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ScienceDaily: ‘Virus Sponge’ Could Improve Flu Treatments, Diabetes Care, Vaccine Development
Researchers at the University of Maryland’s A. James Clark School of Engineering have created a “virus sponge” that could filter a patient’s blood in a process similar to kidney dialysis, removing the virus from the patient’s body. The concept could also be used to make vaccine production more efficient and in a pill to reduce glucose levels in diabetics, among other applications.

The virus sponge is based on a technology called molecular imprinting. In molecular imprinting, researchers stamp a molecule’s shape into a substance (in this case, a hydrogel—a sponge-like material). When the specific molecule filters through the hydrogel, it fits in the imprint hole and is trapped.

Very interesting.

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Pas de Deux of Sexuality Is Written in the Genes - New York Times
When it comes to the matter of desire, evolution leaves little to chance. Human sexual behavior is not a free-form performance, biologists are finding, but is guided at every turn by genetic programs.
Desire between the sexes is not a matter of choice. Straight men, it seems, have neural circuits that prompt them to seek out women; gay men have those prompting them to seek other men. Women’s brains may be organized to select men who seem likely to provide for them and their children. The deal is sealed with other neural programs that induce a burst of romantic love, followed by long-term attachment.

So much fuss, so intricate a dance, all to achieve success on the simple scale that is all evolution cares about, that of raisingthe greatest number of children to adulthood. Desire may seem the core of human sexual behavior, but it is just the central act in a long drama whose script is written quite substantially in the genes.

Interesting stuff.

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Lawmaker wants baking soda to be sold behind counter | St. Louis Area News |
KMOV.com | St. Louis, MO

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis legislator wants to require that baking soda be sold behind the pharmacy counter, as part of an effort aimed at a base ingredient in crack cocaine.   The proposal by Democratic Representative Talibdin El-Amin is modeled after a state law that requires some cold medicines to be placed behind the pharmacy counter because they contain ingredients used to make meth.   The anti-meth law requires customers to show a photo I-D and sign a book specifying their name, address and how much they purchased.

Absolutely ridiculous.
I’m sick and tired of punishing the many for the disruption of the few.
The powers that be are already forcing me to stand in prescription drug lines and get even MORE scrutiny to buy “over the counter” anti-allergy medicine (showing my ID and signing a log book) than I do to get prescription drugs.
Nanny State combined with the power grabbing “War on Drugs”. Neither are good and neither work.

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AUSTIN (AP) — Bypassing the Legislature, Republican Gov. Rick Perry signed an order Friday making Texas the first state to require that schoolgirls get vaccinated against the sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical cancer.

By issuing an executive order, Perry apparently sidesteps opposition in the Legislature from conservatives and parents’ rights groups who fear such a requirement would condone premarital sex and interfere with the way parents raise their children.

Beginning in September 2008, girls entering the sixth grade — meaning, generally, girls ages 11 and 12 — will have to get Gardasil, Merck & Co.’s new vaccine against strains of the human papillomavirus, or HPV.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2007-02-02-texas_x.htm?POE=NEWISVA

Although I think this HPV vaccine should be included with the DPT requirement - it absolutely should not be required until there is a very cheap, and non-monopoly vendor product.
And what the hell is up with Hypocrite Perry? This guy is a fundie. And this vaccine, in a round about way, has to do with sex. Which we all know is evil right? Hahaha. And The thought of this loser making any decisions about womens health gives me the heebie jeebies.

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/01/25/AR2007012500764.html

WASHINGTON — Every American should have health care coverage within six years, Democratic Sen. Barack Obama said Thursday as he set an ambitious goal soon after jumping into the 2008 presidential race.

“I am absolutely determined that by the end of the first term of the next president, we should have universal health care in this country,” Obama told a conference of Families USA, a health care advocacy group.

Be very interesting to see where this goes and what his ideas to accomplish it are.

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