Amazing Cures from Adult Stem Cells

first_imgRegrowing organs and other miracle cures may be coming to a hospital near you, thanks to progress with adult stem cells.Three blind mice see again:  The BBC News reported on advances in treating blindness with stem cells.  In studies described as a “significant breakthrough” and “huge leap forward,” lab work with mouse embryo cells showed that stem cells can repair retina damage, actually regrowing the rods and cones (see beautiful picture of them in the article).  Even though the work was done with mouse embryonic stem cells, coverage on Medical Xpressmade it clear that harvesting embryos is not necessary:The goal is to test therapy for AMD using so-called induced pluripotent stem cells, or iPS.These are adult cells that have been reprogrammed to return to their infant, versatile state. Provided that they are proven safe, they can provide a non-controversial alternative to stem cells culled from early-stage embryos.Grow a liver from skin:  A team in Japan (birthplace of the induced pluripotent stem cell or iPSC technique) has succeeded in growing functional liver tissue, blood vessels and all, from iPSCs.  Publishing in Nature, the team said, “To our knowledge, this is the first report demonstrating the generation of a functional human organ from pluripotent stem cells.”  With organ donors perennially in short supply, this could be revolutionary news for those in need of transplants: the ability to grow another organ from one’s own cells.  “Although efforts must ensue to translate these techniques to treatments for patients, this proof-of-concept demonstration of organ-bud transplantation provides a promising new approach to study regenerative medicine.”Heart and lung:  Scientists in Pennsylvania are seeking to understand how cardiopulmonary progenitor cells, a kind of stem cell lining the lungs and blood vessels, are capable of regenerating damaged tissues.  These cells appear to guide the development of both tissues in the embryo.  “Future studies will focus on whether CPPs exist in the adult cardiopulmonary system and whether they play a role in the response of the lung and heart to injury or disease,” the article on Medical Xpress said.  It’s not clear, though, what these comments about evolution had to do with the story, which was focused on human health:The evolution of adaptations for life on land have long puzzled biologists – are feathers descendents of dinosaur scales, how did arms and legs evolve from fins, and from what ancient fish organ did the lung evolve?Biologists have known that the co-development of the cardiovascular and pulmonary systems is a recent evolutionary adaption to life outside of water, coupling the function of the heart with the gas exchange function of the lung. And, the lung is one of the most recent organs to have evolved in mammals and is arguably the most vital for terrestrial life.Stem cell liver injections:  Another team mentioned on PhysOrg has grown functional hepatocytes (liver cells), injected them into mice, and watched them take on function, extending the lives of mice afflicted with liver disease.  Not only that, they’ve developed a bioreactor that can generate stem cells in quantities that would be useful for clinical applications .  “This promising advance in the development of cell-based therapies to treat liver failure resulting from injury or disease relied on the development of scalable, reproducible methods to produce stem cell-derived hepatocytes in bioreactors,” the article states.Paradigm shift:  Incidentally, science popularizers may have to drop the assumption that every cell in your body has a copy of “your” genome.  Science Magazine reported the following:With recent advances in genome-wide assays, it is becoming increasingly apparent that a human individual is made up of a population of cells, each with its own “personal” genome. Thus, mosaicism is perhaps much more common within multicellular organisms than our limited genomic assays have detected thus far, and may represent the rule rather than the exception.These differences in genomes appear in embryonic stem cells and iPS cells.  Why would this be?  It’s not just about mutations leading to sickness.  The article surmised, “the extent of somatic mosaicism that is now being reported in a variety of healthy tissues and cell types suggests that it also has physiological functions,” including possible roles in the immune system and in normal brain function.  This is a new area ripe for investigation.Aside from the Darwinist reporter trying to insert evolution where it doesn’t belong, these are great news stories offering hope to millions of people.  (Darwinism has its place, but its place is in the dustbin of discarded myths.)  Did you notice that the Darwinist provided no evidence for any of the claims, but instead listed three major puzzles they still haven’t figured out?  How much more time do we give these guys?Stem cell research is intelligent design research.  Scientists are using their intelligence to understand the intelligence built into stem cells that allow them to turn into any kind of tissue.  Evolution has nothing to do with it.  The whole process of development is so amazing, it transcends anything we know.  If we can get these pluripotent cells from adult cells, why on earth continue to pursue embryonic stem cells?  Go ahead and play with mouse embryos; mice are intelligently designed, but not made in God’s image like man is.  When alternatives exist, go for the non-controversial alternative.  Your Editor has liver damage from cancer.  He would love to get a new liver grown from his own skin cells, without having to take the life of an unborn human being.  Pray these treatments will advance quickly and help all those who need it in time.  For those without current health issues, thank God for the health you have and use it for good while you can. 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Rustenburg gets 2010 info centre

