Medawar’s team set out to prove the existence of immunological tolerance by experiments using white and brown inbred laboratory mice. Members of each strain are genetically almost as alike as identical twins. The team injected cells from one inbred strain directly into immunologically immature late foetuses of a different strain. When these mice grew up, they were given skin grafts from mice of the strain cell. Many grafts were accepted, but only if they were from the cell donor strain; grafts from mice of an unrelated strain were rejected. They therefore created white mice with patches of brown fur and brown mice with patches of white fur. In scientific terms this was sensational. … [Read more...] about Leslie Baruch Brent obituary
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It is similar to SARS, which infected 8,000 people and killed nearly 800 in an outbreak in Asia in 2003, in that it is a type of coronavirus which infects humans' lungs. It is less deadly than SARS, however, which killed around one in 10 people, compared to approximately one in 50 for COVID-19. … [Read more...] about Virgin Media gives free children’s TV shows to customers until April 21 as youngsters stay at home amid school closures and coronavirus lockdown
The prime ministers of both Israel and Hungary have effectively been given the power to rule by decree, without interference from courts or legislature. The UK’s recently rolled-out coronavirus bill gives police and immigration officers the authority – in place for the next two years – to arrest and detain people suspected of carrying the virus, so that they can be tested. The US Department of Justice has, since the outbreak began, filed a request with Congress for a new rule that would allow judges to suspend courtroom proceedings in emergencies, creating the possibility of people being jailed without ever being able to formally object. “Those of us who follow the police know how this goes,” said Kevin Blowe of Netpol, a UK group focused on protest rights. “These powers get put in place, and it sounds reasonable enough at the time – and then very quickly they’re applied for other purposes that have nothing to do with democracy and … [Read more...] about ‘We can’t go back to normal’: how will the world emerge from the coronavirus crisis?
In response to concerns about the level of funding being provided, Mr Smith described the financial package as a "good start" and said the government would look positively at other challenges in future budgets. … [Read more...] about Stormont finance packages keeps NI in ‘austerity trap’, says Murphy
In a small group of patients, who seem mainly to be the elderly or those with long-term illnesses, it can lead to pneumonia. Pneumonia is an infection in which the insides of the lungs swell up and fill with fluid. It makes it increasingly difficult to breathe and, if left untreated, can be fatal and suffocate people. … [Read more...] about Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS hospital in London is ‘about to run out of two essential anaesthetic drugs’ for intensive care patients amid the coronavirus crisis