This Little Piggy Grew an Organ

Growing human transplant organs in pigs has become a more realistic prospect after scientists used advanced gene editing to remove threatening viruses from the animals’ DNA.

Porcine endogenous retroviruses are permanently embedded in the pig genome but research has shown they can infect human cells, posing a potential hazard.

The existence of the virus has been a major stumbling block preventing the development of genetically engineered pigs to provide kidneys and other organs for transplant into human patients.

That hurdle may now have been cleared away, according to new research reported in the journal Science.

Researchers at Harvard University and a private company used the precision gene editing tool Crispr-Cas9 combined with gene repair technology to deactivate 100 percent of the virus in a line of pig cells.

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Republicans Work with Democrats to Bail Out ObamaCare

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Yep – Republican inner-circle hack, Lamar Alexander, is working with Chuck Schumer to stab us in the back.

Have we voters finally woken up to the reality that Republicans, save for a relative few, never really wanted to repeal and replace, or just repeal ObamaCare?

It’s not that they are enamored with the un-Affordable Care Act. I don’t think they are at all. They are just lazy, shiftless and lack any kind of courage or leadership.

These Senators have the luxury of being only one of 100. The President effectively stands alone. He can’t hide behind other members of the “august” body. He can’t make promises like our current Senate leadership and then blame the failure on some arcane procedural or parliamentarian rule.

He can’t take to the microphone to make some bold statement and then slink off to some back room where a double-deal is being hatched behind locked doors. If he tried, you could be sure it would be leaked almost immediately. read more

Did the Susan Collins Airport Applause Event Really Happen?

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I’m not saying Susan Collins is a liar – but maybe she is. My personal opinion is that Collins’ story of her receiving spontaneous applause from people in a Bangor, Maine airport terminal may have been fabricated.

At best there may have been a few people applauding, but that’s it. However, like whisper down the lane, the story has morphed into something grander. And if there were a few people clapping, who’s to say it wasn’t staged by her people?

How can I say this about the distinguished Senator from Maine? Easy – liberals lie and she’s a liberal democrat who just happens to have an ‘R’ after her name. To her, as all liberals – everything boils down to politics and gaining a political advantage. And if one has to, say, stretch the truth to gain advantage – so be it.

“I got off the plane and there was a large group of outbound passengers, none of whom I happened to know. And spontaneously, some of them started applauding, and then virtually all of them started to applaud. It was just amazing. I’ve never had the happen in the 20 years that I’ve been privileged to serve in the Senate. So it was very encouraging and affirming,” Collins said. read more

WND Exclusive – It’s over! ‘Queen of bubbleheads’ just threw Obamacare curveball

Well, it seems that the question of whether to keep Obamacare has been decided for us. The fight appears to be nearly over. Clearly we, who wished a full repeal of the U-ACA (Un-Affordable Care Act) and a return of some semblance of private health care, have lost.

Oh, I know it was an uphill battle and the weasel Republicans were bound to do exactly what they did. We all knew that. No – I’m speaking of the final nail in the repeal coffin – that Kim Kardashian has tweeted in support of both Obamacare and Planned Parenthood. read more

Video Podcast – Republicans Heart ObamaCare – A Second Amendment Victory

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Out and about in the forest, I speak to you regarding an article in the Conservative Review about the turncoat Rep

ublicans and their desire to maintain the status quo and yes – ObamaCare.

Walking the rails like a hobo, I discuss a recent lower court ruling that once again slapped down Washington D.C.’s latest attempt at a gun ban – this time on concealed carry. read more

A Week of Turmoil for the Ages

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Well, this week is going to be tough to top – at least as far as political turmoil goes.

In no particular order – White House Chief of Staff, Reince Priebus is canned and replaced with current Homeland Security Chief, John Kelly. GOOD! We conservatives knew from the get-go that Priebus was a ridiculous choice for a president who said he wanted to drain the D.C. swamp. Swamp-rat Priebus came directly from the RNC and has been part of the “moderate” Republican establishment. He was/is an establishment hack and would be better suited as Mitch McConnell’s Chief of Staff.

I’m sure Priebus saw the writing on the wall, that he was not long for this world, when Trump hired Anthony Scaramucci as Communications Director. Priebus claims that he was aware of the situation and had actually resigned the evening before.

Don’t quote me, but I think Scaramooch, Scaramooch, can you do the fandango, was formerly a lieutenant in the New York Mafia. He sure looks and sounds the part.

Speaking of Scaramooch – what kind of Communications Director comports himself the way this guy does? I’ve said before that I no longer swear – haven’t for years. And you know what? I find I can still make a point just as forcefully.  read more

WND Exclusive – Does it matter what Reagan would do about Obamacare?

For the past few days I’ve seen many articles asking, “What would Reagan do about Obamacare?”

It seems the discussion’s genesis was an article written by Avik Roy for the National Review entitled, “How Would Ronald Reagan Have Replaced Obamacare?”

Although I loved President Reagan, my knee-jerk reaction was, “I don’t care.” Obamacare is unconstitutional, as would be any “replacement” plan. As much as I respected Ronald Reagan – heck, I joined the Navy in part due to Reagan being commander in chief – if he advocated for any federal involvement in the dispensation of private health insurance or health care, I know I should disagree. Of course, that’s easy for me to say – I’m not president. read more

If You’re Going to get Sick – Better do it Before Single Payer

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On his radio program  Monday evening, Mark Levin was discussing the ghastly way the Republican Party has treated us regarding the whole healthcare debacle. Mark said, “It’s amazing to me that a man can remain the Majority Leader, McConnell, when the man controlling the Senate, for all intents and purposes, is Chuck Schumer.”

Levin said, “we thought Republicans would repeal ObamaCare – we thought that would be a no-brainer.”

Mark then took some calls. The discussion turned to single payer. One woman told Levin that she thinks Americans don’t really understand what single payer truly is. She said that “Joe-six-pack doesn’t know what it means.” Mark disagreed that “Joe six-pack does know what it means, because Joe six-pack has to deal with it too.”

I rarely disagree with Mark, but I have to this time and side with the female caller, who sounded British.

The public doesn’t understand what single payer truly is. They couldn’t. Just as with many other life experiences, single payer, top to bottom run government healthcare must be experienced first-hand, apparently, in order for many to discover just how bad it is. read more

It may take More than Sound Bites and One-liners to Pass Single Payer

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“On Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell unveiled yet another revision of the GOP’s fraught repeal-and-replace [R & R] legislation, and the controversial bill will either find the 50 Republican votes it needs to pass the upper chamber of Congress in the next few days — or it will perish once and for all,” Yahoo News wrote.

Despite Yahoo News being about as leftist as a “news site” can be, they in fact are right, perhaps regarding both claims. The latest iteration of R & R bills is fraught, as have been everyone since this current legislature gaveled in. Watching the pathetic spectacle has certainly caused me a great deal of stress and anxiety. Nothing they’ve offered comes close to the clean repeal they promised.

And Yahoo may also be right about this attempt being the last. At least I’m sure the Republican leadership is hoping it will. I agree with many conservatives who think the party isn’t interested in doing anything, and is merely strategizing behind closed doors on exactly who they will place the blame on to deflect from their own spinelessness. read more