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Henrietta Lacks’s family wants compensation for her cells
Lacks’s son says Johns Hopkins should compensate the family for mom’s cells.

“The eldest son of Henrietta Lacks wants compensation from Johns Hopkins University and possibly others for the unauthorized use of her cells in research that led to decades of medical advances.

Lawrence Lacks said that he is the executor of his mother’s estate and that an agreement that the National Institutes of Health made with other family members over the years regarding the use of the cells was not valid. That agreement did not include compensation.

The cells taken from the 31-year-old from Turners Station, Md., after she died of an aggressive form of cervical cancer in 1951 were the first to live outside the body in a glass tube. They were dubbed the HeLa cells and have become the most widely used human cells that exist in scientific research.

Vaccines, cancer treatments and in vitro fertilization are among the many medical techniques derived from her cells.

“My mother would be so proud that her cells saved lives,” Lawrence Lacks said in a statement. “She’d be horrified that Johns Hopkins profited while her family to this day has no rights.”

Due to advances in medical science, the standard human life expectancy is now around 120-140. It is discovered that people in their 100-teens go through a second edgy rebellious phase.

Thoughts on Patroclus

Friendly reminder that Patroclus should not be remember simply as “Achilles’ bitch”.

Friendly reminder that Patroclus was a little shit. He had the power, the looks and the skills, and he knew it. Not only he excelled at battle; he did it while taunting his enemies all the fucking time cause he was going to win and he knew it.

Friendly reminder that he was the one guy who got to call out on Achilles, something no one else dared to do. In fact, men went to ask him to call out on Achilles because everyone was scared of him. Except for Patroclus.

Friendly reminder that Patroclus had advanced medical knowledge, something extremly rare at the time. He healed many of his friends and comrades during battle. Hadn’t it been for him, many great warriors would have died.

Friendly reminder that Patroclus was loyal to a fault. He was always by Achilles’ side in battle. He never disobeyed Achilles orders. The one time he did, was the time he died.

Friendly reminder that Patroclus was kind and had a soft heart. He cried because while Achilles’ Rage lasted, he wouldn’t let any of his men enter battle, Patroclus included. And while Achilles’ troops were hiding in their ships, the rest of the Greek army got crushed. Patroclus felt so powerless and helpless because he couldn’t do nothing as he saw his comrades dying.

Friendly reminder that Patroclus had a character crisis. He had to decide whether obeying his Lord’s commands and abandoning his friends in battle, or going against his Lord’s wishes and engaging fight.

Friendly reminder that he refused to stay behind like a coward. He chose to enter battle, but since he was a honourable man he told Achilles about it. Friendly reminder that he managed to sway Achilles’ Rage. Friendly reminder that he managed to convince Achilles to let their troops rejoin the war, thus returning the victory to the Greeks.

Friendly reminder that Patroclus was flawed. He committed hubris. He got so battle drunk and was so excited by the prospect of finally ending the war, that he disobeyed Achilles’ direct command not to fight near the walls of Troy, and chased the Troyans back to the limits of the city. To the place Achilles had specifically told him not to go because it would be too dangerous. Friendly reminder that this one flaw is his downfall.

Friendly reminder that Patroclus doesn’t go down without giving one hell of a fight. Friendly reminder that Patroclus was so strong that Apollo (the God that protected Troy and Hector [Troy’s heir to the throne]) had to face him and repel him four times. Four times. A god. If that ain’t badass, then I don’t know what could be. In the fourth time, Apollo got inside Patroclus’ head and made him dizzy. Patroclus fell and Apollo removed him from his armour- Achilles’ armour. Patroclus ended up unprotected, vulnerable and dizzy in the middle of the battle field; so a random dude saw the opportunity and stabbed his back with a spear. But was that enough to make him go down? Oh heck no. The pain snapped him out of the dizziness. Patroclus realized he was in a very troublesome situation so he decided to fall back… but at that moment Hector engaged him in battle. And Patroclus wouldn’t retire from a direct combat, oh heck he wouldn’t. Even though he knew this was probably the way he would die, he fought with his all.

