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  • Biologists join the race to create synthetic life

    04/19/2008 5:31:26 PM PDT · by Aristotelian · 22 replies · 125+ views
    UK Observer ^ | April 20 2008 | Robin McKie
    Researchers will gather in London this week to outline plans to promote one of the most audacious, and controversial, scientific ideas of the 21st century - synthetic biology. The new discipline, established by scientists such as human genome pioneer Craig Venter, involves stripping microbes down to their basic genetic constituents so they can be reassembled and manipulated to create new life forms. These organisms can then be exploited to manufacture drugs and fuels or to act as bio-sensors inside the body. However, some researchers warn that synthetic biology - which is accelerating at a dramatic pace - also poses dangers....
  • Cow-human cross embryo lives three days

    04/03/2008 5:14:26 AM PDT · by dr.zaeus · 14 replies · 120+ views
    The Herald Sun ^ | 04/03/2008 | Grant McArthur
    HUMAN-cow embryos have been created in a world first at Newcastle University in England, hailed by the scientific community, but labelled "monstrous" by opponents. A team has grown hybrid embryos after injecting human DNA into eggs taken from cows' ovaries, which had most of their genetic material removed...
  • Team Creates Rat Heart Using Cells of Baby Rats

    01/13/2008 9:55:24 PM PST · by neverdem · 20 replies · 95+ views
    NY Times ^ | January 14, 2008 | LAWRENCE K. ALTMAN
    Medicine’s dream of growing new human hearts and other organs to repair or replace damaged ones received a significant boost Sunday when University of Minnesota researchers reported success in creating a beating rat heart in a laboratory. Experts not involved in the Minnesota work called it “a landmark achievement” and “a stunning” advance. But they and the Minnesota researchers cautioned that the dream, if it is ever realized, was still at least 10 years away. Dr. Doris A. Taylor, the head of the team that created the rat heart, said she followed a guiding principle of her laboratory: “give nature...
  • Parents win right to grow babies for 'spare parts'[UK]

    11/11/2007 6:07:31 AM PST · by BGHater · 63 replies · 294+ views ^ | 11 Nov 2007 |
    PARENTS of sick children in Britain will be allowed to use IVF to create "spare-part babies" under controversial laws published yesterday. The legislation will dramatically relax rules on IVF clinics creating "saviour siblings" who can help cure their older brothers and sisters of medical conditions such as leukemia. Experts said that one day they could create a "designer baby" with kidneys perfectly compatible with a sibling suffering renal failure. More immediately, saviour siblings could give umbilical cord blood or bone marrow to family members in the hope of treating conditions such as sickle cell anaemia. The Government's Human Fertilisation and...
  • Artist implants 'third ear' on his own arm

    10/11/2007 8:40:31 AM PDT · by rfp1234 · 34 replies · 500+ views
    Daily Mail via Drudge ^ | 11th October 2007 | Daily Mail
    Performance artists are known for pushing the bounderies, but one Australian has astonished his contemporaries by having a third ear implanted onto his arm. The Cypriot-born eccentric Stelios Arcadious spent 10 years searching for a surgeon willing to perform the controversial operation.
  • Britain set to okay hybrid embryo research

    09/05/2007 4:15:28 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies · 324+ views
    One News Now ^ | September 5, 2007 | Jim Brown
    A British pro-life group warns that a new type of embryo research, likely to be approved this week by a U.K. government panel, undermines human dignity. Britain's Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority is expected to give a green light this week to U.K. laboratories seeking to create the first animal-human embryos for medical research using eggs taken from dead cows. British scientists want to use the hybrid embryos in order to research genetic diseases. Anthony Ozimic, political secretary for the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children, opposes the embryo-destructive research. He says that an "a-nucleated" cow egg will only...
  • ILLINOIS STYLE: UI researcher makes crude oil from pig manure

    04/30/2006 7:07:09 PM PDT · by WestVirginiaRebel · 45 replies · 1,719+ views ^ | 04-30-06 | WestVirginiaRebel
    HAMPSHIRE, Ill.-Can the other white meat's manure make black gold?"We are the first to actually do this," professor Yuanhui Shang says proudly of his team's ability to turn swine manure into crude oil. He's a bio-environmental engineer at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign who has led the 10-year research project that recently announced a breakthrough in porcine petroleum.
  • Stem cell experts seek rabbit-human embryo

    01/12/2006 9:48:47 PM PST · by Dichroic · 17 replies · 530+ views
    The Guardian ^ | 01/13/06 | Ian Sample
    British scientists are seeking permission to create hybrid embryos in the lab by fusing human cells with rabbit eggs. If granted consent, the team will use the embryos to produce stem cells that carry genetic defects, in the hope that studying them will help understand the complex mechanisms behind incurable human diseases. The proposal drew strong criticism from opponents to embryo research who yesterday challenged the ethics of the research and branded the work repugnant. Plans for the experiments have been put forward by Professor Chris Shaw, a neurologist and expert in motor neurone disease at King's College London, and...
  • Taiwan breeds green-glowing pigs

