Gene Control, Delivered Directly to the Brain

clip_image001On the one hand this could be a significant benefit in many human health areas …. It raises perplexing ethical considerations if administered by the “wrong” hands

Gene Control, Delivered Directly to the Brain


08-17-2012   Susan Young via TechnologyReview.com

A biotech company called Alnylam announced today that a small clinical trial for a genetic therapy based on RNA interference, or RNAi, suggests that the technique can have a powerful effect on its target gene. The therapeutic effect lasted for over a month with just one dose. The company is also working with a medical device maker, Medtronic, on a way to deliver RNAi treatment directly to the brain, in order to treat the degenerative brain disease Huntington’s.

The patients in the trial have a genetic disorder that originates in the liver and leads to the buildup of protein deposits in many organs. Alnylam, a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based company, says its RNAi therapeutic, given at its highest dose, reduces the amount of the faulty protein that spurs the disease by almost 94 percent.

The positive results add weight to the notion that RNAi therapeutics could eventually help patients with a range of genetic diseases. RNAi therapy involves researchers producing snippets of RNA, a close relative of DNA, that match a portion of a gene of interest. When administered, this so-called small interfering RNA (siRNA) causes the destruction of that gene’s products before it can be turned into a protein. The specificity of RNAi for targeting particular genes has attracted a lot of interest from people who want to use it as a clinical treatment (see "Prescription RNA").

 

 
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I have no doubt Uncle $am will say anything, stretch any law, bend any rule to get Julian Assange into custody

…I have no doubt Uncle $am will say anything, stretch any law, bend any rule to get Julian Assange into custody under American control …. Water-boarding will only be the first step …

 

U.S. says it doesn’t believe in ‘diplomatic asylum’ despite having offered it in the past

08-17-2012  •  The RawStory.com

The United States said Friday that it did not believe in “diplomatic asylum” after Ecuador offered to let WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange stay indefinitely in its embassy in London.

 

There is certainly an element of truth in this statement

There is certainly an element of truth in this statement

November’s choices — tough to support either Romney-Ryan or Obama-Biden

08-17-2012  •  By Judge Andrew P. Napolitano

We are in terrible straits this presidential election. We have a choice between a president who has posed more of a danger to personal freedom than any in the past 150 years and a Republican team that wants to return to Bush-style big government.

 

THE COMMONS….????

… Doubtful that most students and Americans born after 1970 have ever even heard the expression … THE COMMONS … as corporate has successfully erased it from the American lexicon replaced with privatization and greed is good …

 

 

Nobel Prize Winner and Commons Champion Elinor Ostrom, 1933-2012

Elinor Ostrom, who shared the 2009 Nobel Prize in economics for her lifelong work studying how communities share resources, died June 12. She was 78.

The only woman out of 69 Nobel Laureates in economics honored since 1969, Ostrom taught political science at Indiana University.

In research conducted throughout the world, she increased our understanding of how commons function in a wide variety of communities.

Ostrom’s work also debunked the Tragedy of the Commons—the widespread idea that shared resources inevitably end in environmental and economic ruin    

Read more clip_image001    By Jay Walljasper | On the Commons      Posted on Thursday, June 14, 2012 @ 06:58 AM

 

“W” Bush game plan in Florida

…Wasn’t this “W” Bush game plan in Florida in 2000 … haven’t we learned something since then … apparently there are those who feel Americans remain mentally impaired … are “we’ …?

 

"Voter ID which is going to allow

Governor Romney to win the State of

Pennsylvania… Done!"

 

By JekyllnHyde | DailyKos

 

 

he will allow anyone to poke fun or criticize him

… So you really believe if Mitttens Romney is elected President he will allow anyone to poke fun or criticize him or question him … he will inform “us” only on what “he” chooses … that’s free speech and disclosure under a corporatist regime …

 

Russian Punk Band Sentenced to Two Years in Jail for Anti-Putin Stunt

David M. Herszenhorn, The New York Times News Service: "Three young women who staged an anti-Putin stunt in Moscow were convicted of hooliganism on Friday and sentenced to two years in a penal colony…. Human rights groups and Western governments, including the United States, immediately criticized the verdict as unjust and the sentence as unduly severe."

 

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Hidden Food Poisons

 

 

This Hidden Food Poisons Your Family – Ignore These Cooked Up Lies

 
June 14 2012 … http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/06/14/organizations-on-anti-gmo-labeling.aspx?e_cid=20120614_DNL_art_1

 

Story at-a-glance

  • In November, California voters will vote ‘yes’ or ‘no’ on a law to require mandatory labeling of all genetically engineered ingredients in processed foods, and ban the routine industry practice of mislabeling foods containing genetically engineered ingredients as ‘natural.’ Polls show that nearly 90 percent of the state’s voters plan to vote ‘yes’
  • The biotech, agribusiness, and food manufacturers industries are hard at work to prevent the law from being passed. It’s estimated they will spend $60 – $100 million to convince voters that genetically engineered foods are perfectly safe and that labeling is unnecessary
  • Industry-funded front groups masquerading as “grassroots” organizations are helping spin the anti-labeling propaganda machine. The Organic Consumers Association reveals who is working tirelessly to prevent you from having the right to know what’s in your food

…WANT TO SEE WHAT BIG $$$ CAN ACCOMPLISH … LOOK WHAT HAPPENED RECENTLY IN WISCONSIN…THANK YOU …. CITIZENS UNITED

What do a former mouthpiece for tobacco and big oil, a corporate-interest PR flack, and the regional director of a Monsanto-funded tort reform group have in common?

They’re all part of the anti-labeling PR team that will soon unleash a massive advertising and PR campaign in California, designed to scare voters into rejecting the California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Acti.

In November, California voters will vote ‘yes’ or ‘no’ on a law to require mandatory labeling of all genetically engineered ingredients in processed foods, and ban the routine industry practice of mislabeling foods containing genetically engineered ingredients as ‘natural.’ Polls show that nearly 90 percent of the state’s voters plan to vote ‘yes.’ But when November rolls around, will voter support still be strong? Not if the biotech, agribusiness, and food manufacturers industries can help it.

It’s estimated that the opposition will spend $60 – $100 million to convince voters that genetically engineered foods are perfectly safeii. They’ll try to scare voters into believing that labeling will make food more expensive, that it will spark hundreds of lawsuits against small farmers and small businesses, and that it will contribute to world hunger.

None of this is true. On the contrary, studies suggest just the opposite.   … Here’s what is true: The opposition has lined up some heavy-hitters and industry-funded front groups — masquerading as "grassroots" organizations — to help spin their anti-labeling propaganda machine. You have the right to know what’s in your food. You also have the right to know who is working tirelessly to prevent you from ever having that right – and who is signing their paychecks. Here’s a partial lineup of hired guns and organizations behind the anti-labeling advertising blitz soon to hit the California airwaves: