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Current Topic: Biology

Genetic Mutation might explain West Nile Infections; Vaccine being tested
Topic: Biology 9:25 pm EDT, Aug 19, 2002

"A genetic mutation might explain why only one fifth of people infected with West Nile virus go on to develop symptoms - and why only one fifth of these people develop a severe, often fatal, brain inflammation, say French researchers. "

Genetic Mutation might explain West Nile Infections; Vaccine being tested

Hmmm, About That Skull Find...
Topic: Biology 5:09 pm EDT, Jul 14, 2002

"PARIS -- A prehistoric skull touted as the oldest human remains ever found is probably not the head of the earliest member of the human family but of an ancient female gorilla, a French scientist said on Friday. "

Status of skull debated...

Hmmm, About That Skull Find...

BBC News | SCI/TECH | First synthetic virus created
Topic: Biology 11:08 am EDT, Jul 12, 2002

"To construct the virus, the researchers say they followed a recipe they downloaded from the internet and used gene sequences from a mail-order supplier. "

Creating life in a lab from a recipe downloaded from the internet... Soon, everyone will be doing it.

BBC News | SCI/TECH | First synthetic virus created

Tracking an Outbreak Minute by Minute
Topic: Biology 2:24 pm EDT, Jul  5, 2002

Computer networks have been used for years by public health officials to monitor outbreaks of disease. Typically, reporting and compiling can take a day or more ... Public health experts recognize a need for more rapid surveillance and detection ... Systems are being developed to collect and analyze disease data immediately ... One such program, called Real-Time Outbreak and Disease Surveillance, or RODS, is being developed at the Center for Biomedical Informatics at the University of Pittsburgh.

"Our goal is to be able to analyze patterns and ask whether there is something unusual compared to the usual. ... There's a torrent of information being collected routinely in real time. Our goals include building a thin layer of data collection infrastructure ...

A report on the latest research at the leading edge of the counter-biowarfare effort.

Tracking an Outbreak Minute by Minute

Herald Sun: Our scientists grow human body part [18jun02]
Topic: Biology 12:15 am EDT, Jun 18, 2002

"IN a world first, Melbourne scientists have successfully grown an organ from stem cells.

A team from Monash Medical School grew a functioning thymus..."

Herald Sun: Our scientists grow human body part [18jun02]

Got Silk.
Topic: Biology 1:36 pm EDT, Jun 15, 2002

I walk into the humid goat shed in my Tyvex suit and sterilized boots. I look around the pen. Hundreds of sly-looking, inquisitive goats are staring at me intently. They seem unexceptional enough, but ... this is a so-called "transgenic farm" owned and run by Nexia Biotechnologies.

Nexia CEO: "Oh, it's not that weird. What we're doing here is ingeniously simple. We take a single gene from a golden orb-weaving spider and put it into a goat egg. The idea is to make the goat secrete spider silk into its milk. ... We're going to make biodegradable fishing lines out of it. Or maybe tennis racket strings. We call our product BioSteel."

"They're just goats.    [Pause.]    Mostly."

Got Silk.

Questions for Stephen Jay Gould
Topic: Biology 10:45 am EDT, Jun  4, 2002

"But those who believe in biblical literalism, I can't understand it. Their view of life and sensibility depends on that literality."

This must be one of his last interviews.

Questions for Stephen Jay Gould

J. Biol :: journal of biology :: coming soon
Topic: Biology 12:54 pm EDT, May 31, 2002

"All research articles available immediately on publication, free of charge, over the web, with copyright retained by the author"

J. Biol :: journal of biology :: coming soon

Guardian Unlimited | The Guardian | The end of pregnancy
Topic: Biology 5:08 am EDT, May 24, 2002

"In the Brave New World, erotic sexual activity is encouraged and freely practised but completely divorced from the process of reproduction. Huxley wrote his novel in 1932, before the contraceptive pill had arrived. By the 1970s, however, sex and reproduction had branched into two separate realms, thanks, in large part, to the pill. It is also interesting to note that the pill made its debut at about the same time that researchers first began to use artificial insemination on a wide scale. While the pill revolutionised sex, removing it from the process of reproduction, artificial insemination, then later in vitro fertilisation, egg donation, surrogacy and, soon, cloning further separate the components of reproduction from the biological act of mating. The artificial womb completes the process. "

Guardian Unlimited | The Guardian | The end of pregnancy : Second Opinion: Head Transplants
Topic: Biology 2:55 pm EDT, Apr 19, 2002

"Doctor Wants to Transplant Human Heads

A doctor who has performed head transplants in monkeys wants to do the same experiment in humans. He is interested in seeing how brains work in different bodies. (Photodisc)"

Whacky... I wonder if we can vat grow brainless bodies from stem cells that people can purchase. Of course, your new body won't be in any better shape then your old one if you don't take better care of it. : Second Opinion: Head Transplants

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