40-Year-Old Fetus Found Inside Elderly Woman
A Colombian woman who went to a hospital in Bogota, complaining of stomach pains, got the surprise of her life when doctors saw an X-ray and discovered a 40-year-old calcified fetus -- or lithopaedian -- inside her 82-year-old body.
Lithopaedian, also known as stone baby, is a very rare syndrome that happens when the fetus grows outside the uterus and inside the abdomen. Indeed, the phenomenon occurs only once in every 11,000 pregnancies. If the fetus becomes so large that it cannot be absorbed back into the body, it mummifies, with a layer of calcium protecting the mother's body from the dead tissue of the baby. Usually the woman has no idea a calcified fetus is inside her.
The Colombian woman will now undergo surgery so that the fetus can be removed.
In another case, in 2009, Huang Yijun, 92, of southern China, delivered a child which she’d been carrying for more than half a century.
At the time, Dr Natalie Burger, an endocrinologist and fertility specialist in Texas, explained that lithopaedions began as ectopic pregnancies -– a condition where the fertilized egg becomes stuck as it travels to the womb and develops outside of the uterus.
She told NBC News: “Usually an ectopic pregnancy will mean a [fallopian] tubal pregnancy, but in a small percentage of cases, the pregnancy can actually occur in the abdominal cavity -- in places like the bowel, the ovary, or even on the aorta.
“These are very rare locations and they can be very dangerous.” - THP
Author Robert Bauval to Launch Legal Action Against Egyptologist Zahi Hawass
Robert Bauval posted the following statement to his Facebook account:
LEGAL ACTION AGAINST ZAHI HAWASS.
I have instructed my lawyers to collaborate with a legal cabinet in Egypt to prepare a libel and defamation case against Zahi Hawass. The direct and open accusation Mr. Hawass has made against me are:
(1) That I collaborated and paid the two german amateur archaeologists to steal the cartouche of the pharaoh Khufu inside a relief chamber of the Great Pyramid.
(2) That I wrote a book(s) claiming that the "Jews" built the Pyramids of Egypt.
(3) That myself and my family are of the Jewish Faith. (I am a Christian Catholic).
These accusations are totally and utterly false. Accusations (1) and (2) are exptremely damaging to my person and my work. All three accusation also put me in grave danger in Egypt which has been gripped by dangerous Islamists who are anti-Semitic/Jewish.
In consideration of my 'bestselling status' and my readership around the world, and in consideration that my reputation and the success of my books rely heavily on my credibility and my repect for ancient Egyptian monuments and artefacts and culture, my legal advisor will be asking for damages in the six figure bracket in US Dollars.
A similar legal case may also be opened against ASAR MASR, the owners of the Facebook page that ran the demantory and libelous interview of Hawass.
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Scientists discover second, secret DNA code
Scientists have long believed that DNA tells the cells how to make proteins. But the discovery of a new, second DNA code Thursday suggests the body speaks two different languages.
The findings in the journal Science may have big implications for how medical experts use the genomes of patients to interpret and diagnose diseases, researchers said.
The newfound genetic code within deoxyribonucleic acid, the hereditary material that exists in nearly every cell of the body, was written right on top of the DNA code scientists had already cracked.
Rather than concerning itself with proteins, this one instructs the cells on how genes are controlled.
Its discovery means DNA changes, or mutations that come with age or in response to viruses, may be doing more than what scientists previously thought, he said.
"For over 40 years we have assumed that DNA changes affecting the genetic code solely impact how proteins are made," said lead author John Stamatoyannopoulos, University of Washington associate professor of genome sciences and of medicine.
"Now we know that this basic assumption about reading the human genome missed half of the picture," he said.
"Many DNA changes that appear to alter protein sequences may actually cause disease by disrupting gene control programs or even both mechanisms simultaneously."
Scientists already knew that the genetic code uses a 64-letter alphabet called codons.
But now researchers have figured out that some of these codons have two meanings.
Coined duons, these new elements of DNA language have one meaning related to protein sequence and another that is related to gene control.
The latter instructions "appear to stabilize certain beneficial features of proteins and how they are made," the study said.
The discovery was made as part of the international collaboration of research groups known as the Encyclopedia of DNA Elements Project, or ENCODE.
It is funded by the US National Human Genome Research Institute with the goal of finding out where and how the directions for biological functions are stored in the human genome. - Yahoo
Unknown Creature Washes Up On Spanish Beach
Back in August, a FOUR-METRE-LONG fish of an unidentified breed was found on the shores of the Almanzora caves near the Luis Siret beach in Villaricos (Almería).
Bathers in the area took photographs of the remains of the sea-creature and contacted the Civil Protection squad, who in turn notified the marine fauna protection society, PROMAR, in nearby Pulpí.
Experts at the centre say they have never come across any species like it and are attempting to find out from its remains what it could be.
The woman who found it firstly discovered the head, and then the body farther down the beach, which is said to be over four metres in length.
Various laboratories belonging to PROMAR and similar centres have taken parts of the remains and photographs to analyse, but the 'perishable' parts of the fish have been buried 'for hygiene reasons'. - ThinkSpin
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