Celiac sufferers are given a glimpse of hope that they can now partake of foods made from wheat with the news that scientists are trying to create wheat that doesn’t contain gluten via a gene-editing technique.
People who have celiac disease are those who are genetically-predisposed to having severe autoimmune allergic reactions when they ingest gluten – specifically the strain gliadin, a component of gluten which is responsible for giving bread the ability to rise properly when baking. The allergic reactions can prompt intestinal damage, especially in the small intestine.
Around one in 100 people worldwide have this disease, with one percent or three million of the American population being afflicted with this condition.
Researchers from the Institute for Sustainable Agriculture in Cordoba, Spain have made a new type of wheat that contains only 15 percent of the gliadins in normal wheat. They are using the Crispr-Casr9 gene-editing technique – a genetic tool which was first introduced in 2013 that can “cut and paste” small sections of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) – to get rid of genes that form the gliadin proteins.
The gene-editing “tool kit” is composed of a small piece of ribonucleic acid (RNA) and an enzyme protein called Cas9. The RNA component can link to a specific DNA sequence – this time the ones that form gliadin proteins – and then rip through the strands of DNA like a pair of molecular scissors.
“Up to 35 different genes were mutated in one of the lines of the 45 different genes identified in the wild type, while immunoreactivity [to gluten] was reduced by 85 percent,” said Dr. Francisco Barro, lead author of the study that was published in the Plant Biotechnology Journal.
The team is trying to do away with the remaining 10 genes to ensure that gliadin proteins will not be produced.
However, not everyone is a fan of Crispr, with others going so far as to say it is like “playing God”.
“I think this is a price that must be paid for the many benefits [that] gene-editing crops can bring to the agricultural space,” said Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research president and plant biologist David Stern.
At present, celiac sufferers get by with proper discipline and a promise to themselves that they will only partake of a gluten-free diet, which include foods and beverages that has a gluten content which is less than 20 parts per million. (Related: Gluten-free diet improves brain function, intestinal health in celiacs.)
Gene-editing in embryos is another angle that scientists are willing to look at, in their fight to vanquish preventable diseases. However, moral and ethical questions hound this step, and amendments to international laws would be needed before such treatments could be plausible.
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Trump’s Latest Warning
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)
His rage for war makes any announced warnings sound especially ominous – even if they’re only bluster.
With him it’s hard to tell, the latest one coming after discussing Iran and North Korea with Pentagon officials.
During a photo-op with them assembled before dinner, he asked: “You guys know what this represents? Maybe it’s the “calm before the storm. Could be the calm before the storm.”
What storm, he was asked: “ISIS? North Korea? Iran?”
“You’ll find out,” he responded, adding “(w)e have the world’s great military people in this room, I will tell you that.”
He denounced Iran, said the country won’t be allowed to have nuclear weapons it deplores and doesn’t want, Trump likely ignorant of its longterm position.
Maybe he doesn’t care. Talking tough is his preferred way of operating, making threats and enemies at the same time.
On North Korea, he roared “(w)e cannot allow this dictatorship to threaten our nation or allies with unimaginable loss of life,” vowing to “do what we must do to prevent that from happening and it will be done, if necessary. Believe me.”
Hawkish generals running administration policy prepared “a broad range of military options,” he added. Earlier he threatened total destruction on the country.
Longstanding US hostility is why Pyongyang needs a nuclear and ballistic missile deterrent, genuinely fearing US aggression.
In January, S. 200: Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017 was introduced, a measure to prohibit preemptive use of these weapons without Congress declaring war.
Chances for its enactment are nil, the bill making a statement by sponsor Edward Markey, nothing else.
Nagasaki Mayor Tomihisa Taue earlier said “(t)he nuclear threat will not end as long as nations continue to claim that nuclear weapons are essential for their national security.”
Bush/Cheney’s December 2001 Nuclear Posture Review (NPR), asserted America’s preemptive right to unilaterally declare and wage future wars using first strike nuclear weapons. Madness remains US policy.
Obama’s 2010 and 2015 National Security Strategies pledged US first-strike use of these weapons against any adversary, nuclear armed or not.