first_imgCentres have already been launched in Port Elizabeth and Polokwane, while two more centres are planned for Bloemfontein and Nelspruit. 22 September 2009 Deputy Tourism Minister Thokozile Xasa launched the R7.6-million centre in Rustenburg in North West province on Monday. With less than 10 months to go before the 2010 Fifa World Cup, another 2010 visitor information centre has been launched to give tourists arriving in the country easy access to accommodation, road maps and other information. The centres provide tourists with a one-stop service where they can get assistance with information on a wide range of tourism products, including information on accommodation, tours, vehicle hire, entertainment, dining, sports, adventure, shopping and travel tips. The information and reservation system used in the centres was developed in South Africa and is designed specifically for the South African market. Source: BuaNews The cost-effective system has the ability to allow users to plan and finalise a travel itinerary by means of touch screens and web-based technology. The Rustenburg centre covers 412 square metres and includes offices, a coffee shop and a retail area for locally produced crafts.last_img read more

Prospects for “muddied corn”

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Peter Thomison, Ohio State University ExtensionRecent heavy rains have caused widespread flooding and ponding, especially in river bottoms and along streams. In some localized areas, this may have resulted in partial and complete immersion of corn in nearby fields, especially in low spots. When water drains off these fields, plants may be covered to varying degrees with a layer of mud. Will corn plants covered by a layer of mud survive and can it perform normally? The layers of silty mud covering plants will limit or prevent leaf photosynthesis. Bacteria deposited in leaf whorls by flooding can result in disease and kill plants.On the positive side, most corn in Ohio was at a stage of growth less vulnerable to flood damage when it occurred. Most corn is well beyond V6 (the six leaf collar stage) when the growing point is at or above the soil surface and less sensitive to flooding and associated anaerobic soil conditions. If the duration of flooding was brief, limited to several hours, and temperatures are moderate (which they are supposed to be the remainder of the week), flooding injury damage should be minimal. If corn was subjected to flooding at mid-vegetative stages of development, most leaves on affected plants should not be severely impacted by the mud coatings (assuming that mud in the whorl does not inhibit normal emergence of subsequent leaves). Corn plants produce up to 21 leaves, so at V10, about half the corn leaves have yet to emerge from the whorl. The leaves that have yet to emerge are the most important for the corn plant because the upper canopy produces most of the corn plant’s yield potential.According to the National Crop Insurance Service’s defoliation charts, complete leaf loss at about V10 results in 28% yield loss. However, it’s unlikely that the photosynthetic capacity of leaves has been completely destroyed in plants covered with mud. What’s needed now? More rain (without flooding) to wash silt off leaves allowing for resumption of photosynthesis. It will also help wash mud out of leaf whorls allowing new leaves to emerge.last_img read more

