Scientists in the UK announced Tuesday that they will be ready to create babies using genetic material from three people in two years, once the government makes it legal, while the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is deliberating whether to allow clinical trials to create these genetically modified babies.
In techniques commonly referred to as mitochondrial replacement, scientists would use eggs from two women and sperm from one man to treat deadly mitochondrial diseases, according to a BBC report.
Mitochondria, explains scientists with the UK's Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority, "are small structures present in cells that produce much of the energy required by the cell. They contain a small amount of DNA that is inherited exclusively from the mother through the mitochondria present in her eggs. Mutations in this mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) can cause a range of rare but serious diseases, which can be fatal." more >>
A depressed goat is finally feeling back to normal after being reunited with his best friend, a donkey, after six days of separation. A video showing their heartwarming reunion has gone viral, showing that animals, too, form deep friendships and have sincere emotions.
The goat, named Mr. G, was taken to a sanctuary after being rescued from a hoarder's home in California, where there were numerous animals being kept in squalor. Once he arrived at Animal Place, he refused to eat for six full days, prompting his caretakers to be greatly concerned and wonder what was wrong.
"Mr. G refused to eat," the shelter wrote on its website. "He spent his days laying in a corner of his stall, barely lifting his head. Staff tried every treat – molasses, sweet grain, apples, wetting down food … nothing worked." more >>
Actress, model and activist Pamela Anderson shared publicly for the first time that she suffered extensive sexual abuse as a child. She said that her love for animals "saved" her at the time.
Anderson, most famous for the hit '90s TV series "Baywatch" and who has appeared numerous times on Playboy covers, shared a number of traumatic experiences she went through as a child in remarks on Friday at the launch of her animal rights charity at the Cannes Film Festival in France.
"I was molested from age 6-10 by my female babysitter," the 46-year-old American-Canadian actress revealed. "I went to a friend's boyfriend's house - while she was busy. The boyfriend's older brother decided he would teach me backgammon which led into a back massage which led into rape – my first heterosexual experience. He was 25 yrs old; I was 12." more >>
These expert imitators have learned the secret to portraying some of the most common animal shopping habits. We've seen these animals in the zoo, nature and the Discovery Channel, but so rarely have we seen them in the cereal section of the supermarket, pushing baskets with their heads.
Sloths will take a long time to shop, apparently. So will caterpillars. Fish apparently can live above water, but only in the laundry detergent aisle.more >>
Earth Day takes place on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Here are six ways to help save planet Earth.
1. Attend a local Earth Day event. Nicki Minaj attended the Christie's Green Auction: A Bid to Save the Earth benefit in 2011.
2. Contribute to nature. President George. W. Bush planted a tree in honor of Earth Day. more >>
"The Endangered Species Act is our Noah's Ark and Congress and special interests are trying to sink it!"
Cal DeWitt's angry words vaulted into the New York Times, triggering a conservative Christian countermovement that led to derailing a congressional bill to kill the Endangered Species Act (ESA) that had been signed into law by President Nixon two decades earlier.
In early 1996, DeWitt was a professor of environmental studies at the University of Wisconsin. As a boy growing up in Grand Rapids, Michigan, DeWitt had been steeped in the teachings of the Christian Reformed Church (CRC). He had also spent his childhood roaming his surrounding woods, fields, and wetlands. more >>