FDA Approves Genetically Modified Salmon For Human Consumption


(PCM) The idea of any type of genetically modified food makes us feel kind of uneasy, however the FDA has now ruled that genetically modified salmon is safe for human consumption.

The agency has ruled that the fish is safe to eat despite the number of concerns from consumers about genetically modified food. In a statement the agency revealed “There are no biologically relevant differences in the nutritional profile of AquAdvantage Salmon compared to that of other farm-raised Atlantic salmon.”

The AquAdvantage Salmon are engineered by a Massachusetts-based company called Aquabounty and they claim that their fish grow twice as fast as normal salmon, so they reach the correct market size a lot quicker. The company was able to add a growth hormone found in Pacific Chinook salmon and engineer a way for the fish to produce the hormone all year long, by combining it with a gene from an eel-like fish called an ocean pout.

The company also claims that their fish provide a healthy alternative for consuming salmon without damaging the ocean. The FDA says that they have extensively tested and analyzed the genetically modified salmon and have determined that they are safe for humans to consume.

The part of this that is a little bit unnerving is that since the FDA found no solid differences between normal and engineered salmon they will not require the salmon to be labeled as being engineered when it hits store shelves. Therefore, you may not know that you are actually consuming genetically modified food.

There will be some guidelines put in place by the FDA for any retailers that do wish to label the salmon as being genetically engineered and some have vowed not to sell the salmon at all.


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Scientists Have Discovered A Way To Teach Pigeons To Detect Cancer


(PCM) Scientists have now discovered a way to teach pigeons to detect certain types of cancer. According to CNN.com,  the birds offer great potential as testers of cancer detection technology and as a help in doctor training. It turns out that they are fantastic detectives.

Research indicated that pigeons have much better eye sight than humans and are able to see more wavelengths of light than the human eye. They are able to use visual clues to place various objects in to categories, as well as, learn the letters of the alphabet and recognize individuals even if they are wearing different clothing.

Dr. Richard Levenson of the University of California-Davis medical center decided to further explore the pigeons abilities and see if the birds would be able to learn the art of pathology which consists of mostly visual recall.

CNN.com goes on to explain, for the experiment, eight birds were placed in a high-tech box in which they were shown an image a scientist would see under the microscope, along with two boxes. The slides showed relatively straightforward images of cancer cells, and cells that are not cancerous, from actual breast tissue samples. The scientists trained the birds to peck at one box if the sample was malignant, the other if it was benign. The birds trained with 144 images at different magnifications and each got a pellet when it pecked at the box with the right answer.

The birds were trained for a period of 15 days and they were able to tell the difference in tissues even with images they had never seen previously. Collectively the pigeons got the answer right about 85% of the time. The study is a huge innovation in the medical community, but don’t expect pigeons to be replacing doctors in radiology labs anytime soon. It is the hope that with this study that there might perhaps be a way to hone in on the pigeons skills and use them as a teaching tool to help students and doctors with areas that they may be struggling with in making a diagnosis.


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Sherwin-Williams Debuts New Bacteria Killing Paint


(PCM) Paint manufacturer Sherwin-Williams have debuted a revolutionary new paint that promises to kill 99.9% of bacteria it comes in contact with after a two hour time period.

They are calling the new product “Paint Shield” and according to Sherwin-Williams is the first EPA-registered microbicidal paint that continuously kills 99.9 percent of Staph, MRSA, E. coli and other bacteria after two hours of exposure.

The company say that this new paint will be a game-changer in coatings technology and there are already plans for it’s use in hospitals and nursing homes. Schools, public places and cruise ships are additional areas where this kind of paint/coatings technology is groundbreaking.

The “Paint Shield” will be released on the market in early 2016 and will sell for $84.99 per gallon. Our main question is just how long do the bacteria killing properties last in the paint before you would need to re-coat?

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Hot Dogs Found To Contain Human DNA!


(PCM) A food analytic company called Clear Food has released the findings of their recent testing on a variety of different hot dog brands and have discovered some pretty stomach-turning information as a result. The company looked at 345 hot dog samples from 75 different hot dog and sausage brands and surprisingly discovered that 21 of those labeled vegetarian had the most issues.

