Science News Tidbits

Terri Irwin, wife of Steve Irwin plans harmless whale research.

Finally, an antidote for cyanide … fibrosis cure in sight … More clones in South Korea … Terri Irwin launches non-lethal whale research effort …

Terri Irwin to Launch Whale Research from
(AP) — The widow of TV “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin announced Thursday she will launch non-lethal research of whales in Antarctic waters next year in hopes of showing that Japan’s scientific whale kill is a sham.Tokyo has staunchly defended its annual cull of more than 1,000 whales as crucial for research, saying it is necessary to kill the whales [for research purposes].Environmentalists and anti-whaling nations say the slaughter is commercial whaling in disguise…Terri Irwin said that a whale watching program she started to honor her late husband would expand into scientific research in 2008. Steve Irwin, the high-profile wildlife show host and environmental campaigner, was killed by a stingray last year off Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.[]

Researchers discover fast-acting cyanide antidote from
University of Minnesota Center for Drug Design and Minneapolis VA Medical Center researchers have discovered a new fast-acting antidote to cyanide poisoning. The antidote has potential to save lives of those who are exposed to the chemical – namely firefighters, industrial workers, and victims of terrorist attacks.[]

Researchers show that fibrosis can be stopped, cured and reversed from
University of California, San Diego researchers have proven in animal studies that fibrosis in the liver can be not only stopped, but reversed. Their discovery, to be published in PLoS Online on December 26, opens the door to treating and curing conditions that lead to excessive tissue scarring such as viral hepatitis, fatty liver disease, cirrhosis, pulmonary fibrosis, scleroderma and burns.[]

SKoreans claim to create cloned pigs through stem cells from
South Korean scientists said Thursday that they had developed a more efficient way to produce cloned pigs suitable for organ transplants for humans.[]

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