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A radio programme about gene editing

by Matthew Cobb I’ve recently made a BBC radio programme about gene editing, a new form of genetic manipulation that generally goes by the name of the acronym CRISPR. Over the last 3-4 years this technique has taken biological and medical research by storm. Clinical trials of therapies for patients suffering blood-born genetic diseases may […]

A real ceiling cat!

The photo and notes below come from reader Judy: Sasha has learned to walk on the screen cover of our patio. We are the staff of our resident ceiling cat. Please feel free to use this photo of her magnificence when you wish. And, with some judicious cropping, you can get this:

The great cat escape!

by Matthew Cobb šŸ’›šŸ¶šŸ’•šŸ¹ The Great Escape šŸ’›šŸ¹šŸ’•šŸ¶ pic.twitter.com/tzIB9JLKWV — Capt.Harry (@Captgorowara) February 8, 2016 I don’t care if it’s a fix, or from a film, or anything.      

How to photograph cats!

JAC: As I said, posting will be light this week, though Grania might start some discussion threads, and I expect people to PARTICIPATE! In the meantime, today is shaping up to be a cat-post day. I am in the small village of Denton, near Olney, visiting friends. Some spectacular wines on tap for dinner tonight. […]

Don’t they use candles any more?

Click on the screenshot below to go to the Guardian article: Isn’t the Pope supposed to be environment friendly? h/t: Steve

Monday: Hili Dialogue

Good morning everyone; greetings from a miserably grey, rainy Ireland. Grania here again to post today’s Hili (and friends) as PCC(E) is otherwise occupied for now. Fortunately, we have a panoply of advice and deep thoughts from our four-footed cousins to help cheer us up for the working week. Hili: Come on. Cyrus: Just a […]

A smart cat and a brave cat

Click on the screenshot to see a brave cat, in a video posted on George Takei’s Facebook page: h/t: Barry, Keith

I have landed

It was a long and tiring flight to England. Not only was our plane more thanĀ two hours late in leaving Chicago, but we also had to wait for a half anĀ hour once we landed untilĀ a gate became open. After that it becomes pure Heathrow Hell: the arrival hall at Heathrow’s international terminal (terminal 5) is […]

A new report on female genital mutilation in Indonesia

Indonesia is, of course, the world’s most populousĀ Muslim-majority country (there are 207 million people, 95% of themĀ Muslim). As such, it’s also the country having the mostĀ casesĀ of female genital mutilation (FGM). A newĀ Unicef report on that practice, as reported in the New York Times, gives some surprising news, some bad news, and some good news. The […]

Bad Sneakers

If you’re a regular, you’ll know I’m a big fan of Steely Dan, a band that always performed fantastically in the studio but was pretty bad live. Here, though, is one of their best recordings, “Bad Sneakers” from the 1975 album Katy Lied (“Dr. Wu,” the song from which the album’s title was taken, is […]

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