Who’s your mama?

first_imgBy Dan RahnUniversity of GeorgiaIn a country clouded by a deep suspicion of foods from clonedanimals, a little Sunshine may help soften consumers’ fears.Born on the coldest night of the year in mid-December, Sunshineis a female calf that’s just like countless other calves bornaround the country.The only thing special about Sunshine is her mama, KC, the firstcow ever cloned from cells collected from a dead cow. KC wasnamed after the kidney cell from which she was cloned after itwas taken from a side of beef in the freezer.”She’s a beautiful calf,” said Steve Stice, the University ofGeorgia scientist who directed the team of scientists who clonedKC. “This is not a great scientific feat. It’s just anotherindication that cloned animals can reproduce and have normaloffspring.”Perfectly normalSunshine’s birth was so perfectly unremarkable that mostAmericans’ disapproval of animals like her seems hard to justify.She got her start when KC was artificially inseminated with semenfrom an Angus bull. She was born naturally in the middle of thenight without human help. She’s alert, lively and the right sizefor a calf born to a first-calf heifer — 72 pounds.”KC is a great mother,” said Allison Adams, a former UGA graduateassistant who worked with Stice on the project, along with KateHodges, another former UGA graduate assistant.Polls over the past few years have shown that nearly 60 percentof U.S. consumers oppose cloning animals, even livestock. Peoplecite many reasons for their fears. The single biggest is theirreligious beliefs.”I don’t know what people are afraid of,” said Stice, a GeorgiaResearch Alliance Eminent Scholar and one of the world’s topexperts on cloning.Stice clearly believes in the benefits of cloning that Sunshine’smama makes obvious.Farmers have been improving the genetics of their herds since thefirst cattle were domesticated. But it’s a painfully slowprocess. Carefully culling the worst and breeding the best mayproduce noticeable improvements over a lifetime.BenefitsCloning, though, can greatly speed that process by producingexact genetic copies of the best animals. The technology Sticeused to clone KC now makes it possible to evaluate even carcasstraits such as marbling and tenderness before making the copies.Like KC, the cloned cattle themselves won’t go into the foodchain. “They’re too valuable,” said Stice, who conducted theresearch with the biotechnology firm ProLinia Inc. ProLinia waslater bought by ViaGen, Inc.The offspring of cloned cattle, though, will be valued mostly bypeople who prize tender, juicy steaks and roasts. That’s whatmakes Sunshine newsworthy.The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is considering the safetyof food products from the offspring of cloned animals. “Data fromcloned animals’ offspring will be helpful to them,” Stice said.The curious, lively Sunshine confirms what Stice already knewabout cloned animals. “Their offspring are normal,” he said.”They do all the things any other calf or piglet does.”(And yes, the calf was named after KC and the Sunshine Band, thegroup with hit songs like “That’s the Way (I Like It).” The namewasn’t his idea, Stice said.)(Dan Rahn is a news editor with the University of GeorgiaCollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Greensburg narrowly misses ‘Stellar’ designation

first_imgGreensburg, In. — Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch has named Madison and the Town of Culver as the winners of the 2017 Stellar Communities program. The city of Greensburg was a finalist in the selection process.A post on the on the “Partners for Community Progress- Stellar Greensburg” says:The waiting is over. We were not selected for the Stellar designation but we’ve won so much more over the past 18 months. Those wins included a new community vision and strategic investment plan, tons of community engagement, and excitement about the future which will not wane. We received word from the State this afternoon, that in a VERY competitive process we were not chosen as this year’s designee. However, our Stellar Core group has scheduled our first meeting to continue the work of pursuing the projects you identified in the community vision process. We now look forward to a TREEmendous transformation as we implement your vision. THANK YOU for all of your participation and support over the last 18 months – we couldn’t have gotten this far without it!last_img read more

