McConnell opposes Judge Brown for Supreme Court – no gasps of surprise!


Portrait of the Senator as a younger bigot

Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky has made it known that he will vote against confirming President Joe Biden’s Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson to become the first Black woman to sit on the nation’s highest judicial bench.

As GOP leader in the U.S. Senate, McConnell’s announcement was not a surprise to many…

Senate Democrats are reportedly hoping for a full vote for Jackson’s confirmation next month. She needs 51 out of 100 votes to be approved for the bench. There are 50 Democrats and 50 Republicans in the U.S. Senate, and as a wild card, Vice President Kamala Harris has the tiebreaker vote.

…it is not clear if Jackson will garner any support from Republicans.

I was co-chair of a freshly-chartered chapter of young Republicans when I was young…the Republican part was a favor for a friend who was a Republican and pretty even-handed on many political issues BITD. Especially regarding racism and conservatives who took opportunist support anywhere it could be found. A stance not completely absent in some Republican regions even 60 years ago.

I returned to being unregistered with either of the two parties generally allowed…after a polite couple of months.

Cancer-Sniffing Worm-On-A-Chip for Lung Cancer Detection 


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Scientists are using a device employing living worms (nematodes) of the C. elegans species as a biometric device for lung cancer detection. Known as the ‘worm-on-a-chip’, the device tracks the worms’ movements toward odor molecules produced by lung cancer cells. Researchers from Myongji University in South Korea presented their…work at this week’s spring conference of the American Chemical Society.

“Lung cancer cells produce a different set of odor molecules than normal cells,” said principal investigator Shin Sik Choi, Ph.D., of the Department of Energy Science and Technology, and the Department of Food and Nutrition at Myongji University in Korea, in a statement. “It’s well known that the soil-dwelling nematode, C. elegans, is attracted or repelled by certain odors, so we came up with an idea that the roundworm could be used to detect lung cancer…”

Based on their current nematode study in lung cancer, Choi and Jang estimated that the device was about 70% effective at detecting cancer cells in diluted cell culture media. They hope to improve sensitivity of the device by using of worms previously exposed to cancer cell media that would have a “memory” of cancer-specific odor molecules. Once the team has optimized the worm-on-a-chip for detecting cultured lung cancer cells, they plan to move on to testing urine, saliva or even exhaled breath from people for other cancer types.

Modern science doesn’t always require modern raw materials, eh?