Genetically modified organism: The Chimera

ImageAnimals have long been experimented in laboratories in order to answer problems in human transplant and aging, such as the Methuselah mice, pigs with man-made corneas and monkeys with manipulated genes that force them to work without any compensation.

Currently, Stanford University’s one of the best researchers Irving Weissman vowed to start a half-breed mouse- human. The study intents to inject human brain cells to the brains of the developing rodent to check and see what will happen next.  The National Academy of Sciences will reveal Stem cell research guidelines to support the study.

Professor Henry T. Greely, director of the Center for Law and Biosciences and leader of the committee said that, ”If the mouse shows human-like behaviors, like improved memory or problem-solving, it’s time to stop.”

H.G. Well’s 1896 novel The Island of Dr. Moreau:

I’m not sure why scientists are fixated on the idea that small rodents can help humanity, but I’ve been seeing it a lot lately. Besides the Methuselah mouse example mentioned earlier, rat neurons in a dish are being taught how to fly planes; and hairless mice have been used to grow human ears:

On the hand, the sheep too took part in this shocking scientific breakthrough. It was noted that it had 15 percent human cells and 85 per cent animal cells, their development can bring forth an anticipation of animal organs being transplanted to humans.  University of Nevada’s Professor Esmail Zanjani, spent seven years and £ 5 million to its perfection, this includes injecting adult human cells to the sheep’s unborn young.

In addition, the process involves extracting stem cells from a person’s bone marrow and after which injects it to the peritoneum of a sheep’s fetus. When the lamb is born it would have a liver, heart, lungs and brain that are not completely human.

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“Big Foot” in Saskatchewan

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A footprint on the snow by the “Bigfoot” in Saskatchewan.

Shaylane Beatty, 20 years old, a non-believer of Sasquatch, thought she saw a bear on the side of the road as she drove to Prince Albert one Saturday. However, when she drove closer, the animal had two legs.

As Beatty drove from Candle Lake Road to catch up with her Christmas shopping, she noticed that at about 300 yards, the creature was walking on the woodlands near Torch Lake.

The furry brown creature is noted to be 8 to 9 feet tall, brawny and with long floppy arms attached to its broad shoulders.

The effect of seeing the brute creature made her swerve and nearly hit a ditch.

ImageShe returned to the area the next day with her two uncles and found hundreds of 50 centimeter foot marks.

These men followed the big foot’s stride, but found it difficult to do so.

Tom Biscardi, who’s been hunting Sasquatches for three decades and runs www.searchingforbigfoot.com, said that it is certainly the find of the century.

Beatty’s uncles also sent Biscardi some hair sample for analysis.

Idaho State University anatomy professor and author of Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science, Jeff Meldrum, said three Sasquatch sightings have been recorded in Saskatchewan.

After seeing the pictures taken by Beatty’s uncles, Meldrum said the length of the footprints belonged to those found in North America

He also added that, “Given the quality of the photographs, it’s impossible to render any meaningful analysis”.

The Loch ness Monster of the East

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Two black-colored, unidentified animals were spotted by over 100 tourists in Lake Tianchi on August 19, 2007

In Beijing, China it was reported that local officials had sightings of as many as 20 of the unidentified mysterious creatures in a lake near the North Korean border.

 

The beast, which is the Eastern version of Scotland’s Nessie was seen on the morning of July 11, swimming in schools through the lake in the Changbai mountains found in the northeastern Jilin province.

 

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Taken by a Chinese researcher for the first time, which shows the monster of Lake Tianchi emerged on July 21, 2005 in daylight.

One of the officials also shared that the monsters appeared five times within the 50-minute time frame. The provincial forestry bureau vice-director Zhang Lufeng also gave accounts that at times there were several of them. He also added that the creatures which are 1.25- 2 miles in distance appeared only as white or black dots. However, the ripples in the water, suggests that the spots are biological creatures.

 

Going back through time in the year 1903, the local records showed an animal resembling a huge buffalo. This brute instantly gave out a deafening sound as it sprang out of the water ready to attack three people. Fortunately, one of them shot the beast on the belly for six times and then it vanished into the water.

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Recently, a sighting of the Lake Tianchi Monster was compared with the head like that of a human, but with huge ball-shaped eyes, bulging mouth and a neck at 1.2 -1.5 meters in length. Moreover, it also had an unwrinkled gray skin and a white ring, which separates its neck and trunk.

 

 

British scientist gives a lead to the mysterious Himalayan yeti

yetiBryan Sykes, genetics professor of the Oxford University concluded in his research that the Himalayan yeti may in fact be part of a family of brown bears.

In Oxford University, genetics professor Bryan Sykes discovered that the creature’s hair samples on advanced DNA tests matched those with the ancient polar bear.

Moreover, he added that the “yeti”, may be a biological creature and is a cross-breed of polar bears and brown bears.

He also pointed out that its behavior may be linked to being hybrid as it behaves differently from normal bears as reported by eyewitnesses.

He carried out DNA tests on two unidentified animals from distinct locations, one from Ladakh, north of India and west of Himalayas and Bhutan, 1,285km (800 miles) further east.

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Sykes uncovered that he found a 100% match with a 40,000 and 120,000 year old DNA sample of an ancient polar bear jawbone found in Svalbard, Norway. This dates back to the years when both white and brown bears are separating as breeds.

The single sample from Ladakh came from the mummified remains of specie around 40 years ago, while the latter, a single hair strand found in a bamboo forest by filmmakers around 10 years ago.

This could mean that there is a possible hybridization between the brown bear and the ancient polar bear’s descendant.

In the year 2008, American scientists studied hairs given to the British Broadcasting Corporation which were claimed to be from the yeti. As the research progressed, they concluded that the hairs, taken from the north-east Indian state of Meghalaya belonged to a class of Himalayan goat, the Himalayan Goral.

 

Is the Kraken a myth or a fact? : Newly discovered fossils tried to answer such query

Giant octopus attacking a sailing ship in medieval timesThe Kraken, a creature believed to have tentacles and often mistaken as an island, terrorized the seas and was believed to gorge on whales and large boats as written in the stories. Such tales dated back in the 12th century in Norwegian literature.
However in 2011, researchers found the remains of a marine lizard, which was arranged in an eccentric pattern by what claimed was a giant Kraken octopus playing with its prey.
The discoveries were lambasted by many, but new fossils were unearthed and added weight to the theory that the Kraken exists.

 

 

 

These were claimed by Professor Mark McMenamin, a certified paleontologist at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts.
Initially, Professor McMenamin found the strange vertebrae of the Ichthyosaur Shonisaurus popularis in Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park in Nevada.
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One of his latest discoveries includes the beak of what is believed to be part of the ancient cephalopod and as well as other bones in an atypical manner. This new arrangement of the ichthyosaur fossils, which the professor saw from a photo in the University of Nevada’s Museum of Natural History, showed how the bones were exactly found in the park.
Found next to the scattered fragments of the ichthyosaur were a pile of scattered bones that were anatomically displaced.
Moreover, McMenamin told LiveScience, that when he saw the photograph, he was surprised of such discovery.
However, he argues that the bones cannot be arranged Kraken lair fossilsnaturally.
In a meeting with geoscientists, he expressed that there was no chance that the sea’s currents could have rearranged the bone fragments.
The Professor then shared that the evidence of the Kraken, which would have been 30 meters long, was injured as it tried to prey on the giant sea reptile ichthyosaur by drowning it or simply damaging its neck.
He claims that he saw sucker markings on the ichthyosaur’s bones, which seems to testify that the reptile was submerged or had its neck snapped.