    01/12/2006 6:39:00 AM PST · by NYer · 34 replies · 773+ views
    BBC ^ | January 12, 2005 | Chris Hogg
    Scientists in Taiwan say they have bred three pigs that glow in the dark. They claim that while other researchers have bred partly fluorescent pigs, theirs are the only pigs in the world which are green through and through. The pigs are transgenic, created by adding genetic material from jellyfish into a normal pig embryo. The researchers hope the pigs will boost the island's stem cell research, as well as helping with the study of human disease. The researchers, from National Taiwan University's Department of Animal Science and Technology, say that although the pigs glow, they are otherwise no...
  • Gorilla Foundation rocked by breast display lawsuit

    02/18/2005 2:31:09 PM PST · by SmithL · 25 replies · 1,634+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/18/5 | Patricia Yollin
    Two former employees of the Gorilla Foundation, home to Koko the "talking" ape, have filed a lawsuit contending that they were ordered to bond with the 33-year-old female simian by displaying their breasts. Nancy Alperin and Kendra Keller, both of San Francisco, are taking on the Woodside nonprofit and its president, Francine "Penny" Patterson. Their lawsuit, filed Tuesday in San Mateo County Superior Court, alleges sexual discrimination, wrongful termination in retaliation for reporting health and safety violations, and failure to pay overtime or provide rest breaks. It seeks more than $1 million total in damages for the two women. The...
  • Monkeys Pay to See Female Monkey Bottoms - [it's not a joke, but it's pretty funny]

    01/29/2005 3:25:44 AM PST · by snarks_when_bored · 51 replies · 6,250+ views
    LiveScience ^ | January 28, 2005 | Robert Roy Britt
    Monkeys Pay to See Female Monkey BottomsBy Robert Roy Britt LiveScience Senior Writer posted: 28 January 2005 04:27 pm ET Would you pay to see a monkey's backside? I hope not. Monkeys will, and I guess that's okay, though it sounds awfully close to the sort of thing that lands guys in jail here in the human realm. A new study found that male monkeys will give up their juice rewards in order to ogle pictures of female monkey's bottoms. The way the experiment was set up, the act is akin to paying for the images, the researchers say. The...
  • Scientists Make Phone That Turns Into A Sunflower

    12/06/2004 12:19:13 PM PST · by WestVirginiaRebel · 29 replies · 850+ views
    The Drudge Report ^ | 12-06-04 | WestVirginiaRebel
    AMSTERDAM (Reuters)-Scientists said on Monday they have come up with a cell phone cover that will grow into a sunflower when thrown away.
  • Tesla's "Rays of Death": Who stole them?

    11/24/2003 10:59:50 PM PST · by Destro · 18 replies · 390+ views ^ | 11/24/2003 17:50 | Dmitry Kuznetsov
    "Rays of Death": Who stole them? - 11/24/2003 17:50 The idea of an "ultimate weapon" capable of defeating an enemy from an astonishingly remote distance has been dominating human's conscious since the "beginning of times." However, only in the course of the past hundred years did science approach practical realization of such question. Whereas present-day weapons mainly consist of strategic rockets and bomber aircrafts (all of which constitute material carriers of combatant supply), engineers have been working on slightly different projects in the beginning of the 20th century. Their main goal was to develop something other than bombs, rockets and...

    12/27/2002 9:06:30 AM PST · by ConservativeMan55 · 103 replies · 593+ views
    The Washington Post. ^ | 12-27-02 | Reuters
    HOLLYWOOD, Florida (Reuters) - A company associated with a group that believes extraterrestrials created mankind claimed Friday that it had produced the first clone of a human being. The company, Clonaid, announced it had created a healthy baby girl who was a clone of the 31-year-old American woman who gave birth to her. No proof was provided for the claim. "I'm very very pleased to announce that the first baby clone is born," Clonaid director Brigitte Boisselier, a former research chemist in France, said at a news conference in Hollywood, north of Miami.
  • Notes from a parallel universe

    04/29/2002 6:51:57 PM PDT · by lds23 · 84 replies · 730+ views
    Discover ^ | April 2002 | Jennifer Kahn
    Notes from a parallel universe Inside the X-files at the University of California at Berkeley, the line between theory and fantasy, science and supposition, starts to dissolve. The authors of these dissertations are obsessed—and scientists are nearly as obsessed with them Eleven years ago Eugene Sittampalam was sitting in a hotel room on the Libyan coast when he stumbled, as if by fate, on the unified field theory of physics. "I was on an engineering project at the time, with hardly any social life," he says. "I would retire to my room after dinner. I would switch on the radio,...