Friendly reminder that lacking his armor, tired from battle, with a spear wound on his back and only Achilles’ sword left as weapon, Patroclus faced Hector, Troy’s greatest warrior and didn’t fear.

Friendly reminder that when Hector sheathed his spear in Patroclos’ stomach, Patroclus thought about the love of his life.

Friendly reminder that with his last breath Patroclus smiled at Hector and told him “You are a dead man. This will be your downfall”. Friendly reminder that until his last moment, he was a little shit.

Friendly reminder that Patroclus is a flawed, well-rounded, badass character and that he deserves so much more than his current position as “Achilles’s love interest”.

A long time ago, with medical advancements far, far away...
  • The Writers of Star Wars: *Darth Maul literally cut in half and falls from very high up* This is completely survivable.
  • Also the Writers of Star Wars: *Padmé gives birth in a fully qualified medical facility* OH NO! A WOMAN HAS DONE A FEMALE THING. WITH A UTERUS. She died. Sometimes I can still hear her voice. She's gone forever! Oh no.
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the mercy’s suit au

or, the one where mercy’s gayness is revealed in her complete inability to control her suit at all

  • angela’s suit is the most advanced medical technology in history
  • it has the incredible ability to bring people back from the dead, took about ten years to create, is capable of flight, and is, according to some specialists, god in mechanical form.
  • except for the fact that it’s not fucking working.
  • angela kicks the staff frustratedly, and almost topples over because she forgot that her entire weight was resting on it. 
  • the suit hums. ‘change in gravity recorded. videotape sent automatically to the lab.’
  • of course now it’s decided to work.
  • pharah flies in to hover next to her. they’re at training, and mercy’s been having a tantrum for the last fifteen minutes
  • ‘dr. ziegler!’ she calls brightly. mercy smiles and blushes.
  • ‘hello, fareeha!’
  • ‘your heartbeat is increasing slightly, angela,’ the suit says. ‘would you like me to-’
  • ‘no, it’s fine,’ angela says hastily.
  • ‘eh?’ pharah asks.
  • ‘nothing.’
  • ‘okay.’ fareeha smiles and angela honest to god has a heart attack. this woman. 
  • ‘you’re looking good today, angela.’
  • mercy blushes fiery red and suddenly she’s shot a hundred feet into the sky. ‘WHAT THE-’
  • ‘i detected a significant rise in the frequency of your heartbeat. assuming you were in danger, i immediately brought you out of the situation.’
  • ‘fuck you,’ angela grumbles, and descends to earth, clutching the last shreds of her dignity.
  • pharah just laughs.
  • two days later…
  • mercy’s wearing her devil suit.
  • she very much enjoys the way fareeha’s eyes follow her around the battlefield.
  • her suit’s AI is disabled, but for some reason the off switch is damaged.
  • ‘angela, you appear to be shaking your hips in a very unusual fashion. would you like me to reset your hipbones?’
  • ‘angela, there is increased bloodflow to your cheeks. i am now applying ice packs.’
  • ‘angela, your face appears to be set in a curious expression. are your muscles tense? i will apply a short electric shock to relax your facial muscles.’
  • ‘angela, your eyes are rolling. i am going to set them in proper position.’
  • mercy nearly takes off her headpiece and smashes it on the ground.
  • after the brawl, fareeha comes over to her, dressed in a tight tank top and jeans.
  • ‘dr. ziegler,’ she says, smirking lopsidedly. 
  • angela grins. ‘fareeha!’ she says breathlessly.
  • ‘listen, i was just wondering if perhaps you would like to go-
  • to angela’s horror, her suit drones, ‘angela, your entire body is overheating. employing mechanism tailfan.’
  • and then her devil tail snakes around her front, around fareeha’s waist, and pulls her in, before rapidly fluttering against- oh. that would be pharah’s ass.
  • they’re now pressed very close together, and mercy thinks, fuck it
  • then she rises on her tiptoes, and kisses her.
  • after a beat, fareeha kisses back
  • the suit hums in what sounds like triumph. ‘objective get-pharmercy-together achieved. deactivating.’
  • okay, maybe it’s not so bad after all
Not to be a butthead... But,

DEAR FRIENDS,
I KNOW YOU THINK OF ME EVERY TIME YOU SEE AN ARTICLE ABOUT MY MEDICAL CONDITION.