Obama approved a $1 trillion program to upgrade America’s nuclear arsenal over the next 30 years, assuring other nuclear powers will follow suit.
Trump said America “must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability…” As long as these weapons exist, they’ll likely be used again with devastating effects.
The only way to prevent eventual nuclear war is by eliminating these weapons entirely, the world community uniting on this most vital of all issues to save life on earth from possible extinction.
US imperial madness poses an unparalleled nuclear threat, the only nation ever using them, willing to use them again – North Korea, Iran, Russia and China prime targets.
What Trump has in mind about a possible impending storm is reason for great concern. What hostile action does he have in mind? What country does he plan to attack next?
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Soon after the Palestinian Authority’s membership bid for inclusion in Interpol was accepted, PA leader Mahmoud Abbas declared that another UN draft resolution will be submitted to the UN Security Council seeking full membership. Speaking during a meeting in Ramallah last Monday, Abbas stated that the forthcoming resolution will be of utmost importance.
According to Wafa news agency, Abbas declared: “As you know, we submitted this request in 2011 but it was rejected for various reasons. God willing, these reasons are now removed because we are very much interested in becoming a full member of the United Nations.”
In September 2012 when seeking non-Member State status at the UN, Abbas clarified his reasons for seeking international recognition: “In our endeavour, we do not seek to delegitimise an existing state, that is Israel, but rather to assert the State must be realised, that is Palestine.”
The backdrop for this statement, and which will also form the new bid for full UN membership, is the two-state paradigm – a hypothesis upon which endless discussions and negotiations were held, and which resulted in a multitude of statements that are far removed from the Palestinian reality. The two-state compromise exists as a link between diplomatic corridors. Other than a perfunctory statement which has generated incessant exploitation, there is no value in the concept for Palestinians.
Abbas has yet to expound upon the benefits, if any, for Palestinians. If the resolution departs from the same premise of attempting to placate Israel, the value of full UN membership is already lost. It should not be the endeavour of any Palestinian leader to prioritise and counter claims of delegitimisation of Israel when the settler-colonial state is operating within binary roles which are, at times obfuscated. On one hand, Israel has delegitimised itself countless times through its colonial violence against Palestinians. At the same time, it is aggressively pursuing an international, purportedly humanitarian role while aspiring to reap support for its colonial expansion in Palestine. Its ability to manoeuvre in such manner is tied to international support, which also exposes Israel’s dependence and the international community’s refusal to withdraw their glorification and hold it accountable. However, in both cases the ultimate aim is Palestinian absence. It can afford to delegitimise itself as long as this is not overtly communicated which would eliminate the favoured process of shifting such blame upon other entities, institutions and countries.
International recognition, therefore, will be at the expense of the PA still acquiescing, in several ways, to Israel’s demands. The importance of such a resolution, if passed, depends upon any possible shifts recognising and acting upon Palestinian legitimate demands, regardless of how confrontational Israel attempts to portray them. Anything less constitutes an affirmation of the PA’s continued dynamics of subjugation and collaboration. In that case, it becomes paramount to ask about the concept of a colonised state and also to place the demands of the unwillingly colonised Palestinian population ahead of any resolution which is not averse to maintaining Israel’s power despite its embodiment of human rights violations.
After a 30-feet long whale was found dead last week, body of a male whale shark, about 15 feet long, was found at Madhavpur coast on September 28.
A team of ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) and Wildlife Trust of India (WTI), Veraval, reached the spot to assess the reasons for its death.
Tarachand Kumawat, a scientist with Marine Bio-diversity in Veraval, said that there was a cut on the body which was probably due to a fishing propeller. “We are yet to finalize the reasons for its death. The dead shark was a sub-adult whale shark.”
A whale shark, that was tagged in Gujarat, has covered a distance of about 5,500km since it was tagged. The shark has moved from Sutrapada towards the coast of Somalia, It now seems to be circling back to the Gujarat coast.
The migratory path of a female whale shark had been satellite-tagged off the Saurashtra coast in December 2016 under the Whale Shark Conservation Project run by the WTI and the Gujarat forest department.
