Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Today's tidbits

I'm trying real hard not to make this blog political... but want to follow up on one bit of the State of the Union address Tuesday night. At one point President Bush was discussing science and how he is against human cloning, and then he said he wanted to ban human-animal hybrids....

huh?!

It's the kind of thing that is easy to make jokes about (insert your own Manimal reference here), but a here's a possible explanation that hit close to home for me here...

http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2006/02/president_panders_to_antimanim.php

To paraphrase (if you don't want to read the link)- scienctist are looking for tools to help them study Down Syndrome. Since there is not a similar condition in the animal world, they are trying to genetically engineer mice with Down Syndrome. If they are successful, and they seem to have had some success, they may be able to use these mice to understand Down Syndrome better, and help people like my daughter.

So is the president against research like this?

Ok... my non-political link... the new "planet" discovered last year... might be bigger then Pluto.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060201/ap_on_sc/new_planet;_ylt=AsIvCsry28uhWgKqCtBM_qys0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTA3b2NibDltBHNlYwM3MTY-

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