Want some human eggs in a lab?

How is this for a headline: “Human eggs have been fully grown in a laboratory, in a move that could lead to improved fertility treatments.” Some people may say this isn’t a good thing, or it is creepy, or insane. I am not one of thoughs.
According to Science Daily The advance could safeguard the fertility of girls with cancer ahead of potentially harmful medical treatment, such as chemotherapy (2018.)
The risks of having a chunk of ovary removed while the person has cancer – then returning that chunk could open the door to having said cancer return if it was already removed.
The latest study is the first time a human egg has been developed in the lab from its earliest stage to full maturity.
The study, carried out in collaboration with the Royal Infirmary Edinburgh, The Center for Human Reproduction in New York and the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh, was supported by the Medical Research Council. It was published in Molecular Human Reproduction.


(nyt) – Promising Malaria Drug Has a Striking Drawback: Blue Urine. – February 9, 2018

[title Would you rather have malaria or Blue Urine?

A new drug that could combat Malaria has a colorful issue – Blue Urine.
The medical community in West Africa have found that Methylene blue, a dye used to stain tissues viewed under a microscope, can be taken by tablet or injection, and is sometimes used to treat urethral infections and a hemoglobin disorder per the New York Times, can also kill the malaria parasites in the gametocyte stage, the point at which mosquitoes pick it up from human blood and pass it on to new victims.
This is rare because most drugs don’t target gametocytes, which means you still could pass it on.
Dutch, American and Malian scientists working in Ouélessébougou, Mali, found that adding methylene blue to a typical treatment regimen cleared gametocytes from the bloodstream within two days.
The 80 study participants, all teenage boys or young men, were warned about the unusual side effect, Dr. Bousema said, so there were no surprises. But some were unhappy.
“Most were fascinated, rather than shocked,” he said. “The blue urine did cause stains in the clothing of the mothers of patients, and that was considered a disadvantage. What do you think?

Rep. Trent Franks says he’s leaving the house

Another member of congress has chosen to leave the house of
representatives. Arizona rep. Trent Franks told the media that he is leaving because the house ethics committee is investigating him for sexual misconduct. He says the investigation is “regarding my discussion of surrogacy with two previous female subordinates” that made “each feel uncomfortable. His statement continues: “I deeply regret that my discussion of this option and process in the workplace caused distress. Franks is the third lawmaker and first Republican to resign this week, following Rep. John Conyers and Sen

Charles Manson, leader of a famous murderous cult, dead at 83

Normally I would sayR.I.P but it’s Manson!
The man who brain washed people to go on a murderess rampage has died. I have no love for him. I smiled when the news came down. The Times calls him a Wild-Eyed leader.
If you don’t know what he did – he ordered the killing of people because he was nuts!
Per the NYT: “Convicted of nine murders in all, Mr. Manson was known in particular for the seven brutal killings collectively called the Tate-LaBianca murders, committed by his followers on two consecutive August nights in 1969.

The most famous of the victims was Sharon Tate, an actress who was married to the film director Roman Polanski. Eight and a half months pregnant, she was killed with four other people at her Beverly Hills home . .

The Tate-LaBianca killings and the seven-month trial that followed were the subjects of fevered news coverage. To a frightened, mesmerized public, the murders, with their undercurrents of sex, drugs, rock ‘n’ roll and Satanism, seemed the depraved logical extension of the anti-establishment, do-your-own-thing ethos that helped define the ’60s.

