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Liverpool ‘considering £7m move for Ba’

first_imgLiverpool are the latest club reported to be considering a bid for Newcastle striker Demba Ba.There has been speculation about Ba’s future because of a clause in his contract which allows him to leave St James’ Park for £7m before the end of this month, and Chelsea have been strongly linked with a move for him.The Daily Mirror say new Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is also considering making an offer. The Guardian and Daily Mail both report Chelsea’s imminent bid for Southampton’s highly-rated 16-year-old defender Luke Shaw.The Independent suggest Shaw may prefer a move to Arsenal, who are also believed to want him.Related West London Sport story: Chelsea to table bid for Saints prospectMeanwhile, the Mail claim that Tottenham, who are poised to appoint former Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas as manager, are lining up a £10m move for Blues forward Daniel Sturridge.The Mail also say Fulham boss Martin Jol wants to sign midfielder Tom Huddlestone from Tottenham.Huddlestone played under Jol at Spurs and the Dutchman apparently sees him as a possible replacement for Danny Murphy.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Are Embryonic Stem Cells a Stepping Stone to Eugenics?

first_imgIn Paris, according to Science Dec. 8, “One cherished French institution has attacked another in a bruising battle over embryonic stem cell research.”  The cause of the “Jeremiad” as Science dubbed it, was a Catholic Archbishop’s statement to a French health institute that any research “instrumentalizes the embryo or borders on eugenics.”  The “News of the week” piece by Martin Enserik called these “harsh words” but took encouragement at the end that people who “strictly follow the Church on moral issues” now form a “small minority in France.”    Moral roadblocks against embryonic stem cell (ES) research are falling elsewhere as well.  The BBC News reported Dec. 6 that Australia just overturned a ban against human cloning for stem cell research by a vote of 82 to 62, despite the objections of the Prime Minister and Labor Leader who made “made impassioned speeches against repealing the ban.”  Prime Minister John Howard appealed to absolutes in his argument: “I think what we’re talking about here is a moral absolute and that is why I cannot support the legislation,” he said.  By contrast, Health Minister Kay Patterson who drafted the bill to repeal the ban appealed to a pragmatic argument.  She said, “This work’s being done in Sweden, England, the United States, in Japan… I didn’t see how we could accept any treatment derived from this in the future if we didn’t allow the research here in Australia.”  She thought the legislation “could be made more liberal” in the future.    Meanwhile, medical progress using adult stem cells continues.  EurekAlert reported Dec. 14 that scientists are learning more about how adult stem cells maintain their “stemness” or ability to diversify into many different types of cells.  The microenvironment creates a “niche” in which they thrive.    Earlier, on Nov. 30, EurekAlert reported a dramatic breakthrough using adult stem cells.  “A University of Manchester researcher has developed a treatment for lower back pain using the patient’s own stem cells.”  This new treatment for a very common ailment “could replace the use of strong painkillers or surgery that can cause debilitation, neither of which addresses the underlying cause.”  Instead of just alleviating the symptoms or trying to rig a fix by fusing vertebrae, this new treatment actually rebuilds the damaged tissue with mesenchymal stem cells extracted from bone marrow.  With only a very small incision, the surgeon implants a naturally occurring collagen gel suffused with the stem cells that goes to work on the damaged tissue.  After the arthroscopic implantation, the patient can leave the same day or the next day.  Dr. Stephen Richardson of the University of Manchester won the Nature award for Northwest Young Biotechnologist of the Year for this technique.  Pre-clinical trials may begin in 2007, and “It is expected to rapidly yield a marketable product which will revolutionise treatment of long-term low back pain.”  The article was titled, “One-off treatment to stop back pain — using patients’ own stem cells.”    In another news story, EurekAlert reported that the brain contains stem cells with the capacity for self-repair.  The finding came as a “big surprise,” the article said; “It was not known that the brain has this kind of ability to repair itself.”  This insight “might ultimately have clinical implications for the treatment of brain damage, according to the researchers.”  The discovery adds to findings that stem cells are found throughout the body, not just in embryos.    The use of adult stem cells carries with it no ethical qualms.  No human embryo is grown only for harvesting its cells.  Nobody has a problem with adult stem cells, and those are already in use for a wide variety of treatments.  So far, embryonic stem cells provide nothing but hope, hype, and empty promises.1Martin Enserek, “News of the Week, Stem Cell Research: A Season of Generosity … and Jeremiads,” Science, 8 December 2006: Vol. 314. no. 5805, p. 1525, DOI: 10.1126/science.314.5805.1525a.The incorrigible Big Science pragmatists see only riches and fame for themselves in the promise of ES gold.  It matters little to them that adult stem cells are working medical marvels right now.  It matters less to them how immoral it is to create a human life only to harvest its parts.  Moral absolutes?  Bosh; those are forgotten notions from Christian days when people believed Truth and Morals didn’t evolve like everything else.    Moral barriers are falling fast in the stampede to be first.  The relativists add insult to injury by turning the blame onto those with ethical concerns.  They accuse them of using “harsh words” when bringing up the E word eugenics.  The criticism assumes a moral standard of harshness.  Such hypocrisy warns us that the pro-ES crowd has abandoned all consistency and morality in the rush for ES research.  They laugh all the way to the bank that only a small minority in France follow the Church on moral issues these days.  Ten thousand amoral Frenchmen, of course, could never be wrong.(Visited 114 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Pike County racecar driver in the Indy 500

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A 22-year-old from Pike County is in the field of 33 drivers for the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500.Zach Veach of Stockdale qualified to start 32nd for his first Indy 500, not where he was hoping, but he is still excited to be there driving the No. 40 Indy Women in Tech Championship A.J. Foyt Enterprises Chevrolet. Veach said his dream of racing in the Indy 500 began at an early age.“Probably when I was four years old, as soon as I could start to realize what I wanted to do as a child and understand what I was seeing on the TV, that’s when all of this really started to take off,” Veach said. “We are in the show and that’s the main thing. I know we have a great race car that can take us to the front.”He has six wins and six poles in three Indy Light seasons and was the third-place finisher in 2016, according to www.zachveach.com.“As any young American driver, you always think about Indianapolis and of course you always relate the name A.J. Foyt with Indy,” Veach said. “That’s something that’s been driving me. To be able to say I’m going to run my first Indianapolis 500 with a team like this, it’s very exciting for me and a goal I’ve been actively working on for 10 years.”Veach is hoping to meet up with Joe Kelsay, a dairy farmer from Whiteland, Ind., who will be waiting in Victory Circle on Sunday to hand the winning driver the traditional bottle of milk. Kelsay said the Indy 500 not only puts the spotlight on milk, it also presents an opportunity for all of agriculture.“We can not only celebrate the product that we make everyday with our dairy cows, we can also start conversations with our customers. We can talk about the nutrition of milk and the way that we work on the farm, hand-in-hand with our animals and the land and with our families,” Kelsay said. “And I think with the interest that exists among people about knowing the background of where their food comes from and the kinds of things they care about from a value standpoint, what a great opportunity for dairy farmers and the ag industry generally to really engage in a conversation with our customers. Let’s do it in Victory Circle when we celebrate with a drink of milk.”last_img read more

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