Yes, Windows 8 Truly Is An Opportunity For Apple

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Apple#iPad#Mac#Microsoft#Windows 8 dan lyons Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A few weeks ago I wrote a piece called “You Know Who Loves Windows 8’s Metro Interface? Apple.” That was Oct. 25, the day Microsoft had its big rollout of Windows 8 in New York. Flash forward a few weeks and it’s looking like Windows 8 will indeed be a tremendous gift to the folks in Cupertino. That’s what Apple pundit (and former top Apple executive) Jean-Louis Gassee claims in his “Monday Note” blog today. Gassee says Microsoft’s recently departed Windows boss Steven Sinofsky, who pulled off a miracle with Windows 7, fell short on Windows 8, perhaps because the task he was given was too large and unwieldy. Windows 8, Gassee says, is “a 21-blade Swiss Army knife: a great list of features on paper, dubious usability in practice.”And that opens the door for Apple. “The `re-complicated’ Windows offers Apple an intriguing opportunity,” Gassee writes. “They can capitalize on Microsoft’s misstep, extend a welcoming hand to the Windows users who intend to switch to Apple, and make the iPad the sine qua noon of what a Post-PC device should be.”Windows 8: Sales Ain’t GreatSo far Windows 8 seems to be off to a tepid start. Sales of Windows 8 have been below Microsoft’s internal projections, according to Paul Thurott of Supersite for Windows.That jibes with what our Microsoft reporter, Mark Hachman, is hearing. A top exec at retailer NewEgg told Hachman that Windows 8 has been “slow going.”We might have seen this coming. The day before Windows 8 shipped, a survey of Windows users showed that one-third of them planned to buy an iPad, and 12% were planning to switch to a Mac.It’s not that Windows 8 is terrible. It’s just that it’s so different that people who have been using previous versions of Windows will have a lot of learning to do if they want to move to Windows 8.If you’re going to have to learn a whole new operating system, you might as well take a look at a Mac or an iPad.That’s the theory, anyway. And, unfortunately for Microsoft, the theory seems to be holding up.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. center_img Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img

San Miguel survives Kia in thriller, nears twice-to-beat

first_imgMarcio Lassiter saves the day for San Miguel. PBA IMAGESSan Miguel is one step away from clinching twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals after edging Kia, 108-106, in a thriller in the PBA Philippine Cup Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The league-leading Beermen, who played without four-time MVP June Mar Fajardo, improved to 8-2 and are waiting for the result of the game between Rain or Shine and Alaska in the second to secure the incentive.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving AFP official booed out of forum UAAP jrs: Sotto gets triple double as Ateneo overpowers NU in Game 1 ‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City “Marcio and Chris saw an opportunity where they had an advantage, but if that didn’t happen it would’ve been a disaster us.”Arwind Santos took up the scoring cudgels for San Miguel with 27 points with 12 rebounds and five assists.Lassiter finished with 21 points for San Miguel while shooting 5-of-13 from deep.Glenn Khobuntin had 15 points to lead the Picanto.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHcenter_img Read Next View comments Although Kia sits at the bottom of standings with a 1-10 record, the Picanto held their ground late in the fourth with a 106-102 lead with 1:02 left in the game.Marcio Lassiter, however, shone in the clutch for San Miguel, first tying the game at 106-106 with 48 seconds left hitting a three-pointer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHe then drove for a layup for the Beermen’s 108-106 lead with just a second remaining.“That play was a creation between Marcio and Chris [Ross], it was an option they got and it was their basketball sense that made it work,” said San Miguel head coach Leo Austria in Filipino. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico LATEST STORIES Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus MOST READlast_img read more