BUT YOU DON’T HAVE TO SEND EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. TO ME. I PROMISE I ALREADY SAW IT (AND IT’S NOT A CURE/HUGE MAGICAL MEDICAL ADVANCEMENT.)

I promise you’re not more on top of this than I am.

I love you, but really.

Sincerely,
So Tired Of Having The Same Convo About An Article Over And Over

Victim of Nazi medical experiment immersed in freezing water at Dachau concentration camp. SS doctor Sigmund Rascher oversees the experiment. Germany, 1942

Physicians within the third reich would regularly carry out entirely unethical human experimentation on concentration camp prisoners, These experiments would serve a variety of purposes, one of the most important was to aid their military efforts during the war, they would perform a number of tests on prisoners to determine the likes of safe altitudes using low pressure chambers, the effects - and treatment for - hypothermia and how to make sea water potable.

They also tested in a more general medical sense, looking for immunisations for a number of diseases, such as typhus, malaria, hepatitis, tuberculosis and yellow fever.  They also tested bone grafting on non-consenting patients, and the effects and treatment for exposure to mustard gas and other chemical warfare.

Due to the eugenic ideals behind the mass ethnic cleansing that was occurring, doctors also used medical experimentation to advance their ideals, looking at how different races responded to different contagious diseases, and used these results to reinforce their ideas of racial inferiority. The most notorious physician who was involved in these particular experiments  was Dr. Josef Mengele.

The year is 2117

Elon Musk is still alive due to advancements in medical technology. Space X is harvesting elements from the outer solar system in preparation for earths first manned deep space mission. The last Marxists are cursing the rich while they ride in their self piloting quad-copter to their job they work for only 10 hours a week. “This is the end for late capitalism” they tweet.

birdie595  asked:

Hey! Your blog is so fun to read! The Mercs reaction to waking up captured in an enemy base?

Medic:

figues its because of his medical advancements and prepares himself mentally for torture of the worst kind.

Soldier:

has been waiting his whole damned life for a moment like this and is ready to be a pain in the ass soldier until he dies. even comes up with a service ID and rank to repeat over and over.

Heavy:

wonders how he got there honestly. hes not easy to move. second begins to plan on how to get out. knows they will underestimate his intelligence so begins to plan around that…

Demo:

Begins to look for an escape, but also is patient and waits for a moment to get loose and run. if hes doesnt know where hes going then hes just going to get caught again. 

Spy:

just waits. it was all his plan after all. he may be tied up but hes going to be the one doing the interrogating. 

Scout:

Yells and screams and bitches until they just get rid of him. hes useless and annoying. they though the other team might try and get him back but they seemed pretty confident that Scout would be back soon…. guess they were happy to have a vacation. 

Sniper:

slips the cuffs (hes double jointed) and crawls through the air vents after taking not of everything they have going on in their base. rubs it in that he was better at being a spy than spy

Engie:

yells and curses and struggles until he over powers the captors and rips their heads off with his bear hands. he figures its about his blue prints, and he will die before he gives those up. basically tornadoes through the base and rigs it to explode as he leaves.

Pyro:

just zones out and retreats into their Pyroland Mind Palace and is a zombie immune to what is going on around them until there is an opening for them to escape. 

Wave of the future: Terahertz chips a new way of seeing through matter

Electromagnetic pulses lasting one millionth of a millionth of a second may hold the key to advances in medical imaging, communications and drug development. But the pulses, called terahertz waves, have long required elaborate and expensive equipment to use.

Now, researchers at Princeton University have drastically shrunk much of that equipment: moving from a tabletop setup with lasers and mirrors to a pair of microchips small enough to fit on a fingertip.

