now for news from the genetic twilight zone
all know how evolution occurs: during the multitudinous molecular
busywork of dividing and splicing, somewhere some random genetic
blip crops up. The mutation most likely has no effect, or it may
provide an advantage and even become the point at which a new
species splits off.
February Mark Lilla sat on a New York University panel about 9/11
and was shocked to hear a fellow panelist, the French intellectual
Jean Baudrillard, "offering his fanciful take on the attack
as a [symbolic] suicide by the towers." Lilla recalled the
moment recently while keynoting a U of C Women's Board luncheon.
"An act of suicide by the towers-because of the evils of
capitalism and globalism and despite the loss of life-was actually,
according to this respected intellectual, a predictable thing."
regular infusions of an antibody called infliximab can prolong
remissions in patients with moderate to severe Crohn's disease,
reports Stephen Hanauer, a professor of medicine.
magazines may cause lung cancer
a ban on cigarette advertising directed at children, U.S. tobacco
companies have actually increased youth targeting. Paul Chung
and Craig Garfield, both Robert Wood Johnson Clinical
Scholars at the Pritzker School of Medicine, reported in the March/April
Health Affairs that while tobacco companies obey FDA advertising
limits in "youth magazines"-those with more than 2 million
readers under age 18 or with more than 15 percent young readers,
including Sports Illustrated and People-they have instead
increased ad placement in magazines with youth readership just
under those limits, such as Glamour. Cigarette ads in such
magazines have increased by 14 percent since the 1998 FDA ban.
"This finding," Garfield says, "reinforces the
need to consider a ban against tobacco advertising in magazines
like the bans in existence for TV, radio, and billboards."