Time Inc Names Colin Bodell CTO

first_imgBodell’s new position shifts executive priorities for the team resulting in current Time Inc. senior vice president and chief information officer Mitch Klaif’s transition to senior vice president reporting to executive vice president and chief financial officer Jeff Bairstow.“Mitch will be charged with managing a number of critical initiatives that are both key to our transition to an independent company and to our ongoing transformation as a leading media organization,” Ripp says in a staff announcement Tuesday.Bairstow, hired last August, was Ripp’s first major executive team addition.More on this topic Two Execs Depart Time Inc. | People on the Move – 5.12.16 Time Inc. names Jeff Bairstow as new EVP, CFO At Time Inc., Pearlstine Back In, Nelson Out Leslie Dukker Doty Joins Time Inc. | People on the Move – 6.8.16 Time Inc. Names John Q. Griffin President of News Group People on the MoveJust In BabyCenter Sold to Ziff Davis Parent J2 Media | News & Notes The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the Move Bonnier Corp. Terminates Editor-in-Chief for Ethics Breach Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the Move Shanker Out, Litterick In as CEO of EnsembleIQ TIME Names New Sales, Marketing Leads | People on the MovePowered by Time Inc. has hired Colin Bodell to be the company’s new executive vice president and chief technology officer, a newly created position, effective Feb. 18. The move is CEO Joe Ripp’s latest effort to build up his executive team in preparation for Time Inc. spinning off as a publicly-traded corporation.The 29-year industry veteran was most recently vice president of Amazon’s Digital Store Platform where he spearheaded operations for the Kindle, both the store and device, as well as the technology support for the company’s digital content across devices.Bodell, reporting to Ripp, will take responsibility for shaping the company’s strategic technology plan, playing a major role in the development of digital products.“Investing in technology and new product development is one of our single biggest priorities,” Ripp says in a statement. “[Bodell] has a reputation for being able to see beyond what currently exists, and that is exactly what we need.”last_img read more

Sufi music can never be commercialised

first_imgHow did music come calling to you?Music is not a mere profession to us, it is a legacy we are carrying which has been blessed to us by our ancestors.Have qawali and sufi music got their due in the music circuit?Qawali and sufi music has its own place in the music circuit. Sufi and qawali are not commercial rather they are integral to our tradition.Are you open to Bollywood offers after Rockstar?After the success of music of Rockstar we got a brilliant response from the audience and critics. Yes we are open to work on more Bollywood assignments, infact we are working on few things, will soon announce when something positive develops. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’What does music mean to you?Music to us is our passion and obligation to do justice everytime we perform. As our ancestors has earned respect on the basis of this only, so its our responsibility to take it further.Do you follow any other Indian or foreign musicians. If yes, what do you like in them?We do not to name of any artist but we really follow sufi songs, shayari and chants of Amir Khusro.Have you thought about coming out with your own label or album? Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixCurrently we are planning something, but is it has a long way to go.Would you ever like to experiment with your genre of music or try fusion?It’s great to be a versatile and we respect all the genres of music be it fusion or some other. But right now we are not planning to experiment with our genre.How has the journey been for all these years?Our journey, right from the start, was tough. Firstly to maintain the name of our ancestors was a big challenge for us. The love and admiration we got from the audience just cannot be expressed in words.How does the audience react to your music on international shores. Do they accept it well?It really makes us proud that people in other countries love sufi music and its amazing to see their attendance at the concerts. Sometimes it happens that they don’t understand the music and lyrics completely, but is really great to see their admiration towards us.last_img read more

NRS removes giant size tumour from patient after 3hour surgery

first_imgKolkata: A team of doctors from NRS Medical College and Hospital has successfully removed a tumour weighing around five kg with a diameter of 11 cm from the lower abdomen of a 27-year-old woman from Murshidabad.The victim, Nargis Begum, a resident of Raninagar area of the district was admitted to NRS Medical College and Hospital on 8 January. After performing necessary tests the doctors found a big size tumour stretching from her pelvis up to the kidneys, almost blocking her food pipe. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe patient first visited the Outdoor department after which she was advised to get admitted. The doctors decided to conduct a surgery to remove the tumour and it was not easy as there was a possibility of organs being affected with high-risk of tumour bleeding. The doctors informed that the tumour gradually grew over a period of two years and finally took the shape of a football. A team of doctors took all precautionary measures before conducting the operation. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThere was a possibility of large intestine getting damaged while removing the tumour but the doctors successfully managed to remove it after three hours without affecting any other organ. The tumour was touching the left ovary of the patient and close to the urinary tract. The health condition of the patient is improving and she is being provided with liquid food. According to the hospital, the patient would be discharged in a few days. “The prevalence of such a tumour is found in every 6000-7000 patients. In most of the cases, that big a tumour has various roots which is why it becomes difficult for the doctors to remove but here, the tumour was could be completely removed as it had no major roots attached to other organs,” a senior official of the hospital said.last_img read more

