Wrap for The Discovery, 25 May

New discovery of the possible outbreak of Avian Flu Pandemic

The speculated worry of possible deadly flu pandemic may not be well-grounded, said in the recent scientific report. Scientists in the US discovered that after inserting virus on ferrets through nasal secretions, it took 10 passages until the virus became spreadable in the air and infected other ferrets in separate cages.

The US National Science Advisory Board on Biosecurity first rejected this report due to the worry of man-made disease that is deadly infectious. But the World Health Organisation later accepted the report and decided to publish it in full reasoning that it is valuable in vaccine and disease transmission’s discovery.



A food-borne disease that could cause you death, June 2012 Issue

Theodore Nash, doctor from the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland said the minimal numbers of people suffering from this disease are 5 million cases worldwide.

People could be infected through eating undercooked pork and contaminated food. The parasitic worms would first stay at people’s intestines, then move through the blood vessels to reach the brain, and finally settle in brain to form cysts that persists for years. Patients could lose their eye-sight, fall into coma and die. The symptoms are similar to other brain diseases, which makes it harder for surgeons to distinguish this food-borne disease from others and thus result in possible delay in treatment.

Nash said the disease is preventive but it is not getting enough attention that it should worth. Thus more medical research shall be done.



Chicken changes culture across time and space

This article mentions the extraordinary consumption of chickens in the American society. It further directs us to read an article on Smithsonian magazine which discusses “how chicken conquers the world” – from cock fighting as habitual worship and mental training in the army in the old days to the domination of the fast-food giant, KFC, to the world nowadays.



Is Environmentalism Anti-Science?

How green-groups provoke activism that lacks scientific grounds. Keith Kloor, adjunct professor of journalism at New York University used the example of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to support his arguments. Some environmentalists in the UK rejected GMOs and destroyed a government funded field in the name of “field liberation”. But scientists pleaded them to stop and said the newly designed wheat allows farmers to be free from using insecticides, which helps the environment. They asked the green-groups not to go against GMOs simply for the sake of it.



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