Mice With Human Brains
Weissman has already created mice with brains that are about one percent human.
Later this year he may conduct another experiment where the mice have 100 percent human brains. This would be done, he said, by injecting human neurons into the brains of embryonic mice.
Before being born, the mice would be killed and dissected to see if the architecture of a human brain had formed. If it did, he'd look for traces of human cognitive behavior.
Weissman said he's not a mad scientist trying to create a human in an animal body. He hopes the experiment leads to a better understanding of how the brain works, which would be useful in treating diseases like Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease.
The test has not yet begun. Weissman is waiting to read the National Academy's report, due out in March.
William Cheshire, associate professor of neurology at the Mayo Clinic's Jacksonville, Florida, branch, feels that combining human and animal neurons is problematic.
"This is unexplored biologic territory," he said. "Whatever moral threshold of human neural development we might choose to set as the limit for such an experiment, there would be a considerable risk of exceeding that limit before it could be recognized."
Cheshire supports research that combines human and animal cells to study cellular function. As an undergraduate he participated in research that fused human and mouse cells.
But where he draws the ethical line is on research that would destroy a human embryo to obtain cells, or research that would create an organism that is partly human and partly animal.
"We must be cautious not to violate the integrity of humanity or of animal life over which we have a stewardship responsibility," said Cheshire, a member of Christian Medical and Dental Associations. "Research projects that create human-animal chimeras risk disturbing fragile ecosystems, endanger health, and affront species integrity."
Full credit and other information can be found here: <a href="http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2005/01/0125_050125_chimeras.html> National Geographic</a>
I'm not much into conspiracy theories, however I found some interesting things on-line this morning. As I was looking at my news source for world discoveries and bizarre news (where I get a lot of paranormal information), I came across an article that hit close to home (quite literally). It seems that a biochemist who specialized in synthesizing peptides, Jeong Im, was murdered in the Maryland Avenue parking garage at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He was a retired professor that only did lab work for colleagues in the areas of microbiology, immunology and pharmacology. His body was found locked in the trunk of his burned vehicle, and upon inspection by the police department found he suffered from several stab wounds.
Normally a single murder would not be contrived as a conspiracy. However, the article goes in depth about a man who claims differently. The man, known as Steve Quail, claims that over forty
scientists have died under mysterious circumstances over the last four years. He also claims that this list primarily contained those who have worked in vaccines and bio-weapon research. The list of deaths include murder, hit and runs, plane crashes, lab accidents and those who have died of "natural" causes.
The list of the scientists and a brief description of cause of death can be found here
I have researched the majority of American names on the list and have found it to be quite accurate. As fo the other countries' scientists, your guess is as good as mine.
If the entire list is accurate, what exactly is going on? Why are the most well known scientists in their field dying this quickly? Could it be coincidence? Or is this a sign that something is coming?
What if a virus was released that was so toxic and misunderstood that entire countries could fall within weeks? And because all of these top scientists in microbiolgy have died, what if there is no one left to find a cure quickly enough to be effective? If a person(s) wanted to destroy humanity, all that is required is to eliminate those who can stop them. (Evil Genius 101)
Post your thoughts.
I've been having a lot of weird dreams lately. Some of them take place in the future, and then there are others where I just have these weird experiences. Umm heres a post from when I woke up from one of the dreams..
