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An intestinal cell monolayer after exposure to nanoparticles, shown in green.
An intestinal cell monolayer after exposure to nanoparticles, shown in green.

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Billions of engineered nanoparticles in foods and pharmaceuticals are ingested by humans daily, and new Cornell research warns they may be more harmful to health than previously thought.

Nanoparticles in food, vitamins could harm human health

Ithaca, NY | Posted on February 16th, 2012

A research collaboration led by Michael Shuler, the Samuel B. Eckert Professor of Chemical Engineering and the James and Marsha McCormick Chair of Biomedical Engineering, studied how large doses of polystyrene nanoparticles — a common, FDA-approved material found in substances from food additives to vitamins — affected how well chickens absorbed iron, an essential nutrient, into their cells.

The results were reported online Feb. 12 in the journal Nature Nanotechnology.

According to the study, high-intensity, short-term exposure to the particles initially blocked iron absorption, whereas longer-term exposure caused intestinal cell structures to change, allowing for a compensating uptick in iron absorption.

The researchers tested both acute and chronic nanoparticle exposure using human gut cells in petri dishes as well as live chickens and reported matching results. They chose chickens because these animals absorb iron into their bodies similarly to humans, and they are also similarly sensitive to micronutrient deficiencies, explained Gretchen Mahler, Ph.D. ’08, the paper’s first author and former Cornell graduate student and postdoctoral associate.

The researchers used commercially available, 50-nanometer polystyrene carboxylated particles that are generally considered safe for human consumption. They found that following acute exposure, a few minutes to a few hours after consumption, both the absorption of iron in the in vitro cells and the chickens decreased.

But following exposure of 2 milligrams per kilogram for two weeks — a slower, more chronic intake — the structure of the intestinal villi began to change and increase in surface area. This was an effective physiological remodeling that led to increased iron absorption.

“This was a physiological response that was unexpected,” Mahler said.

Shuler noted that in some sense this intestinal villi remodeling was positive because it shows the body adapts to challenges. But it serves to underscore how such particles, which have been widely studied and considered safe, cause barely detectable changes that could lead to, for example, over-absorption of other, harmful compounds.

Human exposure to nanoparticles is only increasing, Shuler continued.

“Nanoparticles are entering our environment in many different ways,” Shuler said. “We have some assurance that at a gross level they are not harmful, but there may be more subtle effects that we need to worry about.”

The paper included Cornell co-authors Mandy Esch, a research associate in biomedical engineering; Elad Tako, a research associate at the Robert W. Holley Center for Agriculture and Health; Teresa Southard, assistant professor of biomedical sciences; Shivaun Archer, senior lecturer in biomedical engineering; and Raymond Glahn, senior scientist with the USDA Agricultural Research Service and courtesy associate professor in the Department of Food Science. The work was supported by the National Science Foundation; New York State Office of Science, Technology and Academic Research; Army Corp of Engineers; and U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Article Source Link: http://www.nanotech-now.com/news.cgi?story_id=44525

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  • Technology could offer lifeline for stroke victims and people hit by degenerative diseases
  • In the study, a computer analyzed brain activity and reproduced words that people were hearing

It sounds like the stuff of science fiction dreams – or nightmares.

Scientists believe they have found a way to read our minds, using a computer program that can decode brain activity in our brains and put it into words.

They say it could offer a lifeline to those whose speech has been affected by stroke or degenerative disease, but many will be concerned about the implications of a technique that can eavesdrop on thoughts and reproduce them.

Scientific breakthrough: An X-ray CT scan of the head of one of the volunteers, showing electrodes distributed over the brain's temporal lobe, where sounds are processedScientific breakthrough: An X-ray CT scan of the head of one of the volunteers, showing electrodes distributed over the brain’s temporal lobe, where sounds are processed

Weird science: Scientists believe the technique, shown here, could also be used to read and report what they were thinking of saying nextWeird science: Scientists believe the technique, shown here, could also be used to read and report what they were thinking of saying next

Neuroscientists at the University of California Berkeley put electrodes inside the skulls of brain surgery patients to monitor information from their temporal lobe, which is involved in the processing of speech and images.