They discovered that 10% of the hot dogs labeled vegetarian actually contained meat and a large portion contained human genetic matter or DNA! Human DNA was found in 2% of the hot dog samples overall, but in two-thirds of vegetarian samples. Yuck! This is definitely making us rethink our summer BBQ choices! Clear Food claimed that over 14% of all the hot dogs tested were problematic in some way to our overall health and well-being.

The company also discovered some gross inaccuracies on the hot dogs nutritional labels, such as the inclusion of meats such as chicken and lamb being found in some samples. Clear Foods did not reveal which brands of hot dogs scored the lowest during the testing process however they did provide some well-known brands with a Clear score which is a “representation of how closely a product’s label claims match its actual molecular contents.”

The brands with the highest Clear scores were Butterball, McCormick, Gardein, Eckrich and Hebrew National, however this report still makes us want to rethink consuming hot dogs all together!


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Scientist Recreates Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night’ Using Bacteria And A Petri Dish


(PCM) We are sort of hoping that this does not pick up as a new art trend, however it is definitely pretty cool to view!  A group of scientists came up with the idea for “Agar Art” contest in which microbiologists use bacteria as paint and a petri dish as a canvas to recreate famous works of art for submission. For those that may not know, agar is a jelly-like substance that is placed in the bottom of petri dishes that bacteria can eat and grow upon.

Missouri microbiologist Melanie Sullivan entered the contest with her incredible recreation of Van Gogh’s famous painting “Starry Night” where she used various types of bacteria to create different colors including one that causes urinary tract infections and others that cause infections such as pneumonia and meningitis. Rest assured that all safety precautions were taken when working with the various bacteria and submissions were only accepted from individuals who were members of the American Society of Microbiologists (ASM).

It is the hope of the individuals who organized the contest that for once art and science can be married together and prove that scientists can indeed be artistic!

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The Scientific Explanation Of Hell – According To A Chemistry Student

Hell-frozen(PCM) A chemistry student gave one of the best answers we have ever seen when asked as the bonus question on a recent chemistry mid-term to explain whether or not Hell was exothermic (gives of heat) or endothermic (absorbs heat).

Most of the students answers revolved around the properties of Boyle’s Law which states gas cools when it expands and heats when it is compressed or some variation of that principle, but the one students answer blew all the other ones away! It is not wonder that they received an A+ on the exam!

You can read the answer below:

“First, we need to know how the mass of Hell is changing in time. So we need to know the rate at which souls are moving into Hell and the rate at which they are leaving, which is unlikely. I think that we can safely assume that once a soul gets to Hell, it will not leave.Therefore, no souls are leaving. As for how many souls are entering Hell, let’s look at the different religions that exist in the world today.

“Most of these religions state that if you are not a member of their religion, you will go to Hell. Since there is more than one of these religions and since people do not belong to more than one religion, we can project that all souls go to Hell. With birth and death rates as they are, we can expect the number of souls in Hell to increase exponentially. Now, we look at the rate of change of the volume in Hell because Boyle’s Law states that in order for the temperature and pressure in Hell to stay the same, the volume of Hell has to expand proportionately as souls are added.

“This gives two possibilities:

“1. If Hell is expanding at a slower rate than the rate at which souls enter Hell, then the temperature and pressure in Hell will increase until all Hell breaks loose.
“2. If Hell is expanding at a rate faster than the increase of souls in Hell, then the temperature and pressure will drop until Hell freezes over.

“So which is it?

“If we accept the postulate given to me by Teresa during my Freshman year that, ‘It will be a cold day in Hell before I sleep with you,’ and take into account the fact that I slept with her last night, then number two must be true, and thus I am sure that Hell is exothermic and has already frozen over. The corollary of this theory is that since Hell has frozen over, it follows that it is not accepting any more souls and is therefore, extinct–leaving only Heaven, thereby proving the existence of a divine being. Which explains why, last night, Teresa kept shouting ‘Oh my God.’”

Big thumbs up to The Les Aucoin Blog for sharing this hilarious story!

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