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Genetic Cell Overhaul

This may be the most important medical research story of the year.

A team headed by Doug Melton), who works for both the Harvard Stem Cell Institute and Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has succeeded in transforming the function of cells, simply by injecting them with new genes…

The gene therapy was performed on mice, whose usefulness as test animals is based on their similarity to human beings. Pancreas cells were induced to produce insulin after being injected with viruses containing insulin-producing genes.


August 28, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Genetic Cell Overhaul

The tail makes a good handle…

The price of rat meat has quadrupled in Cambodia this year as inflation has put other meat beyond the reach of poor people, officials said on Wednesday.

With consumer price inflation at 37 percent according to the latest central bank estimate, demand has pushed a kilogram of rat meat up to around 5,000 riel ($1.28) from 1,200 riel last year.

Rat meat.

August 28, 2008 Posted by | animals, Food | 1 Comment

Barney? Is that you?

Phantoms and Monsters

Since the 1990s, a large ‘reptilian’ creature has been sighted occasionally on Umbungi Island in West New Britain, Papua New Guinea. Umbungi Island is located on the south coast of West New Britain between Kandrian and Gasmata. The creature has also been sighted on Alage Island, about 1km to the south of Ambungi Island.

August 28, 2008 Posted by | animals, Strange | , | Comments Off on Barney? Is that you?

Importing racoons wasn’t the only stupid thing Goering did.

Nazi racoons-The Sun |News

Hordes of Nazi racoons are out to conquer Europe. They are just across the Channel from Britain after marching through France, Belgium, Holland and Denmark in a furry blitzkrieg.

Hitler aide Hermann Goering had the US mammals introduced to German woods in 1934 to enrich the Reich’s fauna. But numbers have soared and they are invading new territory-just like the Nazis did. Germany has more than a million racoons.


The racoons have no natural enemies in Europe and are both smart and bold, even coming into houses to steal food.

August 28, 2008 Posted by | animals | | Comments Off on Importing racoons wasn’t the only stupid thing Goering did.

Comment Spammers: Listen up

From time to time I receive “comments” which clearly have either a religious or a political axe to grind and which escape the scrutiny of Akismet. These “comments” will  be discarded. While I have no quarrel with anyone expressing their political or religious views, this is not the place for them. Oldster’s View is a brief escape from the serious side of life, and will remain so, and I will not allow it to be hijacked for the promulgation of anyone’s political or religious views. If you wish to express those views in a public forum I would suggest that you begin your own blog. It’s really easy to do. Just go here and you’ll find all the help you need.

August 28, 2008 Posted by | People | | Comments Off on Comment Spammers: Listen up

You should see the one that got away…


Scientists have long known of the existence of a gargantuan fish species known as the goliath grouper – now they have discovered that it comes in two flavors.

The newly identified species will now be called the Pacific goliath grouper. It can grow up to 6 feet long and weigh nearly 1,000 pounds! It is different from its relative that is generally found in the warm waters of the Atlantic.

The two species look identical from the outside and thus could not be distinguished before the availability of relevant genetic techniques. Scientists can now deduce that the two differ in their genetic makeup.

August 28, 2008 Posted by | animals | , | Comments Off on You should see the one that got away…