Researchers detect 100-million-year-old virus in pregnant women’s blood

October 9, 2017 by  
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Here’s a startling thought: the human genome contains ancient viruses . Researchers recently detected a 100-million-year-old virus called a human endogenous retrovirus (HERV)—that would have infected our ancestors when dinosaurs roamed the Earth—in the blood of pregnant women. They are still puzzling over how retroviruses might affect us in the long term. Eight percent of the human genome is made up of ancient viruses and scientists are still trying to puzzle out their function. Three scientists, led by Gkikas Magiorkinis of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens , wrote an article available online the end of September for Trends in Microbiology , delving into the mystery behind HERVs. They said, “Are they merely fossils that, like mosquitoes in amber, were stuck and preserved in large host genomes while their functions decayed?” They noted the 100-million-year-old retrovirus, first detected by another research group, “became a human gene that is expressed in embryos and cancers , and can be detected in the blood of pregnant women.” Related: University of Queensland scientists uncover an ‘explosion’ of new life forms Retroviruses insert a DNA copy of their RNA into a genome, according to IFLScience – this has devastating consequences with the human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV , for example. The 100-million-year-old HERV looks to be inactive during most stages, with low expression in many normal tissues, but it is expressed in the placenta, some stem cells, and cancer tissues like those of ovarian cancer, according to the scientists. The expression pattern “suggests potential roles for manipulation of stem cells and early life events, which could have very important impacts on adult diseases.” IFLScience points out the find has raised more questions than it solves – the three researchers suggest a hypothesis at the end of their paper, but no definitive conclusions. They say scientists should explore the roles of endogenous retroviruses to pin down potential anticancer treatments. Via IFLScience Images via freestocks.org on Unsplash and Pixabay

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Transylvanian music festival convinces hundreds of fans to hand over blood

September 23, 2015 by  
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Dracula must be seething with jealousy right now as Transylvania’s Untold music festival convinced hundreds of music fans to hand over pints of their blood. The festival organizers offered steep discounts on tickets for festival-goers who gave up their much-needed plasma at blood donation centers around Romania. Free day passes to the festival were handed out during the first weekend of the blood drive. After that, people giving blood at one of 42 donation centers around the country were offered almost 30 percent off the $97 four-day tickets. Read the rest of Transylvanian music festival convinces hundreds of fans to hand over blood

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The Tower of London’s Moat is Bleeding Thousands of Blood Red Poppies

August 1, 2014 by  
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Le Palais Idéal: Oddball Postman Builds a Palace of Pebbles in Southeast France

August 1, 2014 by  
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Every Year 250,000 Horseshoe Crabs ‘Donate’ Their Blue Blood to Save Humans

July 24, 2014 by  
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Do you give much thought to horseshoe crabs? No, me neither. But it turns out that without them, we could be in a very precarious position. Horseshoe crabs – or to be more precise, their incredible, baby blue blood – are used to test for bacterial contamination, thus saving countless lives each year during medical procedures. The only trouble is, we have to catch a quarter of a million horseshoe crabs each year to do this, and then we have to drain their blood . Read the rest of Every Year 250,000 Horseshoe Crabs ‘Donate’ Their Blue Blood to Save Humans Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: animal testing , bacteria , bacterial contamination , biomedical research , biotech , blood , Carolina , fisheries , Horseshoe crab , horseshoe crab blood harvest , horseshoe crabs blue blood , LAL test , medical research , scientific research , surgical procedures

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Flies Fattened on Organic Waste to Feed Farmed Fish in South Africa

October 4, 2013 by  
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South Africa is building a huge factory to farm millions of flies that will spend their days gorging on food industry leftovers such as animal manure, blood, and brains from abattoirs. The $3.7m facility will be located in Stellenbosch, in the country’s Western Cape province, and provide food for farmed fish that will ultimately feed people. Read the rest of Flies Fattened on Organic Waste to Feed Farmed Fish in South Africa Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Agriprotein , Animal Manure , blood , brains , farming flies for fish food , Fish Farms , fish fed flies to feed humans , Fish Feed , Fly Larvae , Food Chain , Food Industry Leftovers , South Africa , South Africa farms flies        

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Global Solar Power Leaps Ahead of Wind Energy for the First Time

October 4, 2013 by  
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Wind farm photo from Shutterstock The latest green energy numbers are in from the Bloomberg New Energy Finance report and solar capacity has over taken wind power for the first time ever. This year solar power provided the world with 36.7 gigawatts of clean energy, while wind ran just short of the lead with 35.5 gigawatts. Read the rest of Global Solar Power Leaps Ahead of Wind Energy for the First Time Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Advances in Solar Power , bloomberg , green energy , green energy generation , Green Future , green technology , News , Solar Power , united states , Wind Engergy        

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Gorgeous Auckland Art Gallery Scoops Building of the Year at the World Architecture Festival

October 4, 2013 by  
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Could Bricks Made of Animal Blood Be the Future of Construction?

October 17, 2012 by  
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Scientists have been trying to develop cheap, alternative building materials for years. But there’s one material that is surprisingly strong, secure, waterproof and perhaps just too creepy to handle: animal blood . Recent architectural graduate Jack Munro realized this abundant, greatly wasted substance, could be used as a building material in underdeveloped countries. However the controversial material is definitely a red flag for environmentalists already concerned about the numerous negative environmental impacts of the beef industry , while vegans and various religious groups will certainly not rest their head under a roof made of blood. Still, Munro argues that this innovative yet icky idea may have the potential to create new jobs and cleaner communities. Read the rest of Could Bricks Made of Animal Blood Be the Future of Construction? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alternative building , alternative building materials , blood , blood building , blood design , eco building , eco design , eco-materials , Green Building , green design , green materials , jack munro , recycled building materials , Recycled Materials , Sustainable Building , sustainable design , Sustainable Materials

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Jordan Eagles “Recycles” Slaughterhouse Blood into Splotchy Works of Art

April 16, 2012 by  
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