Scientists have grown the entire forelimb of a rat in a lab . . . and it moves!
Hidden in plain sight
God’s miraculous secrets*
Waiting to be found
Bernhard Jank, MD/Ott Laboratory, Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Regenerative Medicine
Dr. Harold Ott, head of the Ott Laboratory for Organ Engineering and Regeneration, and his team at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston were able to “engineer rat forelimbs with functioning vascular and muscle tissue,” . . .
“This may be an important first step leading to the eventual creation of functional, bioartificial limbs that could be used in transplants.”
Ott says this work “finally proved that we can regenerate functional muscle.” (They know because they ran an electrical current through the muscle tissue — and the little rat limb began to twitch).”
“They’ve since applied the first part of this technology — stripping cells from the framework — to the arms of primates, showing the process might work on the human scale.”
Read the article: In Massachusetts Lab Scientists Grow an Artificial Rat Limb
The A-Z writing challenge is Absurdly Zonkers. Writing a post every day (except on Sunday) using the alphabet is not for the faint of heart. So that’s why I’m absolutely doing it.
A – Haiku
It’s the first letter
the beginning not the end
“A” is not the last
A – Angry Doodle
A – Saying
by Michael Pomranz
“Remember when you were a little kid and Mom used to tell you, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away?” And then remember when you became a snotty teenager and you told Mom she was an idiot? Well, turns out Mom was wrong, and you were right!”
“A team of researchers recently set out to see if the old apple rhyme actually held any water. After looking at over 8,000 participants, their study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, provided no statically significant proof that an apple a day actually leads to fewer doctor’s visits.
“What researchers did uncover, however, was that apple eaters were “marginally more successful at avoiding prescription medications” than non-apple eaters. “Evidence does not support that an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” the study’s authors concluded, “however, the small fraction of US adults who eat an apple a day do appear to use fewer prescription medications.” Hopefully, Republicans are paying attention: Encouraging people to eat more apples might be a great Obamacare replacement.”
Ahhhhhhhhh. “A“ down and “B” to go . . .
in the heat of the moment
Frozen in my tracks
Waiting for the thaw
mind mindlessly numbed with cold
limbs frozen in space
passion beckons me
slowly move forward in time
melting my reserve
In the Arctic ya gotta keep moving to not freeze in place!
“God has created the world as one—the boundaries are marked out by man.”
Earth’s soil fertilized
artificial poppies grow
in human blood, bones
* * *
Fallen in battle
It’s time for falling in love
Soul’s soil fertilized
Sea of Ceramic Poppies, Tower of London, England
The exhibition entitled Blood Swept Lands And Seas Of Red, is the work of Derbyshire-based ceramic artist Paul Cummins, and was set up to Commemorate the 100 years since the beginning of the First World War Each poppy representing each British and Commonwealth death during the conflict.
One of the reasons I follow the Baha’i World Faith:
Haiku Horizons – prompt FULL
in the dusk of my life
The moon lights the way
Someone asked, with concern, how I was feeling about my impending retirement. Sounded a bit like my impending demise! I am actually feeling a bit of relief and am preferring to think of it as re-treading as opposed to retire-ment!
My tires aren’t blown
just ready for re-treading
Fill up my gas tank!
Haiku Horizons – prompt DAWN