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To: Gersh Avery who wrote (69896)4/11/2012 12:52:59 PM
From: DuckTapeSunroof
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Re: "LOL was watching them .. I could tell the moment they turned off their hearing."


Re: "When I went dead air space after ten seconds, I changed the pace ..Offered to take them out on a test track ..Here's the picture .. you are strapped in on the passenger side while I smoke .. ready for a ride?"

Actually... (personally), I apply the 'cell phone rule' when driving or a passenger: I PREFER driver to have two hands on the wheel, (or at least one hand and a knee... or something similar. <g>)

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To: GROUND ZERO™ who wrote (69847)4/11/2012 12:53:24 PM
From: DuckTapeSunroof
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To: GROUND ZERO™ who wrote (69846)4/11/2012 12:54:13 PM
From: DuckTapeSunroof
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Scientists rewrite rules of human reproduction

Exclusive: Lab-grown egg cells could revolutionise fertility - and even banish menopause

Steve Connor
Saturday, 7 April 2012

The first human egg cells that have been grown entirely in the laboratory from stem cells could be fertilised later this year in a development that will revolutionise fertility treatment and might even lead to a reversal of the menopause in older women.

Scientists are about to request a licence from the UK fertility watchdog to fertilise the eggs as part of a series of tests to generate an unlimited supply of human eggs, a breakthrough that could help infertile women to have babies as well as making women as fertile in later life as men.

Producing human eggs from stem cells would also open up the possibility of replenishing the ovaries of older women so that they do not suffer the age-related health problems associated with the menopause, from osteoporosis to heart disease.

Some scientists are even suggesting the possibility of producing an “elixir of youth” for women, where the menopause is eradicated and older women will retain the health they enjoyed when younger.

Researchers at Edinburgh University are working with a team from Harvard Medical School in Boston to be the first in the world to produce mature human eggs from stem cells isolated from human ovarian tissue.

Until now, it has only been possible to isolate a relatively small number of mature human egg cells directly from the ovaries of women who have been stimulated with hormones. This technical limitation has led to an acute shortage of human eggs, or “oocycts”, for IVF treatment as well as scientific research.

The scientists want to fertilise the laboratory-grown egg cells with human sperm to prove that they are viable. Any resulting embryos will be studied for up to 14 days - the legal limit - to see if they are normal.

These early embryos will not be transplanted into a woman's womb because they will be deemed experimental material, but will either be frozen or allowed to perish.

Evelyn Telfer, a reproductive biologist at Edinburgh University, has already informally approached the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) with a view to submitting a formal licence application within the next few weeks.

“We hope to apply for a research license to do the fertilisation of the in vitro grown oocytes within the IVF unit at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary,” Dr Telfer said.

“Could the fertilisation take place this year? Yes, absolutely,” she said.

Professor Richard Anderson of the MRC Centre for Reproductive Health, who will be in charge of the clinical aspects of the work, said: “The aim will be to demonstrate that the eggs that we’ve generated in vitro are competent to form embryos and that’s the best test that an egg is an egg,”

Generating an unlimited supply of human eggs and the prospect of reversing the menopause was made possible by a series of breakthroughs led by Professor Jonathan Tilly of Harvard.

In 2004 he astounded the world of reproductive biology by suggesting that there were active stem cells in the ovaries of mice that seemed capable of replenishing eggs throughout life.

For half a century, a dogma of reproductive biology was that women are born with their full complement of egg cells which they gradually lose through life until they run out when they reach the menopause.

“This age-old belief that females are given a fixed 'bank account' of eggs at birth is incorrect,” Professor Tilly said.

“In fact ovaries in adulthood are probably more closely matched to testes in adulthood in their capacity to make new germ cells, which are the special cells that give rise to sperm and eggs,“ he said.

”Over the past 50 years, all the basic science, all the clinical work and all the clinical outcome was predicated on one simple belief, that is the oocyte pool, the early egg-cell pool in the ovaries was a fixed entity, and once those eggs were used up they cannot be renewed, replenished or replaced,“ he added.

Last month, Professor Tilly published pioneering research showing that these stem cells exist in human ovaries and that they could be stimulated in the laboratory to grow into immature egg cells.

He is collaborating with Dr Telfer, who was once sceptical of his research, because in Edinburgh she has pioneered a technique for growing immature eggs cells to the fully ”ripened“ stage when they can be fertilised.

”It's been fun to work with her because she's been one of the most vocal critics of this work years ago and it's great that she's come about and changed her views,“ Professor Tilly said.

”I think personally [fertilising the first eggs] is do-able. I see no hurdles why it cannot be done this year,“ he added.

Dr Telfer added: “The important thing is that if you can show you can get ovarian stem cells from human ovary you then have the potential to do more for fertility preservation.

“We have all the local ethical approval in place and we’re now looking at the process of the HFEA application. There is a push for us to do it now,” she added.