As the patient listened to someone speaking, a computer program analysed how the brain processed and reproduced the words they had heard.

The scientists believe the technique could also be used to read and report what they were thinking of saying next.

In the journal PLoS Biology, they write that it takes attempts at mind reading to ‘a whole new level’.

Brain workings: Researchers tested 15 people who were already undergoing brain surgery to treat epilepsy or brain tumoursBrain workings: Researchers tested 15 people who were already undergoing brain surgery to treat epilepsy or brain tumours

Words with scientists: The top graphic shows a spectrogram of six isolated words (deep, jazz, cause) and pseudo-words (fook, ors, nim). At bottom, the speech segments how the words were reconstructed based on findings from the electrodesWords with scientists: The top graphic shows a spectrogram of six isolated words (deep, jazz, cause) and pseudo-words (fook, ors, nim). At bottom, the speech segments how the words were reconstructed based on findings from the electrodes

Robert Knight, professor of psychology and neuroscience, added: ‘This is huge for patients who have damage to their speech mechanisms because of a stroke or Lou Gehrig’s [motor neurone] disease and can’t speak.

‘If you could eventually reconstruct imagined conversations from brain activity, thousands could benefit.’

The researchers tested 15 people who were already undergoing brain surgery to treat epilepsy or brain tumours.

They agreed to have up to 256 electrodes put on to the brain surface, as they listened to men and women saying individual words including nouns, verbs and names.

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Testing: As a subject listened to someone speaking, a computer program analysed how the brain processed and reproduced the words they had heard

Breakthrough: The ability to scan the brain and read thoughts could offer a lifeline to those whose speech has been affected by a stroke or degenerative diseaseBreakthrough: The ability to scan the brain and read thoughts could offer a lifeline to those whose speech has been affected by a stroke or degenerative disease

A computer programme analysed the activity from the electrodes, and reproduced the word they had heard or something very similar to it at the first attempt.

Co-author Brian Pasley said there is already mounting evidence that ‘perception and imagery may be pretty similar in the brain’.

Therefore with more work, brain recordings could allow scientists to ‘synthesise the actual sound a person is thinking, or just write out the words with a type of interface device.’

Their study also shows in sharp relief how the auditory system breaks down sound into its individual frequencies – a range of around 1 to 8,000 Hertz for human speech.

Pasley told ABC News: ‘This study mainly focused on lower-level acoustic characteristics of speech. But I think there’s a lot more happening in these brain areas than acoustic analysis’.

He added: ‘We sort of take it for granted, the ability to understand speech. But your brain is doing amazing computations to accomplish this feat.’

Analyzing words: This graphic breaks down the three ways the brain hears spoken words and processes soundsAnalyzing words: This graphic breaks down the three ways the brain hears spoken words and processes sounds

This information does not change inside the brain but can be accurately mapped and the original sound decoded by a computer. British expert Professor Jan Schnupp, from Oxford University who was not involved in the study said it was ‘quite remarkable’.

‘Neuroscientists have of course long believed that the brain essentially works by translating aspects of the external world, such as spoken words, into patterns of electrical activity’, he said.

‘But proving that this is true by showing that it is possible to translate these activity patterns back into the original sound (or at least a fair approximation of it) is nevertheless a great step forward, and it paves the way to rapid progress toward biomedical applications.’

He played down fears it could lead to range of ‘mind reading’ devices as the technique can only, at the moment, be done on patients willing to have surgery.

Non-invasive brain scans are not powerful enough to read this level of information so it will remain limited to ‘small numbers of willing patients’.

He added: ‘Perhaps luckily for all those of us who value the privacy of their own thoughts, we can rest assured that our skulls will remain an impenetrable barrier for any would-be technological mind hacker for any foreseeable future.’

