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Biology News, Pt. 2
#21
Now this cancer detection tool could save a whole lot of lives.

Implant will show when cancer is present by generating artificial mole on skin

Quote:An implant which detects cancer in the body and causes a small artificial mole to appear on the skin as an early warning sign has been developed by scientists.

The tiny patch lies under the skin and is made of a network of cells which constantly monitor calcium levels in the body.

Cancer causes calcium to rocket in the body, and when too much is detected, the implant triggers the production of melanin - the body’s tanning pigment - which causes a small dark mole to appear.

Swiss scientists from the university ETH Zurich say the device can recognise the four most common types of cancer - prostate, lung, colon and breast cancer - at a very early stage of tumour development.
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#22
I saw this remarkable story from yesterday, on Drudge, and it is really a unique way of rebuilding damaged and dying organs, through the use of mitochondria, found within the patient's own body.   Its from an older New Yawk Times story.  But while looking further on the subject, I see that the NYT article has been updated and can be found here:

Quote:Dying Organs Restored to Life in Novel Experiments:  An unusual transplant may revive tissues thought to be hopelessly damaged, including the heart and brain.

Early one Saturday morning in March 2015, the hospital got a call from a hospital in Maine. Doctors there wanted to transfer to Boston Children’s a newborn baby boy whose heart had been deprived of oxygen during surgery to fix a congenital defect.

The baby was on an ECMO but his heart had not recovered.

“We turned the intensive care unit into an operating room,” Emani said.

He snipped a tiny piece of muscle from the baby’s abdomen. McCully grabbed it and raced down the hall.

Twenty minutes later, he was back with a test tube of the precious mitochondria. Emani used an echocardiogram to determine where to inject them.

“The spot that is weakest is where we want to go,” he said. “It is important to give as much of a boost as you can.”

He injected 1 billion mitochondria, in about a quarter of a teaspoon of fluid.

Within two days, the baby had a normal heart, strong and beating quickly. “It was amazing,” Emani said.

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Dr. Jesse Esch, right, with Brian Quinn, a cardiology fellow, performing a mitochondrial transplant on Georgia Bowen. Angiograms showing the infant’s coronary arteries and the catheter can be seen on the monitor.
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#23
I wish they could solve dementia/alzheimers cause I'm likely to get it. I'd rather die tonight than get it.
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(07-10-2018, 07:04 PM)Palladin Wrote: I wish they could solve dementia/alzheimers cause I'm likely to get it. I'd rather die tonight than get it.

Try thinking positive about more things in life, and you will find that you'll actually feel better about life in general.

Incidentally, did you ever read a post I once started, about a Canadian study involving nuns, who were part of a long term program dealing with Alzheimers. The ones doing the long term study found that those nuns who had better writing and communication skills were the least likely to come down with Alzheimers.

In other words, they were exercising their 'creativity' skills more than those who lacked the ability. If the brain is constantly pushed to excel in high communication skills, the brain maintains its cognitive abilities longer than others.

Here's a position paper on that study: The Association Between Early-life Written Language Skills and Late-life Cognitive Resilience to Alzheimer’s Disease
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#25
I had read an article a while back that said they think they've found the "key" to Alzheimers and I have it.

It's sugar consumption. High intake they've found a nexus and I've been addicted to sugar since the day I was born.

That's why I fear it being reality. I've slowed way down now cause I'm gonna get diabetes anyway if I don't, but, I'm 64 and been eating that stud for a long many years.
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#26
My late Father rarely ate sweets, and when he passed on, he had dementia. We didn't have a biopsy taken for that, but it was pretty evident from all who knew him.
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#27
Was he pretty old when he got the dementia?

My dad was a slave to sugar and he died real young, so I don't have anyone in the immediate family to know about that problem.

High fructose corn syrup is sugar concentrated like crazy so he wasn't exposed to much of that crap like we and our kids have been. I had a Vandy doctor tell me 15 years ago that stuff would cause a diabetes epidemic.
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(07-11-2018, 08:17 PM)Palladin Wrote: Was he pretty old when he got the dementia?

My dad was a slave to sugar and he died real young, so I don't have anyone in the immediate family to know about that problem.

High fructose corn syrup is sugar concentrated like crazy so he wasn't exposed to much of that crap like we and our kids have been. I had a Vandy doctor tell me 15 years ago that stuff would cause a diabetes epidemic.

