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WHEN CLONED PIGS GLOW IN THE DARK & PASS GENES ONTO PIGLETS

Posted by Billyjam, January 9, 2008 01:45pm | Post a Comment

This story below titled "Glowing Pig Passes Genes to Piglets" was published 
today by the Associated Press and is worth reading.


A cloned pig whose genes were altered to make it glow fluorescent green 
has passed on the trait to its young, a development that could lead to the 
future breeding of pigs for human transplant organs, a Chinese university 
reported.

The glowing piglets' birth proves transgenic pigs are fertile and able to 
pass on their engineered traits to their offspring, according to Liu 
Zhonghua
, a professor overseeing the breeding program at Northeast
Agricultural University.
"Continued development of this technology can be applied to ... the production of special pigs for the production of human organs for transplant," Liu said in a news release posted Tuesday on the university's Web site. Calls to the university seeking comment Wednesday were not answered. The piglets' mother was one of three pigs born with the trait in December 2006 after pig embryos were injected with fluorescent green protein. Two of the 11 piglets glow fluorescent green from their snout, trotters, and tongue under ultraviolet light, the university said. Robin Lovell-Badge, a genetics expert at Britain's National Institute for
Medical Research,
said the technology "to genetically manipulate pigs in this way would be very valuable." Lovell-Badge had not seen the research from China's cloned pigs and could not comment on its credibility. He said, however, that organs from genetically altered pigs would potentially solve some of the problems of rejected organs in transplant operations. He said the presence of the green protein would allow genetically modified cells to be tracked if they were transplanted into a human. The fact that the pig's offspring also appeared to have the green genes would indicate that the genetic modification had successfully penetrated every cell, Lovell-Badge added. But he said much more research and further trials -- both in animals and in humans -- would be necessary before the benefits of the technology could be seen. Other genetically modified pigs have been created before, including by Scotland's Roslin Institute, but few results have been published. Tokyo's Meiji University last year successfully cloned a transgenic pig that carries the genes for human diabetes, while South Korean scientists cloned cats that glow red when exposed to ultraviolet rays.

IN CELEBRATION OF THE DRUM: PART TWO, CHILD DRUMMERS

Posted by Billyjam, January 8, 2008 11:22am | Post a Comment

Recorded circa 1988 when he was just a wee lad of seven years old is the mind-boggling video footage    above of percussionist prodigy Jacob Armen. Pretty damn impressive skills for such a young kid! However as you can witness for yourself if you go onto YouTube and do a search on Jacob and follow threads linking to later drum performances by him up to recently, you will see that while he is still a damn good drummer -- as is often the case with child prodigies -- he didn't continue to evolve and develop his skills at such an impressive level.

Equally impressive is the video below, given that the young percussionist in it, Levi Eshleman, is only 3 years of age. Amazing considering most kids are having difficulty just doing basic skills at this age! This clip below was originally featured on a DVD titled Be A Drumhead that featured Will Kennedy and Bob Gatzen, who produced a series of inspirational DVD's featuring young talents like Levi.

IN CELEBRATION OF THE DRUM: PART ONE, COZY COLE

Posted by Billyjam, January 7, 2008 11:31am | Post a Comment

Perhaps it is because it is a much smaller nation than the USA that the United Kingdom pop charts have historically been more prone to having unusual or esoteric records making their way onto and up the British pop charts. But that is not to say that surprise hits never occur here in the United States. They do, just not as often. But every once in a while a record that you just don't think of as a "pop" record somehow breaks through into the mainstream. A good example is  the cool swinging, drum-based instrumental single "Topsy, Part 2" by jazz drummer Cozy Cole, which was a surprise cross-over hit exactly fifty years ago in 1958 for the talented percussionist when it went to the number one spot on the Billboard Top 100 Charts.

What was unusual and unprecedented about the number one pop single by the late New Jersey born jazz percussionist (1909 - 1981) was that it contained a lengthy drum solo, and remains one of the few drum solo recordings that ever made the popular Billboard pop charts.  Additionally, it appeared not on a major label but instead was released on the tiny Brooklyn-based Love Records.

22nd Vibe For Philo - Phil Lynott (Thin Lizzy) Anniversary

Posted by Billyjam, January 4, 2008 06:38pm | Post a Comment

Exactly twenty two years ago today, January 4th, 1986 Irish rock legend Phil Lynott, who came to fame as the frontman of Thin Lizzy (perhaps best known stateside for their hit "The Boys Are Back In Town") died of pneumonia and heart failure, apparently the result of complications from a heroin drug overdose.

And today many people around the world are honoring the man. Most notable is the big annual 22nd Vibe For Philo: Johnny the Fox meets Jimmy the Weed celebration tonight in Dublin, Ireland at The Button Factory at Curved Street in the Temple Bar district where numerous artists will perform, including Cait O'Riordan (formerly with the Pogues), the tribute band Tizz Lizzy as well as Satoshi Shibata  -- lead guitarist with Japanese tribute band The Lizzy Boys. The late singer's mom, Philomena Lynott, will also be on-stage tonight in Dublin.

Phil Lynott and Thin Lizzy (who in recent years reformed but it ain't the same without Phil) are one of those bands whose influence is very great and wide with countless Thin Lizzy tribute bands popping up worldwide over the years, as well as numerous bands who do Thin Lizzy covers/tributes, including Europe, Motorhead, and Metallica, whose cover of Thin Lizzy's version of the old Irish traditional folk song "Whiskey In The Jar" is perhaps better known with American audiences than the Lizzy's 1972 recording -- their first hit single, which is below in video form (check out the opening which features the Celtic influenced art of modern Irish artist Jim Fitzpatrick who did most of Lizzy's album covers).

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AMOEBLOG PREDICTIONS FOR 2008, PART FOUR

Posted by Billyjam, January 2, 2008 10:55pm | Post a Comment
JACK WHITE & DAVE GROHL JOIN LED ZEPPELIN IN SAN FRANCISCO:


 In my wildest fantasy Led Zeppelin is going to go on one last amazing, kick-ass world tour. They will play at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco and, as offered, Dave Grohl will be playing drums (that is, if Jason Bonham is unavailable). Waiting in the wings is Jack White to sing and play on a song or five. Jimmy, Jack and Dave on a stage together... that's my prediction.


                         - Maggie the Cat (Bay Area Crew AMOEBLOGGER)




RETURN OF THE OLD SCHOOL TO HIP-HOP'S RESCUE:


I predict that old school rap will come to the rescue helping to guide the music out of its slump. Also, i think there will be more old school film projects, maybe a Busy Bee movie or a Scott La Rock film.

   
             - Michael A. Gonzales (author, journalist, blogger at BlackadelicPop)





RETURN OF VINYL, DOWNFALL OF HANNAH MONTANA, & MUCH MORE

TABLOID TALES: In 2008 Britney Spears, no longer hounded by a pack of paparazzi -- just that one guy she took back to her hotel room-- will be completely upstaged by lil sis Jamie Lynn Spears who will lead tabloid headlines for the next seven or more months. She will then be suddenly upstaged herself by the even more shocking, tabloid-ready real-life story of Hannah Montana (the alter ego of Miley Cyrus), who will have an unexpected and sudden, widely publicized downfall into drugs and sexploits. So shocking will this news be to the parents of tween fans of the wholesome Disney Channel star that there will be a huge backlash culminating in a Hannah Montana doll burning gathering at a Florida sports stadium in November with tickets to the event being as much in demand as Hannah Montana concert tickets were just a year earlier.

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