New CRISPR Gene Editing much more Precise

A new CRISPR-Cas9 mutation could make the revolutionary gene-editing tool more precise
A new CRISPR-Cas9 mutation could make the revolutionary gene-editing tool more precise
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The CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing system is an extremely powerful tool, but there are still a few kinks to iron out. One of the main problems is off-target edits, which can have serious consequences. Now, researchers have found a particular mutation of the CRISPR enzyme that’s almost 100 times more precise than the most commonly used one. read more

WND Exclusive – Jefferson was not a slavery-loving monster

from Brent Smith for World Net Daily:

Why do kids grow up to be gang bangers, or entrenched racists? Possibly because it’s what they’ve been exposed to – it’s all they’ve ever known. Why are there generations of welfare families? It’s all they’ve ever known. Why do people perpetuate strange habits or customs? They grew up with them. Again, it’s all they’ve ever known.

In fact, there are many strange and even abhorrent customs that have lasted centuries, and looking back at them through a modern-day lens, one can only think – how could this happen? How could people not only tolerate this, but consider it normal behavior? read more

Video Podcast – Joe Biden Can’t Debate – Goya CEO Not Caving to Cancel Mob

by: Brent Smith

Joe Biden cannot debate Trump. By not debate, I mean he can’t do a live, on-stage debate. His only shot is to demand a Zoom video type debate, where he can be coached by minions off camera.

Goya Foods CEO, Bob Unanue, has thus far, not caved to the cancel culture mob.

His company is now being boycotted because he dared to stand up in front of God and the world, during a White House lawn speech, and praise president Trump. That just isn’t done, and must be punished, say the leftist thugs, who’s only concern is getting rid of Orange Man. Nothing else matters – certainly not the 4,000 Goya employees. read more

Facts vs. Fiction Regarding Covid-19

There are plenty of scientific facts that are relatively easy to access regarding Covid-19. And not at all surprising, the science doesn’t support the hyper-politicized cesspool of misinformation promoted by those who wish only to control our behavior and movement.

Will Witt interviewed Dr. Jeff Barke about the virus – what is causing the recent “spike” in cases, the misreporting and general bad advice given to the  public – like not allowing schools to reopen.

He also discusses who is and is not all vulnerable, the myth of mask wearing, its false sense of security and how it may actually be harmful to do so.

He and Will discuss and dispel this and many other falsities in the following Prager U video. I urge everyone to encourage as many people as possible to watch this:

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World’s Highest Climbing Wall

The CopenHill facility in Denmark is now home to the world's tallest climbing wall
The CopenHill facility in Denmark is now home to the world’s tallest climbing wall
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As home to a waste-to-energy power plant topped by an artificial ski slope, while featuring running trails and a rooftop bar, the CopenHill facility in Denmark was already a particularly versatile space. Some finishing touches have now been added to the building facade that will add yet another activity to its repertoire, with the routes now complete on what is claimed to be the tallest climbing wall in the world. read more

BLM Calls Suicide a Lynching

from the Blaze:

Breaking: Police release conclusive evidence in hanging of black man in California that BLM protesters called a lynching

The evidence all points to one conclusion

After angry protests claimed a black man was lynched in Palmdale, California, police released conclusive evidence to support the claim that he committed suicide.

Robert Fuller’s body was found on June 10 hanging from a tree in Poncitlán Square. Investigators initially ruled it a suicide but walked the claims back after protesters accused them of hastily jumping to conclusions. read more

Time for the Woke to Wake Up

from Victor Davis Hanson for the Daily Caller:

The Fragility Of The Woke

A TikTok video that recently went viral on social media showed a recent Harvard graduate threatening to stab anyone who said “all lives matter.” In her melodrama, she tried to sound intimidating with her histrionics.

She won a huge audience as she intended. But her video also came to the attention of the company that was going to give her an internship later this summer, Deloitte, which decided it didn’t want to add an intern who threatened to kill strangers who said something she didn’t like.

This wouldn’t have been much of a story. But then the narcissistic Harvard alum posted a very different video — one that showed her weeping in a near-fetal position. read more

Calculate Your Dog’s Age with a Epigenetic Clock

Scientists have developed a new formula for calculating the physical age of dogs
Scientists have developed a new formula for calculating the physical age of dogs

For a rough idea of a dog’s physiological age, a popular approach is to simply multiply its actual age by seven, but new research upends this piece of conventional wisdom. Scientists have developed a new molecular tool described as an “epigenetic clock,” which they say offers a more precise picture of a dog’s age in human years by drilling into the rate of molecular changes in their DNA. read more

Cancel Culture is Shutting Down Research, Science and Facts of Any Kind

from Daniel Horowitz of Conservative Review:

Asian-American researcher fired from Michigan State administration for advancing facts about police shootings

Research in the dictionary

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The entire purpose of academic research is to discover the truth about vexing scientific and societal questions through the use of research and data. However, if the truth refutes a sacred political agenda, you can no longer publish such research or even cite it. The latest victim of this reverse Jim Crow witch hunt against truth in data and academic research is Stephen Hsu, vice president for research at Michigan State University.

On June 2, I cited a study from researchers at the Michigan State and the University of Maryland that concludes, “We did not find evidence for anti-Black or anti-Hispanic disparity in police use of force across all shootings, and, if anything, found anti-White disparities when controlling for race-specific crime.” This study analyzed 917 officer-involved fatal shootings and found that that “per capita racial disparity in fatal shootings is explained by non-White people’s greater exposure to the police through crime.” The study was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences last year.

Tucker Carlson mentioned this study on his show later that evening, and it has since gained more notoriety. Naturally, one would expect those who believe in the “systemic racism in policing” blood libel to cite evidence why this study is wrong and to provide counter-evidence that supports their position. But debate is not their strong suit, just censorship.

The College Fix reports that Stephen Hsu was fired from Michigan State University for citing this study and posting an interview of one of its authors, Michigan State colleague Joe Cesario, on his blog. He posted the interview with Cesario on June 2, the same day I cited the study.

On June 25, the Wall Street Journal reported that the Graduate Employees Union was calling for Hsu’s head on twitter. The Journal pointed out that among other things, “The union also faulted him for having ‘directed funding to research downplaying racism in bias in police shootings.’”

As Professor Hsu told the WSJ: “The MSU professor who conducted that work, psychologist Joe Cesario, tells me that ‘we had no idea what the data was going to be, what the outcome was going to be, before we did this study.’ Mr. Cesario has collected evidence from a simulator and from real-world interactions between police and citizens. He concluded that ‘the nature of the interaction really matters the most, and officers were not more likely to be ready to shoot upon encountering a black versus white citizen.’

Commenting on the Wall Street Journal article in his blog, Professor Hsu noted, “Several years ago Cesario was granted a rare opportunity to study police shootings and officer behavior in simulators in a large city. My office provided him with a small amount of funding to create realistic simulator video of police stops and other situations. This is an important topic to study if we want to understand and improve policing.”

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Close Everything because of the Virus – Except our Southern Border?

from Conservative Review:

The worst Texas coronavirus increase? On the BORDER

Map of US/Mexico border

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When New York and New Jersey were the epicenter of the serious coronavirus cases in March and April, nearly every state posted signs on highways requiring residents of those states to quarantine for 14 days. Yet no such order was given to those coming into Texas’ border counties, even as Tamaulipas, Mexico, became a hot zone in late May and early June. In fact, to this day, even as Texas has placed severe restrictions on its own citizens, there is still no closure of the international border. Why is cross-border travel more sacred than cross-state travel? read more