He died at 94, and he had dementia the last two years.

Being addicted to sweets can be a terrible thing. I enjoy some sweets, but am not addicted to that sort of thing. My addiction is adrenaline. But I have managed to control that for a long time now. But I still miss jumping out of airplanes, so much. It was my greatest thrill. Gah
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#29
Well, at 92 honestly he had a great long life w/o it. Hate to hear he suffered with it and I know it's awful on the family.

Yea, my dad was such a sugaraholic he kept a huge box of Reese Cups under the couch. Thought they were hid, but, your's truly knew where they were and helped myself to them.


We're gonna have a good laugh over it someday.
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#30
Isn't it strange how that nutty 'science fiction' stuff just keeps turning into 'science fact'? Spiteful

Genetic researchers reverse wrinkles, gray hair and balding in mice, called 'unprecedented'

They need to hurry up and get it going, before this old fart is unable to enjoy the fruits of science. Aww
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#31
I've often read that my generation was the one instance in all of history when we left the surface of our planet to populate the stars, and also the point at which mankind started to defy aging.
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(07-22-2018, 09:04 PM)WmLambert Wrote: I've often read that my generation was the one instance in all of history when we left the surface of our planet to populate the stars, and also the point at which mankind started to defy aging.

Its amazing the number of predictions that don't pan out. And at the same time, there are so many that defy prediction.
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#33
Aah, but yet we know when they began.
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#34
People living in the coastal region of North Carolina are learning that when it rains, it really pours..........all sorts of things.  S13

‘Explosively breeding’ frogs are literally dropping from above in NC, experts say

This is an Interstate Highway ? I-40 in North Carolina has been turned into a river


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#35
And "Soon to be on a plate near you" is this little bit of news.  Cotton is poised to take "Cash Crop" to a whole new level.  Shock

Quote:Edible cotton breakthrough may help feed the world

Cotton that has been genetically engineered so its seed is no longer toxic could provide protein-rich food for poor countries. The researchers say the technology used could make other toxic plants safe to eat.

Cottonseed contains about 22% protein, and the cotton already produced worldwide has enough protein to meet the requirements of 500 million people. But it also contains the toxin gossypol, making it poisonous to animals, including humans.

In people, gossypol lowers blood potassium to dangerous levels, resulting in fatigue and even paralysis. A surprising side effect is that gossypol is an effective male contraceptive, but research on this aspect was abandoned in the late 1990s. Attempts to eliminate gossypol from cotton plants in the 1960s and 1970s failed: insects that had previously been kept at bay by the toxin happily ate the modified plant.

Keerti Rathore of Texas A & M University in the US has managed to remove gossypol from cotton seed without affecting the toxin load in the rest of the plant, meaning the plant will contain edible seed but not be destroyed by crop pests.

[Image: cottonseeds.gif?sw=280]
To make cottonseed edible, researchers reduced
its levels of toxic gossypol (black spots in the top
picture) using a new gene-silencing technique.
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#36
This is really interesting. Who would have thought that a chestnut tree could do this?

Loggers Couldn't Believe What They Found In The Middle Of A Tree


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#37
Well, this wasn't too hard to expect, was it? S18

Quote:"Massive" Herpes Outbreak Reported At Coachella Music Festival

People attending the Coachella Music Festival this year are picking up much more than "good vibes" – they are also picking up herpes. According to the herpes tracking app "HerpAlert" there has been a massive outbreak of the sexually transmitted disease in California which is believed to be associated with the Coachella Music Festival.

HerpAlert is an app that allows users to self-report potential cases of the virus in return for access to doctors who can give them a full diagnosis and prescribe medicine. The app received at least 250 requests for medication per day during the Coachella music Festival, according to The Daily Wire. Most of these requests came from the area of the festival and surrounding towns were festival-goers stay during the event.

The spokesperson for the app told CBS that it typically receives no more than 12 cases per day from the same area. Use of the app costs a flat fee of $79.

"In all, 1,105 herpes cases were reported in the Coachella Valley area and in the nearby cities of Los Angeles and San Diego," the New York Post reported. That number is a record for the App, blowing past the 60 inquiries received in L.A. during the Academy Awards back in February.


Coachella 2019 Leads To Herpes Outbreak | TMZ TV


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