Since then, the Manson family has oc’cup’ied a dark, persistent place in American culture and American commerce. It has inspired, among other things, pop songs, an opera, films, a host of internet fan sites, T-shirts, children’s wear and half the stage name of the rock musician Marilyn Manson.

the 1% own 50% of the worlds wealth

A new report came out on Tuesday showing that the worlds wealthiest 1% own more than 50% of the worlds wealth according to the bank Credit Suisse.
While many are still feeling the effects of the 2008 financial crisis the worlds 1% got 8% richer.
Per the UPI: The share of the top 1 percent has been on an upward path ever since [the crisis], passing the 2000 level in 2013 and achieving new peaks every year thereafter, the bank’s annual report said, adding: global wealth inequality has certainly been high and rising in the post-crisis period. The quickest wealth spurt happened over the past 12 months, with the top 1 percent boosting their value by 6 percent to a total of $280 trillion. That brings the top 1 percent’s wealth to 50.1 percent of the entire world. So far, the Trump presidency has seen businesses flourish and employment grow, though the ongoing supportive role played by the Federal Reserve has undoubtedly played a part here as well, and wealth inequality remains a prominent issue, said Michael O’Sullivan, chief investment officer for International Wealth Management at Credit Suisse, according to CNBC. What do you think let me know on Twitter
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let us higher a company that has Russian spy links to garde our Embassy in Russia

Marines will continue to guard American diplomatic missions in Russia, but other tasks, like screening visitors, will be taken over by a private Russian security firm. Anyone else see an issue with this?
The State Department has made a no bid contract to gard our Embassy in Russia to a Russian company. It gets werse. The New York Times broke the story and will be quoted throughout this post.
To make up for the loss of security guards axed in the Russian-mandated staff cuts, Washington has hired a private Russian company that grew out of a security business co-founded by Mr. Putin’s former K.G.B. boss, an 82-year-old veteran spy who spent 25 years planting agents in Western security services and hunting down their operatives.”
Yes because why waste time bidding? I thought the president was “America First.” We don’t have any good security companies? Apparently An official note about the no-bid contract posted on a United States government website says that American companies had been contacted about taking on the security job in Russia but that “no us firm has been located with the requisite licensing or desire to operate in-country. It added that, among Russian companies that could do such work, only Elite Security had established operations and licenses to operate in the four cities where American missions needed guards reports the times.
From the paper: “Under a $2.8 million no-bid contract awarded by the Office of Acquisitions in Washington, security guards at the American Embassy in Moscow and at consulates in St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg and Vladivostok will be provided by Elite Security Holdings , a company closely linked to the former top K.G.B. figure, Viktor G. Budanov, a retired general who rose through the ranks to become head of Soviet counterintelligence. Don’t worry friends they have been vetted.
From the paper:
“A State Department official in Washington, speaking on condition of anonymity in accordance with the department’s rules, said that Elite Security and individuals associated with it had been “vetted” with “relevant national and local agencies” and would not increase the threat risk.

“U.S. missions around the world work constantly under intelligence and physical security threats,” the official said. “This contract does not change that fact.”
According to some russian newspapers and the times Mr. Budanov doesn’t run the company anymore however, his son, Dimitri, does.
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Roy Moore is truly a loser if he had pedophilia with a 14-year-old girl in 1979

I feel like I need to vomit. Through the Washington Post we learned of four women who blaimed Roy Moore for pedophilia in 1979 at the age of 14.
It should be noted that the age of consent in Alabama is 16 according to an NBC reporter.
Per the New York Post: “Leigh Corfman said Moore introduced himself to her and her mother in 1979 when he saw them sitting on a bench outside a courtroom in Etowah County, Alabama.
She said Moore, then a 32-year-old assistant district attorney, got her phone number and called her several days later and they agreed to meet.
Corfman, then 14, told the newspaper that Moore picked her up around the corner from her home and took her to his place where he told her she was pretty and began kissing her.”
He touched her through her bra and led her hands to touch him through his underwear, she said to the paper.
Three other women who spoke to the Post said Moore had “asked them on dates when they were between 16 and 18 and he was in his early 30s.
When mr. More touched Ms. Corfman he was breaking the law. According to the Daily Beast, According to Alabama state law at the time of the alleged offense, anyone over the age of 19 who subjects another person under the age of 16 to sexual contact is guilty of second-degree sexual abuse.