The Dumbest Person In Congress

We have a winner! You just cant make this stuff up. And it’s hardly the first time she’s said something incredibly stupid.

See also:
Vietnam still a quagmire for Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee; Houston rep sees two Vietnams coexisting in peace
MEMO TO REP. JACKSON-LEE: South Vietnam ceased to exist in 1975 shortly after the last U.S. chopper left the embassy rooftop
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee: We Won Vietnam War, Landed on Mars in 1969
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee insists South Vietnam is still a thing
They all look alike to Sheila Jackson-Lee (D, TX-18)
Congressional Bloopers: Sheila Jackson-Lee Edition
The wild and wacky world of Rep. Sheila Jackson
Rep. Jackson-Lee no stranger to dumb comments
Sheila Jackson Lee on the Tea Party and the Klan
Sheila Jackson Lee

Just how this whacked out Yale alumnus and graduate from the University of Virginia Law School keeps getting elected to Congress, even over the low standards barrier for Democrats, is a mystery to me. You’d think her constituents would be too embarrassed to keep sending her back.

/oh sure, laugh now, but when she finally leaves, voluntarily or otherwise, you, the taxpayer, are going to be paying for her more than generous, lifetime Congressional pension

Building Organs From Scratch

They’re getting really close now, this is exciting stuff.

Growing lungs in a lab: researchers move closer to goal

Now two research groups have made major strides in attacking the problem. One has successfully engineered a lung that can sustain a living rat and the other has created a lung-mimicking device for toxicology studies that acts more like a real lung than any earlier efforts, the groups reported Thursday in the journal Science.

One report brings closer the day when artificial lungs might be grown for human transplants; the other offers a method for testing the effects of toxic chemicals on lungs that is cheaper and more humane than animal tests and more reliable than ones done in test tubes, scientists said.

In work colleagues described as daring, a team led by Dr. Laura Niklason at Yale University grew rat lungs almost from scratch.

Because lungs are so complicated, the group used a scaffold-based approach — they took lungs from adult rats and dissolved away all the cells, leaving behind a fibrous lung “skeleton.”

They seeded these scaffolds with lung cells from newborn rats and — through careful coaxing that included incubation in a “lung bioreactor” that mimicked the fetal lung environment — produced what appeared to be functional lungs.

They then implanted the lungs into four live rats and showed that the engineered lungs were 95% as efficient as natural ones.

The same methodology had been used to successfully create beating rat and pig hearts in 2008 — although in those cases, the organs were never transplanted into living animals.

“It’s exciting to see that it’s not just about [the] heart; it works in other organs and tissues too,” said Doris Taylor of the University of Minnesota, who conducted the pioneering heart work. “It really reinforces the belief that these scaffolds are smart. They know how to tell cells what to do, where to go and how to behave.”

There are still kinks in the process: A few hours after rats received the lungs, tiny blood clots began to form, probably because of bare spots on the scaffold. “It’s pointed out to us what worked, but it’s also pointed out to us what needs to be made better,” Niklason said.

See also:
Breakthrough: Lab Lungs Live and Breathe
Mouse Lungs Grown From Stem Cells At U Of M
Scientists Build a Rat Lung
Breathing lungs, straight from the lab
N.E. researchers create functioning lung tissue
UTMB grows lungs from ‘skeletons’
Engineered Mouse Lungs Function Well in Laboratory Study
Scientists make progress in growing new human lungs
Building Living, Breathing Lungs In The Lab
Breakthrough In Lung Transplant Biomedicine
Lung-on-a-chip points to alternative to animal tests
A Chip Takes Its First Breath

/as Glenn Reynolds would say, faster please

Skull And Bones, Without The Skull . . . Or The Bones

Geronimo’s Great Grandson Asks Yale Secret Society to Return Ancestor’s Skull

It’s the stuff of legends: an elite secret society that includes what would become some of the most powerful men of the 20th century allegedly invading the grave of an Apache chief to steal his skull for fraternal rituals. It’s also the stuff of a new lawsuit filed Tuesday by descendents of that Apache chief.

On the 100th anniversary of the death of Geronimo, 20 of his blood relatives have asked the courts to force Yale University and the school’s secret organization, Skull and Bones, to release his remains for return to his native land and a proper burial.

The lawsuit also names President Obama, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Army Secretary Pete Geren as defendants because they are responsible for maintaining Geronimo’s remains on a U.S. Army base in Oklahoma, the group said.

“I believe it’s a good cause because indigenous people over the century have been annihilated, removed from their homeland,” said Geronimo’s great grandson, Harlyn Geronimo, at a press conference in Washington, D.C.

Skull and Bones has never said whether any of Geronimo’s remains are in its possession. The descendants say they are investigating long-held claims that in 1918, members of Skull and Bones, including Prescott Bush, the father of George H.W Bush and grandfather of George W. Bush, invaded Geronimo’s grave at Ft. Sill and stole his skull, some bones and other items buried with him.

“In this lawsuit, we’re going to find out if the bones are there or not,” said the group’s lawyer, said the group’s lawyer, Ramsey Clark, who was attorney general in President Lyndon Johnson’s administration.

See also:
Is Geronimo’s skull residing at Yale’s Skull and Bones? Was it stolen from the grave by Prescott Bush?
Did Bush’s Grandfather Steal Geronimo’s Skull?
Where Are They Hiding Geronimo’s Skull?

/I guess we might finally find out, once and for all, whether this legend is a hoax or not