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Posts Tagged ‘DNA’

Media’s Palin Derangement Syndrome: Suddenly, Old Media Thinks They are DNA Technicians

Posted by morganwrites on September 4, 2008

(NB) – John McCain’s campaign spokesman is reporting that the media has deluged the campaign with demands that it provide DNA samples to “prove” that baby Trig is the true offspring of vice presidential candidate Governor Sarah Palin. Imagine the effrontery of this demand? Imagine the ignorance and outrageousness of this attack that Governor Palin is receiving at the hands of the Old Media? Worse, realize that this storm has been raised by gutter websites like DailyKos and the DemocraticUnderground! The media is not only indulging in the lowest of attacks they are allowing the most extreme, unhinged of the far left to dictate the direction of their coverage. The Old Media are worse than dancing puppets for the hatemongers on the left.

The Washington Post’s Howard Kurtz reported that McCain campaign manager Steve Schmidt is being buried under an avalanche of these unseemly demands for Palin’s DNA by the media establishment.

In an extraordinary and emotional interview, Steve Schmidt said his campaign feels “under siege” by wave after wave of news inquiries that have questioned whether Palin is really the mother of a 4-month-old baby, whether her amniotic fluid had been tested and whether she would submit to a DNA test to establish the child’s parentage.

Imagine the temerity of these media scavengers?

Even Kurtz admits that hate sites like DailyKos is leading the media around by the nose.

“The intensity of media inquiries hit a new level after an anonymous blogger on the liberal Web site Daily Kos last weekend charged that McCain’s running mate is actually the grandmother of Trig Palin, the 4-month-old baby born with Down syndrome, and that the real mother is her daughter, 17-year-old Bristol Palin. That led to mainstream media inquiries, which prompted the McCain camp to disclose in a statement Monday that Bristol is five months pregnant and plans to have the baby and marry the teenage father.”

These disgusting allegations were proven completely false on the same day that the ignorati at the DailyKos raised them. Dozens of photos were produced that proved that Palin was pregnant and eyewitness accounts were brought forward cooberating the photos. Yet the mean spiritedness of the press corps pressed onward anyway with these hateful attacks on a mother of a special needs child, a baby with Down Syndrome and a teenaged girl.

And now they have the gall to demand DNA?

It causes me, at least, to ask some salient questions. WHY didn’t the press ramp up their demands for DNA during those fateful days when the Blue Dress filled with Bill Clinton’s DNA was all the topic of the news? Why have they not been demanding DNA evidence to prove or disprove John Edward’s is or isn’t the father of the Rielle Hunter’s baby? They don’t seem all so interested in DNA in those cases, do they?

The Old Media double standard is in full effect here, folks. Any tiny line of smear can be used freely to destroy a Republican and their family members — including children. But when it comes to liberals… why, it’s hands off, it’s all about safeguarding a candidate’s privacy, sex isn’t a topic, and leave the candidate’s kids alone!

To be a journalist is the most shameful profession on earth at this point. And they just keep sinking lower and lower.

Can the media sink any lower?  Perhaps we should be vetting ‘reporters” .  What a bunch of asses.

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Deadly skin cancer may be caused by virus

Posted by morganwrites on January 18, 2008

A previously unknown virus may be to blame for a rare but deadly form of skin cancer, opening the prospect of new ways to treat and prevent the condition, scientists said on Thursday.

Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) mainly affects older people and those whose immune system has been compromised by AIDS or organ transplant drugs, raising suspicions it could have an infectious cause.

Now researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute believe they have found the culprit, after identifying viral DNA sequences present in 80 percent of Merkel cell tumors.

The foreign DNA belongs to a virus, dubbed Merkel cell polyomavirus (MCV), which integrates into the tumor’s own genome in a way suggesting it is a trigger for cancerous growth.

If the new virus is proved to be the cause it should give new leads for treating a particularly aggressive cancer. Experts suspect the virus is deadly because it produces a cancer-causing protein or knocks out a gene that suppresses tumor growth.

“Information that we gain could possibly lead to a blood test or vaccine that improves disease management and aids in prevention,” said Dr Patrick Moore, who with colleagues published the findings in the journal Science.

Merkel cell carcinoma develops from specialized nerve cells that respond to touch or pressure. Its incidence has tripled over the past 20 years and there are now about 1,500 cases a year in the United States.

About 50 percent of patients with advanced disease live nine months or less.(My italics).

Merkel cell carcinoma is not the first cancer linked to a virus, and will likely not be the last.

The best known cancer-causing virus is HPV, or human papillomavirus, which can lead to cervical cancer and is the target of two new anti-cancer vaccines, Gardasil and Cervarix, from Merck & Co Inc and GlaxoSmithKline Plc.

Kaposi’s sarcoma, the most common malignancy in AIDS patients and the most common cancer in Africa, is also caused by a virus.

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