  • Mobile phone could diagnose a range of diseases including cancer and diabetes
  • Scientists believe technology could save billions in healthcare costs
Breakthrough: South Korean scientists have developed new technology which they believe could result in smartphones - such as an iPhone - being able to diagnose diseasesBreakthrough: South Korean scientists have developed new technology which they believe could result in smartphones – such as an iPhone – being able to diagnose diseases

When we are feeling under the weather a visit to the doctors’ surgery or hospital is a necessary evil to find out what is wrong with us.

But, if a team of scientists have their way, we may soon be able to get a diagnosis for our illnesses simply by using a mobile phone from the comfort of the armchair.

Backed by government funding, South Korean scientists have developed new mobile-phone technology designed to diagnose disease.

Incredibly, this could result in instant diagnosis’ for illnesses from just a droplet of blood or saliva on a Smartphone’s touchscreen.

And those behind the revolutionary technology say the recognition rate is almost 100 per cent accurate and as effective as conventional medical equipment.

The technology was developed on the basis of the touchscreen’s capacity to detect the minute electrical signals generated by a fingertip’s touch.

That ability is called ‘capacitive sensitivity’.

A team at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology said when its technology is commercialised, it will revolutionise diagnostic medicine around the world.

Professor Park Hyun-Gyu says his team’s research will enable mobile phones to diagnose a range of diseases from cancer to diabetes.

He said biomolecules, like those produced by diseases, transmit similar signals that a touchscreen can recognise.

Mr Hyun-Gyu said: ‘If you have a certain type of DNA or proteins, the touchscreen would react in the same way as a finger’s electrical signal is detected.’

Excited: Professor Park Hyun-Gyu is one of those working on the new smartphone technology
Cautious: Researcher Won Byoung-Yeon says more work needs to be done before the technology to diagnose illnesses on smartphones can be perfected

Breakthrough: Professor Park Hyun-Gyu, left, and researcher Won Byoung-Yeon are two of the scientists working on the new smartphone technology

The team believe they are the first to demonstrate that a touchscreen can be used to detect biomolecules.

But researcher Won Byoung-Yeon says more work needs to be done before the technology is perfected.

He said: ‘Currently, we’ve reached the level where we can detect certain biomolecules’ existence or concentration, but we can’t define what the biomolecule is.

‘Therefore, we’re producing a film covered in a substance which can selectively react to certain biomolecules so that we can determine what those biomolecules are.’

Once it’s moved beyond the laboratory, the team believes the technology could transform diagnostic techniques, and save billions in healthcare costs.

It could be applied to inexpensively diagnose diseases in environments like nursing homes or mobile clinics, and radically reduce the necessity and expense of sending samples to a lab for testing.

The International telecommunications Union says billions of people use mobile phones around the world every day.

The idea of exposing their touchscreens to saliva or blood samples may not appeal to many, but according to Mr Hyun-Gyu’s team the practice will one day save time, money and lives.

 

The rapture of the bride of Christ is upon us. Here are instructions from our Father in heaven thru The Holy Spirit for us on how to prepare in repentance and holiness for the coming of our Lord.

How do we achieve holiness? First we must ask The Lord to break our pride. Then ask the Holy Spirit to lead us into holiness thru humility. A more detailed description of this procedure can be found in Andrews Murray’s book Humility the journey towards Holiness. It can be found on amazon.com and is very inexpensive.

Holy Lord Jesus Christ I stand in the gap for all my Family here and anybody who I forgot for you to forget their sins.

Confession of sins

Holy Lord Jesus I confess every sin I have committed in my lifetime and every sin committed thru my complete generational and ancestral line.

I also confess every soul tied I have ever made and all the sins generated thru those soul ties thru my complete generational and ancestral lines.

I confess every sin that I have committed in my dreams and every sin committed by my generation and ancestral lines in their dreams.

I now cover all these grievous sins with the holy blood of our Lord and Savior The Holy Lord Jesus Christ and take full and total responsibility for all of these grievous sins. Please Holy Lord Jesus forgive all of my sins.

The Lord will tell or acknowledge to you he forgives you your sins.