Something really amazing just happened to me. I had already slept as much as I possibly could for this night. And I woke up finally at around 2 (I went to bed at 9pm) in the morning. I woke up from a nightmare. So I went upstairs and got a drink of water because I was really thirsty. I listened to some music, and then I started to get kind of tired of the music and wanted to just rest. After half an hour I started to fall asleep. I started to go numb, and then I blacked out completely (it happened really fast). But I went into this dream state, things that were so unbelievable. The weird thing is that I was completely aware of everything the whole time. I wasn’t unconscious. IM NOT ON DRUGS. I had like, and out of body experience.It was like I was a ghost, I could go through walls, and through time and space. I went outside of my room but everything was different. The whole basement was different. Then I saw Dad, Joe, and ME. Then I went inside of the other me. And I could control him. I tried to talk but it was kind of hard, it was like I was really stoned. Then I told joe the whole thing. And I was like, I think this is a different universe then where Im from. SO I got really excited and ran upstairs and saw Erika. She was sitting at the kitchen table like usual (she looked like major white trash). But the house was WAY fricken different. IT was like we lived in the shittiest house ever. Then im like why is our house so messed up? Then she said, “well at least its not like the other houses that got torn down”, then I was like ohh. Erika got boring so then I walked over to where the bathroom was and all of the rooms on that side of the house were combined into one room, and it was really nice. Inside was sarah playing video games on a big screen t.v. This was so weird, and the whole time I knew I was dreaming. Then I explained everything to the sarah in that dream, and she started asking me questions like, did the sean in your universe get into a fight with mom last year? And I said yeah. Then she said “Well so did the sean in this one so some things are the same.” Then I remembered watching on the discovery channel about how parallel universes are different but can have the same qualities, but I started to fade away and I told Sarah bye LOL. I woke up for like a few seconds and I looked at my clock it was close to 3:40 something, and I tried going back into that dreamish state. SO then it started happening again. I went into this other place, where this girl that graduated last year was famous. I guess in this universe she became a singer and I heard her singing, and no fucking way was that something that my mind made up. Then I heard music of mine that I made up and it sounded like me older, and I was obviously trying to be like Mindless self indulgence lol. I wanted to wake up from it and write all of the things down but I realized it was pointless because I cant remember songs after hearing them once. IM GOING F-ing crazy. I had to post this so I don’t forget about it.
Yeah I was half asleep when I posted that. But I also have dreams about Aliens.hahah Im weird
Well I was looking at some of the "priceless" photographs at work and realized I had never seen one for the paranormal. So I decided to create one. Plus I was REALLY bored. Let me know what you think.
Two-way Radios for communication between team members: $80
EMF Detector for measuring Electromagnetic Fields: $90
Digital Voice Recorder for catching Electronic Voice Phenomenon: $230
Camera, film and batteries for capturing pictures of Ghosts: $300
Air Ion Detector for measuring Electromagnetic discharges: $580
Infrared Thermal Scanner used for tracking and capturing temperature movement: $20,000
</font>Proving to the world that ghosts exist: Priceless
In my continued research of strange events and paranormal, I have come across some interesting articles involving UFOs. I thought they were appropriate so I will post them here."China and India both know about underground UFO base in the Himalayan border area deep into the tectonic plates..."
Check out the article here
."India may be the first country to explain to the world about extra-terrestrial and UFO contacts – the secret debate is on..." Read More
."Strange Lights, Explosions: Now It's the [United States]..."Read More
."UFOs Over Iran: Gov't Issues Shoot-Down Order..."Read More
And for all people who want to know when the world is going to end...some say its Dec. 21,2012
i posted the wordiness below in the ghost hunters community and was later asked to join this community by the moderator. figured if they liked it, others would too. so, without further ado...
from some jagoff on IMDB's board for the movie white noise"Researchers supposidly communicated with the dead through EVP in the seventies.
one of the things the dead said was that the world they were in was simular to ours but more beutiful and that the deaad could move in infinite speed and be in 2 places at once.
Firstly, this world of dead would be EXTREMLY overpopulated. :D
Secondly,how would they know we are recording? Can they see our world? i thought they live in their own world?
Thirdly, the most simple explanation, ghosts do not exist.
those who believe ghosts do exist have obviously not got a degree in COMMEN SENSE."
Point: "Firstly, this world of dead would be EXTREMLY overpopulated."
