Scientists Have Created Both a New Type of Stem Cell and a Video To Tell You About It

Mystery Pooper: Firm to Pay $2.2M over Forced DNA Testing for Workers

A federal jury has concluded that an Atlanta grocery warehousing firm must pay two employees a combined $2.2 million for forcing them to submit to a buccal cheek swab to determine if their DNA was a match to feces being left throughout the facility.

Source: Mystery pooper: Firm to pay $2.2M over forced DNA testing for workers

This is an update to the Mystery Pooper story.  I’m glad to see that there are laws against this sort of thing.

I’m skeptical that the payout will be what is listed.  Being awarded and actually receiving can be different things, and that’s besides if the firm challenges the amount awarded.

The Most Important Plant You’ve Never Heard About

Few of know you the mouse-ear cress. It’s a relative of mustard and cabbage, but it’s not known for its flavor or nutrition. It’s not farmed commercially. It’s not noticeable. It’s a small white plant with boring white flowers —and yet even though it’s not famous, it’s still the most well-known plant in the world.

Source: The Most Important Plant You’ve Never Heard About

That said, some have started to doubt the usefulness of this species in extrapolating knowledge derived from it to crops of human interest.

Hunt for the Rogue Pooper – Company Demands DNA swabs, Employees Sue

Who was the “devious defecator” leaving their “offending fecal matter” across an Atlanta-area warehouse that stored and delivered products for grocery stores?

Source: Hunt for the rogue pooper—company demands DNA swabs, employees sue

As funny and weirdly odd as the news is that lead to this, it’s not laughing matter about the intrusion performed on this two people.  The ability to do DNA testing opens the doors to incredibly invasive knowledge – predisposition to disease and cancer, etc.  I highly recommend watching Gattaca if you haven’t seen it already.

Transgenics & Health: More Human than Human?

Biologists have been mixing the DNA of different animals since the 1970s, but the idea of injecting the genes of animals into humans remains taboo. Called transgenics, it’s a practice that could cure illness in the future — and eventually reshape our species. Here’s what you need to know about it.

Source: Want to Stay Healthy? You’ll Need to Become a Human-Animal Hybrid

Interesting stuff, considering that interspecies biological interface/exchange happens more often than we think.  And I never thought I’d get to work in an obscure Blade Runner quote…