Sincere repentance

Holy Lord Jesus I sincerely repent every sin I have committed in my lifetime up to this very second. I will make a sincere 100% effort not to commit these sins ever again. I sincerely repent every sin from my complete generational and ancestral lines.

I sincerely repent all the sins that I have ever committed in all my dreams to this very second and every sin my generational and ancestral lines committed in their dreams.

I sincerely repent every soul tied I have ever made and all the sins generated thru those soul ties all the way back thru all my complete generational and ancestral lines.

I cover all these sins with the holy blood of the Holy Lord Jesus Christ and take full and total responsibility for all of these grievous sins.

Holy Lord Jesus I humbly ask you to please accept my sincere repentance. Start repenting until The Lord accepts your sincere repentance.

He will tell you he accepts your sincere repentance or give you an acknowledgment.

Now ask The Holy Lord Jesus Christ to lift off of your back all of the above mentioned sins and burn them with his holy fire.

The Lord will then cover your back with his holy blood and cover you from the top of your head to the tip of your toes with his holy blood.

Cleansing and purification

Holy Lord Jesus please cleanse and totally purify my heart with your precious blood and holy fire.

Holy Lord Jesus please cleanse and totally purify my soul with your precious blood and holy fire.

Holy Lord Jesus please cleanse and totally purify my spirit with your precious blood and holy fire.

Holy Lord Jesus please cleanse and totally purify my mind and subconscious mind with your precious blood and holy fire.

Holy Lord Jesus please cleanse and totally purify my flesh with your precious blood and holy fire.

Holy Lord Jesus please cleanse and totally purify all my record keeping books in heaven with your precious blood and holy fire.

Holy Lord Jesus please cleanse and totally purify my robe and gown in heaven with your precious blood and holy fire.

Open doors

Holy Lord Jesus please break every curse put on me by any and all demonic entities by any witch or warlock or any human being including myself.

Please extricate all demonic beings from my person that are affecting my life in any way. Please close all my open doors in my life and in my generational and ancestral lines.

Please close all the open doors caused by all my soul ties thru their generational and ancestral lines.

Please seal shut all these open doors with your holy blood and holy fire. Please put my soul and my flesh deep into your holy fire that you may cleanse and totally purify me that I may be purged from all sins.

Holy Lord Jesus please grant me a protective hedge as you have granted your servant job (job 1:10) and a protective wall of fire Zechariah (2:5) that the demonic realm has no access to my soul and my flesh.

Please put this protective hedge and wall of fire between my flesh here on earth and my soul, spirit, record keeping books and robe and gown in heaven.

Holy Lord Jesus I humbly come before you the one true God and beseech you to ask your great and mighty Holy Spirit to please please help to stop me from sinning.

Please Holy Lord Jesus grant me your faithful servant this blessing.

Holy Lord Jesus please intercede for me with my Father in heaven and if in your eyes I am worthy to please ask my father to please put my name in the lambs book of life.

Please great and mighty Holy Spirit of God help prepare me in repentance and holiness for the immanent coming of The Holy Lord Jesus Christ that I may be found worthy to participate in the wedding supper of the lamb.

Thank you Holy Father for your great grace and mercy you have shown all your children on how to prepare for the coming of your son.

In Jesus Holy name I thank you Holy Father. For we can truly do nothing with out your holy son (john 15:5).

Thank you so much Holy Spirit of God for helping us your children prepare for the rapture thank you Holy Spirit.

Holy Lord Jesus how can I ever thank you for what you have done for your children you gave your life for us you have interceded time and time again with your Father for us to give us more time to prepare for your coming.

I love you Holy Lord Jesus with my whole heart and soul for this extra time you have given us.

“Children of God time has truly run out. God in his great grace and mercy has now showed us how to prepare for the imminent coming of his holy son The Holy Lord Jesus Christ.

May God have mercy on all our souls.”

