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Super Strength Substance Approaching Human Trials 425 425

kkleiner writes "You may remember Liam Hoekstra, the baby apparently born without the myostatin gene, and consequently sporting 40% more skeletal muscle than his peers. Using gene therapy, NCH scientists have been able to get follistatin (a myostatin blocker) to promote phenomenal muscle growth in macaque monkeys. NCH is now working with the FDA to perform the preliminary steps necessary for a human clinical trial. Is this the prelude to a super-strength gene therapy for all of us?"

Comment Re:Symantec is saying this? (Score 1) 459 459

Well I was speaking of the fact that It has caught maybe two or three serious infections, and removed them successfully, but my mom's however is running terribly slow and she is restricted from command prompt, regedit, and changing the background from telling her that she needs to buy XPAntiVirus 2009. I've removed the infections manually from hers, but if she'd just invest in a decent AV program, it prolly wouldn't be infected now...

Comment Re:Symantec is saying this? (Score 0) 459 459

Actually, I've been using Norton IS 2009, and they have made great improvements on getting rid of bugs and really brought the size down. They also keep less of a draw on system resources, and it's been very effective at removing a lot of infections, some big, some small. The best thing it does is watch what comes in to stop a virus before it is renamed by the browser after downloading. I have noticed a huge difference in how my mom's computer handles virii with a free copy of AVG or something, and how my computer handles virii. I think that the problem with the industry is people expect these AntiVirus programs to protect them wholly, where in fact, it takes some initiative on the user side to know when something is a scam, or a virus, or complete malware. When these expectations aren't met, it gets a bad name, and it all just goes downhill from there.

Microsoft Zunes Committing Mass Suicide 785 785

jddeluxe writes "There are multiple reports springing up all over the internet of a mass suicide of Microsoft 30GB Zune players globally. Check Zune forums, Gizmodo, or other such sites; the reports are spreading rapidly, except apparently to the Microsoft official Zune site."

Comment Why Say "What For???" (Score 1) 380 380

Correct me if I'm wrong, (and the /. masses would know) but wouldn't an achievement like this be great as there are alot of different variables involved in people going fast. Sure humans have gone 1000+ mph, but usually that is very high up. Couldn't this bring into aspect some of the more interesting faults of succeeding at such a feat at ground level, or does it make no difference? Couldn't this have some, if even a little, help to the scientific or aerodynamic community?

30 Years of the Lego Minifig 167 167

clikit writes "Today, the Lego Minifig turns 30 years old. Gizmodo is running a video contest with Lego, giving away Galaxy Explorer or the Yellow Castle sets and other unopened vintage sets. They also have an exclusive video from the factory, showing how the minifig is built. Check it out ... finding out how the little guys are made will make you smile." Scientists estimate that 98% of the minifigs created in the last three decades have lost a hand in a tragic vacuum accident, been melted by a magnifying glass, or been eaten by your dog.

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