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Nothing much to report. The only things that I'm looking forward to watch on tv is the Reno: 911 episode with Paul Reubens (he kind of looks creepy in the commercial) and the Comedy Central Roast of William Shatner. Hmm, let me add Charlie and the Chocolate Factory coming on HBO in a couple of weeks. My expectations were a little low for the movie, but I loved it when I saw it a few months ago. 

The guy from okcupid written me a message back asking what times I'm usually on AIM. He seems pretty level headed from the messages, and I think that I may have went to school with the guy for junior high and part of high school. One of the people on the periphery of things, like I was.
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By MALCOLM RITTER, AP Science Writer Fri Mar 24, 4:27 PM ET

NEW YORK - German scientists say cells from the testes of mice can behave like embryonic stem cells. If the same holds true in humans, it could provide a controversy-free source of versatile cells for use in treating disease.

Embryonic stem cells can give rise to virtually any tissue in the body and scientists believe they may offer treatments for diseases like Parkinson's and diabetes and spinal cord injuries.

But to harvest the cells, human embryos must be destroyed. Some religious groups and others oppose that.

The new research into testicular cells, published online Friday by the journal Nature, comes from Dr. Gerd Hasenfuss of the Georg-August-University of Goettingen in Germany and colleagues.

Lab tests found that the mouse cells closely mimicked the behavior of embryonic stem cells, Hasenfuss said Friday. He said he is optimistic about finding human testicular cells that will do the same. Work has already begun on that, he said.

If such cells are found in men, "then we have resolved the ethical problem with human embryonic stem cells," he said in a telephone interview.

That would also open the door to removing testicular cells from a male patient, growing some tissue the patient needs, and transplanting that tissue into the same man without fear of biological rejection, he noted.

The mouse cells were found to give rise to a variety of specialized cells in the lab, including heart cells that contracted and nerve cells that produced dopamine, the chemical messenger that Parkinson's patients lack, he said.

Cells typical of the liver, skin, pancreas and blood vessels were produced as well, he said.

----- If this is true for humans, guys, your balls are useful for something after all. (Just joking! )


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