Why biology is so cool

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by Cave Man, Dec 18, 2008.

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    Cave Man

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    Looks like the little guy will make a full recovery:

    http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory?id=6488258

    "Tumor in Colorado Newborn's Brain Contained Foot
    Tumor in baby's brain stuns doctor after containing nearly perfect foot, other body parts
    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. December 18, 2008 (AP)

    A pediatric neurosurgeon says a tumor he removed from the brain of a Colorado Springs infant contained a tiny foot and other partially formed body parts." (more in link)
     
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    mkrishnan

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    That is pretty amazing. :)

    Human neurobiology is really interesting. I've heard (I'm not even sure how to search this on Pubmed to verify) that there have been reported cases where a person, say a female, received a bone marrow stem cell transplantation after cancer treatment from a male donor. Then, on autopsy, Y chromosomes were found in hippocampal neurons (the hippocampus is another site of adult stem cells).
     
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    A baby Zeus with a little Athena…

    Astonishing.
     
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    themoonisdown09

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    Wow... I don't know what else to say.
     
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    Fetus in fetu is a pretty wild condition too. We talked about it in developmental biology in med school.

    Parasitic twins, as occasionally produced by fetus in fetu, are astounding. The one from Egypt a few years ago is the most amazing medical case I think I've ever read about. I truly wonder what the surgeons and specialists ended up DOING with the parasitic twin once it was removed. Would they have to bury it, or would they study it, or encase it in lucite and put it somewhere to look at.

    Either way, very cool. I loved the photo included from this foot-in-brain article.
     
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    Abstract

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    Click on "more photos". Lots and lots of photos of people with some physical abnormality, or large tumour.
     
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    [​IMG]
     
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    Um.....no more kisses for Cromulent.
     
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    A fascinating article and an incredible story. I had read it on the BBC's site, but thanks for posting it.

    Cheers
     
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    That about sums it up for me as well...wild stuff! :eek:
     
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    Eh? This is the first time I've posted in this thread.
     
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    alphaod

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    Cool? Yeah, have fun taking Organic Chemistry and the like for your Biology major. I mean sure some people love it, but most don't.
     
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    yoyo5280

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    Biology is cool because its the only science subject I do great in. A GCSE mock, 1 year early.

    Oh yea the story is pretty cool too. :p
     
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    Never mind. I remember that one, and laughed. [​IMG] <manly hug
     

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