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We need a movie about Fe del Mundo

NATIONAL SCIENTIST OF THE PHILIPPINES, FOUNDER OF THE FIRST FILIPINO PEDIATRIC SCHOOL AND THE FIRST WOMAN ACCEPTED TO HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOL BECAUSE THEY DIDN’T REALIZE SHE WAS A WOMAN UNTIL SHE GOT THERE AND FOUND HERSELF ASSIGNED TO AN ALL-MALE DORM

And they couldn’t turn her away because 1) she was already there, she traveled so far, it wouldn’t have been right to send her back 2) her grades were, unsurprisingly, above and beyond and she was too good to turn away and 3) the scholarship was granted to her by the president of the Philippines, and y’all don’t say no to that without some international incident let’s be real 

So she unwittingly became the first woman ever accepted into Harvard Med School (and possibly the first Asian ever enrolled? Though I haven’t confirmed this). She’s also since pioneered so many medical advancements in the Philippines that they can barely be counted, and she is by all accounts one of those amazing human beings that come rare in our lifetime. She was buried, and rightfully so, in the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Heroes’ Cemetery). 

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“I made this video hoping that the info might help someone or start a conversation.” // Courtney’s World AIDS Day message, and the results.

Thank you, @courtneyact, for sharing these videos. HIV still carries such a stigma, despite all the medical advancements that have been made to treat and prevent the spread of the virus, so it takes a brave person to be so open about it. ♥  #KnowYourStatus

Tony “who says yay when he finds a secret door” Stark

Tony “elevators not worthy” Stark

Tony “hopeful that all the avengers will stay for the party” Stark

Tony “getting really attached to the team” Stark

Tony “do I get to rule Asgard?” Stark

Tony “pretend flirting but totally meaning it with Rhodey” Stark

Tony “I’m not the boss, I just pay for everything, make everyone look cooler, etc which he totally does because he cares” Stark

Tony “bragging about how boss Pepper is” Stark

Tony “is making medical advances” Stark

Tony “calling himself old man” Stark

Tony “don’t take from my pile” Stark

Tony “willingly going to fix Clint’s tractor” Stark

Tony “caring for friends so much he’d build something to keep them safe” Stark

Tony “making jokes in horrible times to ease the tension” Stark

Tony “giving up JARVIS because he thinks that’ll save the world” Stark

Tony “has anxiety, PTSD, and he’s still in the game” Stark

Tony “telling Bruce to take a stand not to be rude but because Bruce doesn’t have to bow down to anybody” Stark

Tony “I’m not the same man as before” Stark

Tony “going from war profit to saving the world because he thinks it’s what he was destined to do, even though he’s just a civilian, no super powers, just because he damn wants to, he’s gotten so far and become such a better person but no one really sees that over his mistakes” Stark

Tony “isn’t the same man as before, because he’s so much better” Stark

Tony fucking Stark

chicleeblair  asked:

hi, quick question: in Chimera Dr. Cale mentions conceiving Nate & having the fetus frozen for five years. Is that being done in reality? Google pointed me to a defunct facility that claimed to freeze/store fetuses but they seemed pretty shifty. I know Parasitology's medical science is more advanced than ours, but i imagine fetal cryogenics would be kept underwraps bc of ethical issues & Dr. Cale ignores those. so, still unsure is it currently possible or only plausible? I'm really curious!!!

Right now, to the best of my knowledge, we do not have a way to extract a fetus that was conceived via direct penetrative sex and store it the way we would a fertilized egg made in a lab.  (And it would have to be later, because it would need to be big enough to find.)  I don’t think we’d be keeping the tech “under wraps” due to ethical issues: being able to do this might give people an alternative to abortion for health of the mother, ectopic pregnancy, etc., as well as other situations.  But, like the artificial womb, this is one of the things I very much hope we will have someday.

oops I’m garbage! 

okay but for real tho, hogwarts overwatch au???? dva is the youngest most kickass quidditch chaser with a million fans, tracer is seeker obvs (lucio is seeker for hufflepuff) pharah is beater (JUSTICE) mercy is her ravenclaw doctor gf that is always looking for new magical medical advances. tracer and widowmaker make out in the prefects bathroom