. will launch its first battery-electric production car at the show, while the next generation Honda Jazz, known as the Fit in some markets, will see a hybrid drive upgrade.

Nissan Motor Co. also plans to unveil a concept minicar IMk, which is built on an all-new EV platform.

There will also be symposiums on various topics, ranging from zero-emission transport to drones to Mobility as a Service (MaaS), which integrates various forms of transport services into a single mobility service accessible on demand.

To make it more family friendly, the motor show will be free for high school students or younger children for the first time in the events history.

The key word for this event is a firsthand experience. We want to make this show a theme park that families, including children, can enjoy, said Toyoda.

Venues:Tokyo Big Sight (Aomi, West and South halls, Mega Web, Symbol Promenade Park, parking lot next to Tokyo Fashion Town [TFT] building)

Duration:Oct. 24 to Nov. 4

Dates and hours:Special Invitation Day for Persons with Disabilities: Oct. 24 (Thu.) 2 to 6 p.m.Preview Day: Oct. 25, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.General Public Days (Weekdays, Saturdays): 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., 2 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 25General Public Days (Sundays/holiday): 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.(Opening hours may be changed and entry into the venue may be limited whenever necessary)

Admission:Special Invitation Day for Persons with Disabilities: Free (requires pre-registration)Preview Day: 3,800 (Limited availability, free for elementary school students and younger, must be accompanied by a parent)General Public Days: Adults 2,000 (1,800 for advance ticket; 1,000 for day-of ticket after 4 p.m., excluding Sundays and holiday)High school students and under: Free

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This Rocky World With Three Suns May Have an Atmosphere – Futurism

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Three Suns

A team of Harvard astronomers have spotted a rocky planet with three suns using data from NASAs Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite and, tantalizingly, they think it could have an atmosphere.

It could give us a glimpse of the conditions on interstellar planets which, like Earth, have their own atmospheres. But unfortunately, this super-Earth is simply too hot to contain the ingredients for life.

The rocky planet is roughly 1.38 times the size of Earth and over 22 light-years away. A paper detailing the discovery was published in the Astronomical Journal back in June.

As for the chance it could feature oxygen in its atmosphere, lead researcher Jennifer Winters is not hopeful. Its not in the habitable zone of its star, she said in a statement. Its too close. Its too hot. But if its possible that theres oxygen in the atmosphere that could come from other sources than life, thats good to know.

Still, the rocky orb is worth studying. Its one of the best examples of a rocky planet that might have an atmosphere that we can study to see what its made of, Winters added.

The team is hoping to spot the planet and analyze its atmosphere when the planet passes in front of its main star. That will happen in a couple of months time, but until then theyll use data from the Giant Magellan Telescope in Chile to probe its mysteries further.

READ MORE: Why a rocky planet with three suns has astronomers attention [Harvard University]

More on exoplanets: Newly Discovered Exoplanet Is Unlike Any Other

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This Electric Toothbrush Uses AI Because Nothing is Sacred Anymore – Futurism

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Brush AI

These days, it seems like every brand is trying to leverage machine learning to imbue their products with special powers and, most importantly, make an extra buck in the process.

But does your next electric toothbrush really need a dose of AI? Oral-Bssays its new $220 electric toothbrush, called Oral-B GENIUS X with Artificial Intelligence, will leverage data from sensors inside the brush head and Bluetoothto deliver AI-derived brushing tips through an app. The future is now, huh?

The company claims to have learned how to brush teeth real good by deepening our understanding of consumer behavior across 60 countries.

Oral-B has created an algorithm from more than 2,000 brushing sessions to gain exclusive insights into brushing behaviors from around the world, reads an incredulous press release.

If that doesnt sound overbearing enough, its at least a little simpler than having to set up your smartphone to literally watch you brush your teeth every time, like Oral-Bs earlier attempt at leveraging smart tech from 2015.

READ MORE: This Electric Toothbrush Uses AI Because Nothing is Sacred Anymore [The Verge]

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This Creepy Life-Sized Doll Is a Warning About What Office Life Is Doing to Us – ScienceAlert

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Emma doesn't look so great.

Her legs are puffy and covered in varicose veins. Her eyes are flat and dead, and her back looks like she spends her days ringing the bell at Notre-Dame Cathedral.

It's harsh but true. Emma is a life-sized doll depicting what the team think an average office worker in the United Kingdom could look like in 20 years if changes aren't made to the workplace environment.

For a new report titled The Work Colleague of The Future, a team of health experts led by behavioral futurist William Higham looked at survey data submitted by more than 3,000 office workers in France, Germany, and the UK.

The percentages of UK office workers who said they already suffered from sore eyes (50 percent), sore backs (48 percent), and headaches (48 percent) as a direct result of their work environment informed the design of the sickly Emma, who also suffers from stress-related eczema, excess weight, and swollen limbs.

If we don't majorly shake-up the standard office environment, according to Higham, we're headed toward a future rife with Emmas.

"Unless we make radical changes to our working lives, such as moving more, addressing our posture at our desks, taking regular walking breaks, or considering improving our workstation setup, our offices are going to make us very sick," he said, according to The Independent.

Of course, this isn't a peer-reviewed study, and Fellowes the office furniture company which commissioned the report is undoubtedly trying to promote its own products here. But it's still an interesting concept looking into exactly what our office spaces could be doing to our bodies.

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Scientists Say They Finally Figured Out How to Spot Wormholes – Futurism

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Thinking With Portals

Scientists think theyve come up with a way to detect traversable wormholes, assuming they exist.

Theres never been any sort of evidence that traversable wormholes portals between two distant parts of the universe, or two universes within a theoretical multiverse are real. But if they are, a team of scientists think they know what that evidence might look like, breathing new life into a far-out theory that could finally achieve faster-than-light travel.

If a wormhole were to exist, then the gravitational pull of objects on one side, like black holes or stars, would influence the objects on the other side.

If a star wobbled or had otherwise inexplicable perturbations in its orbit around a black hole, researchers could hypothetically argue that theyre being influenced by the gravity of something on the other end of a wormhole, according to research published this month in the journal Physical Review D.

If you have two stars, one on each side of the wormhole, the star on our side should feel the gravitational influence of the star thats on the other side, said University at Buffalo physicist Dejan Stojkovic. The gravitational flux will go through the wormhole.

While the researchers hope to look for wobbles in the orbits of stars orbiting near Sagittarius A*, the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way, Stojkovic concedes that spotting some wouldnt guarantee that a wormhole exists there.

He added we cannot say that, Yes, this is definitely a wormhole. There could be some other explanation, something else on our side perturbing the motion of this star.

READ MORE: How to spot a wormhole (if they exist) [University at Buffalo via]

More on wormholes: Physicists Publish Instructions For DIY Wormhole

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