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Posted: Aug 22, 2013 - 9:05am

Welcome To The Age Of Denial
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Posted: Jun 27, 2013 - 11:49am

mouse cloned from drop of blood

wonder how many humans have been...
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Posted: Jan 30, 2013 - 12:31pm

Surprised Scientists Find Lifeforms Six Miles Above Earth’s Surface


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Posted: Jan 7, 2013 - 9:59pm

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Gene therapy reprograms scar tissue in damaged hearts into healthy heart muscle

NEW YORK (Jan. 4, 2013) — A cocktail of three specific genes can reprogram cells in the scars caused by heart attacks into functioning muscle cells, and the addition of a gene that stimulates the growth of blood vessels enhances that effect, said researchers from Weill Cornell Medical College, Baylor College of Medicine and Stony Brook University Medical Center in a report that appears online in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

"The idea of reprogramming scar tissue in the heart into functioning heart muscle was exciting," said Dr. Todd K. Rosengart, chair of the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery at BCM and the report's corresponding author. "The theory is that if you have a big heart attack, your doctor can just inject these three genes into the scar tissue during surgery and change it back into heart muscle. However, in these animal studies, we found that even the effect is enhanced when combined with the VEGF gene."

"This experiment is a proof of principle," said Dr. Ronald G. Crystal, chairman and professor of genetic medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College and a pioneer in gene therapy, who played an important role in the research. "Now we need to go further to understand the activity of these genes and determine if they are effective in even larger hearts."

During a heart attack, blood supply is cut off to the heart, resulting in the death of heart muscle. The damage leaves behind a scar and a much weakened heart. Eventually, most people who have had serious heart attacks will develop heart failure.

Changing the scar into heart muscle would strengthen the heart. To accomplish this, during surgery, Rosengart and his colleagues transferred three forms of the vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) gene that enhances blood vessel growth or an inactive material (both attached to a gene vector) into the hearts of rats. Three weeks later, the rats received either Gata4, Mef 2c and Tbx5 (the cocktail of transcription factor genes called GMT) or an inactive material. (A transcription factor binds to specific DNA sequences and starts the process that translates the genetic information into a protein.)



 
Fascinating ! Thanks for the post. Wonder thought, if it would inhibit cancer cells development (they need blood vessel - they even create their own)


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Posted: Jan 7, 2013 - 12:59pm

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Thanks, I do all that can to help the world. {#Lol}
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Posted: Jan 7, 2013 - 5:40am

Gene therapy reprograms scar tissue in damaged hearts into healthy heart muscle

NEW YORK (Jan. 4, 2013) — A cocktail of three specific genes can reprogram cells in the scars caused by heart attacks into functioning muscle cells, and the addition of a gene that stimulates the growth of blood vessels enhances that effect, said researchers from Weill Cornell Medical College, Baylor College of Medicine and Stony Brook University Medical Center in a report that appears online in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

"The idea of reprogramming scar tissue in the heart into functioning heart muscle was exciting," said Dr. Todd K. Rosengart, chair of the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery at BCM and the report's corresponding author. "The theory is that if you have a big heart attack, your doctor can just inject these three genes into the scar tissue during surgery and change it back into heart muscle. However, in these animal studies, we found that even the effect is enhanced when combined with the VEGF gene."

"This experiment is a proof of principle," said Dr. Ronald G. Crystal, chairman and professor of genetic medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College and a pioneer in gene therapy, who played an important role in the research. "Now we need to go further to understand the activity of these genes and determine if they are effective in even larger hearts."

During a heart attack, blood supply is cut off to the heart, resulting in the death of heart muscle. The damage leaves behind a scar and a much weakened heart. Eventually, most people who have had serious heart attacks will develop heart failure.

Changing the scar into heart muscle would strengthen the heart. To accomplish this, during surgery, Rosengart and his colleagues transferred three forms of the vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) gene that enhances blood vessel growth or an inactive material (both attached to a gene vector) into the hearts of rats. Three weeks later, the rats received either Gata4, Mef 2c and Tbx5 (the cocktail of transcription factor genes called GMT) or an inactive material. (A transcription factor binds to specific DNA sequences and starts the process that translates the genetic information into a protein.)


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Posted: Mar 25, 2012 - 3:47pm

James Cameron Now at Ocean's Deepest Point


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Posted: Mar 20, 2012 - 12:11pm

Ancient sites spotted from space, say archaeologists

Thousands of possible early human settlements have been discovered by archaeologists using computers to scour satellite images.

Jason Ur said he had found about 9,000 potential new sites in north-eastern Syria.

Computers scanned the images for soil discolouration and mounds caused when mud-brick settlements collapsed.

Dr Ur said surveying the same area on the ground would have taken him a lifetime.

Writing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the researcher told BBC News: "With these computer science techniques, however, we can immediately come up with an enormous map which is methodologically very interesting, but which also shows the staggering amount of human occupation over the last 7,000 or 8,000 years.

"What's more, anyone who comes back to this area for any future survey would already know where to go.

"There's no need to do this sort of initial reconnaissance to find sites. This allows you to do targeted work, so it maximises the time we have on the ground."

Iraqi heritage sites

In the past, Dr Ur used declassified spy satellite photographs and the human eye to try to identify potential sites.

But over the last three years, he has worked with computer expert Bjoern Menze, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, to create a software application able to classify a huge range of terrain.

He said this had removed subjectivity and allowed them to look at a much larger area.

In all, about 9,000 possible settlements were identified across 23,000 sq km.

Ideally, he said, some of these would be excavated, but the volatile political situation in Syria had forced them to put any ground searches on hold.