A servant of God Larry

Scriptures to back up this prayer:

Stand in the Gap
Ezekiel 22:30

Generational Line Sin
Exodus 20:5

Soul Ties
1 Corinthians 6:16
Genesis 2:24
Matthew 19:6

Dreams
Deuteronomy 13:5
Jeremiah 23:27 33:32
Daniel 52:1- 4:5
Genesis 41:1-32

Holy Fire
Leviticus 2:- 23:8
Matthew 3:11

The door closes after the rapture
Genesis 7:16
Matthew 25:1-13
Isaiah 26:19-21
John 14:1-6
Revelation 19:7-9
Exodus 40:34:3-5
Isaiah 40:3-5
Daniel 12:1-9
Zechariah 13:7-9
Isaiah 26:19-21

Pride
Leviticus 26:8-20
2 Chronicles 32:26
Psalm 10:4
1 John 2:5-7

Open doors
Job 38:17
Nehemiah 7:3

Repentance
Mark 2:7
Mark 1:4
Luke 3:3
2 Peter 3:9
Hebrews 6:6

Compartment
Luke 16:19-31

Record keeping books
Revelation 20:11-12

Robe and gown
Revelation 22:14

Valleys
Revelation 22:15

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Also check out the above mentioned at: http://www.thelordshour.com/prayers.php

“Keep your nose to the ground and your eyes to the sky.”

JP

  • Just five tweaks to H5N1 makes it more contagious
  • Contagious version of bird flu could cause pandemic
  • Scientists divide over whether findings can be released

 

A Pakistani health official removes chickens from an infected farm, Gadap, Pakistan during an H5N1 epidemic: Now a Dutch scientist has engineered a new, more contagious versionA Pakistani health official removes chickens from an infected farm, Gadap, Pakistan during an H5N1 epidemic: Now a Dutch scientist has engineered a new, more contagious version.

The H5N1 bird flu virus has killed 500 people – and outbreaks sparked terror around the world about the possibility of a global pandemic.

So far, the virus has not been contagious enough to pose a threat of a global pandemic. Sick people don’t pass it readily to the healthy.

But that might change.

At a flu conference in Malta this September, virologist Ron Fouchier of the Erasmus Medical Centre in the Netherlands made an astounding, and terrifying, announcement.

He found that a few simple genetic tweaks to the virus made it far more infectious among ferrets – a standard animal model used to study how viruses spread among humans.

Fouchier found that a mere five mutations to the virus were sufficient to make it spread far more easily.

His genetic research was part of an international drive to understand H5N1 more fully.

But his discovery caused a storm of controversy.

It’s traditional for scientific research to be open – to allow fellow scientists to review the work of others, repeat their methods and learn from them.

But in this case, many experts say that the research should be suppressed – in case the new ‘tweaked’ virus is used as a bioweapon.

A more contagious version of H5N1 could be a terrible weapon in the hands of terrorists.

Fouchier’s work is now being scrutinised by an American committe called the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity, says NPR.

 
Bird Flu Virus.

Virologist Ron Fouchier engineered a version of the H5N1 virus that was more contagious between ferrets – a standard ‘animal model’ for how infectious a virus might be between humans.

Bioterrorism experts are aghast at the idea of the research being released.

‘It’s just a bad idea for scientists to turn a lethal virus into a lethal and highly contagious virus,’ says Dr Thomas Inglesby, director for the Centre for Biosecurity at the Universuity of Pittsburgh.

‘There are some cases that I think are worth an exception to the principle of openness,’ he told NPR. ‘I can only imagine that the process of deliberating about the publication of these findings is quite serious.’

Fouchier is not going to comment until the committee has made its decision about whether the findings should be published.

Experiments involving other, different variants of the virus have been published in the journal Virology.

Experts are divided about the benefits of publication – with some saying that the benefits of publishing, and studying, new variants of viruses can outweigh the risks.

 
SOURCE ARTICLE LINK: : http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2063326/Scientists-mutate-bird-flu-make-MORE-contagious–critics-claim-bioweapon-kept-secret.html#ixzz1eMQSPLic

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Ecstasy could be used to cure cancer after scientists modified the drug to increase its tumour-killing properties.