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To: Bill who wrote (69849)4/11/2012 1:00:08 PM
From: DuckTapeSunroof
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Re: ["among eligible voters"] "Enough said."

I agree!

Can't vote if you AREN'T an eligible voter (you know... old enough, citizen, actually REGISTERED, etc. <GGG>)

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To: PROLIFE who wrote (69848)4/11/2012 1:02:27 PM
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Current picture.

(This week in California at his California house.)

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To: GROUND ZERO™ who wrote (69923)4/11/2012 1:02:56 PM
From: lorne
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Gov. Christie: Nation turning into 'people sitting on a couch waiting for their next government check'
Updated: Wednesday, April 11, 2012
By Megan DeMarco/Statehouse Bureau

NEW YORK — Gov. Chris Christie today warned an audience of national Republicans that the country is in danger of becoming a "paternalistic entitlement society" where people sit on the couch, "waiting for the next government check."

Christie spoke at a day-long conference on tax policy in New York hosted by former President George W. Bush, who nominated Christie to be U.S. Attorney in 2001.

Christie spent most of his 30-minute speech on New Jersey budget issues, but brought up national policy toward the end. He said it is the least optimistic period he’s ever seen for the nation.

"It’s because government’s now telling them, stop dreaming, stop striving, we’ll take care of you. We’re turning into a paternalistic entitlement society. That will not just bankrupt us financially, it will bankrupt us morally," Christie told Bush, Henry Kissinger and an assortment of Republican governors in a theater at the New York Historical Society.

"When the American people no longer believe that this is a place where only their willingness to work hard and to act with honor and integrity and ingenuity determines their success in life, then we’ll have a bunch of people sitting on a couch waiting for their next government check," Christie said.

Christie never mentioned President Obama by name, but in the past has spoken about the need to reign in entitlement spending for programs like for Social Security and Medicare.

Today, he said entitlement spending would make Bush’s goal to boost the private sector 4 percent difficult.

"A 4 percent solution, a 4 percent growth is not gonna be achieved if we don’t deal with Medicare," Christie said. "A 4 percent growth is not gonna be achieved if we don’t deal with Medicaid. A 4 percent growth is not gonna be achieved if we don’t deal with Social Security."

Democrats today said Christie was catering to his conservative audience at the expense of working class New Jerseyans.

"It’s amazing that even as the governor is caught up in his frenzied efforts to curry favor with the far-right element in the Republican party ... he still finds time to express his resentment and anger towards regular working people," said Sen. Barbara Buono (D-Middlesex), who is considering a run for governor next year.

A spokesman for Assembly Democrats, Tom Hester Jr., said, "The only people sitting around on the couch enjoying life these days are the millionaires who have been coddled by Gov. Christie. Everyone else is working as hard as they can to pay for the net 20 percent property tax hike they’ve endured under this governor."

Ben Dworkin, a political scientist at Rider University, said Christie gave Democrats a lot to work with today.

"Democrats will probably try to mobilize a large number of those New Jerseyans who are still struggling to find work by portraying the governor as blaming their own laziness for their hard times," Dworkin said.

He said Christie is "by far the most conservative governor we have had in New Jersey’s modern era ... This was an opportunity to talk to this particular audience and I think he used the language that he’s always believed."

The conference, which also featured Karl Rove, Steve Forbes and House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, was hosted by the President George W. Bush Institute, which Bush said allows him to remain involved in public policy while staying out of the limelight.

"I don’t think it’s good, frankly, for our country to undermine the president and I don’t intend to do so," Bush said. "But I do intend to remain involved in areas that I’m interested in."

Bush introduced Christie by praising his "enormous personality" and "belief in the individual," noting that Christie has grabbed a lot of attention, even from Texans.

"I was a proud member of the Bush administration for seven years," Christie said, later adding that Bush "inspired a whole new generation of conservative Republican leaders."

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To: Farmboy who wrote (69851)4/11/2012 1:07:05 PM
From: DuckTapeSunroof
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Re: "So you're saying I was right!"


<<< With some sadness >>> Well, er... no, not really. I wasn't saying anything of that kind. What I WROTE was: 'You might actually learn to *like* thinking one day!' Clearly though that, (thinking), and reading comprehension, seem to be a bit of a struggle for you....

Well... keep trying though!

There may be a lot to be gained for you just from the effort!

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To: DuckTapeSunroof who wrote (69925)4/11/2012 1:11:02 PM
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Yes, of course, a liberal poll... the response you get has everything to do with the question you ask... a liberal would ask a question that would elicit a liberal response...


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To: GROUND ZERO™ who wrote (69931)4/11/2012 1:17:07 PM
From: DuckTapeSunroof
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Re: "Yes, of course, a liberal poll..."

Pick any poll you like....

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To: lorne who wrote (69903)4/11/2012 1:21:33 PM
From: DuckTapeSunroof
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(Two words: Secret Service. And a third: Security.)

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