“It's actually a common lab in Bio 101 classes in college with fruit flies, who have such short generation time spans that one can observe the changes.
Also when the new flu vaccines are made each year, its made based on the premise of antigenic drift, which says the strains of the virus will be slightly different due to the "drift" of the proteins.
Additionally, gain-of-function experiments with dangerous pathogens in labs.
And there is also the mutation of viruses in the world, such as H5N1, which normally occurred in birds but has evolved to infect humans.
Anddd....I do not remember the name of the experiments but it was in Russia and on foxes. Basically by selecting/breeding the tamest foxes, there innate behavior was markedly different from the other foxes.”
“I've been reading a lot of these comments and while people on both sides have made good points, I feel compelled to respond to yours.
Your response was very offensive.
I'm sure you didn't mean it to be, but it was. It is an unfortunate truth that many women are raped; to say that women, every day, are preparing to be raped makes it sound as though we are preparing to fend off attackers. Therefore, for all the victims who were not able to do that, it was because they did not prepare enough. Maybe that's not how you meant it, but then you need to make better word choices.
Furthermore, it is an equally unfortunate fact that many men are raped in the armed forces. Clearly, those men were physically strong enough to be soldiers but were not prepared for that kind of "combat".
The context in which you talk about rape has no place in their conversation. Shame on you.”
“While I can see your point that many people simply regurgitate propaganda on topics they are not educated in, this is not the case here. This is common sense and fairness.
The reason for most of these posts have to do with the fact that to raise the wage to $15 is ridiculous. I'm sure most people would be fine with raising it to somewhere around $8-$9. But demanding $15 is simply unfair for a job which really does not require any skills. People go to school to make those wages; it isn't fair for a fast food worker to make it as well. It's unfortunate that some people make these jobs their careers, but we have to think about what is fair to everyone, not just those workers.
However, if this were to happen (and I highly doubt it would), I'm sure out-of-work, educated people would get the jobs instead of those without any sort of degree. Hiring managers would probably be more sympathetic to someone who tried to make it but are just down-on-their-luck. And they would probably make the company better and more efficient to be honest.”
“There is a huge spectrum between a G Rating Dress Code and a stripper, its not so black and white. I think most people (even most teens) would completely agree that there are some people who dress inappropriately. I'm sure your daughter does not dress in a G rated outfit but rather an age appropriate outfit. And it's great that you can teach her the importance of age appropriate clothing.
However, just to offer you some insight to the female mind, while being intelligent, funny, kind, etc. are definitely traits we want to have, all females after a certain age want to feel physically sexy. It's age and experience that teaches us how to do that in the right way. So when you see those girls dressing like strippers, please understand that they are just confused. They think that being super exposed translates to sexy and not trampy because they probably don't the first thing about real sexuality. They will learn so as long as they are not hurting anyone let's not judge too harshly because being too judgmental is also an unattractive trait.”
“As per FDA regulations, a gay man cannot be a sperm donor because some outdated research indicates a higher chance of certain infectious diseases. This guy came out as gay after he was through being a donor and at the time he was donating, I'm not sure if the regulations being a donor was as strict as it is now.
But, nowadays, a recipient knows a HUGE amount about their sperm donor (medical, lifestyle and even personality type info). I can understand how children made with donors "feel" like they know their biological parent because of the amount of information donors provide.”
billcdaly on Jul 31, 2013 at 14:45:22
“Appreciate the reply, plus the information you included in your post.”
“If there are doctors and scientists who can argue it, it is beyond reason that you can not even admit there may be logical reasoning to the assertion that a fetus is not alive. Maybe it's not about the reasoning as it is the gut feeling you may have that it is alive. But humans have had those feelings throughout history and have been wrong (people knew the Earth was flat, people knew we were the center of the universe, etc). It's too big of an issue to leave it up to what you feel you know is true. It's about what we can prove is true.
I'm not saying you are wrong. In fact, everything you said before the last sentence is correct. I'm saying that I (respectfully) disagree with you as to when life begins. As do many people. Can you really say, without a shred of doubt, that life begins at conception (or wherever you think it begins) and all the doctors and scientists who disagree are wrong? And if you do have doubt, can you ignore the fact that this decision will have serious, potentially very negative, implications on other women?
I can't prove you're wrong just like you can't prove I'm wrong. But can't everyone just keep an open mind?”
“Technically, no one has proven that fetuses feel pain. I believe you are referring to the recent study that was referred to in a certain state's (I forget which) decision to ban abortions after the point that fetus' demonstrate a reaction to stimuli. The study basically stated that it could mean a fetus at that point in development could detect painful stimuli. But it didn't say so definitively. I know that's very technical, but still, that's science. And I think viability happens closer to 24 weeks.
At the end of the day, there is not a clear consensus on where life begins. Not among doctors, scientists or regular people. It's just based on what you chose to believe.
I think there needs to be an open-minded discussion about abortion, which is hard because it's a passionate subject. People need to hear unbiased facts from people in the science field because I feel like a lot of facts are injected with propaganda. I also think because you are adopted you would bring a valuable viewpoint to such a discussion, as would someone who is infertile and wants to have one of these unwanted fetuses, someone whose young daughter got pregnant, someone who was adopted but is pro-choice, someone who chose to have an abortion at 19 weeks, etc. Calling each other names only leads to deep resentment against each other. Listening and empathy are the keys to progress, or at least peacefully coexisting without crazy men shooting abortion doctors.”