8 Steps to Setting Up Ad Conversion Tracking the Right Way

first_img 5 min read The following excerpt is from Perry Marshall, Mike Rhodes and Bryan Todd’s book Ultimate Guide to Google AdWords. Buy it now from Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes | IndieBoundDo you run a lead-generation site where a visitor can fill in a form and get a free brochure? We’ll walk you through how to set up your Google account to track it.1. Create a new conversion and name it.First, tell Google what kind of conversion you want tracked. Click the three dots at the very top of your AdWords page and select “Conversions.” On the resulting page, click the big blue “+ Conversion” button.Next, click the “Website” option since you’re tracking something that happens on your site.Google will ask you to name your conversion. Choose a name that tells you what the conversion is (e.g., “Opt in for brochure”) and select “Webpage.”Related: 10 Laws of Social Media Marketing2. Set your conversion category.You’ll be asked to choose one of the following categories for your conversion type:Purchase saleSign upLeadView of a key pageOtherIn this example, “Sign up” and “Lead” are probably both applicable, but “Lead” is a little more relevant.3. Set a conversion value.If you’re not running an e-commerce site, you may be tempted to skip this one, but please don’t. Setting a conversion value right from the beginning is going to make your data far more valuable in the long run.Think of the conversion value as a point system that rates the relative value of the different types of conversions that exist within your business. For example, you can assign 50 points to a conversion that involves a visitor completing your quiz but 100 points if they complete a “please call me” lead-capture form. If your site is very basic and only offers one conversion action, then you can simply set the conversion value as 1.4. Set a conversion count.There are two options: You can choose “every” or “one.””Every” measures every single sale or lead. If you were to pick “one,” then if visitors did the same thing multiple times, it would only be counted as just one conversion per visitor even if they “convert” multiple times.E-commerce site owners will want to keep track of every specific product purchased and would select “All Conversions — Every.” On the other hand, information marketers who provide PDFs for download may be more interested in simply knowing the total number of individuals who download one or more items. They would choose “Unique Conversions — One.” If you’re not sure, go with “All Conversions — Every.” You still get data for both types.Related: 5 Social Media Rules Every Entrepreneur Should Know5. Set your conversion window.This indicates how many days or weeks you want Google to keep tracking the user after they click the first time. The default is 30 days, which is more than adequate for this exercise. If a person clicked on your ad but didn’t opt in for your brochure in 30 days’ time, they’re probably not worth following. Unless you have a very good reason for needing a different conversion window, leave this on the default setting.6. Decide what to include in conversions.You now get to choose whether a particular conversion type you’re setting up should be included in the total conversions count. For example, if yours is an e-commerce store, you might want to have two conversion actions. One would be every time somebody adds a product to their shopping cart and another one would be for when they buy. When in doubt, stick with the default setting (which is Yes to include).7. Choose your attribution type.A visitor may have clicked through to your site multiple times and from multiple places. This setting is where you tell Google which one of those clicks gets credit for the sale. Google defaults to the setting called “last click attribution.” We recommend you stick with it. There are special cases where the other options are useful, but there’s no reason to change to any of them unless you really want to.Related: 12 Social Media Mistakes That Entrepreneurs Make8. Install code.You’re ready to ensure that your site ends up with the necessary code to allow Google to track your conversions. You’ve got two options: Install it manually, in which case Google will give you a snippet of code to place on your key pagesEnter the email address of your web developer and Google will send the code there along with instructions. If you’re not comfortable handling this part of the process and you don’t have a web developer, find a freelancer to handle this for you.Important: The most reliable way to keep conversion tracking running smoothly is to ensure that your conversion action always results in your visitor being directed to a separate page that has a unique, static web address. In our current example, once your visitor completes the lead-capture form, you want them to be redirected to a unique thank-you page that has an ordinary static URL. If you create multiple landing pages, each with a lead-capture form, you can have one thank-you page for all of them, or you can have a different thank-you page to go with each one.Either way, simpler is better. This is the only way to ensure that your conversion tracking doesn’t break further down the line and that you don’t end up making decisions based on bad data. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global October 11, 2017 Register Now »last_img read more