The NFL players don’t even know they are being played. They are today’s Brown Shirts. And what happened to the Brown Shirts?
The above pictures depicts the NFL the way it deserves to be depicted. Everyone who goes to the stadium is a terrorist and deserves to be frisked. The players, play in tax-supported stadiums, but they insist on participatin in bringing down the country. They denigrate our most sacred traditions. The gobalists are using the NFL to drive a wedge through the country and when they are done with America, the NFL will be no more. Those that don’t learn their history are destined to repeat it.
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Leave it to the show that is one step below pornography to promote the profit of porn. The latest episode of HBO’s The Deuce dives into the world of the porn industry, reminding us in more ways than one how exploitation still pays well.
In the September 24 episode “The Principle Is All,” sex worker Candy (Maggie Gyllenhaal) becomes interested in making films after previously learning about the process in last week’s episode. This week, she gets a few more details such as men “paying 40 a head just to watch a dirty movie get made.” That detail, along with the promise of forty to fifty copies sold, encourage her to consider a new career change from hooker to actor.
With the plot of the show revolving around the rise of the porn industry, having one of the characters get involved in the process is a no-brainer. Watching them boil down the benefits of people watching other people have full-on sex (every single episode of this show has gratuitously shown full-frontal nudity, by the way) might be a no-brainer, too. At the end of the day, sadly, this just shows how easily producers exploit the fact that some people will follow a show on any kind of sexual activity. That’s a no-brainer in the wrong direction.
Like other parts of the show, we see Candy in a difficult place, seemingly desperate to support her family and turning to sex or possibly porn for money. Unfortunately, shows like The Deuce never focus on introducing a better option than selling sex for money. It’s only one bad choice after the other, because heaven forbid we be better as a species and not fall back on “the world’s oldest profession.”
Fortunately, viewers can avoid the exploitation all together and exercise their option not to watch.
As the populace becomes more educated on the benefits of using cannabis as a medicine and recreational drug (over other stimulants and depressants), the stigma surrounding its use is lessening. As a result, cannabis enthusiasts are becoming more creative and inventing new ways to smoke the herb.
One of the coolest — and “greenest” — methods we’ve come across entails using rose petals. Yes, we said rose petals. The unique method was recently posted by @simple_sasha, and to say it has gone viral is an understatement.
As soon as the initial excitement calmed down, Sasha explained that organic rose petals are preferred as conventional varieties are sprayed with pesticides. And while inhaling any smoke isn’t the healthiest, the organic rose petals are better than processed tobacco leaves which are full of chemical additives. Most blunts on the market are rolled in this fashion.
In the following Twitter tutorial, Sasha shows how you can use an oven and three organic rose petals to create an impromptu wrap for a blunt. The invention is functional and floral, and people can’t get enough of it.
HOW TO ROLL A ROSE BLUNT pic.twitter.com/2Cr26rzllF
— Sasha💋 (@simple_sasha) September 14, 2017
After constructing the two-minute creation, Sasha comments that its properties are “very floral, really good.” This DIY trend has inspired thousands of people to make their own and upload them to the internet.
Made my first rose blunt 🍃🌹 pic.twitter.com/p9Bm7Aq6hO
— unpretty (@_kieraw) September 16, 2017
Rose Blunt 🌹 pic.twitter.com/5cssA8EzMS
— Mila ⓥ (@callmequeenmila) September 16, 2017
— nickel&diminon4 (@JustTweetNick) September 18, 2017
taki? or rose blunt? pic.twitter.com/MvNTKahU52
— J A N A (@Mendoza14Jana) September 16, 2017
Marijuana is an herb that offers immense medicinal benefits. Components of the plant, particularly cannabidiol (CBD) have been proven to benefit a list of conditions, including seizures, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and even cancer.
The herb is also safer than alcohol, pharmaceutical drugs, and even coffee. In our Earth’s history, 0 people have died from an overdose. For this reason, activists are campaigning for it to be decriminalized.
While it is not for everyone, cannabis has unique properties which deserve to be available for those who desire — and need — to use it. If you agree, please share this article and comment your thoughts below.
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