However, he did tell the BBC that he hoped to conduct further research in the Kurdish provinces of northern Iraq, and follow that up with excavations that would be "a very rigorous testing of the model".

Archaeological work in Iraq has not been popular in the past, but Dr Ur feels the time is right to identify heritage sites of importance and ensure they are not lost as the country presses on with widespread development of its towns and cities.


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Posted: Feb 25, 2012 - 4:39am

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If at first you don't succeed,try try again.

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Posted: Feb 24, 2012 - 5:16pm

Faster-than-light neutrino experiment may have been flawed: scientists  

Not so fast!

An experiment that appeared to show matter could travel faster than the speed of light - flying in the face of Einstein's theory of relativity - may have been flawed, the journal Science reported.

In the original experiments, subatomic particles called neutrinos blasted from CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research in Geneva, traveled 450 miles to Italy 60 nanoseconds faster than a beam of light.

But researchers revealed that a fiber-optic cable connecting a GPS receiver and a "master clock" computer may have been loose, Science reports.

"There is a screw and you have to turn it, but we're not sure if it was well-calibrated," said Arnaud Marsollier, a spokesman for CERN.

"It would be embarrassing if a nasty cable is the reason."

 




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Posted: Feb 20, 2012 - 6:33pm

Ancient plants back to life after 30,000 frozen years

Life is the most amazing phenomena in Nature... life does anything it can to continue. The cascade of life's existence is finding better ways to live. Even the programming of mind, body and spirit, are dedicated to this task... and when we stray from the natural path, trouble begins.

The question is: Are the artificial constructs of thinking beasts any less "natural" than anything else found in Nature? Creation is every creatures purpose. Taking risks can be dangerous to the risk taker... but never to Nature. Nature learns from the ups and downs and means.

In the natural scheme of things this had to happen... but it's risky because Nature cascades. One little change in the wrong place can cause entire ecospheres to return to the dust from which they came... and allow something else to "happen" in the vacuum thus effected.

Be careful out there, Scientists.
 


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Posted: Feb 9, 2012 - 10:47am

 aflanigan wrote:
Ass-punching??? 
 
Is much harder than a bitch-slap. {#Yes} 

{#Lol}
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Posted: Feb 8, 2012 - 4:34pm

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All of them. 

 

Aahhh, so you're the guy they made that movie about.
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Posted: Feb 8, 2012 - 4:27pm

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Ass-punching???  Which dilapidated, snobbish, vaguely homoerotic summer camp did you get expelled from, bucko????
 
All of them. 
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Posted: Feb 8, 2012 - 4:24pm

 Manbird wrote:

Someone should ass-punch that wise man in the throat and scalp about 20,55,888 times until he learns how mirrors are made, dammit! 

 

Ass-punching???  Which dilapidated, snobbish, vaguely homoerotic summer camp did you get expelled from, bucko????
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Posted: Feb 8, 2012 - 11:28am

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What a stupid wise man!!  Everyone knows mirrors are made reflective with aluminum these days.

{#Wink}
 
Someone should ass-punch that wise man in the throat and scalp about 20,55,888 times until he learns how mirrors are made, dammit! 
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Posted: Feb 8, 2012 - 11:24am

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One day a wise-man took one of his students and had him hold up a pane of glass to look through.  He asked him to describe what he saw.

"I see trees and grass and the sky and clouds and little children playing on the lawn" said his student.

Then the wise-man told him to hold up a mirror and tell him what he saw.  "I see only myself" said the student.

The wise-man replied.  "See what a difference a little bit of silver makes."
 

What a stupid wise man!!  Everyone knows mirrors are made reflective with aluminum these days.

{#Wink}
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Posted: Feb 8, 2012 - 9:28am

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The right's stupidity spreads, enabled by a too-polite left

by George Monbiot
Guardian UK
February 8, 2012


Self-deprecating, too liberal for their own good, today's progressives stand back and watch, hands over their mouths, as the social vivisectionists of the right slice up a living society to see if its component parts can survive in isolation. Tied up in knots of reticence and self-doubt, they will not shout stop. Doing so requires an act of interruption, of presumption, for which they no longer possess a vocabulary.

Perhaps it is in the same spirit of liberal constipation that, with the exception of Romeo Tuma, we have been too polite to mention the Canadian study published last month in the journal Psychological Science, which revealed that people with conservative beliefs are likely to be of low intelligence. Paradoxically it was the Daily Mail that brought it to the attention of British readers last week. It feels crude, illiberal to point out that the other side is, on average, more stupid than our own. But this, the study suggests, is not unfounded generalisation but empirical fact...

  I saw what you did there...


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Posted: Jan 28, 2012 - 1:02pm

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Low IQ & Conservative Beliefs Linked to Prejudice

by Stephanie Pappas
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January 26, 2012

There's no gentle way to put it: People who give in to racism and prejudice may simply be dumb, according to a new study that is bound to stir public controversy...



 
I've seen stupid people on both sides of the fence.

And for those people I've seen who say they're so smart, they're usually lacking the most common of common sense.
Book smart, life stupid.

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Posted: Jan 28, 2012 - 12:23pm

 hippiechick wrote:

I've heard it said that people who support conservatives are one S or the other: Stupid or Solvent.  Maybe. I think it's more like ignorance.

For example, my uncle was a jailhouse cop in Cleveland, and he hated black people, because all he saw were the very dregs of society.
 
One day a wise-man took one of his students and had him hold up a pane of glass to look through.  He asked him to describe what he saw.

"I see trees and grass and the sky and clouds and little children playing on the lawn" said his student.

Then the wise-man told him to hold up a mirror and tell him what he saw.  "I see only myself" said the student.

The wise-man replied.  "See what a difference a little bit of silver makes."

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