“A "White" event sounds too, as many of these posts imply, racist. Many of us can either remember or have family members who lived in the US during a time when "Whites Only" signs and places were a clear sign of discrimination. Even if you don't personally agree, I'm sure you can see how most people would find it incredibly insensitive.
But even if you are not racist, it doesn't make much sense to have a white history appreciation anything. It really is so broad that, fundamentally, white history IS American history. And American history is always celebrated. However if someone wanted to target a specific white history, such as an Irish American history event, I guess that isn't so bad.
If there are some people who do not understand it, part of me gets that. It's just like the different sexes not understanding each other. It's the same thing with race; different races will never 100% understand the other. But the closest thing I can describe it to is imagining you are vacationing in a foreign country; when you cross paths with another American or if you simply hear someone with an American accent, you sort of feel an immediate bond with them. And if you were actually living abroad, I'm sure it would make you more comfortable to have Americans around you (ex. Chinatowns) and have "American" celebrations. I know that may not have been the greatest example, but I hope you get the gist of it.”
“Clearly you did not understand what you read, in my post or in the article. Firstly, she did not have an abortion. So there was absolutely no comparison to that as it didn't happen!
Secondly, I was making the point to the people who say this is wrong BECAUSE (and only because!!!) this is "playing God" are hypocrites as we "play God" to our benefits all the time. I repeat- disagree with this for any other reason, but do not pretend that playing God is a bad thing. My second post said maybe vaccines are a better analogy. Vaccines have saved millions of lives by preventing the development of fatal diseases that would have killed many people who are exposed to them (malaria for example). The NATURAL progression of being exposed to deadly viruses is death. So what do we do....we get in the way of nature. And thank God we do, because almost every child is vaccinated in this country for a good reason. So please do not pretend something is wrong with me because you cannot understand what I'm saying. If you don't understand, just ask. Do not be argumentative for the sake of it.”
“Do not twist my words around. As I previously said, the whole "playing God" mindset is terrible; I hate that argument. If someone has cancer, he/she should be able to do whatever is medically possible to save his/her life. Medical technology and its advances are life savers. If we allow ourselves to benefit from such technology, who are we to condemn this specific thing ON THE BASIS that it is playing God. You can disagree with it on any other basis you choose. But to do it on that basis is hypocritical unless you have never reaped the benefits of scientific technology. That is what I was trying to say and unless you're in one of those isolated tribes in the Amazon, I'm sure you've benefited from medical technology in some way...maybe vaccines are a better analogy?
And just a note from a member of the reproductive science community- we are soooo far away from the"build-a-baby" technology; seriously, while it may be researched, it will not be implemented in our lifetime. And when it is implemented, who knows what the social/cultural norms will be at the time? It only takes a matter of decades to completely change the way society thinks about certain subjects (race, sexual orientation, sex, etc.). Why waste our time arguing about it now if it does not affect us? And, for the same reason, using it as an analogy is also pointless.”
“I work in a fertility clinic, specifically one which has a PGD lab. We have every type patient case you can imagine- soldiers who had accidents rendering them infertile, 12 year old boys with cancer who need to bank their sperm before undergoing treatment, sex change operations and everything in between. I understand that many couples want a child and gender is not important, I really, really do as I see it everyday. But this is a choice. We may not agree with it; no one is asking us to. We may disagree, abhor the thought of it, but (and let's be incredibly intelligent about this and leave emotion out of it) can we judge her character and motherhood abilities? Does taking a loan out (which she did repay) for gender selection absolutley, 100% mean that she ignores her sons? Please, just think about this rationally and leave your maternal instincts out of it.
Lastly, to all you women and men who have struggled and are still struggling to create you families, my heart goes out to you. I know it must seem like a slap in the face when you read something like this precisely because infertility is not openly discussed in a public forum. We should all try to be more understanding and listen with open hearts to all types of struggles when it comes to having children.”
“I really need to say this one point first.... to everyone bringing up the risks of "playing God", Westernized society plays God everyday and we all benefit from it. If you need medical treatment (chemo, radiation, insulin shots, etc.) you are playing God. Because technically, as terrible as it sounds, if a person were to get cancer or any potentially fatal disease, that would mean God wants them to die. But as I said that is a terrible way to think.
Second point...may I pose the question that perhaps when the author stated she was considering aborting the fetus, it was similar to the case in which couples who get an unexpected pregnacy consider aborting because of financial strain? Clearly she thought the third pregnancy would result in a baby girl and that a fourth pregnancy would cause financial strain (as she took a loan out). And ultimately she did decide to keep the pregnancy; I'm sure there are maany women out there who considered abortions for one reason or another who could rleate on some level. But as I said, that's just a possibility, I'm not trying to make a statement.”
Tolnisia Stevens on Sep 20, 2012 at 18:54:41
“Something is not right with you is it? How can you compare something like somebody getting cancer due to know fault of their own to somebody who gets healthy kids but because its a kid she don't want she kills it.”
greenidmm on Sep 18, 2012 at 19:30:43
“Actually, that doesn't mean God wants them to die. Just like "we get what we get" if we are lucky enough to have a child, if we get cancer, we don't get to choose what type of cancer or the stage in which we find out about it. The trials and tribulations of life are full of choices. Should we pay for those too? Should we all be able to pay for blonde hair and blue eyes and all have lips like Angelina Jolie?”