The Zika Virus And Politicized Science

Science today is regularly distorted to serve other ends. The religious right, for instance, claims that "creationism" should be taught in public schools as a scientific alternative to the theory of evolution. The environmentalist left, for instance, claims that science reveals genetically modified foods to be harmful to one's health. Both groups subordinate the facts of science to other considerations, whether Biblical or ideological. The same dishonesty is shaping the response to the Zika virus. The Zika threat is causing great concern at the Rio Olympics, with some athletes having chosen to avoid the Games altogether rather than risk infection. Florida recently reported the first locally contracted cases of Zika in the United States. And the Centers for Disease Control is advising pregnant women not to travel to certain areas of Miami--the first time the agency has ever issued such a warning for the continental U.S. But among the measures being taken around the world to combat this danger, one is notably absent: the use of DDT. Zika is carried by mosquitoes, and DDT has been highly effective in eliminating mosquito-borne diseases. India, for example, had 75 million malaria cases in 1953, but only 50,000 by 1961, after DDT had been introduced. In Sri Lanka close to 3 million cases of malaria occurred in 1948; 15 years later, owing to DDT, the number dropped to 17. (Source.) The National Academy of Sciences stated in 1970: "To only a few chemicals does ...
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Chem. Commun., 2020, Accepted Manuscript DOI: 10.1039/C9CC08267K, CommunicationSongjiao Li, Peipei Wang, Wenqi Feng, Yunhui Xiang, Kun Dou, Zhi-hong Liu Alzheimer ’s disease (AD) is an irreversible neurodegenerative disorder that has a progression closely associated with oxidative stress. It has been speculated that both the intracellular viscosity and H2O2 level in... The content of this RSS Feed (c) The Royal Society of Chemistry
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In this study, we investigate, in vitro, whether miRNA-593-5p inhibits NSCLC cell proliferation. To clarify its specific mechanism of inhibition, we used bioinformatics to predict its target genes and identified PLK1. Luciferase reporter assay confirmed the binding of miR-593-5p to the PLK1 3’-UTR in a sequence-specific manner in NSCLC cells. Additionally, we also found through Western blot and quantitative RT-PCR that miR-593-5p down-regulates the expression of PLK1 protein. Finally, PLK1 overexpression was shown to disinhibit NSCLC cell proliferation. Taken together, this evidence suggests that miR-593-5p inhibits ...
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