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Submission + - Israeli vulture suspected of spying returned

red crab writes: BBC reports that a griffon vulture with GPS tracking device attached to its leg that was part of conservation program of Tel Aviv University was captured in Lebanon after it was suspected to be a Israeli spy. UN Liaison forces helped secure the release of the bird after holding talks with Lebanese and Israeli ofcials. Here's the link to the news.

Submission + - The boom in mini stomachs, brains, kidneys and more

red crab writes: A recent report at nature.com says that using carefully timed chemical cues, researchers around the world have produced three-dimensional structures that resemble tissue from the eye, gut, liver, kidney, pancreas, prostate, lung, stomach and breast. These bits of tissue, called organoids because they mimic some of the structure and function of real organs, are furthering knowledge of human development, serving as disease models and drug-screening platforms, and might eventually be used to rescue damaged organs.

“It doesn't require any super-sophisticated bioengineering,” says Jürgen Knoblich, at the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology in Vienna “We just let the cells do what they want to do, and they make a brain.”

These organoids, may prove to be a powerful tool in personalized medicine. Researchers have been successful in creating organoids from affected organs of patient and then apply potential drug on those to test the drug's effectiveness “It's a black-and-white assay,” says Hans Clevers, a stem-cell researcher at the Hubrecht Institute in Utrecht, the Netherlands, "one that could prove quicker and cheaper than trying drugs in people to see whether they work".

Submission + - Jose Mujica: The world's 'poorest' president

red crab writes: "BBC News has carried out an article about Jose Mujica, labelled as the world's poorest president

It's a common grumble that politicians' lifestyles are far removed from those of their electorate. Not so in Uruguay. Meet the president — who lives on a ramshackle farm and gives away most of his pay. Mujica donates about 90% of his monthly salary, equivalent to $12,000 (£7,500), to charity. "This is a matter of freedom. If you don't have many possessions then you don't need to work all your life like a slave to sustain them, and therefore you have more time for yourself," he says."

Submission + - India's call centre growth slows down (bbc.co.uk)

red crab writes: India's call centre industry has grown rapidly in the past decade, but recent research suggests it's no longer the world's biggest. Some British and American companies are moving operations back home, so what's the future for Indian phone bashers?
Other factors like rising labor costs and property prices in India are prompting compaines to move their businesses back to English speaking countries

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