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GM chickens lay eggs to help fight cancer

GM chickens lay eggs to help fight cancer

Science
Researchers have genetically modified chickens that can lay eggs that contain drugs for arthritis and some cancers.The drugs are 100 times cheaper to produce when laid than when manufactured in factories.The researchers believe that in time production can be scaled up to produce medicines in commercial quantities.The chickens do not suffer and are "pampered" compared to farm animals, according to Dr Lissa Herron, of Roslin Technologies in Edinburgh. "They live in very large pens. They are fed and watered and looked after on a daily basis by highly trained technicians, and live quite a comfortable life. "As far as the chicken knows, it's just laying a normal egg. It doesn't affect its health in any way, it's just chugging away, la...
Finding of protein key to insulin production may help diabetes treatment

Finding of protein key to insulin production may help diabetes treatment

Health
Jan. 25 (UPI) -- The discovery of a protein responsible for producing too much insulin, a condition that often leads to type 2 diabetes, may lead researchers to improved treatment. Researchers were able to remove the protein GRP94 to significantly reduce the production of insulin without effecting the productivity of beta cells in the pancreas, according to a study published Friday in Diabetes Journals. "Even though proinsulin has a relatively short sequence, it still needs help acquiring the right structure to become mature, functional insulin. However, several other studies have shown that proinsulin can be folded without help from proteins in artificial cell-free conditions," Michal Tomasz Marzec, a researcher at the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen, sa...
Moving overseas won't help the very rich dodge Sen. Warren's wealth-tax plan

Moving overseas won't help the very rich dodge Sen. Warren's wealth-tax plan

Finance
Are you getting rattled by some Democrats' talk of higher taxes and are now thinking a move abroad would shield you? Guess again. Unlike many countries, the United States imposes taxes on its citizens no matter where they choose to live. "If you're a U.S. citizen or a greencard holder — a lawful permanent resident — you'll continue to file and pay taxes to the United States regardless of whether you have any association with the U.S. any more," said Kenneth Freshman, a partner and director of global tax services at accounting firm KLR. ...
Jellyfish map could help conservationists protect marine ecosystems

Jellyfish map could help conservationists protect marine ecosystems

Science
Jan. 16 (UPI) -- By analyzing the chemical composition of jellyfish caught across a sizable swath of the Atlantic, scientists can map important differences among an array of marine habitats. The analysis technique could offer important insights to ecologists and conservationists -- a new tool for protecting the health of important fisheries. According to a new study published this week in the journal Methods in Ecology and Evolution, chemical signals measured in jellyfish reflect the chemistry, biology and physical processes unique to the region where they were caught. "The chemical differences detected in the jellyfish are also present in other animals throughout the food chain, like seabirds, seals and fishes," Katie St. John Glew, researcher at the University of Southampton, said in a ...
Climate change: Will insect-eating dogs help?

Climate change: Will insect-eating dogs help?

Science
Do you fret that your pet pooch is blamed by environmentalists for turning rainforests into poo in the park? Have no fear - you can now fatten Fido on black soldier flies instead of Brazilian beef.A pet food manufacturer now claims that 40% of its new product is made from soldier flies.It's one of many firms hoping to cash in on the backlash against beef by people concerned that the cattle are fed on soya.These soya plantations are responsible for the release of greenhouse gases in significant quantities.Is it good for the dog?The key question is whether a diet of 40% soldier flies meets the nutritional needs of your beloved canine. We put the question to a pet diet expert at the Royal Veterinary College, Aarti Kathrani. Her conclusion was a cautious "ye...