A herd of 50 cloned, genetically engineered cattle on a farm just outside Sioux Falls, South Dakota, may hold the key to producing a vaccine against the Ebola virus, which has infected more than 21,000 people in West Africa, killing more than 8,500 of them and causing hysteria worldwide.
According to a recent article, this group of cattle has been genetically engineered with human DNA so that their bodies no longer produce cattle antibodies but rather, human antibodies. Scientists have then vaccinated these animals against various deadly diseases such as Ebola. Their bodies produce antibodies in response to these vaccines, and the hope is these antibodies can then be used to treat people with the disease. [ More ... ]
Concerns continue to rise in parts of New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York as various unknown substances being sold as heroin have been linked to at least six overdose deaths in recent months. While authorities are still unsure exactly what the substances are composed of, they have chosen to not keep this quickly escalating drug problem under wraps. Instead, forces have joined together to alert the public in hopes of educating users and cautioning them that the drugs they are buying may not be what they think they are.
According to a news release from the New Jersey State Police Department, these drugs are being sold under the names, “Strike Dead,” “Taliban” and “Power Hour,” and are so powerful, that Narcan, the overdose drug often used by law enforcement and first responders to prevent opioid-induced fatal overdoses, is not effective. The brands were identified by the New Jersey Regional Operations and Intelligence Center working with the New Jersey Department of Health and law enforcement in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York through the center’s Drug Monitoring Initiative (DMI). [ More ... ]