Miami Man Sues Madonna’s Madame X Tour Over Change in Start Times

first_imgHollander filed a lawsuit Monday in Miami-Dade County court against both Live Nation and Madonna.He alleges that the change in start times for her Madame X Tour is a breach of contract made between the singer and the ticket buyer.In August, when Hollander bought the tickets to Madonna’s December 17 show at the Fillmore Miami Beach, the concert was scheduled to begin at 8:30 p.m., the lawsuit alleges.But on October 23, Madonna and Live Nation changed the start time for that show and several others to 10:30 p.m., the suit alleges.For those like Hollander, who bought tickets and now don’t want to attend a concert that late, a refund has not been offered, he alleges.And attempts to resell won’t make up for the money lost, as tickets have now “suffered an extreme loss of value” because of the time change, he alleges.That makes reselling “impossible,” he said.Hollander originally bought three tickets to Madonna’s Miami Beach show, spending $1,024.95, he says in the filing.But, since the show is now starting later than originally planned, he claims that he and other ticket holders “suffered actual and consequential damages including, but not limited to, loss of consideration paid and the devaluation of the ticket.” Five hundred refunds have been given out since the class action lawsuit was filed, but Hollander is also suing for damages. “There’s something that you all need to understand,” Madonna said during her Las Vegas concert, while perched atop a piano, legs swinging. “And that is, that a queen is never late.” A Miami Madonna fan, Nate Hollander, is suing the singer because the Material Girl is a night owl. Madonna is reportedly being hit with a class-action lawsuit for pushing the start time of her upcoming Miami show back several hours. https://t.co/SvYHagZLYv— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) November 11, 2019last_img read more

Back from ‘hell’, Fury helping others fight their demons

first_imgBy Rory CarrollLOS ANGELES, California (Reuters) – Former world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury said he “tasted death” during the mental health crisis that brought him to the brink of suicide but is back and on a mission to help others.The British fighter shocked the world in 2015 when he defeated long-reigning champion Wladimir Klitschko to capture the IBF, WBA and WBO belts.But he was stripped of those belts the next year after alcohol and drug use rendered him unable to compete.He ballooned in weight and few, including Fury himself, thought he’d ever see the inside of a ring again. But he rediscovered his love of boxing and the sport he walked away from proved to be his salvation.“I’ve been to hell and back and I’ve been given a second chance at life,” he told Reuters.“I turned my life around from 420 pounds and suicidal thoughts on a daily basis to getting back to the top of the heavyweight division,” he said. “To almost taste death and to come back to this level has definitely been a blessing.”Fury said he is passionate about helping others who struggle with mental health issues and has embarked on speaking tours in the UK and Europe to spread the word to those suffering that they can get better.“On the second return journey, I’m doing as much as I can to help others in needy positions and as much as I can to spread the word on mental health and smash the stigma because everybody deserves a second chance.” The response has been overwhelming. “People are flying in from all over to say thank you. You’ve saved my brother, my uncle, my cousin, my wife. One guy flew in from Malaysia to thank me personally and give me a hug.“So it means the world, it means so much to get the recognition for the help,” he said.Fury credits his own turnaround to the purifying effects of exercise, something he recommends but only up to a point.“Anyone in the midst of a mental health crisis should immediately contact a doctor,” he said.“I believe that if you do suffer from mental health, and I know a lot of people out there do, having a little training programme really works,” he said.“I don’t mean like a high-performance athlete, I mean just on a regular, day to day basis. What you can manage as an individual.“Whether it is a little 10-minute walk or a jog, whatever you can manage. And if you can maintain it like a daily thing, I think it really does help.”FEELING ‘FANTASTIC’ AHEAD OF UPCOMING BOUTSFury said he feels “fantastic” ahead of his September 14 bout with Otto Wallin and his highly-anticipated February 22 rematch with Deontay Wilder but said mental health struggles always lurk in the background.“There’s a great song the Eagles wrote called ‘Hotel California,’” Fury said while, appropriately, speaking to Reuters in a hotel room in downtown Los Angeles. “You can check out any time you want, but you can never leave,” he said.“I believe that’s mental health because you can get well – you can check out any time you want – but you can never leave it because you’re born with it.Fury, who in February signed a reported $100 million contract with Bob Arum’s Top Rank Promotions to have his fights broadcast on ESPN, said he is now content to live in the moment. “I don’t have long-term goals, I only live day to day,” he said.“My long-term goal is to be happy and well and healthy. And anything after that is a real bonus. Nothing is guaranteed in life and nothing is promised.“We’re not even promised tomorrow morning so we’ve got to live and enjoy the moments we have in time, and that’s all we have – moments in time,” he said. “I’m making the best of every moment in time I have as of late.”last_img read more