Researchers from Birmingham University claimed the designer drug, also known as MDMA, could be used to treat leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma after making it 100 times more effective at suppressing growth.

Ecstasy was already known to be effective against more than half of white blood cell cancers, but previously the large dose required to treat a tumour would also have killed the patient.

In a study published in the Investigational New Drugs journal, the scientists said the new drug could be used by doctors to treat cancer if it can be produced in a safe form.

Lead author Professor John Gordon said: “This is an exciting next step towards using a modified form of MDMA to help people suffering from blood cancer.

“While we would not wish to give people false hope, the results of this research hold the potential for improvement in treatments in years to come.”

 

“Although survival rates for leukaemia have improved over the past thirty years new approaches to treatment are still needed to tackle this disease even more effectively.”

 
(Author’s Note: The hypocrisy and insanity of ‘The Powers That Be’ knows no bounds.  Each day just gets crazier by the moment.  What next?  Obesity is good for the heart?  Heroin is actually food for thought?
 
At this rate they’re about to start taking people round to the empty fields to blow their brains out, in the name of ‘global warming’ or some other ‘pseudo-science’)

Process could help detect birth defects in human children

(Artist impression of a crocoduck)

Scientists have undone the progress made by evolution by altering chicken DNA to create embryos with alligator-like snouts instead of beaks.

Experts changed the DNA of chicken embryos in the early stage of their development, enabling them to undo evolutionary progress and give the creatures snouts which are thought to have been lost in the cretaceous period millions of years ago.

The scientific revelation of ‘rewinding’ evolution could pave the way for scientists altering DNA in the other direction and use the same process to create species better able to adapt to Earth’s climate.

 
Rewind evolution: The reseatrch changed the DNA of a chicken egg so the embryo developed an alligator-like snout
Rewind evolution: The reseatrch changed the DNA of a chicken egg so the embryo developed an alligator-like snout
 

Rewind evolution: The research changed the DNA of a chicken egg so the embryo developed an alligator-like snout

 

It has also been claimed that the breakthrough could eventually help eliminate birth defects in human children.

Arkhat Abzhanov, an evolutionary biologist at Harvard University, developed the chickens with snouts by cutting a square hole in the shell of a chicken egg and dropping in a small gelatinous protein bead before watching the embryo develop.

The changes allowed separate molecules on the side of the face free to grow into snouts within 14 days.

Although ethical rules prevent the eggs from bring hatched, Dr Abzhanov said he hopes to complete the work one day by turning chickens into Maniraptora.

Dr Abzhanov made the changes by analysing the ‘signalling molecules’ which control the anatomical changes in birds and other animals.

Adding protein beads to the egg which stifle the development of certain molecules also prevents the birds from growing certain features.

The revolutionary work by biologist Dr Arkhat Abzhanov could help prevent birth defects in human childrenThe revolutionary work by biologist Dr Arkhat Abzhanov could help prevent birth defects in human children

Maniraptora are small dinosaurs which it is thought spawned thousands of species of birds which exist today.

Chickens and other birds are thought to have descended from dinosaurs through a series of genetic changes.

By altering the DNA of chickens to resemble alligator genes before the beak developed, Dr Abzhanov was able to change the evolutionary path of chickens so that they grew snouts instead.

Dr Abzhanov told the New Scientist: ‘It looks exactly like a snout looks in an alligator [at this stage].’

Jack Horner, a leading paleontologist based at the University of Montana, is conducting similar work in an attempt to make a ‘chickenosaurus‘ with a tail and hands similar to those of a dinosaur.

Craig Albertson, a developmental biologist at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, said: ‘Abzhanov’s ‘snouted’ chicken provides a striking demonstration of just how easy it can be to provoke major evolutionary changes.’

Source Article Link: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2027558/Scientists-undo-evolution-create-chicken-maniraptora-snout.html

“Keep your nose to the ground and your eyes to the sky.”

JP