Should scientists experiment with highly contagious pathogens?

first_imgThe current controversy about the wisdom of conducting experiments with pathogens that are genetically engineered to be more contagious presents a unique opportunity to set an effective precedent on the issue of biological experiments that carry large-scale risks, according to a Foreign Affairs article co-authored by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health epidemiologist Marc Lipsitch.In the August 31, 2015 article, Lipsitch, professor of epidemiology and director of the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics at Harvard Chan School, and co-author David A. Relman of Stanford University noted that the U.S. government suspended funding last October for so-called “gain-of-function” research on avian flu. In such research, more contagious forms of the highly pathogenic flu would be created in the laboratory so that scientists could learn more about the genetics required for a flu strain to cause a pandemic.The authors have been outspoken critics of such research, arguing that it poses great risks—most notably the possibility of a lab accident or deliberate misuse of extremely contagious and virulent pathogens, and that the benefits of such research could be achieved by alternative, safer means. That’s why the government imposed its funding moratorium, which is coinciding with an international deliberative process that aims to assess the risks and benefits of the research. The authors argue that the risks of future biological experiments, involving new techniques of genetic modification in which a laboratory accident could harm whole human, animal or plant populations, will be even more controversial. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang signs new Arsenal contract

first_img Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 15 Sep 2020 4:09 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.4kShares Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang signs new Arsenal contract Advertisement This is where you belong, Auba ❤️🤝 @Aubameyang7 pic.twitter.com/sgViWSBYWf— Arsenal (@Arsenal) September 15, 2020 Aubameyang is staying at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has underlined his commitment to the north London club by signing a new contract.The club captain had entered the final 12 months of his previous deal and offered only a coy response to questions over his future following the Community Shield win over Liverpool earlier this month.But the 31-year-old has finally ended months of speculation by nailing his colours to the Gunners mast and will continue to play a lead role in the rebuilding job currently being undertaken by head coach Mikel Arteta. ‘I’m so happy a bit nervous so many people here. people were asking me to sign da ting and it’s finally done,’ said Aubameyang.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I’m so happy to stay here this is my home. As you know, i’m so happy here. It’s a great day. I hope you enjoy your day. center_img View 3 comments ‘I signed da ting because I wanted to become an Arsenal legend and leave a legacy. It’s the time to work a lot to become a legend, but for sure I will work hard and give my best.’Despite Arsenal’s struggles last season, Aubaeyang enjoyed another stellar individual campaign, scoring 29 goals in all competitions and inherited the armband from Granit Xhaka after the Switzerland international was demoted following an altercation with his own fans during a game against Crystal Palace last October.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalAubameyang, who was on the scoresheet during his side’s opening day 3-0 win over Fulham, joined Arsenal from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018 in what was then a club record £56million transfer. Overall, the prolific striker has scored 79 goals in 111 appearances in all competitions and cemented his status as one of European football’s most prolific forwards. The likes of Chelsea, Barcelona and Juventus were reported to have registered an interest in signing the former Saint-Etienne star but the remaining peak years of his career will now be played out in north London.MORE: Arsenal sign midfielder Tim Akinola after release from Huddersfield TownMORE: Arsenal sign Tottenham reject Jonathan DinzeyiFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisementlast_img read more

Fruta Conquerors brush aside Bakewell Topp XX 3-0

first_img… GFF/STAG Elite League underwayIT WAS a nightmare welcome to Guyana’s top flight football for newcomers Victoria Kings and Bakewell Topp XX when the GFF/STAG Elite League season two got underway last Sunday at the DCC ground in Queenstown.After Kings were outclassed by the GDF 1-7 in the opener, Topp XX were brushed aside by Conquerors 3-0, to end a goal-feast opening night of the ‘Beautiful Game’ that produced 11 goals and heavy defeats for the debutants.A double within a two-minute spell by midfielder Jermaine Junor in the 38th and 40th minutes laid the foundation for the youthful Tucville-based side to easily overcome their Linden counterparts. After the break, Kwame La Fleur made it three-nil when he converted in the 70th minute.Although they lost the game, the 3-0 score-line does not reflect the competitiveness of Topp XX as was promised by coach Collie Hercules.The comprehensive victories by the top two contenders of the six-team race for the coveted title were the ideal starts they expected. While it is just the opening game day, both sides have positively responded to their labelling as the main challengers for the top prize worth $6M.The 6-team STAG Elite League will switch to Tucville this Friday where there will be another double-header beginning at 18:00hrs. The first game will feature Buxton United and Monedderlust FC, followed by home team Conquerors versus Victoria Kings. (Ras Wadada)last_img read more

CARNIVAL OF COLOUR PLANNED TO LAUNCH DEELE’S 50TH CELEBRATIONS

first_imgColourful characters from the 1960s like Batman and Robin, JFK and Jackie and John Lennon will all form part of Friday’s fantastic parade to launch the 50th Anniversary Celebrations for Deele College.Autumn colours are set to get even brighter in Raphoe this Friday morning when Deele College launches its 50th Anniversary celebrations with a spectacular carnival of colour.Students and teachers from the school will don their best 1960s costumes as part of a fantastic parade from Deele College to the Diamond, where there will also be terrific 60s-style music and dancing.The local school was established in Raphoe in 1964 as Raphoe Technical College, later changing its name to Raphoe Vocational School and after that to Deele College. Friday’s dazzling display will now mark the official start of the school’s 50th Anniversary celebrations with more fantastic school events planned before the end of this year.Indeed, a special weekend of celebrations is also in the pipeline for March 2015, fifty years after the school’s official opening.“The launch parade and event will be an impressive array of colour and music highlighting the very best of Deele College and we are thrilled to bring it out into the local community where the school has played such a pivotal role over the past 50 years,” school principal Joe Boyle said.Local Primary School and Playgroup pupils are expected to join in the celebrations that are certain to bring an atmosphere of fun and excitement to the town as the students get ready to break for mid-term. “Everyone has put in a huge effort into organising what we are sure will be a really special day for Raphoe. We have had great assistance from the local community and local Gardai as well.Now we’d love as many people as possible to come out on Friday now to watch the parade and come along to the Diamond for the fun and music afterwards,” Mr. Boyle added.Friday’s parade is due to get underway from Deele College around 11am and you can keep up to date with all of the events planned for the school’s 50th Anniversary celebrations on their Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/DeeleCollege50 CARNIVAL OF COLOUR PLANNED TO LAUNCH DEELE’S 50TH CELEBRATIONS was last modified: October 22nd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:50th anniversary celebrationsdeele collegedonegallast_img read more