Ivor O’Connor

November 9, 2008

Michael Crichton Stuff

Filed under: Uncategorized — ioconnor @ 7:58 am
Michael Crichton

Michael Crichton

He died this week. I did not like the guy or his books. His stories always had gaping holes I found impossible to overlook. In interviews he came off as an employee of the Bush administration. Right wing to the extreme on the environment. His fame was used to continue bolstering the Bush administration’s evil ways.

His death seems to have spurred news agencies to find science topics along the lines of his books. And since I like science I find this a good thing. Here are a couple articles I find intriguing:

“WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Japanese scientists have cloned mice whose bodies were frozen for as long 16 years and said on Monday it may be possible to use the technique to resurrect mammoths and other extinct species.

Mouse cloning expert Teruhiko Wakayama and colleagues at the Center for Developmental Biology, at Japan’s RIKEN research institute in Yokohama, managed to clone the mice even though their cells had burst.

“Thus, nuclear transfer techniques could be used to ‘resurrect’ animals or maintain valuable genomic stocks from tissues frozen for prolonged periods without any cryopreservation,” they wrote in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.”
And the reporting of the entire cancer genome sequenced which has made headlines in almost all talk shows and publications… http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=96747184


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