Counterpoint: The "world of the dead" is not something that is limited by space. It's not even really a "world" as we know it. It's not something solid, nor are the things that reside there. We (the living) are simply billions of tiny facets of energy bound together and anchored to what we perceive to be a body. At the most basic level, we're no different from a chair or a wall, save that we are structured a little differently and allowed to do different things because of this structure. When we die, the energies that allow us to be thinking and feeling structures (aka "the soul") are unanchored from our bodies and scattered into the ether... the very same ether that radio signals, electricity, and light waves reside in. For the most part, that energy scatters and is re-used. Some of it goes into grass, some of it goes into a cow, or whatever... there's only so much energy in the world. It ebbs, flows, and changes shape, but is still constant. Some people call this idea reincarnation. I just think of it as the world recycling what it's got. Sometimes (for many and various reasons) that energy does not fully separate, and remains as a free-floating psychic resonance (see: ghost). Just like a signal can be transmitted from a tower and picked up by a radio, this resonance can (at times) be picked up by electrical devices designed to transfer energy from wave to audible sound. What more is a human voice than transference of energy from one medium to another? If you can do it with your mouth, why can't other forms of energy? Lighting has a voice (the electrical arc), loose radio and TV signals have a voice (static), air even has a voice when it bounces off something. None of those things have a language that most of us understand... But just because you don't speak Spanish, it doesn't mean that Mexicans are unable to communicate.
Analogue recording devices work by transferring energy through magnets to tape. A microphone is plugged into the device to pick up on energy in the room, move it through a vibrating magnet, through a cable, to the recording device, which then transfers that energy resonance to a tape. All kinds of things can get picked up on that tape. Try using a high-powered magnet near an active recording device and see what happens. Or, even easier, plug a non-shielded cable into your device and see what happens. That hiss sound that you get is not just air in the room. It’s the cable transferring ambient energies to an audible medium. You can get all kinds of line hiss depending on what you've got in the room (computers, microwaves, whatever). If a microwave being near your mic or audio cable can screw with your sound waves so easily, why couldn't other energy disturbances?
Point: "Secondly, how would they know we are recording? Can they see our world?"
Counterpoint: Who says they know? Most credible EVP recordings I’ve heard have not been conversations, so much as just miscellaneous phrases... like some kind of frustrated force lashing out. Usually when I hear about an EVP recording where someone had a full conversation, I start to doubt it myself. I don't doubt that a ghost can occasionally reach across and make contact if the energy is intact enough... I've communicated with them myself on two occasions... But most ghosts aren't even self-aware. It takes a pretty powerful chunk of resonance to actually make proactive communication. Most EVP is a case of right-place-right-time.
Point: "I thought they live in their own world?"
Counterpoint: This is not the case. They just reside in another aspect of our world... The same place that radio waves and electrical signals come from. It's all the same thing, just different locals.
Point: "Thirdly, the most simple explanation, ghosts do not exist."
Counterpoint: Believe what you want. I can't blame you for being skeptical. I was until I encountered one myself. I don't believe in heaven, or hell, or a soul as anything more than a cluster of electrical impulses... But who’s to say that these impulses don't stay together after their anchor expires? Can you prove that they don't?
Point: "those who believe ghosts do exist have obviously not got a degree in COMMEN SENSE."
Counterpoint: There's a firm, rational scientific explanation for them. I've gone over it several times here. If you ask me, those who make broad statements about people have less common sense than someone who believes in ghosts. At least some of us can back up what we say with scientific evidence. If you want some light reading on the subject, look for treatises by Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Nicola Tesla, and Konstantin Raudive. They've all written about it from a scientific standpoint. They may not be spooky monsters that jump out and say "boo!" But if you're going to write off the existence of energy resonance, then you may as well say that the television and radio could never exist, let alone the standard drum kit.
I have a point for you, too: It's a freakin' movie. Suspend some disbelief for 90 minutes and have fun with it. Geez.
Oh... and if you want some credentials as far as how i know about this stuff: I'm a certified audio engineer... that's how i know about energy transferrences and how magnets work to record things. As far as my credentials as a ghost hunter go, i've been doing it for a long long time. That's really about it. You can take that as you will