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Bibi1581 Blog For 04/28/2018: Morning Edition

1…………> We Are Not Your Toy: Trump

President Trump took credit for what has happened in Korea, as the leaders of the North and South agreed to denuclearize the peninsula, holding hands, planting trees and dancing in the streets of public opinion, but he acknowledged the deal could still fail to deliver peace to the region.


“When I began, people were saying that was an impossibility, they said there were two alternatives — let ’em have what they have or go to war. And now we have a much better alternative than anybody thought even possible. And if I can’t do it, it’ll be a very tough time for a lot of countries and a lot of people. It’s certainly something that I hope I can do for the world.[But] we are not going to be played, okay. We are going to hopefully make a deal, but if we don’t that’s fine”, Mr. Trump cautioned.
New Secretary of State Mr. Mike Pompeo, was hopeful but still cautious:

“Our objective remains unchanged. We are committed to achieving permanent, verifiable, irreversible dismantling of North Korean’s weapons of mass destruction programs without delay. Until then the global maximum pressure campaign will continue. I am always careful. There is a lot of history here. Promises have been made, hopes have been raised and then dashed,” he warned.


2…………> Swept By Huge Wave: Down Under

A man in his 40s was flown to Fiona Stanley Hospital in Perth, Australia for emergency treatment after he and another man were swept from rocks while fishing at an infamous beach in southern Western Australia.

The pair, who are from Mount Barker, were not wearing life jackets or helmets when they slipped into the ocean at Salmon Holes near Albany.


3…………> Stop The Rain: Peru Sacrifice

Archaeologists in northern Peru say they have found evidence of what could be the world’s largest single case of child sacrifice at burial site known as Las Llamas, containing the skeletons of 140 children who were between the ages of five and 14 when they were ritually sacrificed during a ceremony about 550 years ago.


Researchers studying the site deduced that the children may have been sacrificed in response to El Nino-related flooding located near the modern day city of Trujillo, also containing the remains of 200 young llamas apparently sacrificed on the same day.

The burial site was built by the ancient Chimu empire.


4…………> In The Footsteps of Lord Enki: Making Life

How can one cell build an entire living organism? Harvard Medical School and Harvard University scientists profiled every cell in developing zebrafish and western claw-toed frog embryos to create a genome map using single-cell sequencing technology. 

The research team recorded the paths of individual cells over the first 24 hours of the life of an embryo, and the order genes are switched on or off, and when embryonic cells transition into new cell states and types.

“With these datasets, if someone wants to make a specific cell type, they now have the recipe for the steps that those cells took as they formed in the embryo. We’ve in some sense established a gold standard reference for how complex differentiation processes actually progress in embryos, and set an example for how to systematically reconstruct these types of processes,” said Dr. Allon Klein, assistant professor of systems biology and co-corresponding author of two of the three studies.

5…………> Death Control: Bats Genome

Scientists from Boston University studying the genome of the Egyptian fruit bat found average families of genes related to the mammalian immune system, with interferon and natural killer genes radically different from their counterparts in other mammals, a finding that may explain why bats managed to carry and transmit deadly pathogens without getting sick themselves.


They found two gene families, first is type 1 interferon genes, called “the first line of defense” against viruses,  and second is natural killer or “NK” cell receptors that are able to quickly recognize and respond to virus-infected cells.


“What we learn from bats may help us in the development of pharmacological agents,” said Thomas Kepler, a professor of microbiology at Boston University and the paper’s author.

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