Don’t Cut Off Someone’s Dreadlocks For a Wrestling Match

You would think it would be that simple.

Christina Santi for Ebony:

Johnson’s family was at the meeting and their lawyer Dominic A. Speziali said the wrestler was “emotionally drained” from the embarrassing incident.

Speziali wrote in a statement, “The blame here rests primarily with the referee and those that permitted him to continue in that role despite clear evidence of what should be a disqualifying race-related transgression.”

He continued, “Andrew was visibly shaken after he and his coaches made every effort to satisfy the referee short of having his hair cut. But, as captured on video, the unyielding referee gave Andrew 90 seconds to either forfeit his match or cut his hair. Under duress but without any influence from the coaching staff or the athletic trainer, Andrew decided to have his hair cut rather than forfeit the match.”

The article writes his race, to me, who cares. Don’t make me cut my hair, it’s ludicrous.

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ataxin-7

DailyStar:

Eyes injected with the ataxin-7 ASO retained the ability to see, unlike the control eyes.

The scientists then measured how retinal neurons responded to light stimulation to determine whether the vision improved or deteriorated.

Better vision was correlated with lower levels of ataxin-7 mRNA and there was less accumulation of the misfolded protein.

The treatment suggests it might stop or even reverse blindness.

ASOs and related therapies suggest medical research may create powerful new treatments for many neurodegenerative diseases within the next decade.

I’ve seen a lot of articles in the past about treatments for blindness. This is one of the many that seem really promising and exciting.

To note:

An ASO is a short stretch of DNA that is synthesised to create a sequence that perfectly matches the target RNA

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Successful womb transplant from a dead donor

Ben Spencer for the Daily Mail:

Luisa’s (pictured) delivery last December – weighing 5lb 10oz – proved the procedure can be carried out safely using a dead donor’s womb – giving doctors the confidence to replicate the process

It was a major undertaking, performed against the clock to make sure the womb was implanted before it began to die.

While surgeons removed organs from the dead donor, another team started to prepare Luisa’s mother for her new womb – a procedure which itself took two hours – dissecting blood vessels and creating space in the tissue of her abdomen.

The womb was then lowered into her body and connected to her veins and arteries, ligaments and vaginal canal. Each vessel had to be carefully stitched to the new womb. After surgery, she was in intensive care for two days, then spent six days recovering on a ward.

Ten previous attempts, in the US, Czech Republic and Turkey, to transplant a womb from a dead donor ended in failure.

Dr Srdjan Saso of Imperial College London, part of the British team, said: ‘For those of us involved in uterine transplantation research, this is extremely exciting.

‘This successful demonstration demonstrates a few advantages over live donation. It enables use of a much wider potential donor population, applies lower costs and avoids live donors’ surgical risks.’

Just when you think you’ve seen everything, something like this pops up. Technology is beutiful sometimes.

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