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Roe vs Wade

Most people have no idea what Roe says. And whether they’ve read it or not, they have their own opinions about abortion that have nothing to do with where it’s situated in the Constitution, but rather who they think should decide who stays pregnant.

Climate Change and Business As Usual

Business As Usual – has got to stop.
Our cars each emit about 9,000+ pounds of carbon dioxide per year. (1)

A typical passenger vehicle emits about 4.6 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year.
This assumes the average gasoline vehicle on the road today has a fuel economy of about 22.0 miles per gallon and drives around 11,500 miles per year. Every gallon of gasoline burned creates about 8,887 grams of CO2.

There are approximately 275 million registered vehicles in the US (2)
That is 2,475,000,000,000 pounds of carbon emissions!

What can be done – today?
Easy answer, and it is effective – drive slower – as was done in the 70’s to conserve fuel during the gas shortage.(3)

From The Yale School of Environment:

Driving 60 mph is 20-25 percent more efficient than driving 75 mph.

You and I personally could each reduce our carbon pollution by 2,250 pounds of carbon emission per year.
Personally, as the writer of this article, I hate the idea.  But I would conform if required or requested.  
What say you?  




Parkinson’s disease eliminated in mice

“Xiang-Dong Fu, PhD, has never been more excited about something in his entire career. He has long studied the basic biology of RNA, a genetic cousin of DNA, and the proteins that bind it. But a single discovery has launched Fu into a completely new field: neuroscience. 

For decades, Fu and his team at University of California San Diego School of Medicine studied a protein called PTB, which is well known for binding RNA and influencing which genes are turned “on” or “off” in a cell. To study the role of a protein like PTB, scientists often manipulate cells to reduce the amount of that protein, and then watch to see what happens. 

Several years ago, a postdoctoral researcher working in Fu’s lab was taking that approach, using a technique called siRNA to silence the PTB gene in connective tissue cells known as fibroblasts. But it’s a tedious process that needs to be performed over and over. He got tired of it and convinced Fu they should use a different technique to create a stable cell line that’s permanently lacking PTB. At first, the postdoc complained about that too, because it made the cells grow so slowly.

But then he noticed something odd after a couple of weeks — there were very few fibroblasts left. Almost the whole dish was instead filled with neurons.  

In this serendipitous way, the team discovered that inhibiting or deleting just a single gene, the gene that encodes PTB, transforms several types of mouse cells directly into neurons. “

From: UC San Diego New Center – June 24, 2020